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Green light from Silicon

Physics / Condensed Matter

created Apr 15, 2009 | popularity 4.3 / 5 (12) | comments 4

(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers at the University of St Andrews have made a surprise discovery that the material at the heart of the microelectronics industry can emit green light.


Scientists Discover Pentagonal Ice

Scientists Discover Pentagonal Ice

Physics / Condensed Matter

created Apr 07, 2009 | popularity 4.2 / 5 (11) | comments 2

(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists at the University of Liverpool have discovered a five-sided ice chain structure that could be used to modify future weather patterns.


Nano changes rise to macro importance in a key electronics material

Physics / Condensed Matter

created Apr 08, 2009 | popularity 3 / 5 (1) | comments 0

By combining the results of a number of powerful techniques for studying material structure at the nanoscale, a team of researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, working with colleagues in other ...


Glass you can build with

Glass you can build with: Metallic glass that's stronger and lasts longer

Physics / Condensed Matter

created Mar 24, 2009 | popularity 4.8 / 5 (24) | comments 11

(PhysOrg.com) -- The normal structure of metals is crystalline. Glass, on the other hand, is amorphous. But it's possible to make amorphous forms of metal, metallic glasses, which can be remarkably strong, ...


Molecular Alignment Gives Monolayers the Edge in Bendable Semiconductor

Molecular Alignment Gives Monolayers the Edge in Bendable Semiconductor

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created Apr 07, 2009 | popularity 5 / 5 (2) | comments 0

(PhysOrg.com) -- Reprogrammable product tags, bendable displays and flexible solar cells--the field of organic semiconductor research is advancing these possibilities toward reality. By layering hydrocarbon ...


Single-Molecule Magnets Open New Door for Information Technology

Single-Molecule Magnets Open New Door for Information Technology

Physics / Condensed Matter

created Mar 09, 2009 | popularity 4.7 / 5 (23) | comments 2

(PhysOrg.com) -- Recent research by scientists in Italy and France shows that that single molecules have the ability to store information via their magnetic state. Their work is a first step toward a new generation ...


NIST research collaboration spies Galfenol's inner beauty mark

Scientists spy Galfenol's inner beauty mark

Physics / Condensed Matter

created Mar 25, 2009 | popularity 4.5 / 5 (8) | comments 0

(PhysOrg.com) -- The sonar on submarines may get far more sensitive ears in the near future thanks to a mysterious compound developed by the military. Developed over a decade ago, it took a collaboration of ...


Scientists Discover Material Harder Than Diamond

Scientists Discover Material Harder Than Diamond

Physics / Condensed Matter

created Feb 12, 2009 | popularity 4.5 / 5 (42) | comments 27

(PhysOrg.com) -- Currently, diamond is regarded to be the hardest known material in the world. But by considering large compressive pressures under indenters, scientists have calculated that a material called ...


Dancing 'adatoms' help chemists understand how water molecules split

Physics / Condensed Matter

created Mar 16, 2009 | popularity 4.8 / 5 (6) | comments 0

Single oxygen atoms dancing on a metal oxide slab, glowing brighter here and dimmer there, have helped chemists better understand how water splits into oxygen and hydrogen. In the process, the scientists have visualized a ...


New Smart Material Bends Under Internal Heat Source

New Smart Material Bends Under Internal Heat Source

Physics / Condensed Matter

created Feb 06, 2009 | popularity 3.9 / 5 (8) | comments 6

(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists have developed a new smart material that can bend under the influence of an internal heat source. The material could be used as an aerodynamic flap in cars, in order to stabilize ...


Under pressure, atoms make unlikely alloys

Under pressure, atoms make unlikely alloys

Physics / Condensed Matter

created Mar 11, 2009 | popularity 4.8 / 5 (11) | comments 0

(PhysOrg.com) -- Ever since the Bronze Age, humans have experimented with combining different metals to create alloys with properties superior to either metal alone. But not all metals readily form alloys ...


New, Unusual Semiconductor is a Switch-Hitter

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created Jan 30, 2009 | popularity 4.7 / 5 (16) | comments 8

(PhysOrg.com) -- A research group in Germany has discovered a semiconducting material that can switch its semiconducting properties -- turning from one type of semiconductor to another -- via a simple change in temperature. ...


A Promising Catalyst for Solar-Based Hydrogen Energy Production

Physics / Condensed Matter

created Dec 02, 2008 | popularity 4.6 / 5 (99) | comments 37

(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists have found that a polymer material is an excellent catalyst in a process to produce hydrogen fuel using sunlight and water. The material meets the basic requirements for an ideal catalyst -- including ...


One of the most important problems in materials science solved

Physics / Condensed Matter

created Feb 23, 2009 | popularity 4.7 / 5 (22) | comments 39

Together with three colleagues Professor Peter Oppeneer of Uppsala University has explained the hitherto unsolved mystery in materials science known as 'the hidden order' - how a new phase arises and why. This discovery ...


Metal Becomes Transparent Under High Pressure

Metal Becomes Transparent Under High Pressure

Physics / Condensed Matter

created Mar 12, 2009 | popularity 4.4 / 5 (18) | comments 10

An international team of scientists have discovered a transparent form of the element sodium (Na). The team, led by Artem Oganov, Professor of Theoretical Crystallography at Stony Brook University, and Yanming ...




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