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Bending semiconductors generates electricity

The phenomenon, called flexoelectricity, arises from the redistribution of atoms and electrons in a material when it is bent. This redistribution of charges can be used to generate an electrical current. It was already known that insulating materials can be flexoelectric.

Posted: Sep 27th, 2016

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Scientists put a new twist on artificial muscles

Scientists describe the path to developing a new class of artificial muscles made from highly twisted fibers of various materials, ranging from exotic carbon nanotubes to ordinary nylon thread and polymer fishing line.

Posted: Sep 27th, 2016

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New multiferroic materials from building blocks

Scientists have successfully developed room temperature multiferroic materials by a layer-by-layer assembly of nanosheet building blocks. Multiferroic materials are expected to play a vital role in the development of next-generation multifunctional electronic devices.

Posted: Sep 23rd, 2016

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Chains of nanogold forged with atomic precision

Researchers have succeeded in producing short chains and rings of gold nanoparticles with unprecedented precision. They used a special kind of nanoparticles with a well-defined structure and linked them together with molecular bridges.

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2016

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