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New surfaces repel water in oil as well as oil in water

Researchers have developed new surface materials that are extremely difficult to wet both by water and oil. Because they don't need isolating air to stay trapped between the droplet and rough surface to prevent wetting, these surface materials work even when wet by another liquid.

Oct 28th, 2016

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Controlling the properties of matter in two-dimensional crystals

By creating atomic chains in a two-dimensional crystal, researchers believe they have found a way to control the direction of materials properties in two and three dimensional crystals with implications in sensing, optoelectronics and next-generation electronics applications.

Oct 27th, 2016

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Next-generation smartphone battery inspired by the gut

A new prototype of a lithium-sulphur battery - which could have five times the energy density of a typical lithium-ion battery - overcomes one of the key hurdles preventing their commercial development by mimicking the structure of the cells which allow us to absorb nutrients.

Oct 26th, 2016

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