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Silicon sponge improves lithium-ion battery performance

The lithium-ion batteries that power our laptops and electric vehicles could store more energy and run longer on a single charge with the help of a sponge-like silicon material. Researchers developed the porous material to replace the graphite traditionally used in one of the battery's electrodes, as silicon has more than 10 times the energy storage capacity of graphite.

Posted: Jul 8th, 2014

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Flatlands - beyond graphene

Flatlands Beyond Graphene (FBG) 2014 will bring together world-leading experts in the area of 2D nanomaterials. It will focus on recent advances in controlling and characterising the properties of these materials, with a particular emphasis on electronic, photonic and spintronic applications.

Posted: Jul 8th, 2014

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The quantum dance of oxygen

Under extremely high pressure conditions oxygen molecules group into quartets and give rise to a 'dance of their magnetic moments'. This results in magnetic properties never previously observed in these conditions and in theory points to the existence of a new phase of the element, called epsilon 1.

Posted: Jul 7th, 2014

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Consider the 'anticrystal'

For the last century, the concept of crystals has been a mainstay of solid-state physics. Crystals are paragons of order; crystalline materials are defined by the repeating patterns their constituent atoms and molecules make. Now physicists have evidence that a new concept should undergird our understanding of most materials: the anticrystal, a theoretical solid that is completely disordered.

Posted: Jul 7th, 2014

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