Scientists watch water leave a crystalline sponge

Observations let researchers "see" when and how three individual water molecules left a crystalline sponge as it dried out.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
Aug. 5, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: water materials-science science-and-technology crystals

‘Blinking’ titanium dioxide crystals may prove useful

Titanium dioxide crystals that "blink" may benefit quantum computers or the creation of fuels from carbon dioxide, say researchers.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 3, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: nanotechnology light materials-science science-and-technology crystals

Squeezing curium between diamonds yields a surprise

Scientists can manipulate curium, one of the heaviest known elements, to a greater degree than previously thought.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
July 17, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: chemistry science-and-technology crystals pressure

With a zap, tiny particles assemble into ‘test-tube gems’

With a charge, researchers got microparticles to form via self-assembly into complex crystals that mimic gemstones like opals.

Rachel Harrison-NYU • futurity
April 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: materials-science self-assembly microparticles science-and-technology salt crystals

A shell and ‘hair’ enhance perovskite durability

Perovskite nanocrystals hold promise for improving lasers, LEDs, and more—but durability is a problem. Plastic "hair" and a silica shell may change that.

Josh Brown-Georgia Tech • futurity
Dec. 16, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: nanotechnology materials-science featured science-and-technology crystals

How to make ammonia with cobalt and crystals

A 2D catalyst has allowed researchers to develop an inorganic method of synthesizing ammonia.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Dec. 11, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: materials-science science-and-technology crystals

Color-changing ‘smart skin’ steals tricks from chameleons

A new "smart skin" can change colors just like a chameleons skin, but it also fixes a major problem with other color-changing materials—the way they shrink.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
Sept. 11, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: skin light colors biomimicry hydrogels science-and-technology crystals

How crystals trigger cyst growth in serious kidney disease

Polycystic kidney disease has no cure and affects roughly 600,000 people in the United States.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Sept. 3, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: kidneys health-and-medicine crystals

Recipe for light-trapping crystal may speed up communication

Researchers have plans for a microscopic crystal that can trap to wavelengths of light, which could lead to quantum computers and faster telecommunications.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
Aug. 7, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: quantum-computers lasers light science-and-technology crystals

‘Digital alchemy’ reverse-engineers useful crystals

"In a single day, on a regular computer, we were able to study more different kinds of particles than have been reported in the last decade."

Kate McAlpine-Michigan • futurity
July 15, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: nanotechnology materials-science self-assembly featured science-and-technology crystals

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