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Materials360 is a semi-monthly e-newsletter from MRS encapsulating current happenings in materials research and professional activities that will give you information at a glance on the rapidly changing world of materials. We know you don't have a lot of spare time to wade through literature and websites. Let MRS help narrow the search for you.

Edited by Judy Meiksin, MRS news editor, MRS subscriptions to Materials360 are free to MRS members and registered users of the MRS website. To subscribe to this or other MRS e-newsletters, log in if you have an existing account, or create an account if you do NOT have an existing account.

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Latest Issues

August 2018 (Volume 18, Issue 15)

This issue features research on two-metal photocatalysis, fast-charging 3D batteries, and electricity-driven ammonia synthesis. Also included is a discussion on video about porous carbon and carbonaceous materials for energy conversion and storage as covered in a focus issue of the Journal of Materials Research.

July 2018 (Volume 18, Issue 14)

This issue features research on Cu island formations beneath graphite surfaces, Ru as a ferromagnetic element at room temperature, and optically hyperpolarizing diamond powder.

July 2018 (Volume 18, Issue 13)

The first July issue features research on the dielectric constant of interfacial water, the electrochemical synthesis of CNTs from ambient CO2, and the synthesis and characterization of the plasmonic properties of Mg nanoparticles. Also included is a video introducing synthetic biology, a specialty that retools living organisms for new functions.

June 2018 (Volume 18, Issue 12)

The second June issue features research on bulk multicomponent nanomaterials, etching the outer atomic layer of a Si surface, and 3D printing an Al alloy. Also included is the development of a US National Quantum Initiative Act.

June 2018 (Volume 18, Issue 11)

The first June issue features research on iron-based amorphous alloy made larger than previously reported, a thread made of cellulose nanofibers made stronger than spider silk, and a ferritin crystal-hydrogel hybrid material that expands to 570% of its original volume and contracts back without loss of structural order. Also included is an article about US Air Force global funding for materials research projects.

May 2018 (Volume 18, Issue 10)

The second May issue features research on the role of the inactive material in composite lithium ion battery electrodes, the irregularly distributed silver-silver and sulfur-silver bonds that give the semiconductor its unexpected ductility, and a system designed from dipolar chains to produce a specific hysteresis loop with complex features. Also included is a review of how field-theoretic simulations are being used to study soft-material assembly.

May 2018 (Volume 18, Issue 09)

The first May issue of the Materials360® Newsletter features research on a biohybrid material that communicates using light, a novel scaffold to help heal spinal cord tissue injuries, and a study on how grain boundaries influence Li-ion conduction. Also included is a look into the future of science in North Korea as political tensions thaw.

April 2018 (Volume 18, Issue 08)

The second April issue of the Materials360® Newsletter features research on bendable MXene conductive coatings, three-color focusing lens, and biodegradable “nanospears” that can pierce cells and deliver genetic material. Also included is a video on how nanograins in alloys behave under real conditions, based on the 2017 article of the year awarded by the Journal of Materials Research.

April 2018 (Volume 18, Issue 07)

The first April issue of the Materials360® Newsletter features research on polymer-based Li-batteries, soft robots that are self-healing, and an eco-friendly insulating material. Also included is a video based on an award-winning article on melanin used for electronics in MRS Communications.

March 2018 (Volume 18, Issue 06)

The second March issue of the Materials360® Newsletter features research on perovskites, functional oxide interfaces, and the future potential of quantum materials. Also included is the MRS podcast “Materials Minute” on the US 2018 Omnibus Spending Bill.

March 2018 (Volume 18, Issue 05)

The first March issue of the Materials360® Newsletter features research on Ti-based perovskites ideal for tandem solar cells, the benefits of failures in microlattices, and organic semiconductors that shift shapes and electrical properties. Also included is an MRS video on artificial intelligence for materials development.

February 2018 (Volume 18, Issue 04)

The second February issue of the Materials360® Newsletter features research on stretchable piezoelectrics, magnetite nanoparticles, and ceramic metamaterials. Also included is a thought-provoking opinion article introducing a potential field called materials virology.

February 2018 (Volume 18, Issue 03)

The first February issue of the Materials360® Newsletter features research on 3D barcodes, graphene actuators, and an atomic layer deposition method yields large crystalline 2D MoS2 thin films. Also included are materials science highlights in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

January 2018 (Volume 18, Issue 02)

The second January issue of the Materials360® Newsletter continues bringing more news. This edition features research on complex DNA and RNA origami, single-enzyme nanogel, and a process that enables a 3D view of crystal dislocations. Also included is a finalist in the 2017 MRS Science in Video Competition.  

January 2018 (Volume 18, Issue 01)

The first January issue of the Materials360® Newsletter debuts a new design with more news. This edition features research on artificial intelligence and materials synthesis recipes, InAs quantum dots, and a discovery in bilayer graphene that offers new possibilities in optoelectronics. Also included is an MRS Advances’ video on 3D-printed fins.