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'Catalytic condenser' gives metal chameleonic properties

27 May, 2022

Researchers have invented a device that electronically converts one metal into behaving like another to use as a catalyst for speeding up chemical reactions.


Bioactive glass, laced with metal oxides, kills bacteria

23 March, 2022

Scientists have found a way to significantly increase the antimicrobial properties of a material used in many medical devices and clinical surfaces: glass.


Lotus-like bioplastic repels liquid and dirt

10 February, 2022

The self-cleaning bioplastic repels liquids and dirt — just like a lotus leaf — then breaks down rapidly once in soil.


Nanosheets could enable lightweight PPE for firefighters

04 February, 2022

Scientists are working to commercialise advanced products for firefighting, building protection and other applications, utilising a material known as MXene.


Bioprinting ink made out of pollen

07 September, 2021

The 3D printing ink material could be used to fabricate parts useful for tissue engineering, toxicity testing and drug delivery.


Phosphorescent material inspired by glowing wood

03 September, 2021

Scientists have harnessed the natural ability of wood to faintly glow to develop a new sustainable phosphorescent material.


'Chain mail' fabric can stiffen on demand

24 August, 2021

When the soft fabric is wrapped within a flexible plastic envelope and vacuum packed, it turns into a rigid structure that is 25 times stiffer or harder to bend.


Zero thermal expansion over a wide temperature range

17 June, 2021

Researchers have discovered a material that does not expand or contract over an extremely wide temperature range and may be one of the most stable materials known.


Powerful 'underwater glue' inspired by sea creatures

10 June, 2021

Researchers were able to replicate key features of barnacle and mussel glue, including protein filaments, chemical crosslinking and iron bonding.


2D electrolytes: a new type of intelligent material

20 May, 2021

Researchers created an intelligent material that has the structure of a 2D material but behaves like an electrolyte — and it could be a new way to deliver drugs within the body.


Nanopatterning at the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication

10 May, 2021

Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge has unveiled the latest addition to the ANFF's portfolio of open-access R&D capabilities: the EULITHA PhableR 100.


Cartilage-mimicking material inspired by nature

04 May, 2021

Engineers have developed a material that mimics human cartilage — and it could herald the development of a new generation of lightweight bearings.


Nanocarbon material made from crab shells

12 April, 2021

Researchers from Osaka University have developed a nanocarbon material for electronics applications made from chitin derived from crab shells.


Zirconium helps create super-strong composite materials

08 February, 2021

Introducing a layer of zirconium atoms between sheets of aluminium oxide and tungsten carbide creates exceptionally strong composite materials.


A one-step process for creating self-assembled metamaterials

15 January, 2021

Researchers have made a breakthrough that could lead to the creation of 'built-to-order' nanostructures for use in electronics and optical devices.


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