These are my reactive chemistry links for October 16th through October 18th:
- Stretched Janus material – A thin film of europium titanate stretched across a substrate of dysprosium scandate is the strongest simultaneously ferroelectric and ferromagnetic material synthesised since 1966. For 44 years nickel boracites held the crown. The new two-faced materials could find applications in the development of highly sensitive magnetic memory, sensors or microwave-based devices.
- The darkest forest of carbon – US researchers have used the world's darkest material to develop an infrared detector. The coating is made from a forest of carbon nanotubes and the electric-field poling of lithium tantalate and reflects almost no visible light.
- New issue of The Alchemist released – The Alchemist catches site of two chemical Nobel prizes this year, one in chemistry and one in physics. But, tragedy in environmental news for Europe and the industry. In catalytic news new computational insights as to why nanoparticulate gold is so effective. Small molecules can be sneaked into the microbial cell wall. Finally, an NSF award for nanoimprint lithography offers new opportunities for a wide range of studies.