Category archives: DIPC Advanced materials

Dissipated heat into electrical energy using the thermoelectricity of concrete

Dissipated heat into electrical energy using the thermoelectricity of concrete

ChemistryDIPC Advanced materials

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Adopting a more sustainable energy portfolio is imperative to address and alleviate the impacts of climate change. A key process is energy harvesting versus energy “production”. In this vein, a potentially viable approach involves the conversion of dissipated heat into electrical energy via the use of thermoelectricity. This method has the potential to contribute significantly […]

The morphogenetic mechanism of different biomorphs is independent of pH

The morphogenetic mechanism of different biomorphs is independent of pH

ChemistryDIPC Advanced materialsDIPC Interfaces

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The bottom-up design of hierarchically organized nanostructures is a powerful strategy to achieve new materials with innovative functionalities. To a large extent, this approach takes inspiration from the ability of living organisms to engineer hybrid nanocomposites both for structural and functional purposes. Intense research has been dedicated to synthesizing biologically inspired textures and shapes mimicking […]

Increasing superconducting critical temperature by enhancing electron-phonon coupling

Increasing superconducting critical temperature by enhancing electron-phonon coupling

DIPC Advanced materials

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Topology has been at the forefront of condensed matter physics for the past two decades, influencing our understanding of quantum materials and phenomena. More recently, it has however become clear that a more general concept, that of quantum geometry, manifests itself in a series of quantum phenomena involving flat electronic bands. In condensed matter physics […]

An odd nonlinear conductivity in chiral tellurium

An odd nonlinear conductivity in chiral tellurium

DIPC Advanced materialsDIPC Interfaces

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Electrical transport in non-centrosymmetric materials departs from the well-established phenomenological Ohm’s law. Instead of a linear relation between current and electric field, a non-linear conductivity emerges along specific crystallographic directions. This non-linear transport is fundamentally related to the lack of spatial inversion symmetry. Ohm’s law is one of the most established relations in Physics and […]

Sea snails for mitigating urban heat island effects.

Sea snails for mitigating urban heat island effects.

DIPC Advanced materials

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The urban heat island effect has become a critical issue in urban areas, intensifying heat-related problems and increasing energy consumption. Urban areas tend to experience higher temperatures compared to those of surrounding rural areas, this is known as the urban heat island effect. The elevated temperature in cities is primarily attributed to the high density […]

A Topological Phonon Database has been built

A Topological Phonon Database has been built

Condensed matterDIPC Advanced materialsQuantum physics

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The discovery of materials with topologically nontrivial electronic bands has led to high-throughput computational efforts that uncovered such bands in most known inorganic crystalline materials. Thus, in 2017, a team of researchers presented what they called Topological Quantum Chemistry (TQC), a new and complete understanding of the structure of bands in a material that links […]

Heavy fermions in a 2D van der Waals metal

Heavy fermions in a 2D van der Waals metal

DIPC Advanced materialsDIPC Electronic Properties

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A team of researchers has successfully synthesized the first 2D heavy fermion material. The new material is a layered intermetallic crystal composed of cerium, silicon, and iodine (CeSiI) . Heavy fermion compounds are a class of materials with electrons that are up to 1000x heavier than usual. In these materials, electrons get tangled up with […]

Contradictions in (Cs,K,Rb)V<sub>3</sub>Sb<sub>5</sub> are a feature, not a bug

Contradictions in (Cs,K,Rb)V3Sb5 are a feature, not a bug

Condensed matterDIPC Advanced materials

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Spontaneously broken symmetries are at the heart of many phenomena of quantum matter and physics more generally. However, determining the exact symmetries that are broken can be challenging due to imperfections such as strain, in particular when multiple electronic orders are competing. This is exemplified by charge order in some kagome systems, where evidence of […]

Simple explanations for some complex patterns in twisted bilayer graphene

Simple explanations for some complex patterns in twisted bilayer graphene

DIPC Advanced materialsMaterials

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Twisted bilayer and multilayer systems represent two-dimensional materials, where atom-thick layers of the same or different materials are superimposed and rotated by an arbitrary twist angle. Twisted bilayer graphene (TBG) represents arguably the most prominent physical system of this kind, the bilayers of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD) the other. The effect of twisting two periodic […]

The stabilizing effect of a binder for transition metal oxides to sustain water oxidation in acidic environments

The stabilizing effect of a binder for transition metal oxides to sustain water oxidation in acidic environments

CatalysisChemistryDIPC Advanced materialsMaterials

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Global energy demand is expected to rise around 30% by 2040 according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Hydrogen (H2) produced by the electrolysis of water, using renewable electricity, the so-called green hydrogen, has emerged as a promising energy vector to respond to this increasing energy demand with the potential to decarbonize transportation, heating, and […]