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Discovering topological materials from symmetry

Discovering topological materials from symmetry

DIPC Advanced materialsMaterials

By DIPC

Topological materials have special universal properties, which are protected against perturbations. The name comes from the fact that such properties are theoretically described by topology, a branch of mathematics concerned with the properties of geometrical objects that are unchanged by continuous deformations. Topological materials behave like an ordinary insulator in the bulk but have conducting […]

The proper use of deep learning in microscopy image analysis

The proper use of deep learning in microscopy image analysis

Computer scienceDIPC Biochemistry

By DIPC

Microscopy is a leading technology in biological research. Today, a typical microscopy session may generate hundreds to thousands of images, generally requiring computational analysis to extract meaningful results. But a simple analysis is not enough any more. Over the last few years, deep learning (DL) has increasingly become one of the gold standards for high-performance […]

Lithomimetics: lithosphere as inspiration for the design of novel materials

Lithomimetics: lithosphere as inspiration for the design of novel materials

Materials

By Silvia Román

Materials scientists are quite used to looking at nature to find inspiration for new designs and functionalities. The living world is full of complex and sophisticated materials (from bones and seashells to cartilage and skin) that provide the most varied and extraordinary properties and functions. We have paid attention to this strategy of ‘architecturing materials’ […]

How the screened Coulomb interaction induces superconductivity in twisted bilayer graphene

How the screened Coulomb interaction induces superconductivity in twisted bilayer graphene

DIPC Advanced materialsMaterials

By DIPC

Twistology could be the study of unexpected changes or developments in stories or situations, from coups d’état to the fatherhood of Darth Vader. In condensed matter physics there is something similar, although the preferred name is twistronics (from twist and electronics). It is understood as the study of how the angle (the twist) between layers […]

Texturing of hexagonal boron nitride with atomic precision

Texturing of hexagonal boron nitride with atomic precision

DIPC InterfacesMaterials

By DIPC

Since the discovery of graphene, a wide diversity of atomic-layer-thick, two-dimensional (2D) materials with varied properties have emerged. Of particular interest are those that exhibit semiconducting behaviour, such as hexagonal boron nitride (hBN). hBN is isoelectronic to graphene and has also a honeycomb lattice formed by alternating nitrogen and boron atoms, but in contrast to […]

Polymorphism in non-fullerene acceptors for organic solar cells

Polymorphism in non-fullerene acceptors for organic solar cells

DIPC PolymersMaterials

By DIPC

Over the past several decades researchers have thought how materials and device architectures can efficiently convert solar radiation into electrical power through the photovoltaic effect. Those efforts have led to different methods and processes to produce green energy. In this context, organic photovoltaic (OPV) technology has received considerable attention because it indeed constitutes a new […]