16. April 2014

New rapid test for stainless steel surfaces

KorroPad is the name given to a new rapid colour test developed at BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing that enables stainless steel surfaces to be tested inexpensively and rapidly and, most importantly, also...[more]

14. April 2014

Multilayer polymers spring into action

The shrinking dimensions and decreased power consumption of modern electronic gadgets have created opportunities for energy harvesting processes that tap into free, green energy from the environment. Vibration harvesters, for...[more]

03. April 2014

Sticky Composites Improve, 'Green Up' Lithium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries power a vast array of modern devices, from cell phones, laptops, and laser pointers to thermometers, hearing aids, and pacemakers. The electrodes in these batteries typically comprise three components:...[more]

02. April 2014

Bayer selling carbon nanotube intellectual property to FutureCarbon

Bayer MaterialScience LLC will sell its fundamental intellectual property on carbon nanotubes and graphenes to Germany’s FutureCarbon GmbH. Bayer announced its decision to sell the patents in May 2013, attracting potential...[more]

31. March 2014

New joint project at the Institute for Aircraft Construction

Together with three companies the Institute for Aircraft Construction (IFB) at the University of Stuttgart researched the automated conversion of components for aeronautical applications with a high lightweight potential, such...[more]

01. April 2014

Scientists Track 3D Nanoscale Changes in Rechargeable Battery Material During Operation

First 3D nanoscale observations of microstructural degradation during charge-discharge cycles could point to new ways to engineer battery electrode materials for better performance Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's...[more]

27. March 2014

Nanotube coating helps shrink mass spectrometers

Nanotechnology is advancing tools likened to Star Trek's "tricorder" that perform on-the-spot chemical analysis for a range of applications including medical testing, explosives detection and food safety. Researchers...[more]

21. March 2014

Nanoparticle based coating for aircraft engines may triple service life and reduce fuel consumption

Researchers at University West in Sweden have started using nanoparticles in the heat-insulating surface layer that protects aircraft engines from heat. In tests, this increased the service life of the coating by 300%. This is...[more]

20. March 2014

Cytec deal with Germany's C-Con Holdings aimed at carbon-fiber composites

Cytec Industries Inc. has teamed up with a German composites developer to promote the use of carbon-fiber reinforced plastics in select vehicle markets. Cytec said March 12 that it has taken an equity position in C-Con Holdings...[more]

19. March 2014

Stanford engineers make flexible carbon nanotube circuits more reliable and efficient

Researchers invent a process to "dope" carbon filaments with an additive to improve their electronic performance, paving the way for digital devices that bend.Engineers would love to create flexible electronic devices,...[more]

18. March 2014

Novel membrane reveals water molecules will bounce off a liquid surface

Consider the nearest water surface: a half-full glass on your desk, a puddle outside your window, or a lake across town. All of these surfaces represent liquid-vapor interfaces, where liquid meets air. Molecules of water vapor...[more]

14. March 2014

Cannon helps make BMW's new carbon fiber cars

Italian equipment supplier Cannon Group has revealed that it is among the suppliers involved in the production of BMW AG’s carbon fiber reinforced electric vehicles. Cannon, based in Trezzano, Italy, supplied production...[more]

13. March 2014

Surface Characteristics Influence Cellular Growth on Semiconductor Material

The finding stems from a study performed by researchers at North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Purdue University, and may have utility for developing future neural implants. The...[more]

12. March 2014

Making automotive clear coats even more scratch-resistant

Evonik Industries is paving the way for a new technology whose applications include automotive finishes that are more scratch- resistant than ever before. The specialty chemicals company has developed an industrial-scale method...[more]

11. March 2014

Alfa Romeo returns to U.S. with carbon fiber chassis

Fiat Auto SpA is bringing the Alfa Romeo brand back to America in the form of the 4C, a carbon fiber-fitted sports car optimized for low weight and agility. The Italian-made 4C is slated to arrive in June to a few select U.S....[more]

06. March 2014

Nanoscale pillars could radically improve conversion of heat to electricity

University of Colorado Boulder scientists have found a creative way to radically improve thermoelectric materials, a finding that could one day lead to the development of improved solar panels, more energy-efficient cooling...[more]

06. March 2014

Carbon fiber helps USA win medals in Sochi

A BMW AG-designed carbon fiber bobsled carried Team USA to a record year at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Americans won silver and bronze medals in women's two-person bobsled Feb. 19; and two days earlier, a men's two-man team...[more]

06. March 2014

Researchers Characterize Graphene's Bonding Effect on Platinum Nanoparticles

While displaying this behavior, the bonded platinum nanoparticles maintain an effective surface area functioning as a catalyst for chemical reactions, a discovery that could lower the production costs of platinum-catalyzed fuel...[more]

06. March 2014

Physicists solve 20-year-old debate surrounding glassy surfaces

A series of simple and elegant experiments were the solution to a problem that has been plaguing condensed matter physicists for the past 20 years. Understanding the mobility of glassy surfaces has implications for the design...[more]

06. March 2014

Ultra-fast laser spectroscopy lights way to understanding new materials

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory are revealing the mysteries of new materials using ultra-fast laser spectroscopy, similar to high-speed photography where many quick images reveal subtle movements...[more]

05. March 2014

3D eddy current scanner for CFRP

Carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) allow reducing the weight of aircraft and automobiles without losing stiffness, dynamic stability or strength. However, this is valid for defect-free material only. The Fraunhofer...[more]

06. March 2014

Wood Plastic Composite with PLA

The German company JELU has developed a fully compostable biocomposite for industrial processing. The new material made from polylactides (PLA) and wood fibres is a wood plastic composite (WPC), which can be recycled in...[more]

19. February 2014

Carbon Fiber from Biomass

The Energy Department of the U.S.(DOE) recently announced up to $12 million in funding to advance the production of cost-competitive, high-performance carbon fiber material from renewable non-food-based feedstocks such as...[more]

18. February 2014

Nanoplasmonics - Hunt for nonlocal effects turns to gold

Nanoplasmonics — the study of light manipulation on the nanometer scale — has contributed to the production of novel devices for chemical and biological sensing, signal processing and solar energy. However, components at such...[more]

18. February 2014

Polymere Wärmeleitung

Ein geschickt mit Grafit gefülltes Polyamid-Compound bietet eine so gute Wärmeleitung, dass Kühlkörper für LED-Lampen nicht mehr aus Aluminium gefertigt werden müssen. Der italienische Compoundeur Lati Industria Termoplastici...[more]

13. February 2014

Start-up makes floor tile from recycled polyethylene

A start-up company plans to commission a new factory at the end of February to make what it calls is an eco-friendly alternative to PVC sheet such as used in flooring.US-based Magma Flooring LLC has received a $2m (€1.46m) equity...[more]

11. February 2014

Li-ion Batteries Could Soon be Safer

A group of Washington State University researchers has developed a chewing gum-like battery material that could dramatically improve the safety of lithium ion batteries.Led by Katie Zhong, Westinghouse Distinguished Professor in...[more]

10. February 2014

Theorists predict new forms of exotic insulating materials

Topological insulators — materials whose surfaces can freely conduct electrons even though their interiors are electrical insulators — have been of great interest to physicists in recent years because of unusual properties that...[more]

06. February 2014

BASF inaugurates Battery Materials R&D and Application Center in Japan

BASF inaugurated its Research and Development Laboratory and Application Technology Center for Battery Materials in Amagasaki, Japan. The facility, located in the Amagasaki Research Incubation Center (ARIC), is BASF’s first...[more]

06. February 2014

Off-the-shelf materials lead to self-healing polymers

Look out, super glue and paint thinner. Thanks to new dynamic materials developed at the University of Illinois, removable paint and self-healing plastics soon could be household products.U. of I. materials science and...[more]

05. February 2014

Gummy material addresses safety of lithium ion batteries

A group of Washington State University researchers has developed a chewing gum-like battery material that could dramatically improve the safety of lithium ion batteries. Led by Katie Zhong, Westinghouse Distinguished Professor...[more]

04. February 2014

Carbon fiber continues its auto growth

The auto industry is continuing to dream in carbon fiber. And those dreams are increasingly making it to the street. Both General Motors Co. and BMW AG introduced cars that use more carbon fiber composites than their previous...[more]

03. February 2014

Bionic: Glass that bends but doesn’t break

Normally when you drop a drinking glass on the floor it shatters. But, in future, thanks to a technique developed in McGill’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, when the same thing happens the glass is likely to simply bend...[more]

28. January 2014

New boron nanomaterial may be possible

Graphene, a sheet of carbon one atom thick, may soon have a new nanomaterial partner. In the lab and on supercomputers, chemical engineers have determined that a unique arrangement of 36 boron atoms in a flat disc with a...[more]

24. January 2014

Cooling Microprocessors with Carbon Nanotubes

“Cool it!” That’s a prime directive for microprocessor chips and a promising new solution to meeting this imperative is in the offing. Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory...[more]

23. January 2014

Engineers create light-activated ‘curtains’

Forget remote-controlled curtains. A new development by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, could lead to curtains and other materials that move in response to light, no batteries needed. A research team led...[more]

22. January 2014

Double-layer capping solves two problems

Continual downsizing of technology means that researchers have to develop ever more ingenious methods of packaging and protecting their tiny devices. Jae-Wung Lee and co-workers at the A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics,...[more]

23. January 2014

Berkeley Researchers Develop Highly Sensitive Tactile Sensors for Robotics and Other Applications

From the world of nanotechnology we’ve gotten electronic skin, or e-skin, and electronic eye implants or e-eyes. Now we’re on the verge of electronic whiskers. Researchers with Berkeley Lab and the University of California (UC)...[more]

16. January 2014

Cobalt catalysts allow researchers to duplicate the complicated steps of photosynthesis

Humans have for ages taken cues from nature to build their own devices, but duplicating the steps in the complicated electronic dance of photosynthesis remains one of the biggest challenges and opportunities for chemists. ...[more]

15. January 2014

Weighing particles at the attogram scale

MIT engineers have devised a way to measure the mass of particles with a resolution better than an attogram — one millionth of a trillionth of a gram. Weighing these tiny particles, including both synthetic nanoparticles and...[more]

14. January 2014

Bio-inspired glue keeps hearts securely sealed

When a child is born with a heart defect such as a hole in the heart, the highly invasive therapies are challenging due to an inability to quickly and safely secure devices inside the heart. Sutures take too much time to stitch...[more]

13. January 2014

Engineers make world's fastest organic transistor, herald new generation of see-through electronics

Two university research teams have worked together to produce the world's fastest thin-film organic transistors, proving that this experimental technology has the potential to achieve the performance needed for high-resolution...[more]

09. December 2013

Graphene: Growing giants

To technology insiders, graphene is a certified big deal. The one-atom thick carbon-based material elicits rhapsodic descriptions as the strongest, thinnest material known. It also is light, flexible, and able to conduct...[more]

06. December 2013

Laser light at useful wavelengths from semiconductor nanowires

Thread-like semiconductor structures called nanowires, so thin that they are effectively one-dimensional, show potential as lasers for applications in computing, communications, and sensing. Scientists at the Technische...[more]

05. December 2013

KAIST developed the biotemplated design of piezoelectric energy harvesting device

A research team led by Professor Keon Jae Lee and Professor Yoon Sung Nam from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at KAIST has developed the biotemplated design of flexible piezoelectric energy harvesting...[more]

04. December 2013

When aluminum outshines gold

Humble aluminum’s plasmonic properties may make it far more valuable than gold and silver for certain applications, according to new research by Rice University scientists. Because aluminum, as nanoparticles or nanostructures,...[more]

03. December 2013

Making a gem of a tiny crystal

Nature builds flawless diamonds, sapphires and other gems. Now a Northwestern University research team is the first to build near-perfect single crystals out of nanoparticles and DNA, using the same structure favored by...[more]

29. November 2013

New Effect Couples Electricity and Magnetism in Materials

In magneto-electric materials, electric and magnetic vibrations can be coupled to “electromagnons”. High hopes are placed on this technology, a breakthrough could now be achieved at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien)....[more]

28. November 2013

Polymer gel, heal thyself

When a chair leg breaks or a cell phone shatters, either must be repaired or replaced. But what if these materials could be programmed to regenerate-themselves, replenishing the damaged or missing components, and thereby extend...[more]

27. November 2013

Progress in Nano-Optics

To constrain individual light particles in a way as to control their movement on computer chips and nanostructures: This might lead to new developments in information technology. University of Würzburg physicists report on their...[more]

25. November 2013

Will 2-D Tin be the Next Super Material?

Theorists Predict New Single-Layer Material Could Go Beyond Graphene, Conducting Electricity with 100 Percent Efficiency at Room Temperature. A single layer of tin atoms could be the world’s first material to conduct...[more]

22. November 2013

Enhancing battery performance

In APL Materials paper, researchers show how to keep cathode material 'in line' to enhance performance. The ever-increasing market for portable electronic devices such as laptops, cell phones and MP3 players has resulted in an...[more]

22. November 2013

Holistic Cell Design Leads to High-Performance, Long Cycle-Life Li/S Battery

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have demonstrated in the laboratory a lithium-sulfur (Li/S) battery that has more than twice the specific energy of lithium-ion...[more]

19. November 2013

Scientists invent self-healing battery electrode

Researchers have made the first battery electrode that heals itself, opening a new and potentially commercially viable path for making the next generation of lithium ion batteries for electric cars, cell phones and other...[more]

18. November 2013

New Approach Advances Wireless Power Transfer for Vehicles

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed new technology and techniques for transmitting power wirelessly from a stationary source to a mobile receiver – moving engineers closer to their goal of creating...[more]

15. November 2013

Crystal could improve performance of electronic devices

Quite by accident, Washington State University researchers have achieved a 400-fold increase in the electrical conductivity of a crystal simply by exposing it to light. The effect, which lasted for days after the light was...[more]

13. November 2013

DuPont™ Entira™ EP compatibilizers support high-value recycling of mixed polymers

DuPont™ Entira™ EP is a new series of compatibilizers which are formulated for highly efficient recycling of difficult-to-separate mixtures of inherently incompatible polymers. The first grades which have now become available in...[more]

11. November 2013

Rust protection from nanocapsules

Containers made of a conductive polymer only open in the presence of corrosion and release anticorrosive payloads. A particularly ingenious remedy for the problem of rust may be available soon. Scientists from the...[more]

08. November 2013

New Aluminum Alloy Stores Hydrogen

We use aluminum to make planes lightweight, store sodas in recyclable containers, keep the walls of our homes energy efficient and ensure that the Thanksgiving turkey is cooked to perfection. Now, thanks to a group of Japanese...[more]

07. November 2013

Engineered Nanomaterials are not generally more toxic than other materials

More than ten years of safety research have shown substantial progress in the assessment of potential side effects of engineered nanomaterials for health and the environment. The new publication about “Safety aspects of...[more]

06. November 2013

York researchers discover important mechanism behind nanoparticle reactivity

An international team of researchers has used pioneering electron microscopy techniques to discover an important mechanism behind the reaction of metallic nanoparticles with the environment. Crucially, the research led by the...[more]

04. November 2013

New techniques produce cleanest graphene yet

Columbia Engineering researchers have experimentally demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to electrically contact an atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) material only along its one-dimensional (1D) edge, rather...[more]

29. October 2013

Futuristic Copper Foam Batteries Get More Bang for the Buck

People use their GPS apps, cameras, and mobile internet to navigate strange cities in search of good coffee, record "selfie" commentary while they wait in line, and upload their videos directly to social media sites...[more]

28. October 2013

Lightweight Construction for the Automobile Generation of the Future

And the decisive factor for automobile construction of the future is to reduce the weight of the car. The Volkswagen AG is working together with the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) and other partners on developing an...[more]

25. October 2013

Multifunctional coatings. Charged up and ready to connect

An innovative strategy produces positively and negatively charged polymer chains ideal for generating multifunctional coatings. Gelatin, a well-known food ingredient, belongs to a class of molecules called polyampholytes that...[more]

23. October 2013

Nano-Cone Textures Generate Extremely "Robust" Water-Repellent Surfaces

When it comes to designing extremely water-repellent surfaces, shape and size matter. That's the finding of a group of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, who investigated the effects of...[more]

22. October 2013

Controlled arrangement of nanoparticles for improved electrical conductivity

Flexible displays, cost-efficient solar cells for a new era of energy production, futuristic lighting at home – all require thin layers with specific properties.Scientists at the INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials are...[more]

21. October 2013

Turning vapors into foam-like polymer coatings

Polymers -- the essential component of plastics -- are found in countless commercial, medical, and industrial products. Polymers that are porous are called foam polymers and are especially useful because they combine light...[more]

09. October 2013

Carbon’s new champion

If they do, they’ll find carbyne nanorods or nanoropes have a host of remarkable and useful properties, as described in a new paper by Rice University theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson and his group. The paper appears this...[more]

09. October 2013

China Renews Electric Vehicle Subsidies Excluding Hybrids

China, under pressure to reduce air pollution, renewed a subsidy program for alternative-energy vehicles such as electric cars. One notable exception: hybrids. The central government will provide as much as 60,000 yuan ($9,800)...[more]

09. October 2013

New microfluidic approach for the directed assembly of functional materials

University of Illinois researchers have developed a new approach with applications in materials development for energy capture and storage and for optoelectronic materials.According to Charles Schroeder, an assistant professor in...[more]

03. October 2013

Method developed at UT Arlington allows quantitative nanoscopic imaging through silicon

A team of scientists from The University of Texas at Arlington and MIT has figured out how to quantitatively observe cellular processes taking place on so-called “lab on a chip” devices in a silicon environment.   The...[more]

01. October 2013

Improving Lithium-Ion Batteries with Nanoscale Research Between UC San Diego and The National Labs

New research led by an electrical engineer at the University of California, San Diego is aimed at improving lithium-ion batteries through possible new electrode architectures with precise nano-scale designs. The researchers...[more]

30. September 2013

How to make ceramics that bend without breaking

New materials developed at MIT could lead to actuators on a chip and self-deploying medical devices.   Ceramics are not known for their flexibility: they tend to crack under stress. But researchers from MIT and Singapore...[more]

30. September 2013

Researchers Uncover New Energy Storage Capabilities Between the Layers of Two-Dimensional Materials

Drexel University researchers are continuing to expand the capabilities and functionalities of a family of two-dimensional materials they discovered that are as thin as a single atom, but have the potential to store massive...[more]

27. September 2013

Tiny antennas let long light waves see in infrared

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed arrays of tiny nano-antennas that can enable sensing of molecules that resonate in the infrared (IR) spectrum. “The identification of molecules by sensing...[more]

26. September 2013

UCLA engineers develop a stretchable, foldable transparent electronic display

Imagine an electronic display nearly as clear as a window, or a curtain that illuminates a room, or a smartphone screen that doubles in size, stretching like rubber. Now imagine all of these being made from the same...[more]

25. September 2013

Stanford scientists publish theory, formula to improve ‘plastic’ semiconductors

Understanding how the molecular structure of polymers influences their electrical characteristics could hasten the advent of flexible electronics   Anyone who’s stuffed a smart phone in their back pocket would appreciate...[more]

24. September 2013

New nanotube surface promises dental implants that heal faster and fight infection

A brighter, better, longer-lasting dental implant may soon be on its way to your dentist's office.   Dental implants are posts, usually made of titanium, that are surgically placed into the jawbone and topped with...[more]

23. September 2013

Glass or Plastic? Container’s Properties Affect the Viscosity of Nanoscale Water

Water pours into a cup at about the same rate regardless of whether the water bottle is made of glass or plastic.   But at nanometer-size scales for water and potentially other fluids, whether the container is made of...[more]

20. September 2013

Researchers steer light in new directions

A team of researchers led by San Francisco State University’s Weining Man is the first to build and demonstrate the ability of two-dimensional disordered photonic band gap material, designed to be a platform to control light...[more]

18. September 2013

New Model Should Expedite Development of Temperature-Stable Nano-Alloys

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new theoretical model that will speed the development of new nanomaterial alloys that retain their advantageous properties at elevated...[more]

17. September 2013

Shattering records: Thinnest glass in Guinness book

At just a molecule thick, it’s a new record: The world’s thinnest sheet of glass, a serendipitous discovery by scientists at Cornell and Germany’s University of Ulm, is recorded for posterity in the Guinness Book of World...[more]

17. September 2013

Spider Silk Coated With Carbon Nanotubes Provides Surprising Uses

Eden Steven, a physicist at Florida State University’s MagLab facility, discovered that simple methods can result in surprising and environmentally friendly high-tech outcomes during his experiments with spider silk and carbon...[more]

16. September 2013

Polymer regenerates all by itself

Scientists report the first self-healing thermoset elastomer that requires no intervention to induce its repair.   Self-healing polymers mend themselves by reforming broken cross-linking bonds. However, the cross-linking...[more]

13. September 2013

Airbrushing Could Facilitate Large-Scale Manufacture of Carbon Nanofibers

Researchers from North Carolina State University used airbrushing techniques to grow vertically aligned carbon nanofibers on several different metal substrates, opening the door for incorporating these nanofibers into gene...[more]

12. September 2013

Anti-Counterfeiting Ink for enhancing product authenticity and traceability

In a bid to enhance product authenticity and traceability, researchers of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)'s Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology have developed an innovative Anti-Erasing (ATE) Ink...[more]

11. September 2013

Butterfly wings inspire new technologies: from fabrics and cosmetics to sensors

A new study has revealed that the stunning iridescent wings of the tropical blue Morpho butterfly could expand the range of innovative technologies. Scientific lessons learnt from these butterflies have already inspired designs...[more]

10. September 2013

Stanford Scientists Use DNA to Assemble a Transistor From Graphene

Graphene is a sheet of carbon atoms arrayed in a honeycomb pattern, just a single atom thick. It could be a better semiconductor than silicon – if we could fashion it into ribbons 20 to 50 atoms wide. Could DNA...[more]

09. September 2013

Made-to-Order Materials

Caltech engineers focus on the nano to create strong, lightweight materials The lightweight skeletons of organisms such as sea sponges display a strength that far exceeds that of manmade products constructed from similar...[more]

06. September 2013

Engineers make golden breakthrough to improve electronic devices based on molybdenum disulfide

A Kansas State University chemical engineer has discovered that a new member of the ultrathin materials family has great potential to improve electronic and thermal devices.   Vikas Berry, William H. Honstead professor...[more]

05. September 2013

Electronics advance moves closer to a world beyond silicon

Researchers in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University have made a significant advance in the function of metal-insulator-metal, or MIM diodes, a technology premised on the assumption that the speed of electrons...[more]

03. September 2013

Hydrogen Fuel From Sunlight: Berkeley Lab Researchers Make Unique Semiconductor/Catalyst Construct

In the search for clean, green sustainable energy sources to meet human needs for generations to come, perhaps no technology matches the ultimate potential of artificial photosynthesis.   Bionic leaves that could produce...[more]

03. September 2013

Transparent artificial muscle plays Grieg to prove a point

Gel-based audio speaker demonstrates capabilities of ionic conductors, long thought limited in application   In a materials science laboratory at Harvard University, a transparent disk connected to a laptop fills the...[more]

02. September 2013

New nanoparticles make solar cells cheaper to manufacture

University of Alberta researchers have found that abundant materials in the Earth's crust can be used to make inexpensive and easily manufactured nanoparticle-based solar cells. The U of A discovery, several years in the...[more]

30. August 2013

ORNL-grown oxygen ‘sponge’ presents path to better catalysts, energy materials

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new oxygen “sponge” that can easily absorb or shed oxygen atoms at low temperatures. Materials with these novel characteristics would be...[more]

29. August 2013

Dartmouth researchers develop molecular switch that changes liquid crystal colors

Dartmouth researchers have developed a molecular switch that changes a liquid crystal's readout color based on a chemical input. This new development may open the way for using liquid crystals in detecting harmful gases,...[more]

28. August 2013

Size Matters as Nanocrystals Go Through Phases

Berkeley Lab Researchers at the Molecular Foundry Reveal Fundamental Size-Dependence of Metal Nanocrystals Undergoing Phase Transitions   Understanding what happens to a material as it undergoes phase transformations –...[more]

27. August 2013

Study finds rattling ions limit heat flow in materials used to reduce carbon emissions

A new study published today in the journal Nature Materials has found a way to suppress the thermal conductivity in sodium cobaltate so that it can be used to harvest waste energy.   Led by scientists at Royal Holloway...[more]

26. August 2013

Sticking power of plant polyphenols used in new coatings

Compounds found in red wine and green tea stick to anything, retain useful properties A simple kitchen sink experiment helped Northwestern University researchers discover that green tea leaves not only can be used to steep a...[more]

22. August 2013

3D Graphene: Solar Power's Next Platinum?

One of the most promising types of solar cells has a few drawbacks. A scientist at Michigan Technological University may have overcome one of them.   Dye-sensitized solar cells are thin, flexible, easy to make and very...[more]

22. August 2013

Plasma-treated nano filters help purify world water supply

Access to safe drinking water is a step closer to being a reality for those in developing countries, thanks to new research published today in Nature Communications.   An international team of researchers – led by...[more]

21. August 2013

New rechargeable flow battery enables cheaper, large-scale energy storage

MIT researchers have engineered a new rechargeable flow battery that doesn’t rely on expensive membranes to generate and store electricity. The device, they say, may one day enable cheaper, large-scale energy...[more]

20. August 2013

'Poisoning' corrosion brings stainless magnesium closer

In a discovery that could have major implications for the aerospace, automotive and electronics industries, scientists have found a way to dramatically reduce the corrosion rate of lightweight wonder metal magnesium: adding...[more]

17. August 2013

How to make big things out of small pieces

Researchers invent a new approach to assembling big structures — even airplanes and bridges — out of small interlocking composite components.   MIT researchers have developed a lightweight structure whose tiny blocks can...[more]

16. August 2013

Advancing resistive memory to improve portable electronics

Researchers develop novel way to build resistive memory devices that could become the storage part of the next generation of smart phones and tablets   A team at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of...[more]

14. August 2013

Computer simulations reveal universal increase in electrical conductivity

Computer simulations have revealed how the electrical conductivity of many materials increases with a strong electrical field in a universal way. This development could have significant implications for practical systems in...[more]

13. August 2013

Device Captures Signatures with Tiny Piezo-Phototronic LEDs

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology want to put your signature up in lights – tiny lights, that is. Using thousands of nanometer-scale wires, the researchers have developed a sensor device that converts...[more]

12. August 2013

Bubbles are the new lenses for nanoscale light beams

Bending light beams to your whim sounds like a job for a wizard or an a complex array of bulky mirrors, lenses and prisms, but a few tiny liquid bubbles may be all that is necessary to open the doors for next-generation,...[more]

09. August 2013

Synthetic polymers enable cheap, efficient, durable alkaline fuel cells

A new cost-effective polymer membrane can decrease the cost of alkaline batteries and fuel cells by allowing the replacement of expensive platinum catalysts without sacrificing important aspects of performance, according to...[more]

07. August 2013

New coating turns ordinary glass into super glass

Resilient, ultraslippery glass could lead to self-cleaning, scratch-resistant windows, lenses, and solar panels   A new transparent, bioinspired coating makes ordinary glass tough, self-cleaning and incredibly slippery,...[more]

06. August 2013

Disorder can improve the performance of plastic solar cells

Scientists have spent decades trying to build flexible plastic solar cells efficient enough to compete with conventional cells made of silicon. To boost performance, research groups have tried creating new plastic materials...[more]

05. August 2013

Researchers Create ‘Soft Robotic’ Devices Using Water-Based Gels

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new technique for creating devices out of a water-based hydrogel material that can be patterned, folded and used to manipulate objects. The technique holds...[more]

02. August 2013

University of Minnesota engineers discover novel technology for producing "electronic ink"

Electronic touch pads that cost just a few dollars and solar cells that cost the same as roof shingles are one step closer to reality today.   Researchers in the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and...[more]

31. July 2013

NRL Researchers Discover Novel Material for Cooling of Electronic Devices

A team of theoretical physicists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and Boston College has identified cubic boron arsenide as a material with an extraordinarily high thermal conductivity and the potential to transfer...[more]

30. July 2013

Speed limit set for ultrafast electrical switch

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have clocked the fastest-possible electrical switching in magnetite, a naturally magnetic mineral. Their results could drive...[more]

29. July 2013

Glass scaffolds that help heal bone show promise as weight-bearing implants

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have developed a type of glass implant that could one day be used to repair injured bones in the arms, legs and other areas of the body that are most subject to the...[more]

25. July 2013

New NIST nanoscale indenter takes novel approach to measuring surface properties

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of North Carolina have demonstrated a new design for an instrument, a "instrumented nanoscale indenter," that makes...[more]

25. July 2013

Choosing a wave could accelerate airplane maintenance

Ultrasonic waves can find bubbles and cracks in adhesive bonds holding airplane composite parts together, and now aerospace engineers can select the best frequencies to detect adhesive failures in hard-to-reach places more...[more]

24. July 2013

Two in one solution for low cost polymer LEDs and solar cells

Affordable, simple yet high-performance PLEDs and PSCs are here soon.   Considerable improvement in device performance of polymer-based optoelectronic devices is reported today by researchers from Ulsan National...[more]

23. July 2013

Graphene ‘onion rings’ have delicious potential

Concentric hexagons of graphene grown in a furnace at Rice University represent the first time anyone has synthesized graphene nanoribbons on metal from the bottom up — atom by atom.   As seen under a microscope, the...[more]

22. July 2013

Stanford scientists break record for thinnest light-absorber

Stanford University scientists have created the thinnest, most efficient absorber of visible light on record. The nanosize structure, thousands of times thinner than an ordinary sheet of paper, could lower the cost and improve...[more]

19. July 2013

Elastic electronics: Stretchable gold conductor grows its own wires

Networks of spherical nanoparticles embedded in elastic materials may make the best stretchy conductors yet, engineering researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered. Flexible electronics have a wide variety of...[more]

18. July 2013

Surface porosity and wettability are key factors in boiling heat transfer

Understanding the properties that control surface dissipation of heat could lead to improved power plants and electronics with high heat-transfer rates   A team of MIT researchers has succeeded in carrying out the first...[more]

17. July 2013

A new form of carbon: Grossly warped 'nanographene'

Bucking planarity, contorted sheets of graphene alter physical, optical and electronic properties of new material   Chemists at Boston College and Nagoya University in Japan have synthesized the first example of a new...[more]

16. July 2013

Small packages delivering huge results

University of Melbourne researchers have developed an efficient system to coat tiny objects, such as bacterial cells, with thin films that assemble themselves which could have important implications for drug delivery as well...[more]

11. July 2013

Researchers Build 3-D Structures Out of Liquid Metal

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed three-dimensional (3-D) printing technology and techniques to create free-standing structures made of liquid metal at room temperature.    “It’s...[more]

10. July 2013

New Materials: Research that holds water

It's squishy, synthetic, flexible, mostly water and almost as tough as rubber.   No, it's not "flubber" — it's a hydrogel, and now scientists at The University of Akron are exploring new biomedical uses for...[more]

09. July 2013

An unlikely competitor for diamond as the best thermal conductor

Boron arsenide may be of potential interest for cooling applications   An unlikely material, cubic boron arsenide, could deliver an extraordinarily high thermal conductivity – on par with the industry standard set by...[more]

08. July 2013

New Metallic Bubble Wrap Offers Big Benefits Over Other Protective Materials

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new metallic bubble wrap that is lighter, stronger and more flexible than sheet metal and more heat- and chemical-resistant than plastic or other polymer-based...[more]

07. July 2013

Boat Owners Can Fight with New Eco-Friendly Method

A new eco-friendly method to fight the accumulation of barnacles on the hulls of boats and ships has been developed by Emiliano Pinori in cooperation with colleagues at the University of Gothenburg and the SP Technical Research...[more]

04. July 2013

No more leakage of explosive electrolyte in battery

A research team at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), S. Korea, found a new physical organogel electrolyte with two unique characteristics: an irreversible thermal gelation and a high value of the Li+...[more]

04. July 2013

A Battery Made of Wood?

A sliver of wood coated with tin could make a tiny, long-lasting, efficient and environmentally friendly battery. But don’t try it at home yet – the components in the battery tested by scientists at the University of Maryland...[more]

04. July 2013

Printing Tiny Batteries

3D printing can now be used to print lithium-ion microbatteries the size of a grain of sand. The printed microbatteries could supply electricity to tiny devices in fields from medicine to communications, including many that have...[more]

18. June 2013

Nanoparticle Opens the Door to Clean-Energy Alternatives

Cheaper clean-energy technologies could be made possible thanks to a new discovery.   Led by Raymond Schaak, a professor of chemistry at Penn State University, research team members have found that an important...[more]

17. June 2013

Unzipped nanotubes unlock potential for batteries

Rice University lab combines graphene nanoribbons with tin oxide for improved anodes   Researchers at Rice University have come up with a new way to boost the efficiency of the ubiquitous lithium ion (LI) battery by...[more]

14. June 2013

New quantum dot technique combines best of optical and electron microscopy

It's not reruns of "The Jetsons", but researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new microscopy technique that uses a process similar to how an old tube...[more]

13. June 2013

'Popcorn' particle pathways promise better lithium-ion batteries

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have confirmed the particle-by-particle mechanism by which lithium ions move in and out of electrodes made of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4, or LFP), findings that could lead to...[more]

12. June 2013

2-D electronics take a step forward

Scientists at Rice University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have advanced on the goal of two-dimensional electronics with a method to control the growth of uniform atomic layers of molybdenum disulfide (MDS)....[more]

04. July 2013

Spinning up antibacterial silver on glass

The antibacterial effects of silver are well established. Now, researchers at Yonsei University in Seoul, Republic of Korea, have developed a technique to coat glass with a layer of silver ions that can prevent growth of...[more]

04. July 2013

Microscopy Technique Could Help Computer Industry Develop 3-D Components

A technique developed several years ago at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for improving optical microscopes now has been applied to monitoring the next generation of computer chip circuit components,...[more]

04. July 2013

Energy: Surprise superconductor

Superconductivity is a rare physical state in which matter is able to conduct electricity—maintain a flow of electrons—without any resistance. This phenomenon can only be found in certain materials under specific low-temperature...[more]

06. June 2013

Metal-free catalyst outperforms platinum in fuel cell

Researchers from South Korea, Case Western Reserve University and University of North Texas have discovered an inexpensive and easily produced catalyst that performs better than platinum in oxygen-reduction...[more]

05. June 2013

Stanford scientists create novel silicon electrodes that improve lithium-ion batteries

Stanford University scientists have dramatically improved the performance of lithium-ion batteries by creating novel electrodes made of silicon and conducting polymer hydrogel, a spongy material similar to that used in...[more]

03. June 2013

Organic polymers show sunny potential

A new version of solar cells created by laboratories at Rice and Pennsylvania State universities could open the door to research on a new class of solar energy devices.   The photovoltaic devices created in a project...[more]

03. June 2013

Stanford scientists develop high-efficiency zinc-air battery

Stanford University scientists have developed an advanced zinc-air battery with higher catalytic activity and durability than similar batteries made with costly platinum and iridium catalysts.   The results, published...[more]

31. May 2013

Diamonds, nanotubes find common ground in graphene

Hybrid created by Rice, Honda Research Institute shows nanotubes can grow on anything   What may be the ultimate heat sink is only possible because of yet another astounding capability of graphene. The one-atom-thick...[more]

29. May 2013

The formula for turning cement into metal

In a move that would make the Alchemists of King Arthur’s time green with envy, scientists have unraveled the formula for turning liquid cement into liquid metal. This makes cement a semi-conductor and opens up its use in the...[more]

28. May 2013

Perfect Skin: More Touchy-Feely Robots

Robots could become a lot more 'sensitive' thanks to new artificial skins and sensor technologies developed by European scientists. Leading to better robotic platforms that could one day be used in industry, hospitals and...[more]

24. May 2013

UBC engineer helps pioneer flat spray-on optical lens

A University of British Columbia engineer and a team of U.S. researchers have made a breakthrough utilizing spray-on technology that could revolutionize the way optical lenses are made and used.   Kenneth Chau, an...[more]

23. May 2013

Iron-platinum alloys could be new-generation hard drives

Meeting the demand for more data storage in smaller volumes means using materials made up of ever-smaller magnets, or nanomagnets. One promising material for a potential new generation of recording media is an alloy of iron and...[more]

16. May 2013

Scientists Discovering New Uses for Tiny Carbon Nanotubes

Adding ionic liquid to nanotube films could build smaller gadgets, and create more cost effective “Smart Windows” that darken in bright sun.   The atom-sized world of carbon nanotubes holds great promise for a future...[more]

15. May 2013

Making gold green: New non-toxic method for mining gold

Northwestern University scientists have struck gold in the laboratory. They have discovered an inexpensive and environmentally benign method that uses simple cornstarch -- instead of cyanide -- to isolate gold from raw...[more]

13. May 2013

Source of Ideas: Five + X Material Innovations per Week

The redesigned newsletter MATERIALCARDS WEEKLY of Materialsgate communicates new materials and innovative product developments focusing the needs of all material-based industries. The contents are tailored to the interests of...[more]

13. May 2013

Engineers fine-tune the sensitivity of nano-chemical sensor

Researchers have discovered a technique for controlling the sensitivity of graphene chemical sensors.   The sensors, made of an insulating base coated with a graphene sheet--a single-atom-thick layer of carbon--are...[more]

10. May 2013

New technique to improve quality control of lithium-ion batteries

Researchers have created a new tool to detect flaws in lithium-ion batteries as they are being manufactured, a step toward reducing defects and inconsistencies in the thickness of electrodes that affect battery life and...[more]

08. May 2013

Researchers develop unique method for creating uniform nanoparticles

University of Illinois researchers have developed a new way to produce highly uniform nanocrystals used for both fundamental and applied nanotechnology projects. “We have developed a unique approach for the synthesis of...[more]

07. May 2013

Improving materials that convert heat to electricity and vice-versa

Thermoelectric materials can be used to turn waste heat into electricity or to provide refrigeration without any liquid coolants, and a research team from the University of Michigan has found a way to nearly double the...[more]

06. May 2013

‘Going negative’ pays for nanotubes

A Rice University laboratory’s cagey strategy turns negatively charged carbon nanotubes into liquid crystals that could enhance the creation of fibers and films.   The latest step toward making macro materials out of...[more]

03. May 2013

Printable 'bionic' ear melds electronics and biology

Scientists at Princeton University used off-the-shelf printing tools to create a functional ear that can "hear" radio frequencies far beyond the range of normal human capability.   The researchers' primary...[more]

02. May 2013

Silicone liquid crystal stiffens with repeated compression

Rice University researchers say discovery may point toward self-healing materials   Squeeze a piece of silicone and it quickly returns to its original shape, as squishy as ever. But scientists at Rice University have...[more]

30. April 2013

Piezoelectric 'taxel' arrays convert motion to electronic signals for tactile imaging

Using bundles of vertical zinc oxide nanowires, researchers have fabricated arrays of piezotronic transistors capable of converting mechanical motion directly into electronic controlling signals. The arrays could help give...[more]

29. April 2013

High performance semiconductor spray paint could be a game changer for organic electronics

Wake Forest University's Organic Electronics group has developed an organic semiconductor 'spray paint' that can be applied to large surface areas without losing electric conductivity   Researchers at Wake Forest...[more]

26. April 2013

Discovery yields supertough and strong nanofibers

University of Nebraska-Lincoln materials engineers have developed a structural nanofiber that is both strong and tough, a discovery that could transform everything from airplanes and bridges to body armor and bicycles. Their...[more]

25. April 2013

Nanowires grown on graphene have surprising structure

When a team of University of Illinois engineers set out to grow nanowires of a compound semiconductor on top of a sheet of graphene, they did not expect to discover a new paradigm of epitaxy.   The self-assembled wires...[more]

24. April 2013

Robot hands gain a gentler touch

Inexpensive tactile sensing technology builds on tiny barometer chips that are widely available   What use is a hand without nerves, that can't tell what it's holding? A hand that lifts a can of soda to your lips, but...[more]

23. April 2013

Revolutionary new device joins world of smart electronics

Unique properties of graphene and graphExeter combine to create a new flexible, transparent, photosensitive device   Smart electronics are taking the world by storm. From techno-textiles to transparent electronic...[more]

22. April 2013

New solar-cell coating could boost efficiency

Throughout decades of research on solar cells, one formula has been considered an absolute limit to the efficiency of such devices in converting sunlight into electricity: Called the Shockley-Queisser efficiency limit, it...[more]

18. April 2013

Small in size, big on power: New microbatteries a boost for electronics

Though they be but little, they are fierce. The most powerful batteries on the planet are only a few millimeters in size, yet they pack such a punch that a driver could use a cellphone powered by these batteries to jump-start a...[more]

17. April 2013

Color of OLEDs can now at last be predicted thanks to new modeling technique

OLEDs – thin, light-emitting surfaces – are regarded as the light sources of the future. White OLEDs consist of stacked, ultra-thin layers, each emitting its own light color, all together resulting in white light. Up to now it...[more]

16. April 2013

UCLA engineers craft material for high-performance 'supercapacitor'

Discovery could provide rapid power to small devices, large industrial equipment   Taking a significant step toward improving the power delivery of systems ranging from urban electrical grids to regenerative braking in...[more]

16. April 2013

Better batteries from waste sulfur

A new chemical process can transform waste sulfur into a lightweight plastic that may improve batteries for electric cars, reports a University of Arizona-led team. The new plastic has other potential uses, including optical...[more]

15. April 2013

Redesigned Material Could Lead to Lighter, Faster Electronics

Thin Layer of Germanium May Replace Silicon in Semiconductors   The same material that formed the first primitive transistors more than 60 years ago can be modified in a new way to advance future electronics, according...[more]

11. April 2013

Peel-and-stick thin film solar cells

Hanyang University in collaboration with Stanford University has succeeded in fabricating peel-and-stick thin film solar cells (TFSCs). The Si wafer is clean and reusable.   Moreover, as the peeled-off TFSCs from the Si...[more]

10. April 2013

Cry me a river of possibility: Scientists design new adaptive material inspired by tears

Tunable material system designed by Harvard team is easily adaptable for diverse applications in fuel transport, textiles, optical systems, and more   Imagine a tent that blocks light on a dry and sunny day, and becomes...[more]

10. April 2013

New 'transient electronics' disappear when no longer needed

Scientists today described key advances toward practical uses of a new genre of tiny, biocompatible electronic devices that could be implanted into the body to relieve pain or battle infection for a specific period of time, and...[more]

09. April 2013

Tin nanocrystals for the battery of the future

More powerful batteries could help electric cars achieve a considerably larger range and thus a breakthrough on the market. A new nanomaterial for lithium ion batteries developed in the labs of chemists at ETH Zurich and Empa...[more]

05. April 2013

3D printer can build synthetic tissues

A custom-built programmable 3D printer can create materials with several of the properties of living tissues, Oxford University scientists have demonstrated.   The new type of material consists of thousands of connected...[more]

03. April 2013

Sensory helmet could mean firefighters are not left in the dark

A specially-adapted 'tactile helmet', developed by researchers at the University of Sheffield, could provide fire-fighters operating in challenging conditions with vital clues about their surroundings.   The helmet is...[more]

02. April 2013

Even graphene has weak spots

Graphene, the single-atom-thick form of carbon, has become famous for its extraordinary strength. But less-than-perfect sheets of the material show unexpected weakness, according to researchers at Rice University in Houston and...[more]

02. April 2013

New type of solar structure cools buildings in full sunlight

A Stanford team has designed an entirely new form of cooling panel that works even when the sun is shining. Such a panel could vastly improve the daylight cooling of buildings, cars and other structures by radiating sunlight...[more]

28. March 2013

Trees Used to Create Recyclable, Efficient Solar Cell

Solar cells are just like leaves, capturing the sunlight and turning it into energy. It’s fitting that they can now be made partially from trees.   Georgia Institute of Technology and Purdue University researchers have...[more]

27. March 2013

Hybrid ribbons a gift for powerful batteries

Rice lab finds vanadium oxide/graphene material works well for lithium-ion storage   Hybrid ribbons of vanadium oxide (VO2) and graphene may accelerate the development of high-power lithium-ion batteries suitable for...[more]

25. March 2013

Nanowire solar cells raise efficiency limit

Scientists from the Nano-Science Center at the Niels Bohr Institut, Denmark and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, have shown that a single nanowire can concentrate the sunlight up to 15 times of the...[more]

25. March 2013

Quantum computers counting on carbon nanotubes

Carbon nanotubes can be used as quantum bits for quantum computers. A study by physicists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) has shown how nanotubes can store information in the form of vibrations. Up to now,...[more]

21. March 2013

Self-assembled nanostructures enable a low-power phase-change memory for mobile electronic devices

Nonvolatile memory that can store data even when not powered is currently used for portable electronics such as smart phones, tablets, and laptop computers.   Flash memory is a dominant technology in this field, but its...[more]

19. March 2013

Oregon researchers synthesize negative-charge carrying molecular structures

University of Oregon chemists have synthesized organic molecular structures that move both positive and negative electrical charges -- a highly desired but often difficult combination to achieve in current efforts to create...[more]

19. March 2013

'Metasurfaces' to usher in new optical technologies

New optical technologies using "metasurfaces" capable of the ultra-efficient control of light are nearing commercialization, with potential applications including advanced solar cells, computers, telecommunications,...[more]

18. March 2013

Researchers building stronger, greener concrete with biofuel byproducts

Kansas State University civil engineers are developing the right mix to reduce concrete's carbon footprint and make it stronger. Their innovative ingredient: biofuel byproducts. "The idea is to use bioethanol production...[more]

13. March 2013

Nano devices to dramatically boost energy efficiency

A recent breakthrough by scientists from NUS and University College Cork may mean the arrival of highly energy-efficient smart phones and tablets that can last up to 10 times their usual life.   A group headed by...[more]

12. March 2013

Creating Indestructible Self-Healing Circuits

Imagine that the chips in your smart phone or computer could repair and defend themselves on the fly, recovering in microseconds from problems ranging from less-than-ideal battery power to total transistor failure.   It...[more]

11. March 2013

U of T Engineering breakthrough promises significantly more efficient solar cells

A new technique developed by University of Toronto Engineering Professor Ted Sargent and his research group could lead to significantly more efficient solar cells, according to a recent paper published in the journal Nano...[more]

08. March 2013

New technique could improve optical devices

Understanding the source and orientation of light in light-emitting thin films — now possible with energy-momentum spectroscopy — could lead to better LEDs, solar cells, and other devices that use layered...[more]

07. March 2013

Analytical theory may bring improvements to lithium-ion batteries

Researchers have shown theoretically how to control or eliminate the formation of "dendrites" that cause lithium-ion batteries to fail, an advance that if realized would improve safety and might enable the batteries...[more]

06. March 2013

MIT researchers develop solar-to-fuel roadmap for crystalline silicon

New analysis points the way to optimizing efficiency of an integrated system for harvesting sunlight to make storable fuel.   Bringing the concept of an “artificial leaf” closer to reality, a team of researchers at MIT...[more]

05. March 2013

Turning Trash into Cash . . . and Saving Energy

Suppose you could replace “Made in China” with “Made in my garage.” Suppose also that every time you polished off a jug of two percent, you would be stocking up on raw material to make anything from a cell phone case and golf...[more]

28. February 2013

Clever battery completes stretchable electronics package

The rechargeable battery can stretch, twist and bend -- and return to normal shape Northwestern University's Yonggang Huang and the University of Illinois' John A. Rogers are the first to demonstrate a stretchable...[more]

26. February 2013

A new look at high-temperature superconductors

Method allows direct detection of rapid fluctuations that may help to explain how high-temperature superconducting materials work.   While the phenomenon of superconductivity — in which some materials lose all resistance...[more]

25. February 2013

Researchers ‘Nanoweld’ by Applying Light to Aligned Nanorods in Solid Materials

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a way to melt or “weld” specific portions of polymers by embedding aligned nanoparticles within the materials. Their technique, which melts fibers along a chosen...[more]

22. February 2013

That’s the way the droplets adhere

New technique developed by MIT researchers provides first direct views of how drops and bubbles adhere to surfaces — and how they let go.   Understanding exactly how droplets and bubbles stick to surfaces — everything...[more]

21. February 2013

New imaging device that is flexible, flat, and transparent

Fluorescent light traveling through polymer sheet may lead to user interface devices that respond to gestures...[more]

20. February 2013

Forging a new periodic table using nanostructures

Artificial atoms and bonds provide a new set of building blocks for future materials Northwestern University's Chad A. Mirkin, a world-renowned leader in nanotechnology research and its application, has developed a completely...[more]

18. February 2013

Tough, light and strong

In a sweeping review of the field of bio-inspired engineering and biomimicry in the Feb. 15 issue of the journal Science, two engineers at the University of California, San Diego, identify three characteristics of biological...[more]

15. February 2013

Eco-safe antibacterial fibre discovered

Material could be used in fabrics and water purification   Researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology have discovered an antibacterial polymer that can be used in everyday products such as sportswear, diapers and...[more]

14. February 2013

Cheap, strong lithium-ion battery developed at USC

New design uses silicon nanoparticles to improve capacity and recharge more quickly Researchers at USC have developed a new lithium-ion battery design that uses porous silicon nanoparticles in place of the traditional...[more]

13. February 2013

Virtual Vehicle Vibrations

Researcher designs program to predict role posture may play in reducing head, neck injuries   “Sit up straight in your chair!”   That command given by countless parents to their children may one day be delivered by...[more]

12. February 2013

Fluorescent label sheds light on radioactive contamination

Researchers in Japan have developed a way to detect caesium contamination on a scale of millimetres enabling the detection of small areas of radioactive contamination. The research is published in Science and Technology of...[more]

11. February 2013

Gold squeezed into micro-Velcro

Researchers at Ruhr University have used self-assembling techniques to produce gold microwires that have suitable properties for micro-Velcro. The research is published today in Science and Technology of Advanced...[more]

08. February 2013

New Light on the Mysteries of Spider Silk

Researcher and team are the first to measure all of the elastic properties of an intact spider's web, drawing a remarkable picture of the behavior of one of nature’s most intriguing structures. The work could lead to new...[more]

07. February 2013

Light-Emitting Triangles May Have Applications in Optical Technology

For the first time, scientists have created single layers of a naturally occurring rare mineral called tungstenite, or WS2. The resulting sheet of stacked sulfur and tungsten atoms forms a honeycomb pattern of triangles that...[more]

06. February 2013

Routes towards defect-free graphene

A new way of growing graphene without the defects that weaken it and prevent electrons from flowing freely within it could open the way to large-scale manufacturing of graphene-based devices with applications in fields such as...[more]

05. February 2013

Scientists turn toxic by-product into biofuel booster

Engineered enzyme increases output of alkanes, possible replacement for key component of gasoline   Scientists studying an enzyme that naturally produces alkanes -- long carbon-chain molecules that could be a direct...[more]

31. January 2013

Progressive optics for side mirrors ends automobile blind spots without distorting view

A new optical prescription for automobile side-view mirrors may eliminate the dreaded "blind spot" in traffic without distorting the perceived distance of cars approaching from behind. As described in a paper...[more]

30. January 2013

A new material for environmentally friendlier electronics

A new organic 'ferroelectric,' economical and with low environmental impact, has been created   The electronics industry has a remarkable impact on the environment, yet research is devising new solutions to reduce it....[more]

29. January 2013

Bioinspired fibers change color when stretched

A team of materials scientists at Harvard University and the University of Exeter, UK, have invented a new fiber that changes color when stretched. Inspired by nature, the researchers identified and replicated the unique...[more]

28. January 2013

Evolution Inspires More Efficient Solar Cell Design

Geometric pattern maximizes time light is trapped in solar cell   The sun’s energy is virtually limitless, but harnessing its electricity with today’s single-crystal silicon solar cells is extremely expensive — 10 times...[more]

28. January 2013

Liquid metal makes silicon crystals at record low temperatures

A new way of making crystalline silicon, developed by U-M researchers, could make this crucial ingredient of computers and solar cells much cheaper and greener.   Silicon dioxide, or sand, makes up about 40 percent of...[more]

25. January 2013

Controlled Crumpling Key to Artificial Muscle

Duke University engineers are layering atom-thick lattices of carbon with polymers to create unique materials with a broad range of applications, including artificial muscles.   The lattice, known as graphene, is made of...[more]

24. January 2013

ORNL research paves way for larger, safer lithium ion batteries

Looking toward improved batteries for charging electric cars and storing energy from renewable but intermittent solar and wind, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed the first high-performance,...[more]

23. January 2013

Just Add Water: How Scientists Are Using Silicon to Produce Hydrogen on Demand

New technology could help power portable devices like satellite phones and radios   In a series of experiments, the scientists created spherical silicon particles about 10 nanometers in diameter. When combined with...[more]

22. January 2013

Cotton with special coating collects water from fogs in desert

Researchers TU/e together with researchers at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), have developed a special treatment for cotton fabric that allows the cotton to absorb exceptional amounts of water from misty air: 340...[more]

21. January 2013

Novel sensor provides bigger picture

Duke University engineers have developed a novel sensor that is more efficient, versatile and cheaper for potential use in such applications as airport security scanners and collision avoidance systems for aircraft, cars or...[more]

16. January 2013

New surfaces repel most known liquids

In an advance toward stain-proof, spill-proof clothing, protective garments and other products that shrug off virtually every liquid — from blood and ketchup to concentrated acids — scientists are reporting development of new...[more]

15. January 2013

Researchers Create Flexible, Nanoscale ‘Bed of Nails’ for Possible Drug Delivery

Researchers at North Carolina State University have come up with a technique to embed needle-like carbon nanofibers in an elastic membrane, creating a flexible “bed of nails” on the nanoscale that opens the door to development...[more]

14. January 2013

New path to more efficient organic solar cells uncovered at Berkeley Lab's advanced light source

Why are efficient and affordable solar cells so highly coveted? Volume. The amount of solar energy lighting up Earth's land mass every year is nearly 3,000 times the total amount of annual human energy use.   But to...[more]

13. January 2013

New Nanotech Fiber: Robust Handling, Shocking Performance

Rice University’s latest nanotechnology breakthrough was more than 10 years in the making, but it still came with a shock. Scientists from Rice, the Dutch firm Teijin Aramid, the U.S. Air Force and Israel’s Technion Institute...[more]

11. January 2013

Oscillating Gel Gives Synthetic Materials the Ability to “Speak”

Pitt researchers uncover a synthetic material that rebuilds itself through chemical communication   Self-moving gels can give synthetic materials the ability to “act alive” and mimic primitive biological communication,...[more]

10. January 2013

Stanford researchers develop acrobatic space rovers to explore moons and asteroids

An autonomous system for exploring the solar system's smaller members, such as moons and asteroids, could bring us closer to a human mission to Mars.   Stanford researchers, in collaboration with NASA's Jet Propulsion...[more]

09. January 2013

Engineered bacteria make fuel from sunlight

Chemists at the University of California, Davis, have engineered blue-green algae to grow chemical precursors for fuels and plastics -- the first step in replacing fossil fuels as raw materials for the chemical...[more]

03. January 2013

Researchers demonstrate record-setting p-type transistor

New design for a basic component of all computer chips boasts the highest 'carry mobility' yet measured   Almost all computer chips use two types of transistors: one called p-type, for positive, and one called n-type,...[more]

03. January 2013

Hydrogen peroxide vapor enhances hospital disinfection of superbugs

Johns Hopkins to begin decontaminating isolation rooms with robotic, vapor-dispersing devices Infection control experts at The Johns Hopkins Hospital have found that a combination of robot-like devices that disperse a...[more]

02. January 2013

Groundbreaking air-cleaner saves polluting industrials

Industries across Europe are threatened with shutdown as European Union emission rules for Volatile Organic Compounds are tightened. Now an air cleaning invention from the University of Copenhagen has proven its ability to...[more]

28. December 2012

Paper waste used to make bricks

Researchers at the University of Jaen (Spain) have mixed waste from the paper industry with ceramic material used in the construction industry. The result is a brick that has low thermal conductivity meaning it acts as a good...[more]

27. December 2012

Aldrich Materials Science discovers liquid-free preparation of metal organic frameworks

Researchers at Aldrich Materials Science, a strategic technology initiative of Sigma-Aldrich Corporation have discovered an innovative way to design an important class of three-dimensional (3D) hybrid structures, Metal Organic...[more]

20. December 2012

Peel-and-Stick Solar Panels from Stanford Engineering

Decal-like application process allows thin, flexible solar panels to be applied to virtually any surface   For all their promise, solar cells have frustrated scientists in one crucial regard – most are rigid. They must...[more]

19. December 2012

Artificial intelligence helps sort used batteries

Research at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden has resulted in a new type of machine that sorts used batteries by means of artificial intelligence (AI). One machine is now being...[more]

18. December 2012

Researchers Use Liquid Metal to Create Wires That Stretch Eight Times Their Original Length

Researchers from North Carolina State University have created conductive wires that can be stretched up to eight times their original length while still functioning. The wires can be used for everything from headphones to phone...[more]

18. December 2012

Flexing fingers for micro-robotics

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California, Berkeley, have developed an elegant and powerful new microscale actuator that can...[more]

17. December 2012

Engineers roll up their sleeves – and then do same with inductors

On the road to smaller, high-performance electronics, University of Illinois researchers have smoothed one speed bump by shrinking a key, yet notoriously large element of integrated circuits. Three-dimensional rolled-up...[more]

13. December 2012

Study Reveals New Factor that could Limit the Life of Hybrid and Electric Car Batteries

A new study of the batteries commonly used in hybrid and electric-only cars has revealed an unexpected factor that could limit the performance of batteries currently on the road.   Researchers led by Ohio State...[more]

12. December 2012

Rice cultivates green batteries from plant

Extract of madder plant works as environmentally friendly lithium-ion cathode   Here’s a reason to be glad about madder: The climbing plant has the potential to make a greener rechargeable battery.   Scientists at...[more]

11. December 2012

Space-Age Ceramics Get Their Toughest Test

Berkeley Lab Researchers Develop Real-Time CT-Scan Test Rig For Ceramic Composites at Ultrahigh Temperatures   Advanced ceramic composites can withstand the ultrahigh operational temperatures projected for hypersonic jet...[more]

10. December 2012

Point of Light

Caltech engineers invent light-focusing device that may lead to applications in computing, communications, and imaging   As technology advances, it tends to shrink. From cell phones to laptops—powered by increasingly...[more]

10. December 2012

Tiny structure gives big boost to solar power

Princeton researchers have found a simple and economic way to nearly triple the efficiency of organic solar cells, the cheap and flexible plastic devices that many scientists believe could be the future of solar...[more]

07. December 2012

Flexible silicon solar-cell fabrics may soon become possible

For the first time, a silicon-based optical fiber with solar-cell capabilities has been developed that has been shown to be scalable to many meters in length. The research opens the door to the possibility of weaving together...[more]

06. December 2012

Nature Materials Study: Boosting Heat Transfer With Nanoglue

Interdisciplinary Study From Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Demonstrates New Method for Significantly Increasing Heat Transfer Rate Across Two Different Materials   A team of interdisciplinary researchers at...[more]

05. December 2012

Scientists develop indium-free organic light-emitting diodes

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Ames Laboratory have discovered new ways of using a well-known polymer in organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), which could eliminate the need for an increasingly problematic...[more]

04. December 2012

How ‘transparent’ is graphene?

MIT researchers find that adding a coating of graphene has little effect on how a surface interacts with liquids — except in extreme cases.   The amazing electrical, optical and strength properties of graphene, a...[more]

03. December 2012

Goodbye, fluorescent light bulbs! See your office in a new light

Say goodbye to that annoying buzz created by overhead fluorescent light bulbs in your office. Scientists at Wake Forest University have developed a flicker-free, shatterproof alternative for large-scale lighting.   The...[more]

29. November 2012

The music of the silks

Researchers synthesize a new kind of silk fiber — and find that music can help fine-tune the material’s properties.   Pound for pound, spider silk is one of the strongest materials known: Research by MIT’s Markus Buehler...[more]

28. November 2012

Researchers at INM in Saarbruecken control the arrangement of nanoparticles via temperature

It is merely the arrangement of the carbon that makes it look so different. Highly ordered carbon makes a hard gemstone, incoherent and powdery carbon is more appropriate for a barbecue or writing letters.   High...[more]

27. November 2012

Penn Researchers Make Flexible, Low-voltage Circuits Using Nanocrystals

Electronic circuits are typically integrated in rigid silicon wafers, but flexibility opens up a wide range of applications.  In a world where electronics are becoming more pervasive, flexibility is a highly desirable...[more]

26. November 2012

Modeling the breaking points of metallic glasses

Mathematical methods developed by a Berkeley Lab researcher help explain why liquid metals have wildly different breaking points, depending on how they are made   Metallic glass alloys (or liquid metals) are three times...[more]

26. November 2012

Cut-and-paste zeolites: new, faster method for developing custom microporous materials

Zeolites are minerals with a microporous structure. This makes them attractive as catalysts in industrial applications. Unfortunately, creating synthetic zeolites is very complex.   Researchers at KU Leuven, Ghent...[more]

22. November 2012

Blind patient reads words stimulated directly onto the retina

For the very first time researchers have streamed braille patterns directly into a blind patient's retina, allowing him to read four-letter words accurately and quickly with an ocular neuroprosthetic device.   The...[more]

21. November 2012

Scotch tape finds new use as grasping 'smart material'

Scotch tape, a versatile household staple and a mainstay of holiday gift-wrapping, may have a new scientific application as a shape-changing "smart material."   Researchers used a laser to form slender...[more]

20. November 2012

Creating a Coating of Water-repellant Microscopic Particles to Keep Ice off Airplanes

To help planes fly safely through cold, wet, and icy conditions, a team of Japanese scientists has developed a new super water-repellent surface that can prevent ice from forming in these harsh atmospheric conditions. Unlike...[more]

20. November 2012

Fabrication on patterned silicon carbide produces bandgap to advance graphene electronics

By fabricating graphene structures atop nanometer-scale "steps" etched into silicon carbide, researchers have for the first time created a substantial electronic bandgap in the material suitable for room-temperature...[more]

19. November 2012

New injectable gels toughen up after entering the body

These more durable gels could find applications in drug delivery and tissue engineering.   Gels that can be injected into the body, carrying drugs or cells that regenerate damaged tissue, hold promise for treating many...[more]

16. November 2012

Traumatic brain injury patients, supercomputer simulations studied to improve helmets

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico are comparing supercomputer simulations of blast waves on the brain with clinical studies of veterans suffering from mild traumatic brain injuries...[more]

15. November 2012

Nanometer-scale diamond tips improve nano-manufacturing

One of the most promising innovations of nanotechnology has been the ability to perform rapid nanofabrication using nanometer-scale tips. The fabrication speed can be dramatically increased by using heat. High speed and high...[more]

15. November 2012

Stanford's touch-sensitive plastic skin heals itself

A team of Stanford chemists and engineers has created the first synthetic material that is both sensitive to touch and capable of healing itself quickly and repeatedly at room temperature. The advance could lead to smarter...[more]

13. November 2012

Researchers have made the production of batteries cheaper and safer

Researchers at Aalto University, Finland have developed a method for producing lithium batteries that is cheaper and more environmentally friendly than previously used methods. This new process has succeeded in replacing the...[more]

12. November 2012

Using rust and water to store solar energy as hydrogen

EPFL scientists are producing hydrogen from sunlight, water and rust - They're paving the way for an economic and ecological solution for storing renewable energy   How can solar energy be stored so that it can be...[more]

09. November 2012

Medical devices powered by the ear itself

For the first time, researchers power an implantable electronic device using an electrical potential — a natural battery — deep in the inner ear.   Deep in the inner ear of mammals is a natural battery — a chamber filled...[more]

08. November 2012

Sweet diesel: Discovery resurrects process to convert sugar directly to diesel

A long-abandoned fermentation process once used to turn starch into explosives can be used to produce renewable diesel fuel to replace the fossil fuels now used in transportation, University of California, Berkeley, scientists...[more]

07. November 2012

High-strength material advancements may lead to new, life-saving steel

There has been great advancements in the development of the high-strength steel and the need for additional enhancements continue to grow. Various industries have a need for structural components that are lighter and stronger,...[more]

06. November 2012

Electron Microscopes With a Twist

Vortex beams, rotating like a tornado, offer completely new possibilities for electron microscopy. A method of producing extremely intense vortex beams has been discovered at the Vienna University of Technology (TU...[more]

02. November 2012

Rice team boosts silicon-based batteries

'Crushed' porous silicon anodes show dramatic increase in charge-discharge cycles   Researchers at Rice University have refined silicon-based lithium-ion technology by literally crushing their previous work to make a...[more]

01. November 2012

Materials scientists make additive-free battery electrodes with nanoparticles

Materials scientists have developed a simple, robust way to fabricate carbon-free and polymer-free, lightweight colloidal films for lithium-ion battery electrodes, which could greatly improve battery performance.   By...[more]

31. October 2012

'Ordered' catalyst boosts fuel cell output at lower cost

Fuel cells, which convert fuel directly into electricity without burning it, promise a less polluted future where cars run on pure hydrogen and exhaust nothing but water vapor. But the catalysts that make them work are still...[more]

30. October 2012

Nanotechnology helps scientists keep silver shiny

There are thousands of silver artifacts in museum collections around the world, and keeping them shiny is a constant challenge. So scientists are using new technology to give conservators a helping hand.   A team of...[more]

29. October 2012

Manufacturing complex 3D metallic structures at nanoscale made possible

The fabrication of many objects, machines, and devices around us rely on the controlled deformation of metals by industrial processes such as bending, shearing, and stamping. Is this technology transferrable to nanoscale? Can...[more]

26. October 2012

Hightech textiles to combat heat stress

Optimised fire-resistant clothing to help protect against circulatory collapse   According to a study from 2003, 49% of fatalities amongst fire-fighters in the USA were attributable to heat stress.* Based on this study...[more]

24. October 2012

Tiny pores in graphene could give rise to membranes

New membranes may filter water or separate biological samples.   Much has been made of graphene’s exceptional qualities, from its ability to conduct heat and electricity better than any other material to its unparalleled...[more]

23. October 2012

A better way to shed water

MIT researchers find that lubricated, nanotextured surfaces improved performance of condensers in power and desalination plants.   Condensers are a crucial part of today’s power generation systems: About 80 percent of...[more]

22. October 2012

New self-healing coating for aluminum developed to replace cancer-causing product

University of Nevada, Reno research team finds elusive self-healing formulation for defense,...[more]

21. October 2012

University of Florida chemists pioneer new technique for nanostructure assembly

A team of researchers from the University of Florida department of chemistry has developed a new technique for growing new materials from nanorods.   Materials with enhanced properties engineered from nanostructures have...[more]

18. October 2012

Developing the next generation of microsensors

Caltech researchers engineer microscale optical...[more]

17. October 2012

Penn Researchers Find New Way to Mimic the Color and Texture of Butterfly Wings

The colors of a butterfly’s wings are unusually bright and beautiful and are the result of an unusual trait; the way they reflect light is fundamentally different from how color works most of the time.   A team of...[more]

17. October 2012

Penn Researchers Find New Way to Prevent Cracking in Nanoparticle Films

Making uniform coatings is a common engineering challenge, and, when working at the nanoscale, even the tiniest cracks or defects can be a big problem. New research from University of Pennsylvania engineers has shown a new...[more]

16. October 2012

Evacuated Sandwich Panels

+ + + New types of sandwich panels generate tailor-made property profiles + + + Future composites come without resins and adhesives + + + Innovative material concept sets top marks in terms of recyclability + +...[more]

15. October 2012

Researchers Create ‘Nanoflowers’ for Energy Storage, Solar Cells

Researchers from North Carolina State University have created flower-like structures out of germanium sulfide (GeS) – a semiconductor material – that have extremely thin petals with an enormous surface area. The GeS flower...[more]

11. October 2012

Drawing a line, with carbon nanotubes

New low-cost, durable carbon nanotube sensors can be etched with mechanical pencils.   Carbon nanotubes offer a powerful new way to detect harmful gases in the environment. However, the methods typically used to build...[more]

10. October 2012

Robots Using Tools: With New Grant, Researchers Aim to Create ‘MacGyver’ Robot

Robots are increasingly being used in place of humans to explore hazardous and difficult-to-access environments, but they aren’t yet able to interact with their environments as well as humans. If today’s most sophisticated...[more]

09. October 2012

Researchers Develop New Way to Determine Amount of Charge Remaining in Battery

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new technique that allows users to better determine the amount of charge remaining in a battery in real time. That’s good news for electric vehicle drivers,...[more]

08. October 2012

MaterialCard: Finest Holes …

equip this transparent and lightweight composite material with effective sound insulation functions.   Materialsgate: Materials Consulting & Materials Investigation   The database "MaterialCards" of...[more]

08. October 2012

A complete solution for oil-spill cleanup

Scientists are describing what may be a "complete solution" to cleaning up oil spills — a superabsorbent material that sops up 40 times its own weight in oil and then can be shipped to an oil refinery and processed to...[more]

08. October 2012

Research Shows Graphene Nanopores Can Be Controlled

Less Costly Ways of Sequencing DNA Could Open New Possibilities for Disease Prevention   Engineers at The University of Texas at Dallas have used advanced techniques to make the material graphene small enough to read...[more]

05. October 2012

Sea urchin's spiny strength revealed

For the first time, a team of Australian engineers has modelled the microscopic mechanics of a sea urchin’s spine, gaining insight into how these unusual creatures withstand impacts in their aquatic environment.   The...[more]

04. October 2012

Bionic: 1 glue, 2 functions

Spiders' design mastery allows for webs to stick to the ground and elevated surfaces differently.   While the common house spider may be creepy, it also has been inspiring researchers to find new and better ways to...[more]

03. October 2012

FRT: Microscope including a white light interferometer for R & D

FRT MicroScope WLI is the new optical surface measuring system launched by Fries Research & Technology (FRT). Based on an optical microscope, it comes with a full white light interferometer for non-destructive measurement....[more]

02. October 2012

Probing the mysteries of cracks and stresses

Analysis of molecular-level fracture and stress mechanisms could have broad implications for understanding materials’ behavior.   Diving into a pool from a few feet up allows you to enter the water smoothly and...[more]

02. October 2012

MaterialCard: Porous Foam Foils ...

Flexible, thin and deformable sheets made of metallic foams are a specialty of this company. Designed for high-tech applications these materials provide also interesting possibilities for exciting material transfers....[more]

01. October 2012

Nickelblock: An element's love-hate relationship with battery electrodes

Images show how nickel, which enhances battery capacity, also appears to hinder charging rates   Anyone who owns an electronic device knows that lithium ion batteries could work better and last longer. Now, scientists...[more]

28. September 2012

MaterialCard: Wood meets Plastic …

Under aspects of advanced lightweight constructions this composite material, which is made of a rigid and stabilizing plastic core and outer layers of thin plywood, will provide a convincing property...[more]

27. September 2012

Breakthrough in kitchen furniture production: Biocomposites challenge chipboard

Biocomposites challenge chipboard as furniture material. Researchers at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have developed a kitchen furniture framework material from plastic polymers reinforced with natural fibre. The new...[more]

26. September 2012

Researchers demonstrate 'giant' forces in super-strong nanomaterials

In a study that could lead to advances in the emerging fields of optical computing and nanomaterials, researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology report that a new class of nanoscale slot waveguides pack 100 to...[more]

26. September 2012

Researchers Demonstrate Cheaper Way To Produce NFO Thin Films

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology have demonstrated a less-expensive way to create textured nickel ferrite (NFO) ceramic thin films, which can easily be scaled up to...[more]

25. September 2012

MaterialCard: Hexagons ...

Large hexagonal honeycombs made of aluminum, which are fixed between two translucent plastic panels, give this composite material his expressive, attractive and sophisticated appearance.   Materialsgate: Materials...[more]

25. September 2012

Glass half full: Double-strength glass may be within reach

Glass is strong enough for so much: windshields, buildings and many other things that need to handle high stress without breaking. But scientists who look at the structure of glass strictly by the numbers believe some of the...[more]

24. September 2012

Revolutionary ultrathin, flat lens: Smartphones as thin as a credit card?

Scientists are reporting development of a revolutionary new lens — flat, distortion-free, so small that more than 1,500 would fit across the width of a human hair — capable in the future of replacing lenses in applications...[more]

21. September 2012

NRL Demonstrates High Durability of Nanotube Transistors to the Harsh Space Environment

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory electronics science and technology engineers demonstrate the ability of single walled carbon nanotube transistors (SWCNTs) to survive the harsh space environment, investigating the effects of...[more]

20. September 2012

MaterialCard: Simply Intelligent ...

This self-reinforcing composite provides sustainable features and is based on a mass plastic material. Through the intelligent combination of the matrix and the reinforcement components a thermoplastic material is generated...[more]

20. September 2012

New tool gives structural strength to 3-D printed works

Objects created using 3-D printing have a common flaw: They are fragile and often fall apart or lose their shape.   "I have an entire zoo of broken 3-D printed objects in my office," said Bedrich Benes, an...[more]

19. September 2012

Researchers develop rapid method to measure carbon footprints

Researchers have developed new software that can rapidly calculate the carbon footprints of thousands of products simultaneously, a process that up to now has been time consuming and expensive.   The methodology should...[more]

18. September 2012

Getting (drugs) under your skin

Using ultrasound waves, MIT engineers have found a way to enhance the permeability of skin to drugs, making transdermal drug delivery more efficient. This technology could pave the way for noninvasive drug delivery or...[more]

18. September 2012

MaterialCard: Snake Skin ...

This translucent, flexible, lightweight and thin plastic film bears the typical characteristics of a snake skin. Moreover, the haptic perceptual structuring of the material surface provides plenty of potential for exciting...[more]

17. September 2012

Nanoengineers can print 3D microstructures in mere seconds

Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a novel technology that can fabricate, in mere seconds, microscale three dimensional (3D) structures out of soft, biocompatible hydrogels.   Near...[more]

17. September 2012

MaterialCard: Blood or Wine?

Numerous mineral surfaces are highly vulnerable to contamination of different kind due to their porosity. This surface treatment generates an effective hydrophobic character and reduces the surface porosity. These factors will...[more]

14. September 2012

Researchers Look to Alien Soils for Heat Shield

An important test is coming up next week to see whether a heat shield made from the soil of the moon, Mars or an asteroid will stand up to the searing demands of a plunge through Earth's atmosphere.   At stake is the...[more]

13. September 2012

Nanowires: The long and short of breaking

Mechanical failure of short nanowires is characterized by smooth, ductile deformations, while long nanowires fail catastrophically   Most materials will break when a force is applied to an imperfection in their...[more]

12. September 2012

Sliding metals show fluidlike behavior, new clues to wear

Researchers have discovered a swirling, fluidlike behavior in a solid piece of metal sliding over another, providing new insights into the mechanisms of wear and generation of machined surfaces that could help improve the...[more]

11. September 2012

World Record for Highest Surface Area Material

Northwestern University researchers have broken a world record by creating two new synthetic materials with the greatest amount of surface areas reported to date.   Named NU-109 and NU-110, the materials belong to a...[more]

10. September 2012

Manufacturing crack-resistant lightweight components

Cold cracking in high-strength steel presents major quality assurance challenges for the automotive and machine-building industries, since cracks are difficult to predict – until now. A new process can determine, as early as...[more]

10. September 2012

MaterialCard: Connections ...

Elastic and flexible connections between carbon components are of increasing importance for the most different lightweight applications The figure shows an example of an appropriate solution for connecting carbon tubes having...[more]

07. September 2012

Tough gel stretches to 21 times its length, recoils, and heals itself

Biocompatible material created at Harvard is much tougher than cartilage   A team of experts in mechanics, materials science, and tissue engineering at Harvard have created an extremely stretchy and tough gel that may...[more]

07. September 2012

MaterialCard: Depth ...

Ultra-thin, lightweight and flexible are the right words to describe the property profile of this sturdy plastic film. The fabric-like textured appearance and the fascinating open structure provides an almost three dimensional...[more]

06. September 2012

Waste silicon gets new life in lithium-ion batteries at Rice University

Researchers at Rice University and the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, have developed a way to make flexible components for rechargeable lithium-ion (LI) batteries from discarded silicon.   The Rice lab of...[more]

05. September 2012

New long-term antimicrobial catheter developed

A novel antimicrobial catheter that remains infection-free for up to twelve weeks could dramatically improve the lives of long-term catheter users. The scientists who have developed the new technology are presenting their work...[more]

05. September 2012

MaterialCard: Thermal Management ...

This ultra-lightweight, ultra-thin and flexible heating sheet is based on the use of special carbon nanomaterials, which are sealed on both sides with a stable and durable fleece. With simple low voltage power supply defined...[more]

04. September 2012

New, Less Expensive Nanolithography Technique Developed

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new nanolithography technique that is less expensive than other approaches and can be used to create technologies with biomedical applications.   “Among...[more]

04. September 2012

MaterialCard: Energy Saving Coating ...

Significant contributions to energy saving and environmental protection can be realized by this intelligent and transparent coating for different glass surfaces. Due to the combination of insulating and reflective properties,...[more]

03. September 2012

New flexible electronics technology may lead to new medical uses

A Wayne State University researcher has developed technology that opens new possibilities for health care and medical applications of electronic devices. Yong Xu, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in...[more]

03. September 2012

MaterialCard: Warm …

Winter is coming! You recognize the pattern of a hand on the textile carrier material? This pattern is functionally essential; it consists of insulated heating wires. In fact, with this technology, the production of heated...[more]

30. August 2012

Photonics: Think thin, think vibrant

A thin liquid crystal film on gold sheets makes an ultra-compact color filter   Flat panel displays, mobile phones and many digital devices require thin, efficient and low-cost light-emitters for applications. The pixels...[more]

29. August 2012

MaterialCard: Made of Paper?

No, made of ceramic! This flexible foil can be formed into almost any shape. After a defined temperature treatment the flexible base material transformes into a solid, hard, translucent and porcelain-like ceramic...[more]

29. August 2012

Soaking up the Sun: Drexel-Penn Partnership to Develop More Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Panels

Solar panels, like those commonly perched atop house roofs or in sun-drenched fields, quietly harvesting the sun’s radiant energy, are one of the standard-bearers of the green energy movement. But could they be better – more...[more]

28. August 2012

Researchers develop method to grow artificial tissues with embedded nanoscale sensors

'Cyborg' tissues could merge bioengineering with electronics for drug development, implantable therapeutics   A multi-institutional research team has developed a method for embedding networks of biocompatible nanoscale...[more]

28. August 2012

Novel technique to synthesize nanocrystals that harvest solar energy

One reason that solar energy has not been widely adopted is because light absorbing materials are not durable. Materials that harvest solar radiation for energy often overheat or degrade over time; this reduces their viability...[more]

27. August 2012

MaterialCard: Three-Dimensional Carbon ...

This composite consists of a nearly optical dense carbon knit, which is embedded in a thermoplastic matrix material. In addition to its interesting visual appearance, the material impresses with its technical property profile....[more]

27. August 2012

Engineers achieve longstanding goal of stable nanocrystalline metals

Method developed by MIT researchers could produce materials with exceptional strength and other properties. Most metals — from the steel used to build bridges and skyscrapers to the copper and gold used to form wires in...[more]

24. August 2012

Batteries Made From World’s Thinnest Material Could Power Tomorrow’s Electric Cars

Engineering Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Use Intentionally Blemished Graphene Paper To Create Easy-To-Make, Quick-Charging Lithium-ion Battery With High Power Density   Engineering researchers at...[more]

23. August 2012

Self-charging power cell converts and stores energy in a single unit

Researchers have developed a self-charging power cell that directly converts mechanical energy to chemical energy, storing the power until it is released as electrical current. By eliminating the need to convert mechanical...[more]

22. August 2012

MaterialCard: Sound Insulation ...

Sound insulation is usually realized by additional mass. This would be paradoxical in context of modern light-weight concepts. This company provides innovative and truly lightweight solutions for a variety of carbon-based...[more]

22. August 2012

New Space-Age Insulating Material for Homes, Clothing and Other Everyday Uses

A major improvement in the world’s lightest solid material and best solid insulating material, described here today, may put more of this space-age wonder into insulated clothing, refrigerators with thinner walls that hold...[more]

21. August 2012

MaterialCard: Knitted Steel ...

With a special knitting process it is possible to transform thin, stable and stainless steel wires into tubular, flexible and open-structured parts. The metallic sheen, the interesting structure and the unique materiality...[more]

21. August 2012

Patterning defect-free nanocrystal films with nanometer resolution

New process developed at MIT could enable better LED displays, solar cells and biosensors — and foster basic physics research.   Films made of semiconductor nanocrystals — tiny crystals measuring just a few billionths of...[more]

20. August 2012

MaterialCard: Translucent Stone ...

This naturally occurring stone is highly scissile – so this material can be worked into thinnest layers. These layers are so thin that when backlit, the light can pass through the stone and thereby generates impressive visual...[more]

17. August 2012

Future light component produced in printing press

In the August issue of Nature Communications, Professor Ludvig Edman and PhD Andreas Sandström at Umeå University, report that they have produced organic light-emitting electrochemical cells (LECs) using a roll-to-roll compatible...[more]