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Chemists make new silicon-based nanomaterials

Chemists from Brown University have found a way to make new 2 D graphene like semiconducting nanomaterials using an old standby of the semiconductor world silicon In a paper published in the journal Nanoletters the ... - Read More

Desalination with nanoporous graphene membrane

Less than 1 percent of Earth's water is drinkable Removing salt and other minerals from our biggest available source of water seawater may help satisfy a growing global population thirsty for fresh water for drinking ... - Read More

New processing technology converts used packing peanuts to battery components

Researchers have shown how to convert waste packing peanuts into high performance carbon electrodes for rechargeable lithium ion batteries that outperform conventional graphite electrodes representing an environmentally friendly approach to reuse the waste Batteries have ... - Read More

Symmetry matters in graphene growth

What lies beneath growing islands of graphene is important to its properties according to a new study led by Rice University Scientists at Rice analyzed patterns of graphene a single atom thick sheet of carbon ... - Read More

Atom-thick CCD could capture images

An atomically thin material developed at Rice University may lead to the thinnest ever imaging platform Synthetic two dimensional materials based on metal chalcogenide compounds could be the basis for superthin devices according to Rice ... - Read More

Theory details how 'hot' monomers affect thin-film formation

Like a baseball player sliding into third a hot monomer skids in a straight line along a cold surface until it's safely among its fellow molecules This is not what usually happens when scientists assemble ... - Read More

Circuits and sensors direct from the printer

Printers are becoming more and more versatile Now they can even print sensors and electronic components on 2D and 3D substrates A new robot assisted production line allows the process to be automated These days ... - Read More

Spintronics: Nano magnets arise at 2-D boundaries

Magnets, Nano
When you squeeze atoms you don't get atom juice You get magnets According to a new theory by Rice University scientists imperfections in certain two dimensional materials create the conditions by which nanoscale magnetic fields ... - Read More

Volume of nuclear waste could be reduced by 90 percent, says new research

The researchers from the University of Sheffield's Faculty of Engineering have shown that mixing plutonium contaminated waste with blast furnace slag and turning it into glass reduces its volume by 85 95 per cent It ... - Read More

A noble yet simple way to synthesize new metal-free electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction

Reduction, Synthesize, Oxygen
A Korean research team from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology UNIST S Korea developed a high performance and stable metal free electrocatalyst for ORR and the research work was published in a science ... - Read More

New device stores electricity on silicon chips

Solar cells that produce electricity 24 7 not just when the sun is shining Mobile phones with built in power cells that recharge in seconds and work for weeks between charges These are just two ... - Read More

Graphene 'onion rings' have delicious potential

Carbon, carbon
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 ... - Read More

New metallic bubble wrap offers big benefits over other protective materials

Materials, 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 ... - Read More

2-D electronics take a step forward: Semiconducting films for atom-thick circuits

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 MDS ... - Read More

Even with defects, graphene is strongest material in the world

Material, Material
In a new study published in Science Columbia Engineering researchers demonstrate that graphene even if stitched together from many small crystalline grains is almost as strong as graphene in its perfect crystalline form This work ... - Read More

New technique may open up an era of atomic-scale semiconductor devices

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new technique for creating high quality semiconductor thin films at the atomic scale meaning the films are only one atom thick The technique can be used ... - Read More

Top-class biofuel from the depths of the forest

Tops and branches from tree felling sites are reborn in the laboratory as compact pellets However the energy industry will not act until the price is right We have all seen it when we walk ... - Read More

Softening steel problem expands computer model applications

Steel, Applications
Sandia National Laboratories researchers Lisa Deibler and Arthur Brown had a ready made problem for their computer modeling work when they partnered with the National Nuclear Security Administration's Kansas City Plant  to improve stainless steel ... - Read More

Cold cities less sustainable than warm cities, research suggests

Living in colder climates in the US is more energy demanding than living in warmer climates This is according to Dr Michael Sivak at the University of Michigan who has published new research today 28 ... - Read More

Biomass analysis tool is faster, more precise

A screening tool from the U S Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory NREL eases and greatly quickens one of the thorniest tasks in the biofuels industry determining cell wall chemistry to find plants ... - Read More
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