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Obtaining polymers with à la carte optical and electrical properties

Properties
By adding semiconducting nanoparticles to polymers the Materials + Technologies Research Group GMT of the Polytechnical College of San Sebastian of the UPV EHU University of the Basque Country has created nanostructured composite materials with ... - Read More

Friction in the nano-world: Physicists discover a new kind of friction

Friction
Whether in vehicle transmissions hip replacements or tiny sensors for triggering airbags The respective components must slide against each other with minimum friction to prevent loss of energy and material wear Investigating the friction behavior ... - Read More

Cotton offers a new ecologically friendly way to clean up oil spills

Clean up
With the Deepwater Horizon disaster emphasizing the need for better ways of cleaning up oil spills scientists are reporting that unprocessed raw cotton may be an ideal ecologically friendly answer with an amazing ability to ... - Read More

Engineered biomaterial could improve success of medical implants

Medical, Medical implants
It's a familiar scenario a patient receives a medical implant and days later the body attacks the artificial valve or device causing complications to an already compromised system Expensive state of the art medical devices ... - Read More

Squishy hydrogels may be the ticket for studying biological effects of nanoparticles

biological
A class of water loving jelly like materials with uses ranges ranging from the mundane such as superabsorbent diaper liners to the sophisticated such as soft contact lenses could be tapped for a new line ... - Read More

New magnetic graphene may revolutionize electronics

Electronics, Electronics, Electronics, Electronics
Researchers from IMDEA Nanociencia Institute and from Autonoma and Complutense Universities of Madrid Spain have managed to give graphene magnetic properties The breakthrough published in the journal 'Nature Physics' opens the door to the development ... - Read More

New technique to improve quality control of lithium-ion batteries

Lithium, Lithium-ion, 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 ... - Read More

'Power plants': How to harvest electricity directly from plants

Plants, plants
The sun provides the most abundant source of energy on the planet However only a tiny fraction of the solar radiation on Earth is converted into useful energy To help solve this problem researchers at ... - Read More

'Invisibility cloak' for thermal flow constructed

Heat
By means of special metamaterials light and sound can be passed around objects KIT researchers now succeeded in demonstrating that the same materials can also be used to specifically influence the propagation of heat A ... - Read More

New mechanism converts natural gas to energy faster, captures carbon dioxide

Chemical engineering researchers have identified a new mechanism to convert natural gas into energy up to 70 times faster while effectively capturing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide CO2 This could make power generation from natural ... - Read More

Cleaner, low temperature nuclear fuels?

The search for cleaner low temperature nuclear fuels has produced a shock result for a team of experts at The University of Nottingham First they created a stable version of a 'trophy molecule' that has ... - Read More

New mechanism converts natural gas to energy faster, captures CO2

Chemical engineering researchers have identified a new mechanism to convert natural gas into energy up to 70 times faster while effectively capturing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide CO2 This could make power generation from natural ... - Read More

Brighter clouds, cooler climate? Organic vapors affect clouds, leading to previously unidentified climate cooling

Climate, climate
University of Manchester scientists writing in the journal Nature Geoscience have shown that natural emissions and humanmade pollutants can both have an unexpected cooling effect on Earth's climate by making clouds brighter Clouds are made ... - Read More

Improving materials that convert heat to electricity and vice-versa: Turning waste heat into electricity

Heat
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 ... - Read More

Microwave oven cooks up solar cell material

Microwave
University of Utah metallurgists used an old microwave oven to produce a nanocrystal semiconductor rapidly using cheap abundant and less toxic metals than other semiconductors They hope it will be used for more efficient photovoltaic ... - Read More

How graphene and friends could harness the Sun's energy hitting walls

Sun
Combining wonder material graphene with other stunning one atom thick materials could create the next generation of solar cells and optoelectronic devices scientists have revealed Share This See Also Graphene Materials Science Energy and the ... - Read More

Printable functional 'bionic' ear melds electronics and biology

Biology, biology, 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 Share This See Also Technology Electronics Civil ... - Read More

Laser welding as an engine of innovation

Can lasers perform welds precisely and reliably in the midst of thundering machinery The prototype of a new laser welder developed by an international team of researchers has now withstood the worst At INTEGASA and ... - Read More

Microelectronics: Taking the heat off microfluidic chips

Replacing a high temperature processing technique with an infrared treatment allows the manufacture of tiny devices without damaging the polymer components Share This See Also Microarrays Chemistry Inorganic Chemistry Artificial Intelligence Mobile Computing Information Technology ... - Read More

Researchers design nanometer-scale material that can speed up, squeeze light

Nanometer, Nanometer, Nanometer
In a process one researcher compares to squeezing an elephant through a pinhole researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have designed a way to engineer atoms capable of funneling light through ultra small ... - Read More
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