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Polymers designed for protection

Today's Soldiers rely on polymers as part of their protective systems Polymers are molecular chains that can vary from a few linked monomers to millions of chemical units With highly tunable properties and versatile processing ... - Read More

Discovery demystifies origin of life phenomenon

The origin of life is still a mystery with many unsolved puzzles How were molecules created How did they assemble into large structures Among the conundrums the homochirality phenomenon upon which amino acids and sugars ... - Read More

Longer life cycle for lithium-ion batteries?

Lithium ion batteries are common in consumer electronics They are one of the most popular types of rechargeable batteries for portable electronics with a high energy density no memory effect and only a slow loss ... - Read More

Ultrathin polymer insulators key to low-power soft electronics

A group of researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology KAIST developed a high performance ultrathin polymeric insulator for field effect transistors FETs The researchers used vaporized monomers to form polymeric films ... - Read More

New flexible films for touch screen applications achieve longer lasting display

Today touch screens are everywhere from smart phones and tablets to computer monitors to interactive digital signage and displays Many touch screens are made of layered thin billionths of a meter thick films of indium ... - Read More

Aerogel catalyst shows promise for fuel cells: Unzipped nanotubes turned into possible alternative for platinum

Graphene nanoribbons formed into a three dimensional aerogel and enhanced with boron and nitrogen are excellent catalysts for fuel cells even in comparison to platinum according to Rice University researchers A team led by materials ... - Read More

Blend of polymers could one day make solar power lighter, cheaper and more efficient

A University of Cincinnati research partnership is reporting advances on how to one day make solar cells stronger lighter more flexible and less expensive when compared with the current silicon or germanium technology on the ... - Read More

Smart crystallization

A novel nucleating agent that builds on the concept of molecularly imprinted polymers MIPs could allow crystallographers access to proteins and other biological macromolecules that are usually reluctant to form crystals The semi liquid non ... - Read More

Untangling DNA with a droplet of water, a pipet and a polymer

Researchers have long sought an efficient way to untangle DNA in order to study its structure neatly unraveled and straightened out under a microscope Now chemists and engineers at KU Leuven in Belgium have devised ... - Read More

Bringing clean energy a step closer

For nearly half a century scientists have been trying to replace precious metal catalysts in fuel cells Now for the first time researchers at Case Western Reserve University have shown that an inexpensive metal free ... - Read More

Waste electrical and electronic equipment, including kitchen utensils, contain valuable materials

Anything from whisks and washing machines to power tools and PCs can be classed as WEEE at their end of life stage and most are now recycled as they usually contain many valuable materials or ... - Read More

Semiconductor works better when hitched to graphene

Graphene a one atom thick sheet of carbon with highly desirable electrical properties flexibility and strength shows great promise for future electronics advanced solar cells protective coatings and other uses and combining it with other ... - Read More

New paper-like material could boost electric vehicle batteries

Researchers at the University of California Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering have developed a novel paper like material for lithium ion batteries It has the potential to boost by several times the specific energy or ... - Read More

Novel crumpling method takes flat graphene from 2-D to 3-D

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign have developed a unique single step process to achieve three dimensional 3D texturing of graphene and graphite Using a commercially available thermally activated shape memory polymer ... - Read More

Self-stretching material: No limit to number of times material can change shape

Although most materials slightly expand when heated there is a new class of rubber like material that not only self stretches upon cooling it reverts back to its original shape when heated all without physical ... - Read More

Converting olive mash into cash

An experimental system to create heat and power with waste from olive oil processing is up and running in Spain Carina Lagergren a researcher from Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology says the system shows ... - Read More

Path to artificial photosynthesis? Manganese catalyst's electronic states characterized

Scientists at the Helmholtz Center for Materials and Energy HZB in collaboration with the School of Chemistry and ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science at Monash University Australia have precisely characterized a manganese catalyst's ... - Read More

Decorative and flexible solar panels become part of interior design and the appearance of objects

VTT Technical Centre of Finland has developed and utilized a mass production method based on printing technologies allowing the manufacturing of decorative organic solar panels Design freedom improves the range of applications of the panels ... - Read More

Self-assembled nanotextures create antireflective surface on silicon solar cells

Reducing the amount of sunlight that bounces off the surface of solar cells helps maximize the conversion of the sun's rays to electricity so manufacturers use coatings to cut down on reflections Now scientists at ... - Read More

Transparent artificial nacre: A brick wall at the nanoscale

Natural materials have extraordinary mechanical properties which are based on sophisticated arrangements and combinations of multiple building blocks One key aspect of today's materials research therefore is to develop bio inspired materials reaching to the ... - Read More
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