Surface properties command attention
Whether working on preventing corrosion for undersea oil fields and nuclear power plants, or for producing electricity from fuel cells or oxygen from electrolyzers for travel to Mars, associate professor ...
New catalyst could improve biofuels production
Washington State University researchers have developed a new catalyst that could lead to making biofuels cheaply and more efficiently.
Hybrid materials could smash the solar efficiency ceiling
(Phys.org) —A new method for transferring energy from organic to inorganic semiconductors could boost the efficiency of widely used inorganic solar cells.
Dolphin 'breathalyzer' could help diagnose animal and ocean health
Alcohol consumption isn't the only thing a breath analysis can reveal. Scientists have been studying its possible use for diagnosing a wide range of conditions in humans—and now in the beloved bottlenose dolphin. In a report ...
The origins of handedness in life
Electrically conductive plastics promising for batteries, solar cells
(Phys.org) —An emerging class of electrically conductive plastics called "radical polymers" may bring low-cost, transparent solar cells, flexible and lightweight batteries and ultrathin antistatic coatings ...
Unique catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells synthesized in ordinary kitchen microwave oven
Swedish and Chinese researchers show how a unique nano-alloy composed of palladium nano-islands embedded in tungsten nanoparticles creates a new type of catalysts for highly efficient oxygen reduction, the most important ...
Scientists manipulate molecules inside living cells with temperature gradients
Protein found in insect blood that helps power pests' immune responses
Pest insects may be sickened to learn to that researchers at Kansas State University have discovered a genetic mechanism that helps compromise their immune system.
Scientists create new protein-based material with some nerve
UC Berkeley scientists have taken proteins from nerve cells and used them to create a "smart" material that is extremely sensitive to its environment. This marriage of materials science and biology could ...
Novel chemistry turns conventional polymers into biomedical supermaterials
Biomaterials are crucial to the development of many modern medical devices and products including biodegradable sutures, bone screws, pins, rods and plates, and scaffolds for regenerating bone, cartilage ...
Researchers discover a way to tease oxygen molecules from carbon dioxide
Scientists uncover clues to ATP mystery and how cells work
Polymer hybrid thin-film composites with tailored permeability and anti-fouling performance
Composites and hybrid materials are new material combinations which can provide added value for existing products or create novel multifunctional properties.