Physics - Condensed Matter news

MIT creates new oil-repelling material

MIT engineers have designed the first simple process for manufacturing materials that strongly repel oils. The material, which can be applied as a flexible surface coating, could have applications in aviation, ...

Dec 06, 2007 4.8 / 5 (24) 1

Changing gold

Gold is not as noble and stable as it has been previously thought. This is the conclusion of an international team of researchers from Germany, France and Sweden who came to the ESRF to study the structure of this material ...

Feb 12, 2007 4.3 / 5 (26) 0

Solar cells go thin and flimsy

The next generation of solar cells made out of plastics and microscopic crystals instead of silicon are taking shape at UQ (University of Queensland). UQ Master of Physics student Michael Deceglie is working ...

Sep 04, 2006 4 / 5 (28) 0

Hydrogen tank lighter than battery

Dutch-sponsored researcher Robin Gremaud has shown that an alloy of the metals magnesium, titanium and nickel is excellent at absorbing hydrogen. This light alloy brings us a step closer to the everyday use of hydrogen as ...

Nov 04, 2008 4.1 / 5 (27) 1

Why lithium-ion-batteries fail

Materials in lithium ion battery electrodes expand and contract during charge and discharge. These volume changes drive particle fracture, which shortens battery lifetime. A group of ETH scientists together ...

Oct 17, 2013 4.6 / 5 (24) 0 | with audio podcast