Melanin from Jurassic-era mollusk could lead to new tool for cancer diagnosis
Inkjet-printed graphene electrodes may lead to low-cost, large-area, possibly foldable devices
Physical chemistry could answer many questions on fracking
Solar-powered process could decrease carbon dioxide to pre-industrial levels in 10 years
Researchers develop method to inkjet print highly conductive, bendable layers of graphene
(Phys.org) —Imagine a bendable tablet computer or an electronic newspaper that could fold to fit in a pocket.
Graphene-boron mix shows promise for lithium-ion batteries
Frustration led to revelation when Rice University scientists determined how graphene might be made useful for high-capacity batteries.
Physicists turn liquid into solid using an electric field
(PhysOrg.com) -- Physicists have predicted that under the influence of sufficiently high electric fields, liquid droplets of certain materials will undergo solidification, forming crystallites at temperature ...
Twisted crystals point way toward active optical materials
(PhysOrg.com) -- A nanoscale game of "now you see it, now you don't" may contribute to the creation of metamaterials with useful optical properties that can be actively controlled, according to scientists ...
Resolving water's electrical properties
An old confusion about the electrical properties of water's surface has ended, thanks to scientists at Pacific Northwest and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. The conflict arose because two types of ...
What a ride! Researchers take molecules for a spin (w/ Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- Kolomeisky and Rice graduate student Alexey Akimov have taken a large step toward defining the behavior of these molecular whirligigs with a new paper in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Physical ...
Rare form of silver observed during routine calibration
What started out as an ordinary instrument calibration task using silver turned into research gold for scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Contradicting nearly 40 years of measurement history, ...
How world's smallest 'coffee ring' may help biosensors detect disease
(PhysOrg.com) -- The field of biosensing has recently found an unlikely partner in the quest for increased sensitivity: coffee rings. The next time you spill your coffee on a table, look at the spot left after ...
Scavenging energy waste to turn water into hydrogen fuel
(PhysOrg.com) -- Materials scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have designed a way to harvest small amounts of waste energy and harness them to turn water into usable hydrogen fuel.
One-of-a-kind spectrometer reads vibrations between atoms to find structures of molecules
A Rice University laboratory has improved upon its ability to determine molecular structures in three dimensions in ways that challenge long-used standards.