Highly active catalysts could be key to improved energy storage in fuel cells and advanced batteries
MIT researchers have found a new family of materials that provides the best-ever performance in a reaction called oxygen evolution, a key requirement for energy storage and delivery systems such as advanced ...
Invention jet prints nanostructures with self-assembling material
A multi-institutional team of engineers has developed a new approach to the fabrication of nanostructures for the semiconductor and magnetic storage industries. This approach combines top-down advanced ink-jet ...
Airbrushing could facilitate large-scale manufacture of carbon nanofibers
Researchers from North Carolina State University used airbrushing techniques to grow vertically aligned carbon nanofibers on several different metal substrates, opening the door for incorporating these nanofibers ...
New magnetic semiconductor material holds promise for 'spintronics'
Researchers at North Carolina State University have created a new compound that can be integrated into silicon chips and is a dilute magnetic semiconductor – meaning that it could be used to make "spintronic" devices, which ...
Genome of elastomeric materials creates novel materials
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers.
Physicists find a compound to more efficiently convert waste heat to electrical power
Physicists at the University of Houston's physics department and the Texas Center for Superconductivity are working on an innovation that could boost vehicle mileage by 5 percent and power plant and industrial processing ...
Shining a little light changes metal into semiconductor
By blending their expertise, two materials science engineers at Washington University in St. Louis changed the electronic properties of new class of materials—just by exposing it to light.
Measuring progress in nanotech design: Team uses laser spectroscopy to size-up band offset
Engineers working in the nanoscale will have a new tool at their disposal thanks to an international group of researchers led by Drexel University's College of Engineering. This innovative procedure could ...
New computer model will help design flexible touchscreens
Electronic devices with touchscreens are ubiquitous, and one key piece of technology makes them possible: transparent conductors. However, the cost and the physical limitations of the material these conductors ...
Microencapsulation produces uniform drug release vehicle
Consistently uniform, easily manufactured microcapsules containing a brain cancer drug may simplify treatment and provide more tightly controlled therapy, according to Penn State researchers.
The true raw material footprint of nations
The amount of raw materials needed to sustain the economies of developed countries is significantly greater than presently used indicators suggest, a new Australian study has revealed.
Chemistry team creates spontaneously forming supramolecular nanotube yarn
We may all be Martians: New research supports theory that life started on Mars
New evidence has emerged which supports the long-debated theory that life on Earth may have started on Mars.
Size matters as nanocrystals go through phases
(Phys.org) —Understanding what happens to a material as it undergoes phase transformations – changes from a solid to a liquid to a gas or a plasma – is of fundamental scientific interest and critical ...