New approach to scratch resistance: Improving coatings with polymer-based nanocomposite materials
A new way to analyze how coatings of tiny particles alter the properties of transparent plastic could help researchers create lightweight windows with nearly the strength of glass. The same method could also lead to high-strength, ...
Citrate key in bone's nanostructure
Bone is one of nature's surprising "building materials." Pound-for-pound it's stronger than steel, tough yet resilient. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have identified the composition ...
New production process for NiO/Ni nanocomposite electrodes for supercapacitors
(PhysOrg.com) -- Conversion to renewable energy sources like wind and sun is only a question of time. Because wind and solar radiation vary in strength, the increase in renewable energy sources will cause ...
Researchers create self-strengthening nanocomposite
Researchers at Rice University have created a synthetic material that gets stronger from repeated stress much like the body strengthens bones and muscles after repeated workouts.
Scientists achieve breakthrough in nanocomposite for high-capacity hydrogen storage
Since the 1970s, hydrogen has been touted as a promising alternative to fossil fuels due to its clean combustion unlike hydrocarbon-based fuels, which spew greenhouse gases and harmful pollutants, hydrogen's ...
Cracking a tooth: 3-D map of atoms sheds light on nanoscale interfaces in teeth, may aid materials design
Teeth and bone are important and complex structures in humans and other animals, but little is actually known about their chemical structure at the atomic scale. What exactly gives them their renowned toughness, hardness ...
Embedded rods: Chitin-silicon dioxide nanocomposite made by self-organization and sol-gel chemistry
(PhysOrg.com) -- Self-organization processes involving chemical building blocks are the basis for many biological processes and are increasingly of interest in the field of materials synthesis, for example ...
Tiny Particles May Help Surgeons By Marking Brain Tumors
(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers have developed a way to enhance how brain tumors appear in MRI scans and during surgery, making the tumors easier for surgeons to identify and remove.
Graphene Outperforms Carbon Nanotubes for Creating Stronger, More Crack-Resistant Materials
(PhysOrg.com) -- Three new studies from researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute illustrate why graphene should be the nanomaterial of choice to strengthen composite materials used in everything from ...
Lithium-ion anode uses self-assembled nanocomposite materials to increase capacity
A new high-performance anode structure based on silicon-carbon nanocomposite materials could significantly improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries used in a wide range of applications from hybrid ...
A New Way Forward for Nanocomposite Nanostructures
(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory and the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign recently reported a new technique for directly writing composites of nanoparticles and polymers.
Nanotech in Space: Experiment To Weather the Trials of Orbit
Novel nanomaterials developed at Rensselaer were sent into orbit on Nov. 16 aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis.
Nanotech in Space: Rensselaer Experiment To Weather the Trials of Orbit
(PhysOrg.com) -- Novel nanomaterials developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are scheduled to blast off into orbit on November 16 aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis.
Scientists advance facile synthesis of nanoparticles with multiple functions
Nanostructured materials have garnered great interest worldwide due to their unique size-dependent properties for chemical, electronic, structural, medical and consumer applications.