Small-molecule solar cells get 50% increase in efficiency with optical spacer
New hybrid material simplifies organic transistor design
'Power Felt' uses body heat to generate electricity
Superhard carbon material could crack diamond
Stretchable graphene transistors overcome limitations of other materials
Researchers analyze performance of first updatable holographic 3D display
Ceramics don't have to be brittle: Materials scientists are creating materials by design
Imagine a balloon that could float without using any lighter-than-air gas. Instead, it could simply have all of its air sucked out while maintaining its filled shape. Such a vacuum balloon, which could help ...
Nanostructured material based on repeating microscopic units has record-breaking stiffness at low density (w/ Video)
What's the difference between the Eiffel Tower and the Washington Monument? Both structures soar to impressive heights, and each was the world's tallest building when completed. But the Washington Monument ...
New class of industrial polymers discovered
(Phys.org) —Scientists from IBM Research have successfully discovered a new class of polymer materials that can potentially transform manufacturing and fabrication in the fields of transportation, aerospace, ...
Transistors that wrap around tissues: New implanted devices may reshape medicine
(Phys.org) —Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Tokyo have created electronic devices that become soft when implanted inside the body and can deploy to grip 3-D objects, ...
Disorder can improve the performance of plastic solar cells
Scientists have spent decades trying to build flexible plastic solar cells efficient enough to compete with conventional cells made of silicon. To boost performance, research groups have tried creating new ...
Not-weak knots bolster carbon fiber: New material created with graphene oxide flakes
Large flakes of graphene oxide are the essential ingredient in a new recipe for robust carbon fiber created at Rice University.
Polymer structures serve as 'nanoreactors' for nanocrystals with uniform sizes, shapes
Using star-shaped block co-polymer structures as tiny reaction vessels, researchers have developed an improved technique for producing nanocrystals with consistent sizes, compositions and architectures – ...
Paint-on plastic electronics: Aligning polymers for high performance
Semiconducting polymers are an unruly bunch, but University of Michigan engineers have developed a new method for getting them in line that could pave the way for cheaper, greener, "paint-on" plastic electronics.