Saturday, August 17, 2019
carbon nanotubes

Nano-coating makes coaxial cables lighter

Rice University scientists replace metal with carbon nanotubes for aerospace use
palladium

Hydrogen uptake causes molecular “avalanches” in palladium

Imagine a sponge that could soak up a thousand times its own volume in water.  Now imagine how effective that sponge would be if...
graphene

Graphene composite may keep wings ice-free

Rice University develops conductive material to heat surfaces, simplify ice removal 
adaptive materials

Smart and adaptive materials to set a new course for the European shipbuilding industry

 An EU-funded project has shown how smart materials and structures can be used by the European shipbuilding industry to produce vessels that are more...
battery

Self-heating lithium-ion battery could beat the winter woes

A lithium-ion battery that self heats if the temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit has multiple applications, but may have the most impact on...
neutrons

ORNL researchers use neutrons to gain insight into battery inefficiency 

Rechargeable batteries power everything from electric vehicles to wearable gadgets, but obstacles limit the creation of sleeker, longer-lasting and more efficient power sources. Batteries...
electrolyte

Fuel cell electrolyte developed to offer cleaner, more efficient energy 

Fuel cell electrolyte developed to offer cleaner, more efficient energy
Nanoporous gold

Researchers go for the gold on a single chip

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have created a library of nanoporous gold on a single chip that has direct applications for high-capacity lithium ion batteries...
electric

Charging an electric car as fast as filling a tank of gas

Electric cars will be competitive when they can be charged in the time it takes to fill the gas tank. EPFL researchers have found...

Advanced bearings open door to more fuel efficient aircraft propellers

EU-funded scientists have developed new bearing technologies designed to support the manufacture of cutting edge propeller blades.
queues

Cutting down runway queues

Model that predicts time from gate departure to takeoff could cut airport congestion, fuel waste.
batteries

Stable “superoxide” opens the door to a new class of batteries

While lithium-ion batteries have transformed our everyday lives, researchers are currently trying to find new chemistries that could offer even better energy possibilities. One...
battery

Technique Matters: A Different Way to Make a Cathode May Mean Better Batteries

Berkeley Lab researchers find that controlling surface chemistry is important to developing high-energy lithium-ion batteries.
battery

New Stanford battery shuts down at high temperatures and restarts when it cools

Stanford researchers have invented a lithium-ion battery that turns on and off depending on the temperature. The new technology could prevent battery fires that have plagued laptops, hoverboards and other electronic devices.
self-driving

National crash rate for conventional vehicles higher than crash rate of self-driving cars, report...

A report commissioned by Google, based on research conducted at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, compares national crash rates to data from Google’s Self-Driving Car program. This photo, courtesy of Google, is a prototype vehicle being tested in Texas.
battery

Unique Two-Level Cathode Structure Improves Battery Performance

Controlling surface chemistry could lead to higher-capacity, faster-charging batteries for electronics, vehicles, and energy-storage applications
Biodiesel

Driving to Great: Science and the Journey to Waste-Free Biodiesel

Scientists overcome roadblocks to turning fuel's troubling waste into valued chemicals.
lithium-ion

Built in sensors make lithium-ion batteries safer

Researchers in Penn State’s Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Center are working to make the lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries we use every day safer...
metal

Exceptionally strong and lightweight new metal created

Magnesium infused with dense silicon carbide nanoparticles could be used for airplanes, cars, mobile electronics and more 
lithium-ion batteries

Neutrons offer guide to getting more out of solid-state lithium-ion batteries

Although they don’t currently have as much conductivity, solid-state electrolytes designed for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are emerging as a safer alternative to their more...