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Glass Crystal

Not Your Typical “Cut Glass Crystal”

The ScienceTo better move energy in solar cells and other devices, scientists need single, ordered crystals. The single crystals can handle tough environments while...
Polymer-Based Additive

NIST Releases Roadmap for Polymer-Based Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing (AM) is a high-priority technology growth area for U.S. manufacturers. Innovative AM processes that fabricate parts layer-by-layer directly from a 3-D digital...
programmable materialsvideo

‘Programmable Materials’ Showing Future Potential for Industry

New research has shown that honeycomb “cellular” materials made of a shape-memory polymer might be programmed for specific purposes, from shock-absorbing football helmets to...
Supersonic

Supersonic Spray Yields New Nanomaterial for Bendable, Wearable Electronics

A new, ultrathin film that is both transparent and highly conductive to electric current has been produced by a cheap and simple method devised...
Wearable terahertzvideo

Wearable Terahertz Scanning Device for Inspection of Medical Equipment and the...

Imaging devices based on terahertz waves show promise for noninvasive inspection of solid objects and soft tissue of the human body. However, terahertz waves...
solar cell

New Way to Make Low-cost Solar Cell Technology

Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have found a new way to fabricate high efficiency semi-transparent perovskite solar cells in a breakthrough that...
Graphene

Layering Graphene to Make Membranes for Efficient Desalination

Membranes made from carefully arranged graphene layers could help transform seawater desalination from an energy intensive process into one that is significantly more energy...
nanogold

Nanostructures Made of Pure Gold

The idea is reminiscent of the ancient alchemists’ attempts to create gold from worthless substances: Researchers from TU Wien (Vienna) have discovered a novel...
flexible solar panel

Virginia Tech Flexible Solar Panel Goes Where Silicon Can’t

In the very near future, recycling light energy may be easier than recycling any other item in your house.Led by Shashank Priya, a team...
Polymeric Nanoparticles

Imaging the Inside of Cells Using Polymeric Nanoparticles

Nanoparticles are particles that are smaller than 100 nanometers. They are typically obtained from metals and, because of their tiny size, have unique properties...
Lithium Batteries

New Method Increases Energy Density in Lithium Batteries

Yuan Yang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Columbia Engineering, has developed a new method to increase the energy density of lithium...
transparent sensors

Engineers Reveal Fabrication Process for Revolutionary Transparent Sensors

In 2014, when University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers announced in the journal Nature Communications that they had developed transparent sensors for use in imaging the...
solar cells

Cicada Wings Inspire Antireflective Surfaces

A team of Shanghai Jiao Tong University researchers has used the shape of cicada wings as a template to create antireflective structures fabricated with...
Condense Steam

A Faster, More Efficient Way to Condense Steam

Steam-driven power generation may seem straightforward – a liquid is heated, producing steam that turns a turbine, and power is generated. But what happens...
Camera

A Camera That Can See Unlike Any Imager Before It

Picture a sensor pixel about the size of a red blood cell. Now envision a million of these pixels—a megapixel’s worth—in an array that...
plastics

They Lower the Cost for Surface Patterning Plastics

When plastic components in various diagnostic tools, such as "labs-on-a-chip", are manufactured today, they are first shaped by injection molding, and thereafter surface treated...
gold

Tiny Gold Grids Yielding Secrets

Ordered patterns of gold nanoparticles on a silicon base can be stimulated to produce collective electron waves known as plasmons that absorb only certain...
circuitry

See-Through Circuitry

High-performance electronic circuits made entirely from transparent materials could have countless applications, from head-up displays on car windscreens to transparent TV sets and smart...
sensors

Selective Sensing of Harmful Molecules with Light

Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) devices are the benchmark in optical sensing. They are used for detecting biomarkers of disease, discovering drugs, analyzing chemicals, ensuring...
Fabricate Device

UC San Diego Students Fabricate Device to Protect Seniors from a...

Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 and older killing more than 400,000 people each year. “This number is...