July 18th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
IBM scientists report that they have developed a simple technique to peel extremely thin layers of gallium nitride from a bulk wafer of the material—a breakthrough in manufacturing techniques for this expensive material.
July 14th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
New research from MIT shows that firmness isn’t the most important parameter for developing a solid electrolyte that is effective against dendrite formation—instead, a defect-free surface, which doesn’t provide a place for dendrites to form, is key to a better battery.
July 14th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Researchers are taking advantage of a nitrogen vacancy in flawed diamonds to view how atoms spin and connect to form molecules. Their discovery could eventually lead to smaller MRI machines that are less invasive and use considerably less energy.
July 4th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
One of America's most iconic representations of its freedom towers some 305 feet above Liberty Island in New York City, N.Y.—the Statue of Liberty. Watch this video to learn more about the unique chemistry of her materials.
July 4th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
The U.S. celebrates its independence today, and part of that celebration is watching a fireworks display. Did you know that fireworks are a result of a chemical reaction with gunpowder? Here is a look at what goes into the making of fireworks.
June 20th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Researchers have developed a computational method to predict how metals react in water. Their "group additivity" approach to Pourbaix diagrams enables them to determine metals' potential for corrosion.
June 15th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
MIT scientists recently reported that a novel laser-based spectroscopy technique can sensitively detect small imperfections in materials, opening new possibilities for monitoring irradiated materials in place in real time.
June 12th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
According to studies of wind power potential from towers positioned at varying distances off the ground, taller wind turbine towers would make wind power viable in a much wider region of the United States than is currently feasible.
June 8th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
New atomistic simulations by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles and Oak Ridge National Lab are revealing that irradiated materials are even more disordered that previously thought—calling into question the safety of vitrified nuclear waste.
June 1st, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Although boomboxes were once thought of as compact, today's audio options are entering into uncharted territory—new developments with new materials are enabling atomically thin speakers and audio devices that are integrated into everyday objects.