April 22nd, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
Materials Challenges in Alternative and Renewable Energy (MCARE) was held April 18–21 in Clearwater, Fla., and drew nearly 200 materials scientists, researchers, and engineers from 30 countries. And everyone seems to agree that sustainable solutions for efficient energy harvesting and storage across all industries is the ultimate goal.
April 14th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
ORNL scientists report on a new processing technique that could help bring 2-D electronic devices to the forefront, establishing a “path to replace silicon as the choice for semiconductors in some applications,” according to an ORNL press release.
April 12th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
A Lehigh University team of scientists has devised a new fabrication method that could extend the reach of single crystals by ditching the need for melting.
April 3rd, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at Kansas State University are exploring new glassy ceramic material combinations and electrode designs that will afford lithium-ion batteries with high capacity, efficiency, and stability as well as high mass loading.
March 29th, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
While gadgets that boost smartphone battery life help widen the gap between power cord wall sits, it’s not a solution to total wireless recharging on the go. But thanks to materials science, our power chargers for smartphones and other wearable tech might be sewn right into our pants someday.
March 24th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology may be on to something that can help with better monitoring of ceramic capacitors—they have devised a new nondestructive method that may be able to detect cracks in materials before they lead to device failure.
March 22nd, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at Pohang University of Science & Technology have developed a micro-sized solid oxide fuel cell that incorporates a much more robust support—porous stainless steel, which significantly improves the cell’s thermal and mechanical stability.
March 15th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
The world’s blackest material, Vantablack, just got blacker. U.K. company Surrey NanoSystems developed the carbon nanotube material a few years ago, but the company now says it has recently improved the material to absorb so much light that it cannot be measured with a spectrometer.
March 11th, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
Scientists at Australian National University (Canberra, Australia) created what they describe as “the world's thinnest lens, one two-thousandth the thickness of a human hair,” which could revolutionize flexible computer displays and miniature cameras.
March 8th, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
A new Materials Innovation Platforms (MIP) program funded by the National Science Foundation made its first awards to Penn State University and Cornell University to significantly accelerate materials research and development.