June 6th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
A team of materials scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has developed a way to turn fabric into a conductor of electricity that is capable of powering small electronics. A vapor deposition method turns woven fabrics into electrical conductors without changing properties of the fabrics.
June 5th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
The trend of incorporating ceramic materials into smartphone exteriors seems to be continuing, at least for now—Essential's new Phone is about to enter the market with a titanium, Gorilla Glass, and ceramic exterior.
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.
May 17th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have devised a technique called Electrick that uses electric field tomography to turn virtually any surface—including toys, guitars, entire walls, tables, steering wheels, and even Jello—into an interactive touchpad.
May 16th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Our electronic devices might become biodegradable in the future. Stanford researchers have created a biodegradable electronic device characteristic of human skin—flexible, self-healing, and degradable with the addition of a weak acid.
May 12th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Electroplating may soon be the newest process to manufacture lithium-ion batteries. Researchers have devised a method to eliminate inactive materials in lithium cathodes, resulting in batteries that are 30% more powerful and less expensive.
May 9th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers from the University of Minnesota and beyond may have found the ideal indium tin oxide replacement in a transparent perovskite oxide material that displays record high conductivity despite having a wide bandgap.
May 3rd, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have devised a technique to convert recycled glass bottles into nanosilicon anodes for next-gen lithium-ion batteries with the capacity to store almost four times as much energy as conventional anodes.
April 21st, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Apple has published a patent, hinting that the back of its next iPhone may be made of a metallic glass material. The material is created using a micro-alloying process that combines metallic glass with a metal substrate, resulting in a smooth and durable finish.
April 14th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
A Rutgers University research team has created a powerful and more efficient way to cool those tiny chips in computer devices using a combination of graphene and boron nitride.