November 21st, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
A team of scientists from CoorsTek Membrane Sciences, the University of Oslo, and the Institute of Chemical Technology has developed a promising new ceramic membrane that could reduce the cost and enhance the feasibility of hydrogen generation far enough to bring the technology to the forefront of clean energy solutions.
November 7th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Researchers have found a way to nearly eliminate glare on reflective surfaces like glass. Using a self-assembly process, scientists etched tiny nanometer-sized cones onto a glass surface—a more efficient way of eliminating reflection without adding layers of material.
October 31st, 2017 | by Faye Oney
A collaboration between Battelle and Rare Earth Salts is one of several DOE projects to revive rare earth production in the U.S. Researchers are working to extract rare-earth elements from coal fly ash—which could also provide a boost to the coal industry.
October 25th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
An 11-year-old recently earned the distinction of America's Top Young Scientist along with a $25,000 prize when she created a device that detects lead in water. The device incorporates carbon nanotubes and pairs with a mobile app to immediately provide water quality data.
October 24th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
New research shows that sea sponges use an internal protein filament to catalyze silica deposition, ultimately determining the shape of their uniquely structured glass spicules.
October 24th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Researchers built the first ceramic pump that can transfer liquid metals up to 1,673 Kelvin (2,552ºF). The pump could be used for renewable energy storage, producing hydrogen from methane without releasing CO2, and to develop new types of batteries.
October 20th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
According to a new analysis by researchers at MIT, University of California Berkeley, and Rochester Institute of Technology, adequate supply of critical lithium-ion battery materials lithium, cobalt, manganese, graphite, and nickel should not disrupt battery production, at least in the short term.
October 17th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
ETH Zurich researchers have used computational modeling to design an ultrathin concrete roof for that optimizes strength while eliminating extra material and weight.
October 12th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
The automotive industry is speeding toward an electric car future. Beyond the drivers influencing these changes, there are some important factors that are actually enabling this shift to take place—and at their heart is materials science and engineering.
October 11th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology, in collaboration with BAM Infra, recently completed construction of the world's first 3-D printed reinforced concrete bridge. The steel cables, added during printing, help prestress the concrete to support loads beyond its weight.