February 2nd, 2018 | by Faye Oney
Most current energy-saving window technology requires electricity to power the windows. But a research team has devised a fluidic window that uses magnetic nanoparticles to control the window to capture solar energy.
January 26th, 2018 | by Faye Oney
Researchers have created a high-performance ceramic composite that is strong, durable, and resistant to heat and radiation. The findings could be useful in industries that require highly functional and durable ceramic materials—such as nuclear power plants, aerospace, and oil and gas industries.
January 19th, 2018 | by Faye Oney
Researchers have discovered that a layer of fullerenes can enable electrons to travel farther in organic solar cells. Their findings are a major breakthrough in organic solar research, and could lead to less expensive solar power in the future.
January 16th, 2018 | by Faye Oney
By observing lithium ion movement in nanoparticles, researchers have discovered that instead of increasing, they reverse at a certain point. Their discovery could be a breakthrough in faster-charging and longer-lasting batteries.
January 9th, 2018 | by Faye Oney
Inspired by origami, researchers have created a tiny robot exoskeleton that bends and moves in response to chemical or thermal changes. These tiny machines can be used in electronics applications as well as semiconductor manufacturing.
January 9th, 2018 | by April Gocha
After collecting extensive data, researchers at Rice University (Houston, Texas) can definitively say that, when it comes to porous nanoparticles, size matters—and, in the process, they’ve made some surprising discoveries about how size affects the materials’ intrinsic properties.
January 2nd, 2018 | by Faye Oney
Scientists at Rice University have developed a device that uses microfluidics to implant carbon nanotube fibers into brain tissue. Their device could help scientists learn more about cognitive processes and improve therapies for patients with neurological disorders.
December 21st, 2017 | by April Gocha
The January/February 2018 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring articles about new facets for defects in ceramics, innovative new concretes, the NSF CAREER Class of 2017, and much more—is now available online.
December 12th, 2017 | by April Gocha
Researchers at the University of Konstanz in Germany have shown that they can engineer stronger cement by giving the material a nano-level brick and mortar structure. Adding polymer binders into cement to control its nanostructure, the researchers developed a material 40–100 times more fracture resistant than standard concrete.
December 12th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Scientists have discovered that a brittle starfish has the capability to create a durable "tempered" ceramic material while underwater. Its process is similar to the creation of tempered glass, but without the heating and cooling process.