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 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 11th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Johns Hopkins University researchers have created a new alloy that is stronger and more conductive than silicon. Their findings could mean a change in the components of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) for future applications.
June 30th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Rice University researchers have developed an environmentally friendly membrane distillation system that harnesses solar energy for purifying water. The technology could soon be scaled to provide clean water to remote locations, including areas that lack clean water.
June 27th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Scientists at Rice University and Tianjin University have developed a method of making graphene foam blocks out of powdered sugar and nickel powder using 3–D laser printing—an approach that could pave the way for mass production of graphene.
June 23rd, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) (Hermsdorf, Germany) have harnessed the power of ceramics to develop nanofiltration membranes that can generate completely clean drinking water from wastewater—even industrial sewage.
June 23rd, 2017 | by Faye Oney
A research group in China has created electrodes for potassium-ion batteries made from rusty stainless steel mesh. The result is an environmentally friendly, stable, and less expensive battery suitable for electronic devices.
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 9th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
In a collaboration between Brown University and Tsinghua University in China, researchers have created small “sponges” out of ceramic nanofibers that are heat-resistant and highly deformable.
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.