June 28th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Scientists at the University of British Colombia (Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada) have a new strategy that just might be going somewhere—they’ve devised a technique to incorporate recycled rubber tire fibers into concrete to reuse the waste material, improve the durability of concrete, and reduced the carbon footprint of the concrete industry.
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 14th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
By reducing typical sintering temperatures from >1000ºC to <300ºC, cold sintering offers the potential to both increase energy efficiency and drastically reduce manufacturing costs—a win–win for manufacturers and consumers alike.
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 4th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Two new papers, one published in Nature and one in Advanced Materials, describe 3-D printing techniques that use silica nanoparticle inks—rather than molten glass itself—to to fabricate optically clear glass components with micrometer-scale resolution, a huge leap forward for the integration of glass materials into additive manufacturing.
April 14th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at Northwestern University have devised a technique to 3-D print soft rubber-like materials out of ink composed primarily of extraterrestrial soil. Using a biologically derived binder to hold the soil particles together, the team demonstrated that their unique method can 3-D print tools, building blocks, and other structures.
April 12th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
A University of Michigan team has developed the ultimate superhydrophobic spray-on coating that is so durable that it can be applied to virtually any surface, including vehicles, boats, clothing, and more.
March 23rd, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
By processing samples of silicon nitride under high pressure and heat, researchers at the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron have converted an originally opaque hexagonal crystal structure into optically transparent cubic silicon nitride.
March 7th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
A team of researchers at the University of Texas at Austin is trying to revolutionize the battery world with a new and improved all-solid-state sodium-ion battery that has three times higher energy density than today’s lithium-ions.
March 2nd, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have devised a procedure for fabricating ceramic foams that can be used to 3-D print cellular materials that combine both microscale and macroscale porosity.