March 15th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Rice University researchers have developed an inexpensive electrochromic glass—by sandwiching readily available, color-changing hydrocarbon molecules in between two panes of conductive glass, the researchers have created a chameleon-like window with a wider range of color choices than ever before.
November 8th, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
Researchers from the Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials at the Institute for Basic Science in South Korea say that a novel graphene coating might help solve challenges with glass corrosion.
May 11th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
Rice University scientists—and collaborators from the University of Tennessee, Texas A&M Engineering, and Second Baptist School—have discovered that they can use Tesla coils to direct long-range self-assembly of carbon nanotubes.
March 29th, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
While gadgets that boost smartphone battery life help widen the gap between power cord wall sits, it’s not a solution to total wireless recharging on the go. But thanks to materials science, our power chargers for smartphones and other wearable tech might be sewn right into our pants someday.
February 16th, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook University, and the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, paired graphene with glass to create a more robust electronic material with scale-up potential—but that's not all that graphene's been up to.
September 15th, 2015 | by Stephanie Liverani
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos (N.M.) National Laboratory are developing a new sunlight harvesting technology that can turn a nearly transparent window into an electrical generator using what they call “quantum dot solar windows.”
August 19th, 2015 | by Stephanie Liverani
Researchers at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan have developed a simple, cost-effective approach to produce graphene in a way that they say broadens the material’s potential commercial applications—they’re calling it ‘defective’ graphene.
January 20th, 2015 | by April Gocha, PhD
A team led by researchers at National Taiwan University have generated and tested a gelatin-templated mesoporous silica biomaterial that shows good biocompatibility and longer-lasting effects to ease the pain of sensitive teeth.
October 2nd, 2014 | by April Gocha, PhD
The latest discovery from James Tour's research group at Rice University details the development of graphene-based catalysts, born from coal, to replace more-expensive and less-efficient platinum catalysts in fuel cells of the future.
September 12th, 2014 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara have fabricated a molybdenum disulfide field-effect transistor—which holds great promise as a single molecule biosensor—that's 74 times more sensitive than those of graphene.