October 20th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
A team of University of Michigan researchers has developed a strategy to observe dendrite formation in batteries in real time—observations that will help scientists understand how dendrites form and ultimately develop better future batteries.
October 18th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
The continuing trend for electronics is to pack more power into a smaller device that requires less energy input. Two significant materials research advances—one published in Nature and one published in Science—are moving precisely in that direction.
May 24th, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
Researchers at Rice University have built upon their novel conductive graphene composite coating for surface ice removal. The team now says the material has tunable capabilities that can keep large areas free of ice and snow in a wide range of temperature conditions.
April 8th, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
Researchers at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.) are working on a new durable and inexpensive spray-on, thin, clear, rubbery icephobic coating that can repel ice with ease.
April 6th, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
Is rice ash the key to 'greener' silica production? ACerS member Richard Laine, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Michigan, explains his new clean, cost-efficient method for large-scale manufacture of silica.
January 14th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
University of Michigan researcher and ACerS member Richard Laine is pioneering a new approach to reduce, reuse, and recycle—his technique for production of high-purity silica reduces energy consumption while simultaneously utilizing agricultural waste.
November 10th, 2014 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers from the University of Michigan have figured out how to craft rounded crystals—a development that could advance LEDs, solar cells, functional coatings, and pharmaceutics—that resemble the bumpy surface of starfish shells.
October 28th, 2014 | by April Gocha, PhD
University of Michigan researchers have been working on a scheme to use ceramics to improve even safer solid-state batteries, which completely do away with aqueous solutions altogether.
October 1st, 2014 | by April Gocha, PhD
Novel oxide electronics, reference nano-materials, graphene alternatives, flexible electronics, cheap solar cells, and LEDs, LEDs, LEDs.
September 30th, 2014 | by April Gocha, PhD
Piezoelectric materials are finding their way into some interesting energy-independent devices, including a chinstrap that collects energy from chewing and aircraft wings that morph for airplane agility.