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When water increases battery performance

By Lisa McDonald / January 18, 2019

Water is known to produce many negative effects in batteries. But researchers at Toyohashi University of Technology found adding water to calcium-ion battery electrolytes actually increased the batteries’ speed.

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Phase diagram provides unified map of glass response to strain

By Lisa McDonald / January 15, 2019

How does glass respond to strain? Researchers developed a phase diagram to understand the relationship between strain in glass and deformation behavior.

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Transparent ceramics: Stronger than Gorilla Glass

By Lisa McDonald / December 21, 2018

Jülich scientists created yttria-coated transparent zirconia ceramics that demonstrated fracture toughness values far higher than tempered glass. Their method is suitable for industrial mass production.

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A simple way to dope titanium dioxide with nitrogen

By Lisa McDonald / December 14, 2018

Researchers found simple thermal annealing can effectively dope titanium dioxide with nitrogen. Findings like this one can help expand the use of TiO2 in solar energy conversion technologies.

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Research on MXenes expand…and so do the MXenes

By Lisa McDonald / December 7, 2018

A recent study shows that MXenes, a member of the increasingly-researched 2D material family, expand when compressed in the presence of water. This finding holds implications for how MXenes are processed.

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‘Super turbines’ and international study opportunities focus of NSF grant led by ACerS members

By Lisa McDonald / December 4, 2018

Gurpreet Singh and his four co-principal investigators are leading a five-year NSF study focused on ceramics for high-temperature applications, particularly jet aircraft turbines, and international collaboration opportunities for the students involved.

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Video: How scientists redefined the kilogram

By Lisa McDonald / November 28, 2018

Researchers measured Planck’s constant to more accurately define the kilogram. As of November 16, all seven base SI units rely on fundamental constants.

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Video: Football—Science skills can help a quarterback complete the pass

By Faye Oney / November 21, 2018

There is more to football than running, throwing, kicking, and tackling. Watch today’s video to learn how science helps a quarterback ensures his pass reaches the receiver.

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Range of topics inspire lively discussions, enthusiasm at MCARE 2018

By Jonathon Foreman / August 31, 2018

Nearly two hundred people from 25 countries converged in Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 20–23, for Materials Challenges in Alternative and Renewable Energy (MCARE 2018). The conference inspired a variety of discussions and a lot of enthusiasm.

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Video: Solar takes over after lemons fail to power electric race car battery

By Faye Oney / August 22, 2018

Lemons are good for making low-voltage batteries, but not so much when powering a car. Mark Rober attempts to create a giant lemon battery before realizing he should have used another energy source.

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