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Flash-sintered ceramic material could protect metal blades in aircraft engines

By Faye Oney / June 12, 2018

Researchers have demonstrated that flash sintered yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) acquires metal-like plasticity at room temperature. This discovery could prove to be useful in using YSZ as a thermal barrier coating for aircraft engine blades.

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Concrete goes ‘green’ with addition of graphene

By Faye Oney / May 29, 2018

Scientists from the University of Exeter have developed a process for producing an environmentally-friendly concrete that incorporates graphene at the nanoscale. The new concrete material is stronger and more water resistant than existing concretes.

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Building a better battery: New design weaves together anode, cathode, separator for quicker charges

By Faye Oney / May 25, 2018

Researchers have developed a groundbreaking proof-of-concept battery that interweaves the anode, cathode, and separator in a self-assembling structure. Their work could change the way future batteries are designed for more efficient charging.

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New process makes carbon nanotubes more usable, paves way for future research

By Faye Oney / May 22, 2018

Researchers have discovered a way to process carbon nanotubes using an inexpensive mass-produced solvent to disperse them without using additional chemical reactions. Their breakthrough could pave the way for future carbon nanotube research.

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A workout for your glass—Nanoparticle coating makes glass stronger, boosts impact resistance

By April Gocha / May 11, 2018

A company called MetaShield has developed a simple, spray-on, nanoparticle-based coating—and now independent laboratory testing verifies that the coating significantly enhances the impact resistance of glass.

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Sintering smaller grains to build stronger ceramics

By April Gocha / May 8, 2018

Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory have hit a new low—while their previous work with environmentally controlled pressure assisted sintering achieved grain sizes as small as 28 nm, they now report grain sizes of just 3.6 nm.

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Necessary roughness: Engineering particle surfaces to control how cements and other suspended materials flow

By April Gocha / May 4, 2018

Researchers from ETH Zurich have created a library of silicate particles and precisely studied how the surface roughness of particles affects the viscosity and thickening behavior of suspensions of those particles.

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More MXenes coming? New synthesis method widens range of MAX phases for MXene fabrication

By April Gocha / April 27, 2018

Scientists at Drexel University have devised a new method to produce MXenes from MAX phases containing an “A” element other than aluminum—a development that could open novel opportunities in MXene synthesis.

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Apple’s new robot, Daisy, recycles high-quality materials from up to 200 devices per hour

By April Gocha / April 24, 2018

In an effort to increase its sustainability and materials recycling efforts, Apple just unveiled a new robotic iPhone disassembly system, Daisy, that can separate and recover valuable materials from used iPhone devices in a matter of minutes.

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Preventing corrosion with ultra-thin layers of aluminum oxide

By Faye Oney / April 20, 2018

Researchers have discovered that a solid aluminum oxide protection layer can deform like a liquid, possibly protecting metals from environmental elements. Their discovery could solve degradation problems that contribute to rust and corrosion.

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