Electronics

Ancient material, new uses—Gorilla Glass is going places, according to The Economist

By April Gocha / November 7, 2017

An article recently published in The Economist science and technology section takes on a technology that most people look at everyday, yet hardly ever notice—glass.

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Silver nanowires and graphene offer touchscreen alternative to indium tin oxide, could build less breakable screens

By April Gocha / November 3, 2017

Researchers at the University of Sussex have developed a new touchscreen material from graphene and silver nanowires that offers several improvements over the industry standard, indium tin oxide, and could enable smartphone screens that aren’t composed entirely of glass.

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Video: Building better lithium-ion batteries by blowing them up

By April Gocha / November 1, 2017

Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are developing technology to improve the thermal performance of lithium-ion batteries. And that all starts with studying how batteries fail.

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DOE projects could revive domestic rare-earth element production

By Faye Oney / October 31, 2017

A collaboration between Battelle and Rare Earth Salts is one of several DOE projects to revive rare earth production in the U.S. Researchers are working to extract rare-earth elements from coal fly ash—which could also provide a boost to the coal industry.

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Video: Perovskites that forget could enable materials that learn

By April Gocha / October 18, 2017

Researchers at Argonne National Lab now report that they’re working on a material that, like the human brain, can learn and forget. The electronic material, a quantum perovskite, adaptively responds to repeated stimuli.

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Silicon carbide manufacturing process to lower barriers for SiC power electronics

By April Gocha / October 6, 2017

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a silicon carbide manufacturing process that may finally give this material the boost it needs to compete against silicon in the power electronics market.

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Asphalt derivative charges lithium batteries faster, prevents dendrite formation

By Faye Oney / October 3, 2017

Researchers have developed battery anodes made of an asphalt derivative that has the capability of charging lithium metal batteries 10–20 times faster than current lithium batteries already on the market. The material also helps prevent formation of dendrites.

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Long-range backscatter system enables devices to communicate longer distances with less power

By Faye Oney / September 29, 2017

Researchers have found a way to send and receive signals between electronic devices over long distances. Long-range backscatter is a low-cost process that uses low power and represents a breakthrough for many applications, including flexible medical devices.

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Glass could replace aluminum in hard disk drives that store 20 TB of data

By April Gocha / September 28, 2017

Japanese company Hoya is developing thin glass disks that the company is betting will be increasingly incorporated into larger hard disk drives used in computers—Hoya is setting its sights on large-scale glass data storage, with reported capabilities of reaching 20 TB capacities by 2020.

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‘An iPhone formed from glass’—New slate of Apple smartphones feature glass front and back faces

By April Gocha / September 15, 2017

By now, you’ve probably heard that the rumors are true—Apple’s newest iPhones have shed their aluminum skins for an “all-glass design” instead, complete with front and back glass surfaces.

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