Electronics

Secret to dendrite-free lithium-ion batteries lies in a sugar cube

By Faye Oney / March 13, 2018

Researchers have found a way to reduce dendrite growth in lithium-ion batteries. Creating a 3-D porous substrate out of sugar cubes and silicone, they found that it relieved stress and inhibited dendrite growth.

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Electronic circuits are 3-D printed with silver nanowire ‘ink’ for variety of flexible devices

By Faye Oney / March 6, 2018

Researchers have developed a process that uses silver nanowires to print electronic circuits on flexible surfaces. Their method could be promising for the future of flexible and wearable electronics, especially for the medical industry.

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Materials science advances could light up new LED technologies

By April Gocha / February 13, 2018

Residential LEDs use at least 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs, but R&D challenges still exist for LED lighting. However, new materials research continues to push LED technologies further forward.

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Our own body movements could someday power our devices

By Faye Oney / February 13, 2018

Researchers have developed a triboelectric nanogenerator that uses body movements to generate electricity. Their device could someday generate enough power to operate our mobile devices and wearable electronics.

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Smart window technology uses magnetic nanoparticles suspended in fluid to control light, heat

By Faye Oney / February 2, 2018

Most current energy-saving window technology requires electricity to power the windows. But a research team has devised a fluidic window that uses magnetic nanoparticles to control the window to capture solar energy.

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Recycled cathodes on spent lithium-ion batteries could save money and the environment

By Faye Oney / January 30, 2018

Researchers have developed a process to recycle used cathode materials in spent lithium-ion batteries. Their recycling method could lower costs of rechargeable batteries as well as reduce depletion of resources and environmental impact.

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Defects, failure, and cold contribute to success of Conference on Electronic and Advanced Materials

By Eileen De Guire / January 23, 2018

Nearly 345 people from about 22 countries, including about 85 students, came to Orlando, Fla., last week for the Conference on Electronic and Advanced Materials, coorganized by ACerS Electronics Division and ACerS Basic Science Division.

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Breakthrough in organic solar cell research could pave the way for cheaper solar power

By Faye Oney / January 19, 2018

Researchers have discovered that a layer of fullerenes can enable electrons to travel farther in organic solar cells. Their findings are a major breakthrough in organic solar research, and could lead to less expensive solar power in the future.

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Lithium ion movement inside nanoparticles could be key to faster-charging, longer-lasting batteries

By Faye Oney / January 16, 2018

By observing lithium ion movement in nanoparticles, researchers have discovered that instead of increasing, they reverse at a certain point. Their discovery could be a breakthrough in faster-charging and longer-lasting batteries.

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CES 2018 unveils latest tech to the world, from voice assist toilets to ceramic 3-D printers

By April Gocha / January 12, 2018

With more than 180,000 attendees and 4,000+ exhibitors, the Consumer Electronics Show is one of the largest tech shows in the world—which also means it’s a prime place for companies to unveil their newest concepts, gadgets, devices, ideas, and prototypes to try to wow the world.

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