Ice templating of biomimetic materials: Roots in ceramic fabrication

By Guest Contributor / May 17, 2024

Advancements in the ceramics field have often supported innovation and discoveries in other fields. Now, knowledge gained from early work on ice-templated ceramics is aiding in the development of soft, bioinspired materials for medical applications.

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Video: Smart beanies and tops help with navigating the world

By Lisa McDonald / March 27, 2024

Mass producing long, high-quality semiconductor fibers for use in wearable technology is challenging. Researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore identified the ideal combination of materials and processing parameters to achieve consistent production of ultrathin, ultralong, high-quality semiconductor fibers using the molten-core method.

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Low-temperature synthesis of mesoporous metal oxides unlocks flexible electronic integration

By Guest Contributor / March 8, 2024

In a recent paper, researchers from various universities in the Republic of Korea developed a low-temperature process for synthesizing mesoporous metal oxides, which unlocks the possibility of integrating these materials onto flexible electronics.

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Rinse and repeat: Water replaces toxic chemicals in printed electronics processing

By Lisa McDonald / February 9, 2024

Printable electronic inks and their associated print processes tend to rely on environmentally hazardous chemicals, which offsets the benefits of printed electronics in application. Engineers at Duke University developed a water-only printing process for fabricating printed electronics.

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Purifying nanomaterials in bulk: New acid etching method rids boron nitride nanotubes of impurities

By Lisa McDonald / January 23, 2024

Ensuring quality of nanomaterials can be difficult when producing in bulk. Rice University researchers developed a new wet-thermal etching method that can result in mass yields of up to 29% purified boron nitride nanotubes.

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Green is not for granted: Commonly perceived sustainable practices do not always guarantee benefits

By Lisa McDonald / January 9, 2024

Incorporating practices commonly regarded as sustainable into an individual or group’s workflow does not always guarantee environmental benefits. Researchers from the Technical University of Darmstadt published a case study that shows the importance of critically evaluating perceived green technologies before adoption.

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Monolayer silicon carbide achieved with both top-down and bottom-up synthesis methods

By Lisa McDonald / November 3, 2023

Theoretical studies have predicted that 2D silicon carbide in a stable honeycomb structure is possible, but experimentally achieving this material has proven difficult. Two recent papers successfully synthesized monolayer silicon carbide using top-down and bottom-up synthesis methods, respectively.

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Nanoscale goldbeating: Ancient Egyptian technique adapted for fabricating 2D thin films

By Guest Contributor / October 20, 2023

Two-dimensional thin films are often fabricated using bottom-up solution-based techniques, such as electrochemical deposition and atomic layer deposition. Now researchers have reported a top-down, solid-state method based on the age-old Egyptian craft of goldbeating that they say is generalizable to various metallic, polymeric, or ceramic nanoparticles.

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Intricate sintering: Exploring the combined effect of multiple oxide inclusions on zirconia toughened alumina

By Lisa McDonald / October 17, 2023

Several oxides are routinely used as sintering aids in the fabrication of zirconia toughened alumina. While the individual effects of these oxides are well recorded, the effect of multiple oxide inclusions is unclear. Researchers from several institutions in Bangladesh investigated the combined effect of these oxides on the zirconia toughened alumina system.

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Reducing the environmental impacts of MXene synthesis: Life cycle assessment and production guide offer tips

By Lisa McDonald / September 15, 2023

Despite the meteoric rise of MXenes from discovery to commercial products in only a decade, the environmental impacts of MXene synthesis have not been assessed systematically. ACerS member Babak Anasori helped lead two recent studies that provided a life cycle assessment and step-by-step guide for synthesizing Ti3C2Tx MXenes, respectively.

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