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By / August 14, 2012

Lots of interesting work happening out there: Making “renewable” viable: Drexel engineers develop new technology for grid-level electrical energy storage A team of researchers from Drexel University’s College of Engineering has developed a new method for quickly and efficiently storing large amounts of electrical energy. The researchers are putting forward a plan to integrate into the…

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MAX exfoliation: Surprisingly simple method to make 2D graphene-like carbides

By Eileen De Guire / September 6, 2011

SEM image of Ti3C2 synthesized by exfoliation of Ti3AlC2 with hydrofluoric acid. Credit: Babak Anasori, Drexel University Graphene, a two-dimensional sheet of carbon, has been the subject of much research since it was discovered in 2004. Its basic properties are fairly well documented, and papers are appearing about possible applications, for example, as supercapacitor electrodes…

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To infinitesimal and beyond – an electron structure explanation of supercapacitance

By Eileen De Guire / June 24, 2011

Computational modeling of carbon supercapacitors with the effects of surface curvature included. Credit: Jingsong Huang, ORNL A fair number of recent posts have been about nanostructured porous materials (PCCMs, diamond aerogel, tunable gold). The interesting characteristics of these materials necessarily depend on the porosity: What is not there makes the material what it is. The…

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Electrospinning

By / April 9, 2009

Some fuel cell makers are using platinum nanowires (as a low-cost fuel cell catalyst) made via electrospinning. This video stitches together an animation and several demonstrations of electrospinning tiny and nanoscale fibers.

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