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Say sayonara to exploding batteries—LLZO ceramic thin films offer hope for safer, thinner all-solid state lithium-ions

By April Gocha / October 14, 2016

Researchers at the University of Michigan have devised a technique using mass-producible methods to fabricate thin films of LLZO ceramic, which could help improve the safety of lithium-ion batteries.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / June 29, 2016

Ultra thin lens resolves chirality and color, photovoltaics that mimic rose petals, and other materials stories that may be of interest for June 29, 2016.

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Visualizing atoms at grain boundaries: Atom probe tomography gets into oxides

By April Gocha / May 2, 2016

Researchers at Colorado School of Mines and the University of Florida are well on their way to solving grain boundaries’ secrets—the team recently achieved unprecedented atom-by-atom visualization of the chemical composition of grain boundaries.

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Lasers control single crystal formation in chalcogenide glasses

By April Gocha / April 12, 2016

A Lehigh University team of scientists has devised a new fabrication method that could extend the reach of single crystals by ditching the need for melting.

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Video(s) of the week: Granular material techniques reboot robots’ grip

By / October 26, 2010

A granular “blob” instead pinchers or fingers at the end of robot arms? Researchers from the University of Chicago, Cornell and iRobot think they have developed a markedly simple step forward in creating a universal gripper for robotic applications that exploits how granular material can clump or “jam” around random shapes when subjected to a…

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