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Ultrathin aluminum oxide layer boosts performance of garnet ceramic solid-state batteries

By April Gocha / January 17, 2017

Researchers at the University of Maryland have designed a way to insert an ultrathin layer of aluminum oxide in between a garnet ceramic electrolyte and electrodes of solid-state batteries, decreasing impedance by 300-fold and allowing the energy to flow.

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New liquid light switch could boost power of smaller electronic devices

By Stephanie Liverani / August 12, 2016

Scientists at the University of Cambridge in England are taking an in-depth look at the way in which information is processed and transmitted in electronic devices. They’ve developed a miniature electro-optical switch that they say can boost the power and efficiency of small electronics.

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New issue of Nature Materials features Nitin Padture on advanced ceramics for aerospace propulsion

By April Gocha / August 9, 2016

ACerS member and Fellow Nitin Padture penned one of three commentaries for a new aerospace-centered issue of Nature Materials. Padture’s article, “Advanced structural ceramics in aerospace propulsion,” details the vital role of advanced structural ceramics in ever-advancing vehicle propulsion systems.

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Layered perovskites surprise scientists with disappearing polarity under strain

By April Gocha / July 28, 2016

A team of scientists at Northwestern University has discovered that some ferroelectric materials are hiding a surprise. Layered perovskites don’t conform to conventional wisdom—instead, these materials completely turn off polarization if enough strain is applied to them.

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Video: Scientists engineer ‘second skin’ with potential for superior topical UV protection

By Stephanie Liverani / June 1, 2016

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Living Proof, and Olivo Labs have developed a new material that can smooth and protect skin and can be developed for better topical UV protection.

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Reports suggest wrinkles are good, at least for thin film ceramic membranes

By April Gocha / June 23, 2015

Scientists at ETH Zurich have found that doping is not the only way to influence ion conductivity in ceramic membranes.

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Self-assembly of zirconium phosphate nanoparticle films using an art supply spray gun

By April Gocha / April 15, 2014

New research details the synthesis of highly-ordered nanoparticle thin films of zirconium phosphate epoxy without the complex, expensive, and laborious processes typically required to achieve such nanostructures.

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Hard knock life: Marine mollusks inspire stronger ceramics

By April Gocha / April 7, 2014

New research uses inspiration from the ocean to improve ceramics, making them stronger by controlling their microstructure and mimicking that of marine mollusks.

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Move over, polymers—silica nanoparticles may be the new adhesive for hydrogels and tissues

By April Gocha / February 24, 2014

French scientists show that simple surface adsorption of silica nanoparticles can glue together gel-like materials, including biological tissues.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Eileen De Guire / March 5, 2013

Here’s what we are reading about: Man-made material pushes the bounds of superconductivity A multi-university team of researchers has artificially engineered a unique multilayer material that could lead to breakthroughs in both superconductivity research and in real-world applications. The researchers can tailor the material, which seamlessly alternates between metal and oxide layers, to achieve extraordinary…

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