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Paraffin offers superior solution to road salt for melting snow, ice

By Faye Oney / September 26, 2017

Salt has long been used on roads and sidewalks to melt snow and ice, but it can destroy vehicles and the environment over time. Researchers have developed a method for melting snow and ice using paraffin, which is less expensive and environmentally-friendly.

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‘Group additivity’ approach to Pourbaix diagrams predicts metals’ reactions with water

By Faye Oney / June 20, 2017

Researchers have developed a computational method to predict how metals react in water. Their “group additivity” approach to Pourbaix diagrams enables them to determine metals’ potential for corrosion.

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See-through semiconductors set to ‘shake up’ consumer electronics industry

By Jessica McMathis / January 5, 2015

Imagine a world in which you could incorporate any kind of consumer electronic device—digital calendars, computer displays, GPS systems, and room-darkening shades—into any type of glass surface. That world is just within reach, thanks to the work of researchers at Oregon State University.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest (with video)

By April Gocha / April 8, 2014

Other materials stories that may be of interest on April 8, 2014.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Jim Destefani / November 4, 2013

Other materials stories that may be of interest.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Eileen De Guire / November 13, 2012

Some surprising materials being used in interesting ways. Nanocrystals and nickel catalyst substantially improve light-based hydrogen production Hydrogen is an attractive fuel source because it can easily be converted into electric energy and gives off no greenhouse emissions. A group of chemists at the University of Rochester is adding to its appeal by increasing the…

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Other materials science stories that may be of interest

By / June 5, 2012

This “trigonal bipyramidal” crystalline structure that forms the basis of Oregon State University‘s “cool blue” pigment (see below). Credit: OSU. Check ’em out: “I like to break things”: Janine Schneider breaks things in the name of science As Janine Schneider walks through the materials testing facility, her eyes light up; it is clear that she…

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Could Lithium-ion batteries eventually use titanium dioxide?

By / September 29, 2009

I don’t know much about this other than what was posted at PNNL’s website last week, but I hope to see something published on this soon: Researchers would like to develop lithium-ion batteries using titanium dioxide, an inexpensive material. But titanium dioxide on its own doesn’t perform well enough to replace the expensive, rare-earth metals…

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