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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / October 19, 2016

Engineering LEGO-like building blocks, flexible lithium-ions are evolving batteries, and other materials stories that may be of interest for October 19, 2016.

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New tough, flexible spray-on plastic coating stands up to the elements

By Stephanie Liverani / September 9, 2016

Scientists at the Australian National University developed a new spray-on, plastic-based coating that could be used to waterproof cell phones, prevent ice formation on airplanes, and protect boat hulls against corrosion.

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Next-gen power grid: Researchers develop faster, cheaper technique for creating cubic boron nitride

By Stephanie Liverani / February 12, 2016

Researchers at North Carolina State University developed a new technique for creating cubic boron nitride at ambient temperature and pressure, which could lead to advancements across many applications, including power grid technologies.

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Phosphate ceramic corrosion protection coatings

By Eileen De Guire / July 12, 2011

Chemically bonded phosphate ceramic coating on a metal substrate (black region) (50x original magnification). Credit: EonCoat Corrosion is expensive. The cost of corrosion to industrialized nations is about 3 percent of GDP. In the United States that adds up to $2-4 trillion per decade, which equates to rebuilding Hurricane Katrina-scale infrastructure three or four times.…

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DLC coatings reduce plowshare friction in soil

By Eileen De Guire / July 6, 2011

DLC coated plowshare (right). Left images show difference between initial test (top) and test of DLC coated tool. Credit: Felizitas Gemetz; Fraunhofer IWM/Martin Höerner; Fraunhofer IWM. The humble plowshare may be the next beneficiary of sophisticated surface engineering using diamond-like carbon. Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM, working with RemBob partners, have…

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