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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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Video: Nothing silly about super-sensors made of ‘Silly Putty’ and graphene

By Eileen De Guire / December 14, 2016

Trinity College researchers have mixed graphene with homemade “Silly Putty” to make a composite with extraordinary electromechanical response.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / June 22, 2016

Developing new material for stronger 3-D printing, new approach to thermoelectric nanomaterials, and other materials stories that may be of interest for June 22, 2016.

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Electronics fight club: Can gallium nitride sock it to silicon?

By April Gocha / August 24, 2015

MIT spinout company Cambridge Electronics Inc. is helping gallium nitride get into the center ring with its recent announcement of “a line of GaN transistors and power electronic circuits that promise to cut energy usage in data centers, electric cars, and consumer devices by 10 to 20 percent worldwide by 2025,” according to an MIT News article.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / January 28, 2015

Charge ordering in cuprates, glass science workshop, graphene advances, and other materials stories that may be of interest for January 28, 2015.

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