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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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Power couple: Graphene and glass pair up to create robust electronic material that’s scalable

By Stephanie Liverani / February 16, 2016

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook University, and the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, paired graphene with glass to create a more robust electronic material with scale-up potential—but that’s not all that graphene’s been up to.

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Phase-change materials and correlated oxides gain ground on silicon for top spot in future electronics

By April Gocha / September 30, 2014

Silicon has long reigned supreme in electronics. But the wonder material is quickly approaching its limit in devices that long to be smaller, run faster, and do more—so new emerging materials are quickly entering the race to replace silicon.

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More than meets the eye: An antireflective coating modeled after moth eyes

By Jessica McMathis / March 12, 2014

A self-cleaning, anti-reflective coating that mimics the structure of moth eyes could find application in windows that clean themselves and solar panels that are more efficient.

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Physics behind teakettle whistle could lead to a quieter world

By Eileen De Guire / November 19, 2013

Engineering researchers at England’s University of Cambridge have studied the fluid dynamics of the steam teakettle and revealed a two-mechanism process of sound production. This breakthrough in breakfast musings can also be applied to wayward whistles, such as annoying plumbing pipe noises. (Credit: AIP Publishing.) I still remember all the words of the song Mrs.…

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Europe expanding strategic focus on graphene in big way

By / January 25, 2013

Two new developments and announcements related to graphene research indicate that the European region is more than ever committed to major R&D work with the extraordinary material. The first development came in a formal announcement from the UK’s University of Cambridge, which announced that on Feb. 1, 2013, the school would begin work on a…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / January 8, 2013

Check ’em out: InGaN-based vertical LEDs with acid-modified graphene transparent conductor and highly reflective membrane current blocking layer The two-dimensionality and structural flatness make graphene films ideal candidates for thin film devices and combination with other semiconductor materials. In this work, vertical light emitting diodes (VLEDs) with highly reflective membrane as current blocking layer and…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / October 30, 2012

This 3D image of a ceramic composite specimen imaged under load at 1,750°C shows the detailed fracture patterns that LBNL researchers are able to view using ALS Beamline 8.3.2. The vertical white lines are the individual silicon carbide fibers in this sample about 500 microns in diameter. Credit: LBNL. When you have some extra time,…

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Science, art or both? Winners of Cambridge University engineering department photography competition

By Eileen De Guire / October 23, 2012

Zinc oxide grown on a nanoporous substrate. The exterior morphology gives the bump a tortoise shell look, but a gap on the left side shows that these are pillars growing in a hemispherical pattern, more like a cluster of toadstools. Credit: Bendall; UC. If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the beholder holds…

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Other materials science stories that may be of interest

By / July 30, 2012

An artist’s representation of the proposed on-chip laser design, created via transfer printing of photonic crystal between layers of silicon nanomembrane. Credit: Hongjun Yang. Check ’em out: Printed photonic crystal mirrors shrink on-chip lasers down to size Electrical engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Texas at Arlington have devised a new laser…

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