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Ceramic electrolyte in lithium batteries offers twice the performance, prevents dendrite formation

By Faye Oney / August 17, 2018

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a faster-charging solid-state lithium battery. The key is a ceramic electrolyte that stabilizes the surface and does not degrade over time.

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Breakthrough in organic solar cell research could pave the way for cheaper solar power

By Faye Oney / January 19, 2018

Researchers have discovered that a layer of fullerenes can enable electrons to travel farther in organic solar cells. Their findings are a major breakthrough in organic solar research, and could lead to less expensive solar power in the future.

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Video: ‘Bioconcrete’ of the future can heal itself

By Faye Oney / May 24, 2017

Inspired by the way the human body repairs bones and tissue, a researcher duo from Delft University of Technology has created self-repairing “bioconcrete” using bacteria and calcium lactate.

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Video: Superhydrophobic spray-on coating takes a beating and keeps on self-healing

By April Gocha / April 12, 2017

A University of Michigan team has developed the ultimate superhydrophobic spray-on coating that is so durable that it can be applied to virtually any surface, including vehicles, boats, clothing, and more.

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Opening a window to better batteries: Researchers get up-close to watch lithium dendrites grow

By April Gocha / October 20, 2016

A team of University of Michigan researchers has developed a strategy to observe dendrite formation in batteries in real time—observations that will help scientists understand how dendrites form and ultimately develop better future batteries.

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Move over silicon: Magnetoelectric multiferroics and tiny transistors could enable faster computers that consume less power

By April Gocha / October 18, 2016

The continuing trend for electronics is to pack more power into a smaller device that requires less energy input. Two significant materials research advances—one published in Nature and one published in Science—are moving precisely in that direction.

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Conductive graphene coating offers new tunable solution for surface ice shedding

By Stephanie Liverani / May 24, 2016

Researchers at Rice University have built upon their novel conductive graphene composite coating for surface ice removal. The team now says the material has tunable capabilities that can keep large areas free of ice and snow in a wide range of temperature conditions.

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New spray-on rubbery icephobic coating could revolutionize surface deicing

By Stephanie Liverani / April 8, 2016

Researchers at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.) are working on a new durable and inexpensive spray-on, thin, clear, rubbery icephobic coating that can repel ice with ease.

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Video: New ‘green’ method for large-scale silica production gives agricultural waste a purpose

By Stephanie Liverani / April 6, 2016

Is rice ash the key to ‘greener’ silica production? ACerS member Richard Laine, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Michigan, explains his new clean, cost-efficient method for large-scale manufacture of silica.

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Going green: ACerS member pioneers sustainable approach for high-purity silica production

By April Gocha / January 14, 2016

University of Michigan researcher and ACerS member Richard Laine is pioneering a new approach to reduce, reuse, and recycle—his technique for production of high-purity silica reduces energy consumption while simultaneously utilizing agricultural waste.

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