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Video: Safe structural batteries with a cartilage-like design

By Lisa McDonald / February 13, 2019

For structural batteries to serve as both an energy source and a construction material, they must be light, strong, safe, and have high load-bearing capacity. New research suggests modeling the solid electrolyte after cartilage could fulfill all these requirements.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / January 23, 2019

Cartilage-like electrolytes, graphene-carbon nanotubes mimic brain, and other materials stories that may be of interest for January 23, 2019.

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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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