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Ceramic metal composite could lower cost of electricity from solar power

By Faye Oney / November 2, 2018

Researchers have developed a ceramic-metal composite for a heat exchanger to generate electricity from solar power. Their advancement could ultimately lower the cost of electricity generated from solar power.

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Report: Nuclear has potential to play bigger role in meeting global energy demand

By Faye Oney / September 25, 2018

A new report from MIT Energy Initiative says that nuclear energy has the potential to be used as an alternative energy source as long as cost and policy issues are addressed. Read the report and watch the video to learn more.

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Carbon nanotubes steal spotlight from silicon in high-powered transistors

By Stephanie Liverani / September 6, 2016

When it comes to high-performance transistors, silicon’s been the go-to material. But recently, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison say carbon nanotube transistors have, for the first time, outperformed silicon.

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Watch for splinters—Will transparent wood replace glass in solar cells and windows?

By Stephanie Liverani / April 1, 2016

When it comes to developing the latest solar energy solutions, a few materials seem to get most of the press—logical materials like perovskites, silicon, and glass. But what if the next superstar solar cell material defies traditional logic?

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Promising new approach to manufacture graphene could be key to faster, more efficient electronics—and it’s scalable

By Stephanie Liverani / August 14, 2015

The time-to-market gap for commercially viable graphene in electronic applications might just have shrunk even more—researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have discovered a new method for growing graphene on germanium that naturally forms nanoribbons with smooth armchair edges.

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Another ‘case’ for harvesting wasted energy—it will help charge your iPhone

By Stephanie Liverani / June 11, 2015

New energy harvesting technology developed by Ohio State University researchers could make cell phone batteries last up to 30 percent longer on a single charge.

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Twitter takes time, but pays off says study of scientists’ social media activity

By Jessica McMathis / November 30, 2014

A recent study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison finds that researchers are more often turning to venues like Twitter to share their work—and their social media activity is paying big dividends.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / May 13, 2014

Other materials stories that may be of interest for May 13, 2013.

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Additive manufacturing for everything from penguin beaks to electrophoretic deposition—and Easter chocolates

By April Gocha / April 18, 2014

The media for additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, run the gamut, but new developments widen the scope for electrophoretic deposition techniques and put Easter chocolates into the list of outputs for new 3D printers.

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Materials Madness! NCAA men’s basketball tournament and materials science

By Eileen De Guire / March 22, 2013

CTT is tracking the NCAA “March Madness” men’s basketball tournament to see whether there is a correlation between strong materials science and engineering schools and basketball prowess. You’re welcome. Credit: Wikimedia, from 2007. This post is NOT an excuse for me to see how my NCAA men’s college basketball tournament bracket is doing. Not at…

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