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Research Yields New Data on Mysterious Chemical Gardens

Research Yields New Data on Mysterious Chemical Gardens

They are formations resembling vegetal structures, which are produced when certain solid salts (copper sulfate, cobalt chloride) are added to an aqueous solution of sodium silicate. This research has been published in PNAS and in it participate scientist from Brussels Free University and the University of Granada Andalusian Institute of Earth Sciences [More]
New Electrolyte Eliminates Dendrites that Short-Circuit Rechargeable Batteries

New Electrolyte Eliminates Dendrites that Short-Circuit Rechargeable Batteries

Dendrites are small, pin-like fibers that can short circuit rechargeable batteries and which in turn can promote fire hazards and restrict the capability of batteries to store up renewable energy or power smart phones. Now, a novel electrolyte developed for lithium batteries removes dendrites and at the same time makes batteries highly efficient by allowing them to carry a considerable amount of electric current. Batteries that use other dendrite-restricting solutions have failed to sustain current densities and high efficiencies. The study has been described in Nature Communications. [More]
Tuning Material Properties Using Spin-Orbit Interaction

Tuning Material Properties Using Spin-Orbit Interaction

Scientists from Cornell University used the spin-orbit interaction effect to tune material properties. They have conducted a research on the ways in which different “knobs” can alter material properties, techniques which were formerly unknown or misunderstood.. Controlling material properties is the key to exploring or designing new materials. [More]

Sheffield Hallam Professor Investigating Auxetic Materials for More Effective Football Shinpads

A university Professor is investigating how a special durable material could be used to make football shinpads safer and buildings more energy efficient and resilient to earthquakes. [More]
Rice University Researchers Simulate Superconducting Materials and Observe Antiferromagnetic Order

Rice University Researchers Simulate Superconducting Materials and Observe Antiferromagnetic Order

A team of physicists from Rice University has simulated superconducting materials by substituting ultra-cold atoms in place of electrons, thus solving a challenge, which has intrigued scientists for almost thirty years. [More]
3D-Printed Nerve Guidance Conduit Could Enable Natural Repair of Damaged Nerves

3D-Printed Nerve Guidance Conduit Could Enable Natural Repair of Damaged Nerves

Researchers from the University of Sheffield have successfully used a 3D printed guide to enable nerves injured in accidents to repair themselves. [More]
Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences Launches Two New Awards for Materials Research

Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences Launches Two New Awards for Materials Research

The Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences (SIMES) has launched two new programs to support research into 'Valleytronics'. [More]
New Technique to Pave Way for Lighter and High-Efficiency Polymer Solar Devices

New Technique to Pave Way for Lighter and High-Efficiency Polymer Solar Devices

Researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have recently identified a key technique to enhance the performance of high-efficiency polymer cells, which has the capability to create lighter and more flexible solar devices in the future. [More]
EPSRC Unveils Powerful SuperSTEM Microscope Capable of Seeing Single Atoms

EPSRC Unveils Powerful SuperSTEM Microscope Capable of Seeing Single Atoms

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has unveiled a new £3.7 million super powerful Nion Hermes scanning transmission electron microscope, which has the capability to determine the location of single atoms. [More]
Pittcon 2015: Brooks Instrument to Showcase Prominent Measurement and Control Products

Pittcon 2015: Brooks Instrument to Showcase Prominent Measurement and Control Products

Brooks Instrument, a world-leading provider of advanced flow, pressure, vacuum, level and vapor delivery solutions will be exhibiting a broad range of mass flow meters, controllers and gauges used for laboratory and research applications at Pittcon 2015, held March 8-12 in New Orleans. [More]