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Eco-Friendly Technique Converts Paper Waste into Useful Aerogels

Eco-Friendly Technique Converts Paper Waste into Useful Aerogels

A group of researchers from the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Engineering have been the first to find a method to convert paper waste into green cellulose aerogels. These aerogels are water repellent, ultralight, non-toxic, flexible, and very strong, making them suitable for applications like packaging, heat insulation, and oil spill cleaning. [More]
NIST Develops Novel Technology by Integrating Thin Electrochromic Polymer Film with Nanograting

NIST Develops Novel Technology by Integrating Thin Electrochromic Polymer Film with Nanograting

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have combined advanced nanometer-scale gratings and a Space Age-era thin-film polymer, to invent a novel technology. This technology can be used to fabricate routers and switches for optical signals, energy-efficient full-color video displays, and smart windows and coatings. [More]
MIT, Texas Instruments Researchers Develop Unhackable Radio Frequency Identification Chips

MIT, Texas Instruments Researchers Develop Unhackable Radio Frequency Identification Chips

Researchers at MIT and Texas Instruments have developed a new type of radio frequency identification (RFID) chip that is virtually impossible to hack. [More]
Nano Dimension Unveils Dragonfly 2020 3D Printer For Next-Generation Electronics

Nano Dimension Unveils Dragonfly 2020 3D Printer For Next-Generation Electronics

At SOLIDWORKS World 2016, Nano Dimension Ltd., a leader in the area of 3D Printed Electronics,, is demonstrating its recently unveiled DragonFly 2020 3D Printer, designed to be the ultimate rapid prototyping tool for professional electronics. The DragonFly 2020 3D Printer will be exhibited in the show’s Partner Pavilion January 31 – February 3. [More]
Northwestern University Researchers Develop Completely New Hybrid Polymer

Northwestern University Researchers Develop Completely New Hybrid Polymer

Envisage a polymer that has removable parts and can be environment-friendly, and then can be chemically recreated to function again; alternatively, a polymer that is capable of lifting weights, and expanding and contracting, similar to muscles. [More]
MIT Researchers Develop New Chip Fabrication Method for Efficient Computers

MIT Researchers Develop New Chip Fabrication Method for Efficient Computers

Computer chips are currently built by stacking layers of varied materials and engraving patterns into them. [More]
Researchers Successfully Weave 3D Covalent Organic Frameworks from Helical Organic Threads

Researchers Successfully Weave 3D Covalent Organic Frameworks from Helical Organic Threads

There are many different ways to make nanomaterials but weaving, the oldest and most enduring method of making fabrics, has not been one of them – until now. An international collaboration led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley, has woven the first three-dimensional covalent organic frameworks (COFs) from helical organic threads. [More]
Lehigh Professor Receives Grant to Explore Anti-Thermal Behavior of Materials

Lehigh Professor Receives Grant to Explore Anti-Thermal Behavior of Materials

The W.M. Keck Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to Lehigh to study and discover the mechanisms that govern anti-thermal processes that appear to reverse nature. [More]
Pitt Scientists Work on Development of New Storage System Using Metal-Organic Frameworks

Pitt Scientists Work on Development of New Storage System Using Metal-Organic Frameworks

Although compressed natural gas represents a cleaner and more efficient fuel for vehicles, its volatile nature requires a reinforced, heavy tank that stores the gas at high pressure and therefore limits vehicle design. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering are utilizing metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) to develop a new type of storage system that would adsorb the gas like a sponge and allow for more energy-efficient storage and use. [More]
New Mechanism Allows Inexpensively and Easily Apply Complex Patterns to Glass Surface

New Mechanism Allows Inexpensively and Easily Apply Complex Patterns to Glass Surface

In a joint study, scientists from the MIPT (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology), ICP (Institute of Chemical Physics) named after Semenov, MSU (Moscow State University) and IPCP (Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics) have developed a mechanism of laser deposition of patterns on glass with a resolution of 1000 times lower than the wideth of a human hair. Focusing the laser was conducted with the help of small glass spheres, playing the role of the lens. This mechanism allows inexpensively and relatively easy to apply complex patterns to a glass surface, whereby obtaining a spatial resolution of less than 100 nanometers. [More]