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Phase-Transition Materials Hold Promise for Progress of Advanced Optics

Phase-Transition Materials Hold Promise for Progress of Advanced Optics

Similar to magic tricks seen in the movies, materials possessing properties known as phase transition can change from clear to cloudy when applied to an electric field or according to the temperature. A collaborative team of researchers, including physicists from Germany’s Friedrich Schiller University Jena, have created a method to engineer the transition point at specific temperatures for vanadium dioxide, a phase-transition material. [More]
Flexible Plastic Film Developed, Could be Used for Detecting Recurrence of Cancer

Flexible Plastic Film Developed, Could be Used for Detecting Recurrence of Cancer

Chemical engineers from the University of Michigan have developed a stretchable, thin film that could help to provide improved follow-up treatment for cancer survivors. [More]
New SIPSERs Technique Enables Single Molecule Detection

New SIPSERs Technique Enables Single Molecule Detection

A team of researchers from Penn State have developed a new and unique technique that enables the detection of single molecules of biological and chemical species from solid, liquid and gaseous samples, based on the ultra sensitivity of the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) with a slippery surface invented by Penn State. The researchers believe that the new technology would pave the way for various applications in the field of analytical chemistry, molecular diagnostics, environmental monitoring and national security. [More]
Dreamweaver-led Researchers Find Solution to Lithium Ion Battery Safety Problem

Dreamweaver-led Researchers Find Solution to Lithium Ion Battery Safety Problem

A team of investigators led by Dreamweaver International has investigated the effects of heat and nail penetration on lithium ion cells by performing autopsies on cells post-test. The investigators found that conventional separators shrink, melt, crack, split and burn under extreme conditions, while separators made of more thermally stable materials show much less damage, and in some cases none of these effects. [More]
Study Results Help Design Metallic Materials with Unmatched Damage Tolerance

Study Results Help Design Metallic Materials with Unmatched Damage Tolerance

A new alloy with cold-loving features is reported to be one of the toughest metallic alloys ever, according to a team of Berkeley Lab researchers. [More]
New Way to Produce Oxidation-Resistant Copper Alloy Nanoparticles for Printed Electronics

New Way to Produce Oxidation-Resistant Copper Alloy Nanoparticles for Printed Electronics

Economical fabrication of electronics on curved or flexible surfaces could become a reality due to printed electronics.
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Diamond Tips Boosts Electron Gun Power by a Factor of 13,000

Diamond Tips Boosts Electron Gun Power by a Factor of 13,000

The power of electron guns has been increased by a factor of 13,000 by the addition of tiny diamonds on the gun tip. This increase in power was also associated with an increase in accuracy. It is hoped this technique will be adapted in the next generation of particle accelerators and electron microscopes. [More]
IEDM 2015: imec Demonstrates Integration of High Mobility InGaAs for 3D Vertical NAND Memory Devices

IEDM 2015: imec Demonstrates Integration of High Mobility InGaAs for 3D Vertical NAND Memory Devices

At this week’s IEEE IEDM conference, nano-electronics research center imec showed for the first time the integration of high mobility InGaAs as a channel material for 3D vertical NAND memory devices formed in the plug (holes) with the diameter down to 45nm. The new channel material improves transconductance (gm) and read current which is crucial to enable further VNAND cost reduction by adding additional layers in 3D vertical architecture. [More]
Researchers Successfully Produce Integrated Flexoelectric MEMS on Silicon

Researchers Successfully Produce Integrated Flexoelectric MEMS on Silicon

“Moore’s law”, according to which chip performance would double approximately every two years, approaches its limit: soon it would be impossible to produce smaller transistors. A new quest, nick-named “more than Moore”, aims to add new functionalities within each chip by integrating smart materials on top of their silicon base. [More]
Treatment with Hydrogen Enhances Graphene Nanofoam Electrodes for Lithium Ion Batteries

Treatment with Hydrogen Enhances Graphene Nanofoam Electrodes for Lithium Ion Batteries

The performance of lithium ion batteries (LIBs) has been improved by using graphene nanofoam electrodes that have been treated with hydrogen. The hydrogen treatment results in hole-formation in the defective graphene resulting in a more porous electrode. [More]