Ferroelectric materials are known as substances that exhibit spontaneous electrical polarization. Polarization implies the isolation of the negative and positive charges present inside a material.
The cultivation of silk has been done for centuries with the help of domesticated silkworms. However, it has been hard to commercially produce spider silk in the majority as a result of their cannibalistic tendencies.
Scientists from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have come up with an approachable method to make N95 face masks just not only efficient barriers to germs but as on-contact germ killers.
???????External mechanical stress causes mechanoluminescent materials to generate visible or invisible light. Excitation can be induced by bending or moderate pressure, but it can also be completely achieved without contact using ultrasound.
Scientists from China have investigated the use of silk sericin, a protein that naturally occurs in silkworm cocoons, in biomedical applications. Their findings have been published in a pre-print paper in the journal Biomaterials.
Writing in Energies, a team of researchers from the University of Huddersfield and the University of York in the UK has investigated weak spot prediction methods for photovoltaic solar cell technologies.
Graphene-related materials (GRMs) are often used to reinforce polymers. In small concentrations of up to five weight percent, GRMs can significantly enhance the strength, electrical conductivity and thermal transport of composites for a variety of applications. However, being a relatively new set of materials, graphene and GRMs need to be carefully assessed in order to identify potential adverse effects prior commercialization.
A federal grant program to impel the global competitiveness of the United States by expediting the manufacture of high-tech materials has granted $1.8 million to Indiana University scientists who discovered the brightest-known fluorescent solid materials in the world.
Bioethanol production has the potential to replace petrochemical-derived fuels for sectors such as the automotive industry. A new paper appearing in Energies has explored the production of this alternative fuel from bacteria and fungi. Researchers from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Ariel University in Israel have contributed to the paper.
A team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota Twin Cities has addressed a long-standing puzzle about strontium titanate, an odd metal oxide that can function as an insulator, a semiconductor, or a metal.