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Materials Science - Physics - 08:09
Flexible sensors slide into the future with new approach to electronic printing
A new method of 'sliding' delicate high-performance electronics onto flexible surfaces could enable future developments in electronics, scientists say. Engineers from the University of Glasgow claim they have found a way to solve one of the key problems of contact printing - a method of planting electronics onto bendable plastic surfaces to create flexible electronic circuits and devices.

Materials Science - Chemistry - 19.10.2021
New Technique Paves the Way for Perfect Perovskites
New Technique Paves the Way for Perfect Perovskites
A n'exciting new solar material called organic-inorganic halide perovskites could one day help the U.S. achieve its solar ambitions and decarbonize the power grid. One thousand times thinner than silicon, perovskite solar materials can be tuned to respond to different colors of the solar spectrum simply by altering their composition mix.

Materials Science - 18.10.2021
New technique helps researchers understand how acid damages teeth
The Universities of Birmingham and Surrey have developed a new technique to improve understanding of how acid damages teeth. The scientists' research focused on analysing the impact of acid on dentine, a hard tissue which forms the main bulk of human teeth and supports the enamel which covers the surface helping to make teeth strong and resilient.

Materials Science - Chemistry - 18.10.2021
Researchers Determine Optimum Pressure to Improve the Performance of Lithium Metal Batteries
A team of materials scientists and chemists has determined the proper stack pressure that lithium metal batteries, or LMBs, need to be subjected to during battery operation in order to produce optimal performance. The team, which includes researchers from the University of California San Diego, Michigan State University, Idaho National Laboratory and the General Motors Research and Development Center, presents their findings in the Oct.

Physics - Materials Science - 14.10.2021
Exotic magnetic states in miniature dimensions
Exotic magnetic states in miniature dimensions
Led by scientists at Empa and the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, an international team of researchers from Switzerland, Portugal, Germany, and Spain have succeeded in building carbon-based quantum spin chains, where they captured the emergence of one of the cornerstone models of quantum magnetism first proposed by the 2016 Nobel laureate F. D.

Physics - Materials Science - 12.10.2021
Research Team Unlocks Secret Path to a Quantum Future
Research Team Unlocks Secret Path to a Quantum Future
By Rachel Berkowitz In 1998, researchers including Mark Kubinec of UC Berkeley performed one of the first simple quantum computations using individual molecules. They used pulses of radio waves to flip the spins of two nuclei in a molecule, with each spin's "up" or "down" orientation storing information in the way that a "0" or "1" state stores information in a classical data bit.

Materials Science - 11.10.2021
Resurrecting quasicrystals: Findings make an exotic material commercially viable
Resurrecting quasicrystals: Findings make an exotic material commercially viable
Self-healing phenomenon could reduce defects that rendered quasicrystals impractical A class of materials that once looked as if it might revolutionize everything from solar cells to frying pans-but fell out of favor in the early 2000s-could be poised for commercial resurrection, findings from a University of Michigan-led research team suggest.

Materials Science - Architecture - 06.10.2021
Light construction, efficient operation
Light construction, efficient operation
Boasting an intricate, doubly curved concrete roof, lightweight funicular floors, and self-learning building technology, the latest addition to Empa and Eawag's NEST research building in Duebendorf, Switzerland officially opened today. The innovative unit illustrates nearly a decade of formative ETH Zurich research in architecture and sustainable technologies.

Environment - Materials Science - 06.10.2021
Cheaper and better solar energy on the horizon
A new generation of cheap, sustainable and efficient solar cells is a step closer, thanks to scientists at The University of Queensland. Researchers at UQ's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) modified a nanomaterial to make solar cells as efficient as silicon-based cells, but without their high cost and complex manufacturing.

Materials Science - Innovation - 04.10.2021
Space habitats for life beyond earth revealed as Manchester takes next graphene-enhanced leap
Advanced manufacturing experts from Manchester have revealed what human life in space could look like - with a graphene-enhanced space habitat developed to meet anticipated demand for human settlements beyond Earth. A community of specialists at The University of Manchester have teamed up with global architect firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) to research the design and manufacturing of space habitats for the space industry.

Environment - Materials Science - 04.10.2021
To meet lithium demand, UChicago scientist looks to the ocean
Asst. Prof. Chong Liu seeks to design electrodes to collect lithium for batteries from seawater It's estimated that by the end of the decade, electric vehicle sales will drive lithium demand to five times its current level. That sudden increase has companies looking for new sources of the valuable metal, but one scientist at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago believes we have all the lithium we need, and it's waiting just off shore.

Materials Science - Environment - 04.10.2021
Urban mining for metals flashes electronic trash into treasure
Urban mining for metals flashes electronic trash into treasure
, Featured Stories Flash Joule heating by Rice lab recovers precious metals from electronic waste in seconds In what should be a win-win-win for the environment, a process developed at Rice University to extract valuable metals from electronic waste would also use up to 500 times less energy than current lab methods and produce a byproduct clean enough for agricultural land.

Materials Science - Chemistry - 30.09.2021
Army backs bid to 'flash' waste into useful materials
Army backs bid to ’flash’ waste into useful materials
Grant to Rice enables expansion of discovery that produced graphene from food, plastic Where others see a pile of trash, Rice chemist James Tour sees a figurative gold mine. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agrees, and it will work with Tour and his collaborators through a $5.2 million, four-year grant to reclaim valuable materials from waste through flash Joule heating.

Chemistry - Materials Science - 29.09.2021
Melting glasses from unmeltable compounds
Melting glasses from unmeltable compounds
Chemists at the University of Jena developed methods for manufacturing glasses from non-melting compounds Chemists at the University of Jena developed a way of melting normally unmeltable metal-organic framework compounds - so-called MOFs. This allows the melt-based production of glass components for applications in energy and environmental technology.

Materials Science - Physics - 29.09.2021
Extending LIGO’s Reach Into the Cosmos
Since LIGO's groundbreaking detection , in 2015, of gravitational waves produced by a pair of colliding black holes, the observatory, together with its European partner facility Virgo, has detected dozens of similar cosmic rumblings that send ripples through space and time. In the future, as more and more upgrades are made to the National Science Foundation-funded LIGO observatories -one in Hanford, Washington, and the other in Livingston, Louisiana-the facilities are expected to detect increasingly large numbers of these extreme cosmic events.

Materials Science - Electroengineering - 28.09.2021
Scientists create material that can both move and block heat
Unusual material could improve the reliability of electronics and other devices Moving heat around where you want it to go-adding it to houses and hairdryers, removing it from car engines and refrigerators-is one of the great challenges of engineering. All activity generates heat, because energy escapes from everything we do.

Materials Science - 28.09.2021
Getting the measure of tricky measurements
Getting the measure of tricky measurements
The new Christian Doppler Laboratory for Measurement Systems for Harsh Operating Conditions at TU Graz is conducting research into suitable measurement techniques that can deliver precise results in tough operating and environmental conditions. Although measurement technology has come a long way, established approaches often come up against their limits in difficult operating and environmental conditions, ultimately delivering inaccurate results or even none at all.

Materials Science - Physics - 14.09.2021
Solar cells with 30-year lifetimes for power-generating windows
Solar cells with 30-year lifetimes for power-generating windows
High-efficiency but fragile molecules for converting light to electricity thrive with a little protection. A new transparency-friendly solar cell design could marry high efficiencies with 30-year estimated lifetimes, research led by the University of Michigan has shown. It may pave the way for windows that also provide solar power.

Physics - Materials Science - 02.09.2021
Photovoltaic perovskites can detect neutrons
Photovoltaic perovskites can detect neutrons
A simple and cheap device for detecting neutrons has been developed by a team of researchers and their collaborators. The device, based on a special class of crystalline compounds called perovskites, could be used to quickly detect neutrons coming from radioactive materials, e.g. a nuclear reactor that has been damaged or that is being transported nefariously, the researchers say.

Physics - Materials Science - 02.09.2021
Discovery paves way for improved quantum devices
Discovery paves way for improved quantum devices
Physicists and engineers have found a way to identify and address imperfections in materials for one of the most promising technologies in commercial quantum computing. The University of Queensland team was able to develop treatments and optimise fabrication protocols in common techniques for building superconducting circuits on silicon chips.
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