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Materials Science - Physics - 14.06.2021

Chemistry - Materials Science - 07.06.2021
Stabilizing Gassy Electrolytes Could Make Ultra-Low Temperature Batteries Safer
A new technology could dramatically improve the safety of lithium-ion batteries that operate with gas electrolytes at ultra-low temperatures. Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego developed a separator—the part of the battery that serves as a barrier between the anode and cathode—that keeps the gas-based electrolytes in these batteries from vaporizing.

Materials Science - Environment - 03.06.2021
The biodegradable battery
The biodegradable battery
The number of data-transmitting microdevices, for instance in packaging and transport logistics, will increase sharply in the coming years.

Materials Science - Electroengineering - 02.06.2021
Hexagonal boron nitride's remarkable toughness unmasked
Hexagonal boron nitride’s remarkable toughness unmasked
2D material resists cracking and description by century-old theory of fracture mechanics It's official: Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) is the iron man of 2D materials, so resistant to cracking that it defies a century-old theoretical description engineers still use to measure toughness.

Materials Science - 01.06.2021
Powering ahead with community batteries
Powering ahead with community batteries
Community-scale batteries are already achievable in Australia, will complement existing household batteries and will allow more solar energy to be stored in our suburbs, analysis from The Australian

Materials Science - 28.05.2021
Next-gen electric vehicle batteries: These are the questions we still need to answer
Next-gen electric vehicle batteries: These are the questions we still need to answer
University of Michigan researchers lay out hurdles for tech that could double EV range The next generation of electric vehicle batteries, with greater range and improved safety, could be emerging in the form of lithium metal, solid-state technology.

Physics - Materials Science - 24.05.2021
Pristine quantum criticality found
Pristine quantum criticality found
Study: Quantum fluctuations may give rise to topological phases of matter U.S. and Austrian physicists searching for evidence of quantum criticality in topological materials have found one of the most pristine examples yet observed.

Materials Science - Environment - 20.05.2021
With a pinch of rubber
With a pinch of rubber
Swiss drivers wear out countless tires. Instead of incinerating them, they could be reused locally: The asphalt of various countries has long contained rubber from used tires.

Physics - Materials Science - 20.05.2021
Thin is now in to turn terahertz polarization
Thin is now in to turn terahertz polarization
Rice lab's discovery of 'magic angle' builds on its ultrathin, highly aligned nanotube films It's always good when your hard work reflects well on you. With the discovery of the giant polarization rotation of light, that is literally so. The ultrathin, highly aligned carbon nanotube films first made by Rice University physicist Junichiro Kono and his students a few years ago turned out to have a surprising phenomenon waiting within: an ability to make highly capable terahertz polarization rotation possible.

Materials Science - 17.05.2021

Materials Science - Innovation - 12.05.2021
An enormous impact - despite Corona
An enormous impact - despite Corona
Empa's Annual Report 2020 leads you on a gripping journey through the world of research and innovation; you may be surprised at how broad the term "applied research" is defined at Empa. Last year, hardly anything went as planned - and certainly nothing stayed the same: Right at the beginning Corona challenged us and kept us on our toes throughout the rest of the year.

Materials Science - Economics / Business - 12.05.2021

Materials Science - Innovation - 10.05.2021
VIPCOAT platform launched to make coating industry innovative, sustainable and green
Monday, May 10, 2021 — Vrije Universiteit Brussel is one of 12 partners in seven countries involved in the new VIPCOAT project, which was launched on 1 May under the coordination of Germany's Helmholtz Center Hereon.

Physics - Materials Science - 06.05.2021
Smart magnetic soft materials to develop artificial muscles and therapeutic robots
Smart magnetic soft materials to develop artificial muscles and therapeutic robots
Developing a new generation of artificial muscles and soft nanorobots for drug delivery are some of the long-term goals of 4D-BIOMAP, an ERC research project being undertaken by the Universidad Carlo

Materials Science - 03.05.2021
Electric Vehicle Batteries: The older they get, the safer they are
Electric Vehicle Batteries: The older they get, the safer they are
Studies at TU Graz show that the older an traction battery of electric vehicles (EV) is, the lower the danger it poses.

Architecture - Materials Science - 28.04.2021
An icon of socialist architecture
An icon of socialist architecture
Prof. Danzl talks about the conservation of the Buzludzha monument in an interview The huge Buzludzha monument in the Bulgarian mountains stands out.

Environment - Materials Science - 23.04.2021
For a greener carbon footprint
For a greener carbon footprint
The Federal Statistics Office has made an exact tally: in 2019, 83.7 million lithium-ion batteries were sold in Germany. The carbon footprint they create is currently significant, especially in their production. Because batteries play a key role in the successful implementation of the energy transformation - and in the associated increase in electromobility - the aim is for them to become "greener? in future.

Materials Science - Physics - 20.04.2021
2D Nanomaterial MXene: the Perfect Lubricant
2D Nanomaterial MXene: the Perfect Lubricant
In extreme heat or in the vacuum of space: a novel nanomaterial delivers top performance in extreme situations, as demonstrated by TU Wien (Vienna) with international partners.

Physics - Materials Science - 19.04.2021
A high-performance microscope for catalysis and more
A high-performance microscope for catalysis and more
A new transmission electron microscope (TEM) at the University of Stuttgart that will be able to make visible tiny pores as small as 1 to 100 nanometers in size.

Physics - Materials Science - 19.04.2021
Scientists now able to map defects in 2D crystals in liquid
Scientists now able to map defects in 2D crystals in liquid
A team of EPFL scientists has studied the behavior of defects on 2D crystals in water in order to better understand the crystals' properties and assess their quality.

Environment - Materials Science - 15.04.2021
87 million tons of material each year
87 million tons of material each year
Empa researchers have analyzed the entire material and energy flows of the Swiss economy. Their final report now provides important data and comparisons. The team also looked into how the behavior of the Swiss population affects greenhouse gas emissions. Buildings, industrial plants, roads, cars, gasoline, electricity and all our consumption: What does Switzerland consume each year?

Physics - Materials Science - 15.04.2021

Materials Science - 13.04.2021
From dismantling to re-use as fast as possible
From dismantling to re-use as fast as possible
At NEST, the research and innovation platform of Empa and Eawag, the new Sprint unit is currently under construction - an office unit built largely from recycled materials.

Materials Science - Economics / Business - 01.04.2021
Act now to secure the UK's critical materials supply, say Birmingham experts
Act now to secure the UK’s critical materials supply, say Birmingham experts
The UK must act now to ensure a stable supply of technology-critical metals (TCMs) essential for its transition to clean energy and the delivery of its ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, according to a produced by the University of Birmingham.

Physics - Materials Science - 25.03.2021

Physics - Materials Science - 18.03.2021
IN2UB team synthesizes a bidimensional material with luminescent and magnetic properties
IN2UB team synthesizes a bidimensional material with luminescent and magnetic properties
Recerca The study of matter at the nanoscale has opened huge possibilities in technological advances towards faster, smaller and more energy-efficient technological devices.

Physics - Materials Science - 10.03.2021
Contactless high performance power transmission
Contactless high performance power transmission
Superconducting coils for contactless power transmission in the kilowatt range Such devices could be placed on a charging station whenever they are not in use. This would make it possible to effectively utilize even short idle times to recharge their batteries. However, the currently available transmission systems for high performance recharging in the kilowatt range and above are large and heavy, since they are based on copper coils.

Environment - Materials Science - 09.03.2021
The black gold of mushrooms
The black gold of mushrooms
Empa researchers have succeeded in extracting the pigment melanin in large quantities from a fungus. The gigantic Armillaria fungus in the service of science is one of the largest and oldest living organisms in the world. Potential applications for the "black gold" range from wood preservatives to the construction of water filters and historic musical instruments.

Materials Science - 26.02.2021

Physics - Materials Science - 26.02.2021
Quantum quirk yields giant magnetic effect, where none should exist
Quantum quirk yields giant magnetic effect, where none should exist
Study opens window into the landscape of extreme topological matter In a twist befitting the strange nature of quantum mechanics, physicists have discovered the Hall effect - a characteristic change

Environment - Materials Science - 23.02.2021
Bloom Biorenewables develops biomass-based plastics
Thanks to technology developed by start-up Bloom Biorenewables, plant materials can be used as an alternative to petroleum derivatives for producing a wide range of products, including bioplastics, textiles, cosmetics and even perfume.

Environment - Materials Science - 22.02.2021
A Sponge to Soak Up Carbon Dioxide in the Air
A Sponge to Soak Up Carbon Dioxide in the Air
Human activity is now leading to the equivalent of 40 billion tons of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere each year, putting us on track to increase the planet's temperature by 1.5 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels by 2040.

Economics / Business - Materials Science - 18.02.2021

Physics - Materials Science - 17.02.2021
National Labs Band Together to Build Prototype Magnet for Future and Existing Light Sources
National Labs Band Together to Build Prototype Magnet for Future and Existing Light Sources
Note: This release was adapted from the original press release, prepared by Argonne National Laboratory.

Materials Science - 10.02.2021
A research study analyzes the relationship between material culture and intimate spaces
Our identity comes to us, more than we realize, through all the "material culture? that surrounds us, composed of artifacts, encounters, and practices of a diverse nature.

Materials Science - Architecture - 05.02.2021
Digital Bamboo on display
Digital Bamboo on display
Students at ETH used innovative technology to create an extremely lightweight and filigree pavilion using bamboo.

Environment - Materials Science - 22.01.2021
Eco-energy without limits?
Eco-energy without limits?
Even a sustainable circular economy doesn't run without energy. Solar panels and wind farms, tidal and geothermal power plants: They all divert energy from energy fluxes that had remained untapped since time immemorial.

Health - Materials Science - 14.01.2021
Lead poisoning of children
Lead poisoning of children
A remediation and public education effort at an abandoned battery recycling facility in Bangladesh eliminated most lead soil contamination, but levels of the toxic metal in children living near the site did not decrease nearly as much. The discrepancy reveals the scope of other lead exposure sources and the challenge they present to public health.

Environment - Materials Science - 13.01.2021

Materials Science - Environment - 04.01.2021
Federal government's innovation officer for
Federal government’s innovation officer for "green hydrogen" pays a visit
On March 30, 2021, the federal government's innovation officer for "green hydrogen" Dr. Stefan Kaufmann visited the Materials Testing Institute at the University of Stuttgart, and learned abou

Materials Science - Environment - 17.12.2020
Yi Cui named director of Precourt Institute for Energy
Yi Cui , a preeminent researcher of nanotechnologies for better batteries and other sustainability technologies, as well as an educator and entrepreneur, will become the next director of Stanford University's Precourt Institute for Energy.

Environment - Materials Science - 15.12.2020

Environment - Materials Science - 15.12.2020
Three postdocs from the University of Stuttgart included in the Baden-Württemberg Foundation’s Elite Program
Three early career researchers from the University of Stuttgart, Dr. Nina Engelhardt (English Literatures and Cultures), Dr. Serena Gambarelli (Building Materials Science, Building Chem
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