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Materials Science - Administration - 28.07.2021
Global approach is needed on battery regulation
New European Union regulations on batteries could offer a huge boost to the global decarbonisation mission - but only if it leverages its political and economic weight to ensure a fairer global marketplace.

Environment - Materials Science - 19.07.2021
New GEIC Tier 2 partners showcase range of 2D material tech
Graphene@Manchester is pleased to announce a range of new industrial partnerships, with three new Tier 2 agreements signed in July and more to follow in the coming weeks.

Materials Science - 14.07.2021

Materials Science - Computer Science - 12.07.2021
Fabric-friendly Sensors
Carnegie Mellon University Sensors are part of modern-day technology. From contactless payment to key fobs, credit card chips to smart devices, near-field communication (NFC) allows for humans to communicate with objects. But what if we could use this technology so that everyday objects, like a pillow or a shoe, could sense and interact with us? Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University's Laboratory for Emerging Wireless Technologies (WiTech) have developed fabric-friendly NFC antennas that can be woven into everyday surfaces for building smart environments.

Materials Science - 06.07.2021

Materials Science - 05.07.2021

Materials Science - Physics - 05.07.2021
A data river runs through it
A data river runs through it
Data and signals can be transmitted quickly and reliably with glass fibers - as long as the fiber does not break.

Microtechnics - Materials Science - 02.07.2021
Insect-sized robot navigates mazes with the agility of a cheetah
Many insects and spiders get their uncanny ability to scurry up walls and walk upside down on ceilings with the help of specialized sticky footpads that allow them to adhere to surfaces in places where no human would dare to go. Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have used the principle behind these some of these footpads, called electrostatic adhesion, to create an insect-scale robot that can swerve and pivot with the agility of a cheetah, giving it the ability to traverse complex terrain and quickly avoid unexpected obstacles.

Campus - Materials Science - 30.06.2021
Norton Motorcycles supports student electric motorcycle research with WMG, University of Warwick
Norton Motorcycles engineers have supported students at WMG, University of Warwick to develop a TT capable electric racing motorcycle, named 'Frontier' This includes donating a high performance bike

Chemistry - Materials Science - 30.06.2021
Fireproof and comfortable
A new chemical process developed by Empa turns cotton into a fire-resistant fabric, that nevertheless retains the skin-friendly properties of cotton.

Environment - Materials Science - 23.06.2021
For a sustainable future, scientists rethink plastics and devices
UChicago scientists and engineers seek to transform plastics, electronics, transportation Modern society is now starting to feel the real-world effects of climate change, after more than a century of

Health - Materials Science - 23.06.2021
Researcher named one of Top 50 Women in Engineering
Dr Sohini Kar-Narayan from Cambridge's Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy has been named one of the top 50 Women in Engineering 2021 by the Women's Engineering Society.

Materials Science - 23.06.2021

Materials Science - Physics - 22.06.2021
Clare Grey awarded ¤1 million Körber Prize
Clare Grey awarded ¤1 million Körber Prize
The Körber European Science Prize 2021, worth one million euros, is to be awarded to University of Cambridge chemist Professor Clare Grey, one of the UK's leading battery researchers.

Materials Science - Environment - 22.06.2021

Materials Science - Chemistry - 16.06.2021
Hybrid membrane doubles the lifetime of rechargeable batteries
Hybrid membrane doubles the lifetime of rechargeable batteries
Chemists from the University of Jena prevent dendrite formation in lithium metal batteries The energy density of traditional lithium-ion batteries is approaching a saturation point that cannot meet the demands of the future - for example in electric vehicles. Lithium metal batteries can provide double the energy per unit weight when compared to lithium-ion batteries.

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 - Electroengineering - 07.06.2021
Lead-acid battery lifespan to be increased for use in energy storage systems
· Lead-acid batteries are an established alternative to Li-ion batteries as they are simpler safer to use and are recyclable · How to increase the lifespan and health of batteries will be researched by WMG, University of Warwick, in collaboration with Loughborough University.

Materials Science - Chemistry - 07.06.2021
Absorbent aerogels show some muscle
Absorbent aerogels show some muscle
Rice lab creates spongelike materials for environmental remediation and more A simple chemical process developed at Rice University creates light and highly absorbent aerogels that can take a beating. Covalent organic frameworks (COFs), crystal structures with strong molecular bonds, can form a porous aerogel for use as a custom membrane in batteries or other devices or as an absorbent to remove pollutants from the environment.

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.