Electronic Components
Thin Films Self-Assemble in One Minute
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Coatings & Adhesives, Composites, Optics, Photonics on Thursday, 12 June 2014
Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have devised a technique whereby self-assembling nanoparticle arrays can form a highly ordered thin film over macroscopic distances in one minute.
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New Supercapacitor Could Make Structural Energy Storage A Reality
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Power Management, Energy Storage on Tuesday, 10 June 2014
Imagine a future in which our electrical gadgets are no longer limited by plugs and external power sources. This intriguing prospect is one of the reasons for the current interest in building the capacity to store electrical energy directly into a wide range of products, such as a laptop whose casing serves as its battery, or an electric car powered by energy stored in its chassis, or a home where the dry wall and siding store the electricity that runs the lights and appliances. It also makes the small, dull grey wafers that graduate student Andrew Westover and Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Cary Pint have made in Vanderbilt's Nanomaterials and Energy Devices Laboratory far more important than their nondescript appearance suggests.
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New Way To Make Sheets Of Graphene Discovered
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Solar Power, Coatings & Adhesives on Tuesday, 10 June 2014
Graphene's promise as a material for new kinds of electronic devices, among other uses, has led researchers around the world to study the material in search of new applications. But one of the biggest limitations to wider use of the strong, lightweight, highly conductive material has been the hurdle of fabrication on an industrial scale.
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Implantable Electronic Gripping Devices
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Composites, Plastics, Implants & Prosthetics on Wednesday, 04 June 2014
A team of scientists from The University of Texas, Dallas, along with colleagues at the University of Tokyo, Japan, have created biologically adaptive transistor devices that have the ability to become soft when implanted inside the body yet can reshape themselves and deploy to grip 3D objects, such as large tissues, nerves, and blood vessels.
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Introducing the Bionic Man
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Ceramics, Coatings & Adhesives, Composites, Metals, Plastics, Diagnostics, Drug Delivery & Fluid Handling, Implants & Prosthetics, Orthopedics, Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy, Surgical Robotics/Instruments, Sensors on Wednesday, 04 June 2014
The NIH’s Bionic Man site helps viewers visually explore some of the latest bioengineering creations from research funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. From prosthetics to artificial kidneys, these technologies are changing lives now and in the future.
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Chip Could Eliminate Need for Magnets in Imaging
Posted in News, Board-Level Electronics, Electronic Components, Electronics, Diagnostics on Tuesday, 03 June 2014
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD, say that they have built and demonstrated a chip-scale device that both produces and detects a specialized gas used in biomedical analysis and medical imaging. The new microfluidic chip produces polarized (or magnetized) xenon gas and then detects even the faintest magnetic signals from the gas.
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New Algorithms Enable Self-Assembling, Printable Robots
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling, Motors & Drives, Power Transmission, Machinery & Automation, Robotics, Sensors, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Mathematical/Scientific Software on Friday, 30 May 2014
In two new papers, MIT researchers demonstrate the promise of printable robotic components that, when heated, automatically fold into prescribed three-dimensional configurations.

One paper describes a system that takes a digital specification of a 3-D shape — such as a computer-aided design, or CAD, file — and generates the 2-D patterns that would enable a piece of plastic to reproduce it through self-folding.

The other paper explains how to build electrical components from self-folding laser-cut materials. The researchers present designs for resistors, inductors, and capacitors, as well as sensors and actuators — the electromechanical “muscles” that enable robots’ movements.

“We have this big dream of the hardware compiler, where you can specify, ‘I want a robot that will play with my cat,’ or ‘I want a robot that will clean the floor,’ and from this high-level specification, you actually generate a working device,” said Daniela Rus, the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.

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Also: Learn about Self-Assembling, Flexible, Pre-Ceramic Composite Preforms.
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