Keyword: Nanotechnology

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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Taking inspiration from nature, a team of researchers at Queen Mary’s School of Engineering and Materials Science has successfully created an artificial muscle that seamlessly transitions between soft and hard states while also possessing the remarkable ability to sense forces and deformations.
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Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Researchers have developed a colloidal synthesis method for alkaline earth chalcogenides. This method allows them to control the size of the nanocrystals in the material.
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Briefs: Energy
Researchers have fabricated a novel device that could dramatically boost the conversion of heat into electricity. If perfected, the technology could help recoup some of the recoverable heat energy that is wasted in the U.S. at a rate of about $100 billion each year.
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Briefs: Materials
Researchers in the Lyding Group at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have discovered an efficient, sustainable method for 3D-printing single-walled carbon nanotube films, a versatile, durable material that can transform how we explore space, engineer aircraft, and wear electronic technology.
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Briefs: Nanotechnology
Researchers have created a way to make a 3D-printable nanocomposite polymeric ink that uses carbon nanotubes — known for their high tensile strength and lightness. This revolutionary ink could replace epoxies.
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Briefs: Materials
Researchers are scaling up the production of vertically aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes that could revolutionize diverse commercial products ranging from rechargeable batteries, automotive parts and sporting goods to boat hulls and water filters.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The work shows the real-world viability of their easy-to-use and inexpensive methods of testing.
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Articles: Energy
General Motors’ new joint-research agreement with OneD underscores the promise of silicon-anode development.
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Briefs: AR/AI
The new method could slash the energy cost of AI.
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Q&A: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Professor Jun Yao and his team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, have created a tiny sensor that can simultaneously measure electrical and mechanical cellular responses in cardiac tissue.
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Briefs: Power
The discovery could enable lightweight, low-cost, long-lasting energy storage for electric vehicles, houses, and more.
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Briefs: Motion Control
Oscillatory and rotational motions of different parts are combined to pave the way to developing super-miniaturized mechanical devices.
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Briefs: Materials
But they’re not yet small enough to compete in computing and other applications where electric circuits continue to reign.
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Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A group of scientists led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has created a new method for improving the resolution of hard X-ray nanotomography.
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Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
With its instant repellency and its ability to repel rather than kill or deactivate pathogens, RepelWrap presents an effective alternative to current technologies.
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Facility Focus: Research Lab

The University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science, more commonly known as Penn Engineering or SEAS, offers programs that emphasize hands-on study of engineering...

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Briefs: Electronics & Computers

Researchers have discovered a single-molecule switch that can act like a transistor and store binary information such as the 1s and 0s used in classical computing. The molecule is around five...

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Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Micro-optics and nanostructures are key technologies for the latest optoelectronic components in smartphones, smart glasses and vehicles. Some examples used in consumer...

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Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Researchers have developed tiny optical elements from metal nanoparticles and a polymer that could replace traditional refractive lenses to realize portable imaging systems...

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Briefs: Electronics & Computers

Consumers are looking for augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) glasses that are compact and easy to wear, delivering high-quality imagery with socially acceptable optics...

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Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Optical limiting — a manner of telecom switching without the use of electronics — is an all-optical method that could improve the speed and capacity of Internet communications. A...

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Briefs: Photonics/Optics
3D nanometer-scale metamaterial structures hold promise for advanced optical isolators.
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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A carbon-based biosensor could drive new innovations in brain-controlled robotics.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This method fabricates 3D nanostructures for electronics, manufacturing, and healthcare.
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Briefs: Materials
The flexible, washable microgrid uses the human body to sustainably power small electronics.
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Briefs: Wearables
Applications include detection of chemical and biological agents as well as dangerous gases from vehicle emissions.
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Briefs: Imaging
A new imaging technique measures temperature in 2D.
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Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Design of miniature optical systems could lead to future cell phones that can detect viruses and more.
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Briefs: Imaging
A new imaging method measure temperature in 2D.
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