Keyword: Nanomaterials

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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: Materials
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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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: Nanotechnology
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: Design
The work shows the real-world viability of their easy-to-use and inexpensive methods of testing.
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Briefs: AR/AI
The new method could slash the energy cost of AI.
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Application Briefs: Transportation

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: Materials

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: Motion Control
A carbon-based biosensor could drive new innovations in brain-controlled robotics.
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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: Nanotechnology
The nanothin material could advance self-powered electronics, wearable technologies, and even deliver pacemakers powered by heartbeats.
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Briefs: Energy
Invisibly small nanotubes aligned as fibers and sewn into fabrics can turn heat from the Sun or other sources into energy.
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Briefs: Packaging & Sterilization
The coatings eradicated human influenza and coronavirus in five minutes.
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Briefs: Nanotechnology
Carbon nanotubes are used to create solar cells with unprecedented flexibility and resistance.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Mechanical properties, such as strength and ductility, can be improved for car, plane, and building components.
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Briefs: Materials
The eco-friendly process removes heavy metals, dyes, and other pollutants.
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Q&A: Automotive

Jingcheng Ma, along with a team of researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, found a way to make ultra-thin water-resistant surface coatings robust enough to...

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Briefs: Aerospace
Applications include space structures, emergency shelters, backpack solar collectors, and inspection of hazardous environments.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The 2D materials boost device performance for electronic devices, solar cells, batteries, and medical equipment.
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Articles: Packaging & Sterilization
Nanotube fibers that turn heat to power; a NASA antenna system; and an antimicrobial coating.
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Briefs: Aerospace
Synthesis of fiber-metal laminates is performed using RF plasma spray deposition.
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Briefs: Nanotechnology
High-yield synthesis of carbon nanotubes is enabled via free electron laser ablation.
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Briefs: Energy
A new imaging method allows researchers to see inside complex semiconductors, without destroying them.
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Briefs: Materials
Applications include anti-fouling and anti-contamination, aerodynamic and hydrodynamic drag reduction, and adhesive joining of composite parts.
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Briefs: Nanotechnology
Applications include aerospace and automotive components, prosthetics, sporting goods, and other uses where strength-to-weight ratio is important.
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Briefs: Nanotechnology
This novel gel-creation method could open applications in water filtration, batteries, and smart windows.
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