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Briefs: Energy
In a recent study published in the journal ACS Applied Energy Materials, researchers have utilized poly(vinylphosphonic acid) (PVPA) as a binder for a micro-SiO electrodes, achieving superior performance compared to conventional cells. Read on to learn more.
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Briefs: Energy
A global team of researchers and industry collaborators led by RMIT University has invented recyclable ’water batteries’ that won’t catch fire or explode. Read on to learn more.
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Briefs: Power
A team of researchers from Japanese and French universities has developed a practical nickel-based electrode material that opens new avenues to cobalt-free batteries for electric vehicles. Read on to learn more.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
In bringing bio-inspired robots to life, scientists must first create soft matter counterparts that match the softness and functionality of biological tissue. University of Nebraska–Lincoln engineer Eric Markvicka is at the forefront of these efforts. Read on to learn more.
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Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
A research team from Kyushu University, in collaboration with Japanese company Nitto Denko, has developed a tape that can be used to stick 2D materials to many different surfaces, in an easy and user-friendly way.
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Briefs: Software
Because it requires no battery that must be recharged or replaced, and because it requires no special wiring, such a sensor could be embedded in a hard-to-reach place, like inside the inner workings of a ship’s engine. There, it could automatically gather data on the machine’s power consumption and operations for long periods of time.
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Briefs: Energy
Microelectronics face a key challenge because of their small size. To avoid overheating, microelectronics need to consume only a fraction of the electricity of conventional electronics while still operating at peak performance. Researchers have achieved a breakthrough that could allow for a new kind of microelectronic material to do just that.
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Briefs: Energy
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have improved on approaches that dissolve a battery in a liquid solution in order to reduce the amount of hazardous chemicals used in the process.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
An international team of researchers from Japan and Austria has invented new ultraflexible patches with a ferroelectric polymer that can not only sense a patient’s pulse and blood pressure, but also power themselves from normal movements. The key was starting with a substrate just 1-μm thick.
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Special Reports: Power
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Automotive Test & Simulation - May 2024

In this compendium of articles from the editors of Automotive Engineering and Truck & Off‐Highway Engineering, learn about the latest simulation and test technologies for ADAS, autonomous...

Special Reports: Materials
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Advanced Materials & Coatings - May 2024

In this compendium of articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology, learn how breakthroughs in materials science are enabling exciting new applications in quantum...

On-Demand Webinars: Materials
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Drug-delivery devices not only provide a controlled and sustained release of therapeutic agents but also enable personalized medicine and targeted therapy. The continuous advancement of materials...

Technology & Society: Materials
Artificial reefs can significantly reduce storm damage to coastlines.
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Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Manufacturing elastomers that can be shaped into complex 3D structures that go from rigid to rubbery has been unfeasible until now.
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White Papers: Materials
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Introduction to Carbon Fiber-Orientated Thermal Gap Filler

Thermal gap filler conductivity has increased dramatically over the last 10 years. The ever-increasing power and smaller area have driven the need for higher conductivity thermal gap...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
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Dispensable Thermal Interface Materials: An Overview

Thermal interface materials (TIM) are typically placed between two components in an electronic system to enhance their thermal behavior, such as heat flow between an integrated circuit and...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A new approach has allowed researchers at Aalto University to design a kind of metamaterial that has so far been beyond the reach of existing technologies. Unlike natural materials, metamaterials and metasurfaces can be tailored to have specific electromagnetic properties, which means scientists can create materials with features desirable for industrial applications.
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Briefs: Materials
Diamond Maker Technology Simulates Alien Geology in Laboratories
Innovators at NASA Johnson Space Center have developed a novel, double capsule control system that allows for high temperature and high-pressure geologic research to be performed in a contained environment relevant to a broad array of materials.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A team of scientists has successfully created a new synthetic metamaterial with 4D capabilities, including the ability to control energy waves on the surface of a solid material. These waves, called mechanical surface waves, are fundamental to how vibrations travel along the surface of solid materials.
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Briefs: Materials
Researchers have developed a sensor that, similar to human skin, can sense temperature variation that originates from the touch of a warm object as well as the heat from solar radiation. The sensor combines pyroelectric and thermoelectric effects with a nano-optical phenomenon.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
NASA’s Johnson Space Center is offering an innovative freeze-resistant hydration system for licensing. The technology substantially improves on existing hydration systems because it prevents water from freezing in the tubing, container, and mouthpiece, even in the harshest conditions on Earth.
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Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
See the product of the month: e-con Systems' new IP67-rated high dynamic range (HDR), Power over Ethernet (PoE) camera — RouteCAM_CU22 — a powerful addition to its high-performance Ethernet camera series for tough outdoor conditions.
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Briefs: Medical
Glow Sticks: From Parties to Detecting Biothreats for the Navy

Remember that party where you were swinging glow sticks above your head or wearing them as necklaces? Fun times, right? Science times, too. Turns out those fun party favors are now being used by a University of Houston researcher to identify emerging biothreats for the United States...

Briefs: Materials
The advance, detailed in a paper published recently in the journal Physica Scripta, could enable more efficient compact fusion reactors that are easier to repair and maintain.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
To aid the development of gel-like materials, MIT and Harvard University researchers have created a set of computational models to predict the material’s structure and mechanical properties, as well as functional performance outcomes.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A durable, copper-based coating developed by a team at Dartmouth University can be integrated into fabric to create responsive, reusable materials such as protective equipment, environmental sensors, and smart filters.
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Briefs: Wearables
In a new study, engineers from Korea and the United States have developed a wearable, stretchy patch that could help to bridge the divide between people and machines — and with benefits for the health of humans around the world. In lab experiments, the researchers showed that humans could use these devices to operate robotic exoskeletons more efficiently.
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Briefs: Materials
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and Columbia University have developed a way to convert carbon dioxide (CO2), a potent greenhouse gas, into carbon nanofibers, materials with a wide range of unique properties and many potential long-term uses.
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