30/11/2016A collaborative effort between research groups at the Technical University of Freiberg and the University of Siegen in Germany demonstrates that the physical properties of SrTiO3, or strontium titanate, in its single crystal form can be changed by a relatively simple electrical treatment.
30/11/2016Motivated by public hazards associated with contaminated sources of drinking water, a team of scientists has successfully developed and tested tiny, glowing crystals that can detect and trap heavy-metal toxins like mercury and lead.
29/11/2016Graphene and a patterned interface may be the key to dispersing heat from next-generation microelectronics, according to a new study at Rice University.
29/11/2016Researchers are actively studying polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), a family of natural polyesters produced by microorganisms that may represent biodegradable and biocompatible substitutes for petroleum-based plastics. For the past 30 years, investigators have been striving to determine the crystal structure of an important enzyme in the production of PHAs – called PHA synthase – but ...
28/11/2016Structural coloration has long interested researchers and engineers because of its durability and potential for application in solar arrays, biomimetic tissues and adaptive camouflage. But today's techniques to integrate structural color into materials are time-consuming and costly. Now, researchers have developed a new, more robust and cost effective system to build large-scale metamaterials ...
28/11/2016A new technique developed by MIT researchers reveals the inner details of photonic crystals, synthetic materials whose exotic optical properties are the subject of widespread research.
25/11/2016University of Utah mathematician Graeme Milton presents a new tool for understanding how energy waves move through complex materials, opening up possibilities to design materials that absorb or bend energy as desired.
25/11/2016Two-dimensional (2-D) nanomaterials have been made by dissolving layered materials in liquids, according to new UCL-led research. The liquids can be used to apply the 2-D nanomaterials over large areas and at low costs, enabling a variety of important future applications.
24/11/2016Researchers are taking steps toward cracking the puzzle of how high-temperature superconductors work.
24/11/2016New wastewater system design guidelines developed can help municipal governments better protect aquatic life and save millions of dollars a year. In a recent study, engineers at UBC's Okanagan campus developed guidelines that can tailor the design of specialized filters, called fluidized bed reactors, to local conditions and help prevent phosphorous deposits from forming in wastewater systems.