Science

Someone once said: today’s technology is tomorrow’s bread and today’s science is tomorrow’s technology. With this in mind, taking a look at the bigger picture – at what the research & development community has to offer – can be inspiring and eye-opening, particularly where an industry like plastics and rubber is concerned in which technology has such high priority.

Overview: Science

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New hybrid inks for printed, flexible electronics without sintering

19/04/2017

Scientists at INM have developed a new type of hybrid inks which allows electronic circuits to be applied to paper directly from a pen.
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Creating time crystals

18/04/2017

A team of Harvard researchers created a previously-only-theoretical time crystal using a small piece of diamond embedded with millions of atomic-scale impurities known as nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers. They then used microwave pulses to 'kick' the system out of equilibrium, causing the NV center's spins to flip at precisely-timed intervals.
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New battery coating could improve smart phones and electric vehicles

18/04/2017

High performing lithium-ion batteries are a key component of laptops, smart phones, and electric vehicles. Currently, the anodes, or negative charged side of lithium ion batteries, are generally made with graphite or other carbon-based materials.
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Team highlights work on tuning block polymers for nanostructured systems

18/04/2017

High-performance materials are enabling major advances in a wide range of applications from energy generation and digital information storage to disease screening and medical devices. Block polymers, which are two or more polymer chains with different properties linked together, show great promise for many of these applications, and a research group at the University of Delaware has ...
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Computers create recipe for two new magnetic materials

13/04/2017

Material scientists have predicted and built two new magnetic materials, atom-by-atom, using high-throughput computational models. The success marks a new era for the large-scale design of new magnetic materials at unprecedented speed.
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Study unravels long-held Fermi puzzle tied to nonlinear systems

13/04/2017

Nonlinear systems can indeed reach equilibrium, according to new research from an international team of physicists. The work has implications in materials science and other fields.
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Advantage: Water

12/04/2017

When water comes in for a landing on the common catalyst titanium oxide, it splits into hydroxyls just under half the time. Water's oxygen and hydrogen atoms shift back and forth between existing as water or hydroxyls, and water has the slightest advantage, like the score in a highly competitive tennis game.
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Method improves semiconductor fiber optics, paves way for developing devices

12/04/2017

A new method to improve semiconductor fiber optics may lead to a material structure that might one day revolutionize the global transmission of data, according to an interdisciplinary team of researchers.
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Decorating single layer and bilayer graphene with useful chemical groups

11/04/2017

IBS scientists develop a new platform to attach chemical groups on graphene lying on a silica/silicon substrate.
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Reusable carbon nanotubes could be the water filter of the future, says RIT study

11/04/2017

Enhanced single-walled carbon nanotubes offer a more effective and sustainable approach to water treatment and remediation than the standard industry materials – silicon gels and activated carbon – according to a paper by RIT researchers John-David Rocha and Reginald Rogers.
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