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Cracking the ethylene code

14/10/2019

Separating pure ethylene from ethane is a difficult and costly process, but one that new research from the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering is poised to streamline. The technique investigated in two new papers, published in the Journal of the American Chemical Association and Organometallics, ...
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Best performance of organic material for lithium battery anode using materials informatics

14/10/2019

A research group established a new design strategy for organic materials for the anode of lithium-ion secondary cells through the use of Materials Informatics (MI). A high-capacity and high-stability material was successfully obtained via an extremely small number of experiments.
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Researchers develop intelligent, shape-morphing, self-healing material for soft robotics

11/10/2019

Advances in the fields of soft robotics, wearable technologies, and human/machine interfaces require a new class of stretchable materials that can change shape adaptively while relying only on portable electronics for power. Researchers have developed such a material ...
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New material captures carbon dioxide

11/10/2019

The captured CO2 can be converted into useful organic materials.
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New science on cracking leads to self-healing materials

10/10/2019

Cracks in the desert floor appear random to the untrained eye, even beautifully so, but the mathematics governing patterns of dried clay turn out to be predictable - and useful in designing advanced materials.
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That new yarn? - wearable, washable textile devices are possible with MXene-coated yarns

10/10/2019

Drexel University researchers have figured out how to add more conductivity into functional fabric devices, by coating yarns with a 2-dimensional carbon-based material called MXene, to make conductive threads. The group has developed a dip-coating method, similar to the dyeing process, that can produce a conductive yarn strong ...
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Electrode-fitted microscope points to better designed devices that make fuel from sunlight

09/10/2019

University of Oregon researchers find that smaller catalytic nanoparticles may be vital for many kinds of devices that convert solar energy into chemical fuels like hydrogen gas.
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Soft robot programmed to move like an inchworm

09/10/2019

University of Toronto Engineering researchers have created a miniature robot that can crawl with inchworm-like motion. The underlying technology could one day transform industries from aviation to smart wearables.
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Molecular nanocarbons with mechanical bonds

08/10/2019

Scientists at Nagoya University have succeeded in synthesizing molecular nanocarbons with knots and catenanes by using a novel method in which silicon atoms are used. The epoch-making product of this research will pave the way to the development of new nanocarbon materials with complex geometric structures.
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SUTD physicists unlock the mystery of thermionic emission in graphene

08/10/2019

SUTD researchers discover a new theory that paves the way for the design of better graphene electronics and energy converters.
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