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‘Reverse engineering’ materials for more efficient heating and cooling

A new way to calculate the electrical properties of individual components of composite materials could open a path toward more energy-efficient medical refrigerators, air-conditioned car seats and more

8 Amazing Architects of the Animal Kingdom

A casting of an ant colony showing the intricate architecture below the surface. It is unknown how ants are able to communicate to build such amazing structures.

Researchers set world record in solar energy efficiency

Designing Nanocomposite Materials with a Supercomputer Virtual Lab

Clay particle sheets with polymer ~ University College London (UCL) scientists have shown how advanced computer simulations can be used to design new composite materials. Nanocomposites, which are widely used in industry, are revolutionary materials in which microscopic particles are dispersed through plastics. But their development until now has been largely by trial and error.

Self-assembly fabricating method for graphene nanoribbons brings scientists a step closer to revolutionizing electronics

Self-assembly fabricating method for graphene nanoribbons brings scientists a step closer to revolutionizing electronics ~First characterized in 2004, graphene is a two-dimensional material with extraordinary properties. The thickness of just one carbon atom, and hundreds of times faster at conducting heat.

Electrochemical cell converts waste heat into electricity

Picture a device that can produce electricity using nothing but the ambient heat around it. Thanks to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science today, this scenario is a step closer – a team from MIT has created an electrochemical cell which uses different temperatures to convert heat to electricity.

Nanoporous Material Combines the Best of Batteries and Supercapacitors for ESS (Energy Storage Systems)

Rice Nanoporus Battery - Researchers at Rice University in Houston, Texas, have developed a nanoporous material that has the energy density (the amount of energy stored per unit mass) of an electrochemical battery and the power density (the maximum amount of power that can be supplied per unit mass) of a supercapacitor. It’s important to note that the energy storage device enabled by the material is not claimed to be either of these types of energy storage devices.

Good news! Nanotech that can Charge Your Phone in 30 Seconds!

Good news! Nanotech that can Charge Your Phone in 30 Seconds! Summary: If you've ever had just five minutes to charge your smartphone's flat battery and wished it didn't take an hour, help is at hand. An Israeli company is working on a nano-material that could....

Self-Assembled Membranes Hint at Biomedical Applications

Techniques for creating complex nanostructured materials through self-assembly of molecules have grown increasingly sophisticated. But carrying these techniques to the biological realm has been pro...

Using Platinum-nickel Nanoalloys and Microwaves for Catalytic Water Treatment

Using Platinum-nickel Nanoalloys and Microwaves for Catalytic Water Treatment ~ Water treatment technologies to remove contaminants from waste water can be made more efficient by incorporating nanomembranes or catalytic nanoparticles .