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.
New Nanocomposites for Aerospace and Automotive Industries
New Nanocomposites for Aerospace and Automotive Industries ~ The Center for Research in Advanced Materials (CIMAV) has developed reinforced graphite nanoplatelets seeking to improve the performance of solar cell materials. The work, done by Liliana Licea Jiménez, uses this material because it has a large power capacity. These polymer-based nanocomposites are reinforced with graphite nanoplatelets for use in industry.
Self-Assembled Membranes Hint at Biomedical Applications
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 .