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.
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.
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
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 .
MIT & U of Manchester Researchers Discover Potential New Types of Transistors and Electronic Circuits
MIT & U of Manchester Researchers Discover Potential New Types of Transistors and Electronic Circuits ~ They’ve found that when a sheet of graphene—a two-dimensional array of pure carbon—is placed atop another two-dimensional material, electrons instead move sideways, perpendicular to the electric field. This happens even without the influence of a magnetic field—the only other known way of inducing such a sideways flow.
Nanoparticles heated by radio waves trigger insulin production