Material Science

04/13/2014 - 12:00

A new study using a photosensitive molecule, azobenzene and carbon nanotubes demonstrates the feasibility of developing solar thermal fuels with significantly increased energy storage capacity.

 

03/26/2014 - 11:07

Nanotechnology is advancing tools likened to Star Trek's "tricorder" that perform on-the-spot chemical analysis for a range of applications including medical testing, explosives detection and food safety. Researchers found that when paper used to collect a sample was coated with carbon nanotubes, the voltage required was 1,000 times reduced, the signal was sharpened and the equipment was able to capture far more delicate molecules.

 

03/14/2014 - 06:53

Footbridges, also commonly known as pedestrian bridges, used to link two areas are nowadays becoming beautiful works of engineering and architecture that add visual value to a landscape. While often wondrous to look at, these small structures can come at a high price if not constructed in a key location or if designed with typical materials.

03/10/2014 - 10:18

A team of MIT researchers has used a novel material that’s just a few atoms thick to create devices that can harness or emit light. This proof-of-concept could lead to ultrathin, lightweight, and flexible photovoltaic cells, light emitting diodes (LEDs), and other optoelectronic devices, they say.

 

03/04/2014 - 11:56

The National Nanotechnology Initiative defines nanotechnology as the understanding and control of matter at the nanoscale, at dimensions of approximately 1 and 100 nanometers, where unique phenomena enable novel applications. Nanotechnology is taking the world by storm, revolutionizing the materials and devices used in many applications and products. That’s why a finding announced by Xiang-Feng Zhou and Artem R. Oganov, Group of Theoretical Crystallography in the Department of Geosciences, are so significant.

 

03/03/2014 - 22:25

In a recent article published in Materials Letters, Sarute Ummartyotin and Mohini Sain of the Center for Biocomposite and Biomaterials Processing described their success in preparing a cellulose and water-based resin composite. The polymer industry has been intensely searching for a way to produce typically petroleum based polymers and composites with a renewable resource. Cellulose, an abundant and natural bio-based polymer, has attracted a lot of attention in this arena.