Some recently developed bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) - metal alloys that have randomly arranged atoms as opposed to the orderly, crystalline structure found in ordinary metals - can be blow molded like plastics into complex shapes that can't be achieved using regular metal, yet without sacrificing the strength or durability that metal affords.
University of Central Florida Associate Professor Lei Zhai and postdoctoral associate Jianhua Zou have engineered the world's lightest carbon material in such a way that it could be used to detect pollutants and toxic substances, improve robotic surgery techniques and store energy more efficiently.
Researchers have over time been able to show that medicine designed at nanoscale offers unprecedented opportunities for targeted treatment of serious diseases such as cancer. However, now research also shows that the body's immune system plays a significant part in the drug delivery process.
The study of the physical properties and potential applications of graphene, however, has suffered from a lack of suitable carrier materials that can support a flat graphene layer while not interfering with its electrical properties. Researchers in the University of Arizona's physics department along with collaborators from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the National Materials Science Institute in Japan have now taken an important step forward toward overcoming those obstacles.
Thanks to materials science and technology, fried eggs no longer stick to the pan, computers calculate more rapidly, and tunnels can be drilled through massive rock. Increasingly complex technical challenges are faced by advancements in the research and development of materials. To bundle its competencies in this area, KIT has founded the Institute for Applied Materials (IAM) and plans to establish a new course of study.
A Kansas State University chemistry professor has been selected as a Sloan Research Fellow for her success as a promising young scholar, particularly in the research areas of sustainable energy and gold nanoparticles.
The silicon chip took over forty years to approach a $300 billion business today. Now there is a new form of electronics that will hit that figure in half the time because, unlike the silicon chip, it subsumes electrics such as lighting, batteries, solar cells and heaters, not just electronics. It is usually achieved by printing and its most vital characteristic is physical flexibility.
Wissenschaftler am Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Grenzflaechen- und Bioverfahrenstechnik IGB in Stuttgart haben nanostrukturierte Oberflaechen entwickelt, auf denen Wasser abgestossen wird und sich auch bei Minusgraden nahezu kein Eis bildet.
CEA-Leti today announced that Mentor Graphics is the fifth industrial partner to join the IMAGINE program designed to develop maskless lithography for IC manufacturing. Mentor will develop multiple e-beam lithography data processing flows in the program.
Diamond may have a softer side: T-carbon. This fluffy form of diamond, simulated in a Chinese supercomputer, could be used for a variety of applications - if someone can make the stuff and prove its stability in the real world.
By mimicking the structure of the silk moth's antenna, University of Michigan researchers led the development of a better nanopore - a tiny tunnel-shaped tool that could advance understanding of a class of neurodegenerative diseases that includes Alzheimer's.