Materials Science News
Blazing Fast Computer Chips?
Posted on April 12, 2010 at 09:01:01 am
Graphene is a potential superstar for the electronics industry. With freakishly mobile electrons that can blaze through the material at nearly the speed of light -- 100 times faster than electrons can move through silicon
Significant Step Toward Lightweight Batteries
Posted on April 04, 2010 at 10:16:11 am
A team of researchers at MIT has made significant progress on a technology that could lead to batteries with up to three times the energy density of any battery that currently exists
Plastic Electronics Could Slash the Cost of Solar Panels
Posted on April 04, 2010 at 10:06:12 am
A new technique developed by Princeton University engineers for producing electricity-conducting plastics could dramatically lower the cost of manufacturing solar panels
New Path to Solar Energy Via Solid-State Photovoltaics
Posted on April 01, 2010 at 08:15:06 pm
Researchers with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have found a new mechanism by which the photovoltaic effect can take place in semiconductor thin-films
Self-Healing Nuclear Reactors?
Posted on March 26, 2010 at 09:22:15 am
Self-repairing materials within nuclear reactors may one day become a reality as a result of research by Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists
Giant Microscope to Study Glass Transition
Posted on March 23, 2010 at 09:19:23 am
Instrument will allow scientists to watch atoms in a suspended drop of liquid as the drop cools and solidifies
Silk Structure Analysis Explains Paradox of Super-Strength
Posted on March 15, 2010 at 09:20:31 am
Spiders and silkworms are masters of materials science, but scientists are finally catching up
Artificial Bee Silk a Big Step Closer to Reality
Posted on March 04, 2010 at 09:12:03 am
CSIRO scientist Dr Tara Sutherland and her team have achieved another important milestone in the international quest to artificially produce insect silk.
New Photonic Material May Facilitate All-Optical Switching and Computing
Posted on February 23, 2010 at 03:25:41 pm
A class of molecules whose size, structure and chemical composition have been optimized for photonic use could provide the demanding combination of properties needed to serve as the foundation for low-power, high-speed all-optical signal processing.
Diamond Nanowires for Quantum Computing?
Posted on February 16, 2010 at 09:59:01 am
Device Could Lead to New Class of Diamond Nanomaterials Suitable for Quantum Cryptography, Quantum Computing, and Magnetic Field Imaging