October 31, 2013, No comments

Researchers at Columbia Engineering, led by Chemical Engineering Professors Venkat Venkatasubramanian and Sanat Kumar, have developed a new approach to designing novel nanostructured materials through an inverse design framework using […]


Earliest Iron Artifacts Come from Outer Space

October 25, 2013, No comments

Researchers have shown that ancient Egyptian iron beads held at the UCL Petrie Museum were hammered from pieces of meteorites, rather than iron ore. T ...


Birthing a New Breed of Materials

October 24, 2013, No comments

Where two different materials meet on the atomic level, a new material can be born that is neither one nor the other. The two parent materials do not ...


4D Printing of Materials – the next dimension

October 23, 2013, No comments

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have successfully added a fourth dimension to their printing technology, opening up exciting possibi ...

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    Mixing Nanoparticles to make Multifunctional Materials
    October 22, 2013, No comments

    Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a general approach for combining different types of nanoparticles to produce large-scale composite materials. The technique, described in [&he ...

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    Major Leap Towards Graphene for Solar Cells
    October 16, 2013, No comments

    Surprising result: Graphene retains its properties even when coated with silicon. Graphene has extreme conductivity and is completely transparent while being inexpensive and nontoxic. This makes it a perfect candidate […]

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    Nanocrystals Light the way to Stronger Polymers
    October 14, 2013, No comments

    Berkeley Lab researchers use fluorescent tetrapod quantum dots to measure the mechanical strength of polymer fibers. Fluorescent tetrapod nanocrystals could light the way to the future design of stronger polymer […]