Graphene membranes could make nuclear decontamination 100 times less energy intensive
According to research by the University of Manchester, graphene could help reduce the energy cost of producing heavy water and decontamination in nuclear power plants by over 100 times compared with current technologies. This could lead to the reduction of CO2 emissions associated with heavy water production by up to a million tonnes per year.
Nanocoated fabric is super-repellent and self-healing
Any coating, no matter how durable, is susceptible to physical and chemical damages. Self-healing, which has become a popular theme in the field of material science, can endow coatings with ability to recover their surface properties after being damaged.
How Do Nature's Materials Stack Up? "Patchy" Framework Offers New Insights into Self-Assembly
New research, published by NIST scientists and a colleague, moves researchers a big step toward the aim of devising comprehensive theories and realistic models of self-assembly. The advances provide insights to guide efforts to harness and manage self-assembly in artificial materials and reliably make structures as designed.
Joris Laarman on the world's first 3D-printed bridge
Future Makers: the technology that startup MX3D is developing to 3D print a bridge in Amsterdam could be used to produce "endless" different structures, says Dutch designer Joris Laarman in this exclusive movie. MX3D is a new research and development company co-founded by Laarman and Tim Geurtjens, which plans to use robots to produce the world's first functional 3D-printed steel bridge over an Amsterdam canal by 2017.
The self-healing concrete that can fix its own cracks
Related: Biodegradable batteries and induction charging cars: five tech trends to watch Of all the carbon emitters that surround us every day it's easy to overlook one of the most ubiquitous: concrete. The material that builds our buildings, paves our roads and spans our bridges is the most widely produced and consumed material on earth apart from water, according to a WBCSD report.
Coming to a monitor near you: A defect-free, molecule-thick film
An emerging class of atomically thin materials known as monolayer semiconductors has generated a great deal of buzz in the world of materials science. Monolayers hold promise in the development of transparent LED displays, ultra-high efficiency solar cells, photo detectors and nanoscale transistors. Their downside? The films are notoriously riddled with defects, killing their performance.
New Form of Carbon Is Harder than Diamonds
The new material called Q-carbon allows scientists to produce diamond-related structures at room temperature.
Scientists turn gold into foam as light as air & malleable by hand
Guess the riddle: what is almost as light as air and as precious as gold? Well, actually, it is gold, Swiss scientists say. Researchers at ETH Zurich claim to have created a new type of the metal, the lightest ever produced.
Israelis create material that heals itself like human skin
A new material that is flexible and sensitive to touch has been developed at the Technion in Haifa. In addition, it can repair itself if it gets cut or scratched. Researchers at the Technion in Haifa have developed a new platform that is sensitive to touch and flexible, which also repairs itself automatically in the event of damage such as scratches or cuts.
MIT Chemists Create New Adaptable Metallic-Cage Gels
By combining the flexibility of polymer gels with the rigid structure provided by metal-based clusters, chemists from MIT have created a new material that could be well-suited for a range of possible functions, including drug release, gas storage, or water filtration. These new gels, known as
Nuclear materials race is on!
The challenge to produce clean and sustainable power for future generations is an intimidating one. While fusion power offers the tantalising possibility, it is tomorrow's technology that is at least 30 years away... and it seems always will be.
New Smart Material Transforms When Activated by Heat or Sweat
From the brains at MIT, this project could mean huge changes to sportswear. We previously reported on a partnership between Nike and MIT's Climate CoLab, but the brains over at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) are also making headway in another area that has huge implications for the apparel industry.
bioLogic is growing living actuators and synthesizing responsive bio-skin in the era where bio is the new interface. We are Imagining a world where actuators and sensors can be grown rather than manufactured, being derived from nature as opposed to engineered in factories. A millennium ago, a Japanese samurai's quest into battle took an unexpected turn.
Materials for space electronics
How do you make a circuit board fit for service in space? Simon Frost reports from the Electronic Materials and Processes for Space workshop, in Germany. When you're taking electronics to the final frontier, rugged reliability is key.
Samsung Display to Expand Investment in Flexible OLED Panel Business
According to industry sources on Nov. 15, Samsung Display is giving positive consideration to expand investment in the flexible OLED display panel sector, which is recently opening the market of smartphones, smart watches and virtual reality (VR) devices, while focusing on the small and midsize OLED display sector with a 90 percent global market share.
Eef Lubbers: Textiles and technology
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Material Splits Water Molecule to Make Fuel
A new material inspired by the way plants convert sunlight into energy is capable of absorbing sunlight and then using it to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The advance could pave the way for a large and inexpensive supply of clean energy in the future.
3D printing materials market set to overtake the 3D printer market by 2023 and reach $8.3 billion by 2025
Oct 21, 2015 | By Kira With 3D printing technology making more and more headlines, consumers and experts alike have been predominantly focused on and fascinated by the emergence of new 3D printer models, ranging from ultra-high end industrial machines with liquid molten jet technology , to large-scale construction 3D printers , to open source desktop models , to all-in-one multi-functional personal fabricators that combine 3D printing with several other key robotic and machining capabilities.