14 May 2021
Self Learning Robots go Full Steam Ahead
Researchers have shown that a group of small autonomous, self-learning robots can adapt easily to changing circumstances. They connected these simple robots in a line, after which each individual robot taught itself to move forward as quickly as possible.
14 Apr 2021
Painting with Semiconductors
Researchers have developed a reactive ink that can be painted on an equally reactive canvas. The ink reacts with the material on the canvas to become a semiconductor that emits colored light, an essential part of electronic components such as LEDs. Consequently, a new way of producing these electronic components is now within reach.
22 Nov 2017
Watching atoms move in hybrid perovskite crystals
A team of researchers has for the first time observed nanoscale changes deep inside hybrid perovskite crystals that could offer new insights into developing low-cost, high-efficiency solar cells.
26 Jul 2017
Bouncing gel balls for energy and robotics
Water droplets float in a hot pan because of the so-called Leidenfrost effect. Physicists have discovered a variation: the so-called Elastic Leidenfrost effect.
15 Feb 2017
New metamaterials could improve energy absorption and harvesting
The team is looking forward to leveraging these topological mechanical metamaterials for various applications, optimizing them, and carving devices out of them for applications in soft robotics, prosthetics and energy harvesting.
5 Aug 2016
Flexible building blocks of the future
New mechanical "metamaterial" may revolutionize prosthetics and wearable technologies.
4 Apr 2016
Solar cell material can recycle light to boost efficiency
Perovskite materials can recycle light particles - a finding which could lead to a new generation of affordable, high-performance solar cells.