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The National Science Foundation is an independent U.S. federal agency established by Congress in the NSF Act of 1950 "to promote progress of science," and "advance national health, prosperity, and welfare," and "to secure the national defense." NSF provides financial support for fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. The majority of the funds are provided to support basic research performed in U.S. academic institutions.
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2020
4 Sep 2020

Lux Semiconductors

Lux Semiconductors are an early stage company that have developed a patent pending system-on-foil platform that enables flexible silicon ICs to be directly produced on flexible substrates.
1 Sep 2020

Valgotech LLC

We interviewed President Dr David Olawale August 2020. His areas of expertise include multifunctional composites, sensor systems, product development and technology commercialization.
27 Aug 2020

Molecular Glasses

Molecular Glasses, Inc. has developed an innovative entirely new class of organic non-crystallizable OLED host materials based on isomeric mixtures, OLEDIQ™. These materials are suitable for both vacuum deposition and solution processing (printing). With single molecule hosts the emitter materials aggregate because of their low solid-state solubility. The multi-component Molecular Glasses hosts reduce emitter aggregation and OLED devices with these materials have improved efficiency and lifetime. Polymer OLED materials are soluble but are difficult to purify and are less efficient than single molecules.
15 Jul 2020

3D Printed Latex Rubber Breakthrough

Researchers have discovered a novel process to 3D print latex rubber, unlocking the ability to print a variety of elastic materials with complex geometric shapes.
7 Jul 2020

Researchers Print, Tune Graphene Sensors to Monitor Food Freshness

Researchers dipped their new, printed sensors into tuna broth and watched the readings. It turned out the sensors - printed with high-resolution aerosol jet printers on a flexible polymer film and tuned to test for histamine, an allergen and indicator of spoiled fish and meat - can detect histamine down to 3.41 parts per million.
22 Jun 2020

Hyper-Efficient Conservation Robot

For the next several months, visitors to the Atlanta Botanical Garden will be able to observe the testing of a new high-tech tool in the battle to save some of the world's most endangered species. SlothBot, a slow-moving and energy-efficient robot that can linger in the trees to monitor animals, plants, and the environment below, will be tested near the Garden's popular Canopy Walk.
15 Jun 2020

Research on Stretchable 'Papertronics'

In the last decade, paper-based electronics — also known as "papertronics" — have evolved into an eco-friendly alternative because of physical and chemical characteristics such as their light weight, biocompatibility, biodegradability, low-cost manufacturing and foldability.
21 May 2020

Flexible and Stretchable Single Crystal Electronic Systems

Researchers have discovered that certain crystals are more flexible and stretchable compared to current materials used for electronic applications. These new materials could therefore be used for making sensors and in robotics.
16 Apr 2020

Subtle Medical

Unlike most AI radiology companies, Subtle Medical focuses on image acquisition rather than analysis. It is developing software solutions to improve the capture of high-quality medical images. More specifically, it transforms low resolution scans taken rapidly (eg: in 6 minutes) into high resolution scans that normally can only be obtained by running scans for 20+ minutes.
30 Mar 2020

New Sensor Could Help Prevent Food Waste

As flowers bloom and fruits ripen, they emit a colorless, sweet-smelling gas called ethylene. Chemists have now created a tiny sensor that can detect this gas in concentrations as low as 15 parts per billion, which they believe could be useful in preventing food spoilage.
17 Mar 2020

Technology Development Toward Multilayered Flexible Hybrid Electronics

Flexible Hybrid Electronics have been used to fabricate multi-layer circuits that are conformable, low-cost and suitable for a wide variety of applications, from smart packaging, connected healthcare, intelligent industrials to efficient infrastructure.
26 Feb 2020

Artificial Intelligence Yields New Antibiotic

Using a machine-learning algorithm, researchers have identified a powerful new antibiotic compound. In laboratory tests, the drug killed many of the world's most problematic disease-causing bacteria, including some strains that are resistant to all known antibiotics. It also cleared infections in two different mouse models.
12 Feb 2020

New Electrode Design May Lead to More Powerful Batteries

New research could lead to batteries that can pack more power per pound and last longer, based on the long-sought goal of using pure lithium metal as one of the battery's two electrodes, the anode.
10 Feb 2020

'Wristwatch' Monitors Body Chemistry to Boost Athletic Performance

Engineering researchers have developed a device the size of a wristwatch that can monitor an individual's body chemistry to help improve athletic performance and identify potential health problems. The device can be used for everything from detecting dehydration to tracking athletic recovery, with applications ranging from military training to competitive sports.
7 Feb 2020

Bionic Heart for Testing Prosthetic Valves, Cardiac Devices

Engineers have developed a bionic "heart" that offers a more realistic model for testing out artificial valves and other cardiac devices.
30 Jan 2020

Airspeq

At CES 2020 IDTechEx met with Tania Sole from Airspeq. The company has developed a MEMS based sensor to detect airborne particulate matter. The technology is based on patent pending MEMS thin-film bulk acoustic resonator (FBAR) technology.
29 Jan 2020

Facial Recognition Technology for Use in Firefighting

A team of computer engineers are working on a series of projects aimed at making the life-saving work of firefighters easier and safer.
16 Jan 2020

The First Living Robots

A book is made of wood. But it is not a tree. The dead cells have been repurposed to serve another need. Now a team of scientists has repurposed living cells—scraped from frog embryos—and assembled them into entirely new life-forms. These millimeter-wide "xenobots" can move toward a target, perhaps pick up a payload (like a medicine that needs to be carried to a specific place inside a patient)—and heal themselves after being cut.
8 Jan 2020

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Zhao Lab

MIT's Zhao Lab created a magnetically steerable robotic thread designed to navigate the narrow, winding pathways of brain's blood vessels.
2019
31 Dec 2019

Thin Films with Tantalizing Properties

Scientists have created thin films made from barium zirconium sulfide and confirmed that the materials have alluring electronic and optical properties predicted by theorists.