22 May 2020
Electrics and Electronics Becomes User-Dedicated Smart Material
An important new trend is buying electrics and electronics you customise to function not just shape. See the new IDTechEx report, "Complete Electronics as Smart Material, User-Customized 2020-2040". Builders, textile manufacturers, those doing home improvement and others are starting to buy electrically-smart materials direct from materials companies, bypassing the electronics industry.
26 Dec 2019
Growing Carbon Nanotubes with the Right Twist
Researchers have achieved the creation of a specific type of carbon nanotubes with a selectivity of 90%, and expanded the current theory that explains the synthesis of these promising nano-cylinders.
30 Sep 2019
Alibaba unveils its own AI chip
Alibaba Group plans to launch its first self-developed AI inference chip, which has potential for use in autonomous driving, smart cities and smart logistics. In addition to this, the Academy will boost its R&D in AI chips for training on the cloud and for IOT applications.
26 Jul 2019
Perovskite solar cells with iridescent colors
With the maturing of the perovskite solar cells technology, it is highly desirable to develop colorful solar cells to satisfy the requirements of aesthetic purposes in applications including building integrated photovoltaics and wearable electronics.
16 May 2019
Fluoride radically improves the stability of perovskite solar cells
Researchers have discovered that adding a small amount of fluoride to perovskite leaves a protective layer, increasing stability of the materials and the solar cells significantly.
26 Oct 2018
Origami, 3D printing merge to make complex structures in one shot
By merging origami with 21st century technology, researchers have created a one-step approach to fabricating complex origami structures whose light weight, expandability, and strength could have applications in everything from biomedical devices to equipment used in space exploration.
9 Aug 2018
Nanotube rebar makes graphene twice as tough
Rebar graphene is the nanoscale analog of rebar (reinforcement bars) in concrete, in which embedded steel bars enhance the material's strength and durability. Rebar graphene, developed by the Rice lab of chemist James Tour in 2014, uses carbon nanotubes for reinforcement.
31 Jul 2017
Large single-crystal graphene is possible!
Boasting the conductivity, strength and flexibility we wished for, graphene was proposed as one of the most likely substitutes for silicon and other materials. Its launch into the market however is still slow. What is curbing graphene from industrial applications?
15 Aug 2016
New lithium-oxygen battery greatly improves energy efficiency
Lithium-air batteries are considered highly promising technologies for electric cars and portable electronic devices because of their potential for delivering a high energy output in proportion to their weight.
10 Nov 2014
Beijing Tiertime Technology Co Ltd
Tiertime was formerly known as Beijing Yinhua Laser Rapid Prototyping and Mould Technology Co., Ltd., a company created by a Tsinghua Professor Yan Yongnian, who is recognized as the first person to explore 3D printing in China. Tiertime is currently the single largest manufacturer of 3D printers in China,
4 Sep 2014
Flexible solar cell woven into fabric
Wearable electronics are quickly becoming the fashion. And there could soon be a way to power those electronics indefinitely, now that scientists in China have developed a solar cell 'textile' that could be woven into clothes.
8 Mar 2012
The murky waters of energy harvesting
The confluence of sea water and fresh water with its inherent difference in salinity is providing researchers with a new approach to energy harvesting.
6 Oct 2010
Printed Electronics Asia 2010 event preview
IDTechEx Printed Electronics Asia 2010 and Wireless Sensor Networks, Energy Harvesting & RFID Asia are now less than a week away. The two co-located conferences will cover a multitude of topics and will give you access to detailed presentations on these mutually supporting subjects, covering both the technologies and their applications.
2 Aug 2010
Solar powered phone for India
Vodafone Essar, the Indian subsidiary of Vodafone Group and one of India's leading cellular services providers, has launched its latest generation eco-friendly solar charging handset in India. The new handset uses a solar powered solution to benefit users in areas with adequate sunlight.
29 Jul 2010
Wireless sensor networks, energy harvesting and RFID in Asia
Governments in Asia have been strongly advocating RFID in all its forms - from passive RFID tags to tags with a battery or energy harvester that can be used to create Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN), including mesh networks.
5 Nov 2009
Chinese National Institutes sign collaboration agreement with G24i
Just three weeks after G24 Innovations (G24i) successfully launched the world's first commercial application of Dye-Sensitive Solar Cells (DSSC), the global pioneer of DSSC announced that it has signed a formal agreement with three of China's most prestigious institutes to accelerate industrial development of the technology.
17 Sep 2009
New graphene-based nano-material designed with magnetic properties
An international team of researchers has designed a new graphite-based, magnetic nano-material that acts as a semiconductor and could help material scientists create the next generation of electronic devices like microchips.