Croissant making inspires renewable energy solution
The art of croissant making has inspired researchers to find a solution to a sustainable energy problem. Croissants are made by pressing and folding dough to create a layered pastry. The researchers applied this technique to a dielectric capacitor, which is a device that stores energy like a battery.
Graphene is 3D as well as 2D
Graphene is actually a 3D material as well as a 2D material, according to a new study from Queen Mary University of London.
Cambridge spin-out starts producing graphene at commercial scale
A recent University of Cambridge spin-out company, Paragraf, has started producing graphene - a sheet of carbon just one atomic layer thick - at up to eight inches (20cm) in diameter, large enough for commercial electronic devices.
Spider silk could be used as robotic muscle
Spider silk, already known as one of the strongest materials for its weight, turns out to have another unusual property that might lead to new kinds of artificial muscles or robotic actuators, researchers have found.
Material can store energy like an eagle's grip
What do a flea and an eagle have in common? They can store energy in their feet without having to continuously contract their muscles to then jump high or hold on to prey. Now scientists have created materials that can store energy this way, be squeezed repeatedly without damage, and even change shape if necessary.
A rollercoaster which charges your phone
Kinetic energy includes everything from the g-force and vibrations of the ride to the screams of the users. The devices fitted on to the train's carriages capture this energy before converting into electrical energy, which is stored in a power management unit throughout the day. This unit is then removed from the carriages by staff and deposited into the on-site mobile charging point, allowing guests to charge their mobile phone.
Printing technique uses cells and molecules
Researchers have developed a printing technique using cells and molecules normally found in natural tissues to create constructs that resemble biological structures.
New molecular printing technology
'3DEAL' is a simple and inexpensive fabrication technique able to generate complex molecular patterns within soft matter, such as hydrogels, with microscale resolution and up to centimetres in depth.
Cheap and safe electro-catalysts for fuel cells
Scientists from the University of Surrey have produced non-metal electro-catalysts for fuel cells that could pave the way for production of low-cost, environmentally friendly energy generation.
Grant to establish robotics centre for tackling nuclear waste
It will go towards the creation of the National Centre for Nuclear Robotics which is a multi-university project that has received funding and contributions totalling £40m to bring together a diverse consortium of experts in robotics, AI, sensors and radiation resilient embedded systems to address nuclear waste problems.
Candy cane supercapacitor could enable fast charging of mobile phones
Supercapacitors promise recharging of phones and other devices in seconds and minutes as opposed to hours for batteries. But current technologies are not usually flexible, have insufficient capacities, and for many their performance quickly degrades with charging cycles.
Scalable 100% yield production of conductive graphene inks
Conductive inks based on graphene and layered materials are key for low-cost manufacturing of flexible electronics, novel energy solutions, composites and coatings. A new method for liquid-phase exfoliation of graphite paves the way for scalable production.
Towards damage resistant 3D printing materials
Scientists have discovered the secret behind the toughness of deer antlers and how they can resist breaking during fights.
Urine a sustainable power source for powering electronic devices
Researchers have developed an innovative miniature fuel cell that can generate electricity from urine, creating an affordable, renewable and carbon-neutral way of generating power.
Cheap solar cells made from shrimp shells
Researchers have successfully created electricity-generating solar-cells with chemicals found in the shells of shrimps and other crustaceans for the first time.
Charging mobile phones with sound could become a reality
Researchers have created an energy-harvesting prototype (a nanogenerator) that could be used to charge a mobile phone using everyday background noise - such as traffic, music, and our own voices.
Huge new influx of partners to the Graphene Flagship project
To coincide with Graphene Week 2014, the European Commission is proud to announce that the Graphene Flagship, one of the largest-ever European research initiatives, is doubling in size.
Harnessing acoustic vibrations boosts solar cell efficiency
UK researchers have shown how solar cell efficiency can be boosted by up to 50% by harnessing acoustic vibrations in the environment, including those caused by roof-top machinery, traffic and even pop music.
PhosphonicS technology was developed by Professor Alice Sullivan at Queen Mary, University of London. At Queen Mary, a general and economically viable method for silica functionalisation was discovered using vinyltrimethoxysilane (VTMS) as a coupling agent. In 2001 PhosphonicS acquired the technology from University of London to select and commercialise areas of application