Rice University

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Rice University is a private, coeducational institution known for its academic excellence and the achievements of its faculty, graduates and students. The university is located in Houston, Texas. Rice offers outstanding programs in engineering, science, managerial studies, the humanities and the arts.
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2022
25 Oct 2022

Elemental Recycling

Elemental Recycling has developed a process to produce graphite and other advanced carbons from non-recyclable plastics and tires. IDTechEx spoke with Ian Bishop (President).
10 Oct 2022

Zeta Energy

Zeta Energy are a US start-up developing lithium-sulphur (Li-S) batteries.
31 Aug 2022

Making Clothing into Computers, Without Electricity

For all the talk about embedding computers in clothing, here's an interesting option. Make the clothing the computer, and do it without electricity. Mechanical engineers are trying the concept on for size with a set of textile-based pneumatic computers capable of digital logic, onboard memory and user interaction.
30 Aug 2022

Handy Extra Limb Powered by Compressed Air

Mechanical engineers have built a handy extra limb able to grasp objects and go, powered only by compressed air. It's one of several ideas they've implemented with a textile-based energy harvesting system.
24 Aug 2022

Brushing Thin Films onto Electrodes Preserves Batteries

A bit of brushing may be the secret to making better rechargeable lithium batteries. Researchers have introduced a technique to tune the surface of anodes for batteries by simply brushing powders into them. The powder adheres to the anode and becomes a thin, lithiated coating that effectively prevents the formation of damaging dendrites.
4 Aug 2022

VegSense Makes Sense for Forest Studies

Ecologists won't always need expensive and bulky equipment to measure vegetation in the wild. Scientists have discovered a modern heads-up display works pretty well. Researchers set up a Microsoft HoloLens as a mixed-reality sensor to feed VegSense, their application to measure understory vegetation, plant life that grows between the forest canopy and floor.
28 Jul 2022

Engineers Get a Grip with 'Necrobotic' Spiders

Engineers are showing how to repurpose deceased spiders as mechanical grippers that can blend into natural environments while picking up objects, like other insects, that outweigh them.
19 Jul 2022

Strain-Sensing Smart Skin Ready to Deploy

A strain-sensing smart skin that uses very small structures, carbon nanotubes, to monitor and detect damage in large structures is ready for prime time. The "strain paint" first revealed in 2012 uses the fluorescent properties of nanotubes to show when a surface has been deformed by stress.
13 Jul 2022

Graphene Market & 2D Materials Assessment 2023-2033

IDTechEx Report: Dr Richard Collins and Dr Conor O'Brien
30 Jun 2022

Universal Matter

Universal Matter are commercialising the flash process for manufacturing graphene. IDTechEx spoke with Dr Peter van Ballegooie (VP of strategic planning).
30 Jun 2022

Haptics 2023-2033: Technologies, Markets, and Players

IDTechEx Report: Dr James Edmondson
28 Jun 2022

Carbon Nanotubes: Is Bigger Better?

Nanomaterials remain a significant growth area with the potential to enable a wide range of next-generation technologies. This article will focus on CNT yarns and sheets before expanding on to high-aspect-ratio and hybrid materials; these are all at an earlier commercial stage than the main MWCNT market.
25 Apr 2022

Lithium's Narrow Paths Limit Batteries

If you could shrink enough for a fantastic voyage across a lithium battery electrode, you'd see the level of charge at every scale is highly uneven. This is not good for the battery's health. Researchers who recognize the problem worked to view in great detail how the various particles in an electrode interact with lithium during use.
6 Apr 2022

Hard-to-Process Plastic Waste Used for Carbon Capture

What seems like a win-win for a pair of pressing environmental problems describes a newly discovered chemical technique to turn waste plastic into an effective carbon dioxide sorbent for industry
9 Mar 2022

Carbon Nanotubes 2022-2032: Market, Technology, Players

IDTechEx Report: Dr Richard Collins and Dr Alex Holland
7 Mar 2022

Wootz

Wootz is a Houston, TX start-up producing aligned carbon nanotube materials, including fibers, films, and coatings. IDTechEx spoke with Dr Amram Bengio (CEO) and Alexander Marks (Chief Engineer).
2021
24 Nov 2021

Ultrathin Solar Cells Get a Boost

Engineers have achieved a new benchmark in the design of atomically thin solar cells made of semiconducting perovskites, boosting their efficiency while retaining their ability to stand up to the environment.
15 Nov 2021

Development of 3D Printed Smart Helmets for the Military

Researchers have received $1.3 million from the Office of Naval Research through the Defense Research University Instrumentation Program to create the world's first printable military "smart helmet" using industrial-grade 3D printers.
1 Oct 2021

Concrete and Cement Reinvented: Growing the Market, Decarbonising 2022-2042

IDTechEx Report: Dr Hydra Rodrigues, Sona Dadhania and Dr Richard Collins
31 Aug 2021

'Smart' Shirt Keeps Tabs on the Heart

There's no need to don uncomfortable smartwatches or chest straps to monitor your heart if your comfy shirt can do a better job. That's the idea behind "smart clothing" developed by a university lab, which employed its conductive nanotube thread to weave functionality into regular apparel.