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