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.
1 May 2020
Personalised Nutrition Smart Patch to Reduce Diabetes Risk
A wearable smart patch will deliver precision data to help people personalise their diets and reduce their risk of developing lifestyle-related chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes.
19 Feb 2020
Touch-Responsive Indium Tin Oxide is Very Thin and Flexible
The first highly transparent, touch-responsive and conducting ultra-flexible thin sheets of indium tin oxide have been made by researchers in Australia. Made using a new liquid metal printing technique, the sheets are just 1.5 nm thick and can be deposited onto a variety of substrates - which can then be rolled up like a tube.
29 Jan 2020
Nano-thin Flexible Touchscreens Could be Printed Like Newspaper
Researchers have developed an ultra-thin and ultra-flexible electronic material that could be printed and rolled out like newspaper, for the touchscreens of the future.
13 Jan 2020
Ultrasound Can Make Stronger 3d-Printed Alloys
Researchers have used sound vibrations to shake metal alloy grains into tighter formation during 3D printing.
20 Dec 2019
Australian-First Microgrid Brings Renewable Energy to Apartments
More people living in rental accommodation will soon have access to cheaper, renewable energy as part of an Australian-first microgrid project.
12 Dec 2019
Adding Copper Strengthens 3D Printed Titanium, Study Finds
Successful trials of titanium-copper alloys for 3D printing could kickstart a new range of high-performance alloys for medical device and aerospace applications.
28 Aug 2019
Laser printing tech produces waterproof e-textiles in minutes
The next generation of waterproof smart fabrics will be laser printed and made in minutes. That's the future imagined by the researchers behind new e-textile technology.
5 Jul 2019
Branching out: Making graphene from gum trees
Graphene is the thinnest and strongest material known to humans. It's also flexible, transparent and conducts heat and electricity 10 times better than copper, making it ideal for anything from flexible nanoelectronics to better fuel cells.
4 Feb 2019
Harnessing light for a solar-powered chemical industry
New technology that harnesses sunlight to drive chemical reactions is paving the way for a more sustainable chemical manufacturing industry, one of the globe's biggest energy users.
14 Dec 2018
Next gen unmanned drones will act more like birds than machines
Researchers unveiled experiments with drones that can sense wind gusts and thermals, then use them to gain speed or altitude, just like birds do.
27 Nov 2018
Solution for next generation nanochips comes out of thin air
Researchers have engineered a new type of transistor, the building block for all electronics. Instead of sending electrical currents through silicon, these transistors send electrons through narrow air gaps, where they can travel unimpeded as if in space.
1 Oct 2018
Wearable UV sensors monitor sun exposure
Managing vitamin absorption and avoiding sun damage could soon be as simple as slipping on a bracelet thanks to new personalised sensors.
15 Mar 2018
All power to the proton: battery breakthrough
Researchers have demonstrated for the first time a working rechargeable "proton battery" that could re-wire how we power our homes, vehicles and devices.
7 Mar 2018
Research partnership to advance 3-D printing of energetic materials
Minister Pyne said additive manufacturing or 3-D printing of energetic materials such as explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics has the potential to transform their performance and also offer significant logistical and cost benefits in their manufacture.
1 Mar 2018
Clever coating opens door to smart windows
Researchers have developed a new ultra-thin coating that responds to heat and cold, opening the door to "smart windows".
19 Jan 2018
Swallowable sensors reveal mysteries of human gut health
Findings from the first human trials of a breakthrough gas-sensing swallowable capsule could revolutionise the way that gut disorders and diseases are prevented and diagnosed.
1 Nov 2017
Just in time implants set to radically advance tumour surgery
A major new Australian research project is set to transform the way physicians surgically treat tumours and bone cancer, and dramatically improve patient and healthcare outcomes.
22 Jun 2017
The exciting future of light energy
In a world of growing energy needs, and a global imperative to halt carbon emissions, a tiny 'quasiparticle' called an exciton could provide the answer to our problems.
19 Jun 2017
Solar paint offers endless energy from water vapour
Researchers have developed a solar paint that can absorb water vapour and split it to generate hydrogen - the cleanest source of energy.