17 Sep 2020
Plant Based Supercapacitors Could Quickly Charge Devices
Researchers have designed a new energy storage device that can store a charge up to 900 times greater than state-of-the-art supercapacitors.
3 Sep 2020
Versatile New Material Family Could Build Realistic Prosthetics
Nature's blueprint for the human limb is a carefully layered structure with stiff bone wrapped in layers of different soft tissue, like muscle and skin, all perfectly bound together. Achieving this kind of sophistication using synthetic materials to build biologically inspired robotic parts or multicomponent, complex machines has been an engineering challenge.
25 Aug 2020
3D Printing Greener Buildings Using Local Soil
The construction industry is currently facing two major challenges: the demand for sustainable infrastructure and the need to repair deteriorating buildings, bridges and roads. Researchers report progress toward a sustainable building material made from local soil, using a 3D printer to create a load-bearing structure.
16 Jul 2020
Could Drones Deliver Packages More Efficiently by Hopping on the Bus?
One-click purchases and instant delivery have helped fuel the growth of e-commerce, but this convenience has come at the cost of increased traffic congestion, longer commute times, and strained urban communities.
10 Jun 2020
New Material, Modeling Methods Promise Advances in Energy Storage
The explosion of mobile electronic devices, electric vehicles, drones and other technologies have driven demand for new lightweight materials that can provide the power to operate them. Researchers have reported a structural supercapacitor electrode made from reduced graphene oxide and aramid nanofiber that is stronger and more versatile than conventional carbon-based electrodes.
5 Jun 2020
A Way to Effectively Weld Adjacent 3D Printed Layers Together
Allowing users to create objects from simple toys to custom prosthetic parts, plastics are a popular 3D printing material. But these printed parts are mechanically weak — a flaw caused by the imperfect bonding between the individual printed layers that make up the 3D part.
14 Feb 2020
Software Updates Slowing you Down? Tool to Spot Slowdown
We've all shared the frustration — software updates that are intended to make our applications run faster inadvertently end up doing just the opposite. These bugs, dubbed in the computer science field as performance regressions, are time-consuming to fix since locating software errors normally requires substantial human intervention.
22 Jan 2020
Finalists Announced for 2019 R&D 100 Awards
Finalists for the venerable R&D 100 Awards have been announced by R&D World magazine and its new parent company, WTWH Media, LLC.
23 Oct 2019
Graphene Market Research Tipping Point - Part 1
In this two-part article Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, a leading industry expert and Research Director at IDTechEx will discuss the global graphene market.
2 Sep 2019
Protein batteries for safer, environmentally friendly power storage
Proteins are good for building muscle, but their building blocks also might be helpful for building sustainable organic batteries that could someday be a viable substitute for conventional lithium-ion batteries, without their safety and environmental concerns.
12 Aug 2019
Electric Vehicle Research at Advanced Materials Osaka July 2019
Here we give the abstracts relevant to electric vehicles from BIT Advanced Materials Conference Osaka Japan July 2019. The organisers failed to provide slides but we have photographs of some of these if you are interested. The selected abstracts are divided into energy storage, wide bandgap semiconductors, energy harvesting and other.
9 Jul 2019
Microgel supports 3D printing of organs from stem cells
Scientists have developed a platform that prints bioink into 3D tissues using a supporting slurry of alginate microgel beads. The technique overcomes limitations of conventional bioprinted scaffolds and holds promise for tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, drug screening and developmental biology.
1 May 2019
Future hypersonics could be artificially intelligent
A test launch for a hypersonic weapon — a long-range missile that flies a mile per second and faster — takes weeks of planning. So, while the U.S. and other states are racing to deploy hypersonic technologies, it remains uncertain how useful the systems will be against urgent, mobile or evolving threats.
13 Mar 2018
New conductive coating may unlock biometric and wearable technology
A team of researchers have developed a mechanically robust conductive coating that can maintain performance under heavy stretching and bending.
22 Aug 2017
Thermoelectric Harvesting in 2017: Still Awaiting a Breakthrough
This article works through the issues facing the development of thermoelectric harvesting, including high power, modular thermoelectric technology and turnkey thermoelectric generators.
26 Jul 2017
Strengthening 3D printed parts for real-world use
Researchers have discovered a way to make 3-D printed parts stronger and immediately useful in real-world applications.
17 Nov 2016
Supercapacitor that can be charged by human body heat
This innovative supercapacitor allows charging to be completed using thermal energy in addition to the traditional electrical charging method for capacitors.
27 Jul 2016
New autonomous unmanned surface vessels
To its manufacturer MOST (Autonomous Vessels) Ltd in the UK, USV means controlled by satellite from anywhere on the planet. AutoNaut is the answer to the age-old challenge of affordable oceanic data gathering for science, commerce and military purposes. It creates new opportunities to meet unique mission requirements in a changing world.