Out of the fog: honeycomb films
Research into porous films made via the condensation of humid air could lead to materials with applications ranging from medicine to photovoltaics.
Stacking on the graphene
Researchers have found a way to form two materials, each made of three layers of graphene. Each material's graphene is stacked differently and has unique electrical properties. Their work has implications for the development of novel electronic devices.
New generation robots able to adapt to physical damage
Researchers have, for the first time, succeeded in developing a robot capable of immediately adapting to unexpected physical damage.
Semitransparent and flexible solar cells
Researchers have developed an innovative method for fabricating semitransparent and flexible solar cells with atomically thin 2D materials.
Shape-shifting molecular robots respond to DNA signals
A research group has developed a molecular robot consisting of biomolecules, such as DNA and protein.
Waste silicon sawdust recycled into anode for lithium-ion battery
Researchers have created a high performance anode material for lithium-ion batteries using waste silicon sawdust.
A skillful rescue robot with remote-control function
A group of researchers developed a prototype construction robot for disaster relief situations. This prototype has drastically improved operability and mobility compared to conventional construction machines.
New spin Seebeck thermoelectric device
A thermoelectric device using cutting edge thermoelectric conversion technology has been created by a team comprising NEC Corporation, NEC TOKIN Corporation and Tohoku University.
Rechargeable batteries that crush the competition
By chemically modifying and pulverizing a promising group of compounds, scientists have potentially brought safer, solid-state rechargeable batteries two steps closer to reality.
Method for scaling up production of thin electronic material
Sheets of graphene and other materials that are virtually two-dimensional hold great promise for electronic, optical, and other high-tech applications. But the biggest limitation in unleashing this potential has been figuring out how to make these materials in the form of anything larger than tiny flakes.
A step closer to revolutionizing electronics
Scientists have discovered a new self-assembly method for producing defect-free graphene nanoribbons with periodic zigzag-edge regions.
New lithium battery created in Japan
A team of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan has created a new type of lithium ion conductor for future batteries that could be the basis for a whole new generation of solid-state batteries.
Tohoku University and imec partner on research and collaboration
Tohoku University and imec have signed a collaboration agreement in the presence of his Royal Highness Prince Philip of Belgium during the Belgian economic mission to Japan.
Magnesium fuel cells powered by salt water
Tohoku University has announced that it has developed a magnesium fuel cell that generates electricity using salt water as an electrolyte, instead of a chemical alkali, and in partnership with Furukawa Battery Company hopes to commercialize it within the year.
New graphene-based nano-material designed with magnetic properties
An international team of researchers has designed a new graphite-based, magnetic nano-material that acts as a semiconductor and could help material scientists create the next generation of electronic devices like microchips.