Towards a greener future with sustainable organic electronics
Scientists have modified a previous synthesis method to create a new semiconducting polymer with remarkable properties which could be used in organic electronic devices such as thin film transistors.
A Solid Future: New Opportunities enabled by Solid State Batteries
Solid state batteries have been considered as the avenue to the next generation energy storage solutions. According to IDTechEx's research "Solid-State and Polymer Batteries 2019-2029: Technology, Patents, Forecasts, Players" www.idtechex.com/solid.
Carbon nanotubes for flexible, fingertip-wearable terahertz imagers
Researchers have developed flexible terahertz imagers based on chemically "tunable" carbon nanotube materials. The findings expand the scope of terahertz applications to include wrap-around, wearable technologies as well as large-area photonic devices.
Using AI to understand volcanic eruptions from tiny ash
Scientists have shown that an artificial intelligence program called a Convolutional Neural Network can be trained to categorize volcanic ash particle shapes. Because the shapes of volcanic particles are linked to the type of volcanic eruption, this categorization can help provide information on eruptions and aid volcanic hazard mitigation efforts.
A new way to find better battery materials
A new approach to analyzing and designing new ion conductors — a key component of rechargeable batteries — could accelerate the development of high-energy lithium batteries, and possibly other energy storage and delivery devices such as fuel cells, researchers say.
Toyota Central Research & Development Laboratories, Inc.
Toyota recently announced being in the final stages of development of a functioning all-solid-state battery for electric vehicles. Energy density is supposed to be 400 Wh/L (300 Wh/kg) at pack level.
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.
Ultra-thin ferroelectric material for next-generation electronics
Researchers have conducted experiments to determine the ferroelectric properties of an inorganic compound called hafnium oxide (HfO2) for the first time.
Origins of deterioration in lithium batteries
Researchers use diffraction data from pulsed high-intensity neutrons to understand the reactions that deteriorate lithium batteries during operation.
Amorphous thin film using unique sputtering target material
AGC Asahi Glass has developed a uniform amorphous thin film using a unique sputtering target material, and has started industrialization and commercial production of the material.
Ingestible origami robot for button battery removal
In experiments involving a simulation of the human esophagus and stomach, researchers have demonstrated a tiny origami robot that can unfold itself from a swallowed capsule and, steered by external magnetic fields, crawl across the stomach wall to remove a swallowed button battery or patch a wound.
Solid electrolytes open doors to solid-state batteries
Japanese scientists have synthesized two crystal materials that show great promise as solid electrolytes.
A potential control over superconductivity
An applied potential can reversibly induce a superconducting-insulator transition in lithium titanate thin films, report researchers.
Performance and durability combine in liquid crystal transistors
Researchers have designed a smectic liquid crystal that overcomes many of the challenges posed by organic field effect transistor materials.
Perpetuus Advanced Materials agreement with Graphene Platform Corp
Japan's Graphene Platform Corporation signs preliminary agreement to purchase DBD Plasma Reactors from Perpetuus Advanced Materials.
New Supercapacitor Advances in Japan
Supercapacitor sales are mostly about automotive, with Chinese buses being the main destination of Ioxus and Maxwell supercapacitors and Japanese cars the main users of Nippon ChemiCon supercapacitors. French cars are the main users of Batscap supercapacitors and so on. IDTechEx analysts regularly visit many supercapacitor and lithium-ion capacitor (supercabattery) manufacturers and users in Japan the center of the global EV industry, with Toyota the leader by a large margin. Here are some of the findings.