University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California, Santa Barbara

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UCSB is a top-tier research university, whose faculty has received five Nobel Prizes for work in the areas of chemistry, physics and economics. The campus is home to 11 national institutes and centers. Among them : the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Materials Research Laboratory and the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies. UCSB is also home to the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis and the California NanoSystems Institute as well as the Institute for Energy Efficiency.
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2020
14 Jan

Solid-state automotive lidar: commercializing photonic beam steering

What does it take to commercialize photonic beam steering?
2019
12 Dec

Material for Safer Football Helmets May Reduce Head Injuries

Scientists have developed elastic microlattice pads that can withstand both single hits and a series of impacts better than existing state-of-the-art foams used in football helmets. Their research suggests that the material may pave the way for helmets that better protect football players and other athletes from brain injuries caused by repeated head hits.
18 Oct

Computer vision helping track and protect great white sharks

In the last few years, the combination of increasing compute power, big data and improved algorithms have catapulted artificial intelligence from research labs to enabling a multitude of innovative, practical applications.
30 Sep

Alibaba unveils its own AI chip

Alibaba Group plans to launch its first self-developed AI inference chip, which has potential for use in autonomous driving, smart cities and smart logistics. In addition to this, the Academy will boost its R&D in AI chips for training on the cloud and for IOT applications.
2017
13 Nov

Advanced Li-ion & Beyond Li-ion Batteries 2018-2028

IDTechEx Report: Dr Lorenzo Grande and Dr Xiaoxi He
27 Sep

3D printing high strength aluminium

A breakthrough in metallurgy with the announcement that researchers have developed a technique for successfully 3D printing high-strength aluminum alloys—including types Al7075 and Al6061—that opens the door to additive manufacturing of engineering-relevant alloys.
7 Jul

Accelerating rendering with AI

Researchers have developed a new technology based on artificial intelligence and deep learning that eliminates this noise and thereby enables production-quality rendering at much faster speeds.
30 Jun

A robotic gripper for cleaning up space debris

Right now, about 500,000 pieces of human-made debris are whizzing around space, orbiting our planet at speeds up to 17,500 miles per hour.
2 May

Improving next-gen materials for solar cells

New findings by an engineer outline new advances in solar cell technology and point to the incredible potential of the material used to fabricate the cell — gallium nitride.
24 Apr

Sensor-filled glove could help doctors

Researchers have developed new wearable sensors and robotics technology that could be used to accurately measure muscle stiffness during physical exams.
31 Mar

BioSolar Inc

BioSolar's target is to design Si-Alloy materials with a capacity density of 1000 mAh/cm3 and a cell level volumetric energy density of 1000 Wh/L
20 Feb

The little bacterium that could

Researchers replace membrane proteins in bacteria with a molecule they created and gain control over their ability to produce electricity
2015
26 Jun

BioSolar files patent for super battery technology

BioSolar, Inc has announced that it has jointly filed a patent application with the University of California, Santa Barbara.
13 Mar

Breakthrough in OLED technology

A new study from a team of researchers shows that OLEDs made with finely patterned structures can produce bright, low-power light sources, a key step toward making organic lasers.
2014
20 Nov

A New Generation of Supercapacitors: Reconsidering Cheap Conducting Polymers for Low-Cost Energy Storage

University of California, United States
29 Oct

The graphene industry finds new market opportunities in California

The 5th IDTechEx conference and tradeshow on graphene and 2D materials- Graphene and 2D Materials LIVE! - has become the annual meeting place for the global graphene industry in California.
8 Oct

Research shows how giant clams harness the sun

Evolution in extreme environments has produced life forms with amazing abilities and traits.
11 Aug

Holey graphene bridges gap between supercapacitors and batteries

Researchers have used a special type of graphene material, called holey graphene framework because of its three-dimensional perforated structure, to advance the energy density of an electrochemical capacitor to levels equal to those of lead acid batteries.
2013
31 Oct

Seamless integrated circuits etched on graphene

Researchers have introduced and modeled an integrated circuit design scheme in which transistors and interconnects are monolithically patterned seamlessly on a sheet of graphene, a 2-dimensional plane of carbon atoms.
1 May

7th Annual CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium: First day

This excellent event "7th Electric Aircraft Symposium" in Santa Rosa, USA was acclaimed as the best ever in the series. Over 150 people attended, an eclectic mix from NASA and Siemens to hobbyists, universities and technology startups were there.