10 Mar 2022
Lightweight Supercapacitor-Battery Hybrid is Strong as Steel
Like the charged power suit worn by Black Panther of Marvel Comics, researchers have advanced NASA technologies to develop a power suit for an electric car that is as strong as steel, lighter than aluminum and helps boosts the vehicle's power capacity.
4 Feb 2022
AI Headset Helps Military Pilots Perform Expected and Unexpected Tasks
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Perceptually-enabled Task Guidance program to develop a prototype artificial intelligence assistant. The prototype will be embedded in an augmented reality headset to help rotary pilots perform expected and unexpected tasks.
5 Apr 2021
Improved 3D Printing for Lightweight Components for Soldiers
Army researchers collaborated with academic partners to improve additive manufacturing. This partnership may help deliver extreme lightweight components to future soldiers.
15 Jan 2021
Safer, Less Expensive and Fast Charging Aqueous Battery
Zinc-based aqueous batteries avoid the fire hazard by using a water-based electrolyte instead of the conventional chemical solvent. However, uncontrolled dendrite growth limits their ability to provide the high performance and long life needed for practical applications.
12 Feb 2020
New Electrode Design May Lead to More Powerful Batteries
New research could lead to batteries that can pack more power per pound and last longer, based on the long-sought goal of using pure lithium metal as one of the battery's two electrodes, the anode.
19 Dec 2019
AI May Help Scientists Make Spray-on Solar Cells
Artificial Intelligence may be just the thing to accelerate spray-on solar cell technology, which could revolutionize how consumers use energy.
27 Feb 2019
New filament combines solar energy harvesting and storage capabilities
Researchers have invented a weavable filament that both captures and stores solar energy simultaneously—two capabilities that have only been available in separate devices until now.
19 Dec 2018
The Most Significant Materials Science News of 2018
Advancements in material science and material processing will always play a central role in any technological progression. IDTechEx has been providing leading market analysis on a broad range of advanced materials and their technology analysts have given their pick of the key news stories from 2018.
24 May 2018
Active, user-controlled color-changing fabric
The first-ever, active user-controlled color-changing fabric. The fabric, developed allows the user/wearer to change the color or pattern of the fabric through their smartphone.
15 Nov 2017
Flexible, stretchable photonic devices
Light-based devices could be used as biomedical sensors or as flexible connectors for electronics.
25 Sep 2017
Pushing battery tech forward
Tests show a battery with the nickel sulfide-iron sulfide cathode could be depleted and recharged more than 5,000 times before degrading.
28 Jun 2017
New screen coating makes reading in sunlight a lot easier
Screens on even the newest phones and tablets can be hard to read outside in bright sunlight. Inspired by the nanostructures found on moth eyes, researchers have developed a new antireflection film that could keep people from having to run to the shade to look at their mobile devices.
28 Nov 2016
A phone that charges in seconds?
A team of scientists has developed a new process for creating flexible supercapacitors that can store more energy and be recharged more than 30,000 times without degrading.
16 Nov 2016
Back to the Future inspires solar nanotech-powered clothing
Marty McFly's self-lacing Nikes in Back to the Future Part II inspired a scientist who has developed filaments that harvest and store the sun's energy — and can be woven into textiles.
4 Jun 2014
New nanotech may provide power storage in cables, clothes
Imagine being able to carry all the juice you needed to power your MP3 player, smartphone and electric car in the fabric of your jacket? Sounds like science fiction, but it may become a reality thanks to breakthrough technology.
3 Jun 2014
New nano technology could store and conduct energy on the same wire
So far electrical cables are used only to transmit electricity. However, nanotechnology scientist and Professor Jayan Thomas and his Ph.D. student Zenan Yu have developed a way to both transmit and store electricity in a single lightweight copper wire.
25 Dec 2013
Way to make solar cells thin, efficient and flexible
Researchers may be one step closer to tapping into the full potential of solar cells.