The Most Significant Material 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.
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.
Flexible, stretchable photonic devices
Light-based devices could be used as biomedical sensors or as flexible connectors for electronics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Way to make solar cells thin, efficient and flexible
Researchers may be one step closer to tapping into the full potential of solar cells.
Market expansion for next-generation energy storage devices
The company is now in position to dominate the world market in the production of large-area electrospray coating equipment that can be used to lower the manufacturing cost of high-technology products such as lithium-ion batteries, solar panels, fuel cells, and energy efficient glass.
Boost for energy storage of super capacitors
Researchers have developed a technique to increase the energy storage capabilities of supercapacitors, essential devices for powering high-speed trains, electric cars, and the emergency doors of the Airbus A380.
Discovery boosts energy storage of supercapacitors
Researchers at the University of Central Florida have developed a technique to increase the energy storage capabilities of supercapacitors.
Diamonds, nanotubes find common ground in graphene
What may be the ultimate heat sink is only possible because of yet another astounding capability of graphene.
Nano College awarded $57.5M
The University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering has been awarded $57.5 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to create a solar manufacturing consortium that could rival what Sematech did for the computer chip industry and the city of Austin, Texas two decades ago.
New 'frozen smoke' may improve robotic surgery
A spongy substance that could be mistaken for packing material has the nanotechnology world buzzing.
Frozen smoke may improve energy storage
Great amounts of energy could be stored in the aerogel, increasing the capacity of lithium batteries or supercapacitors used to store energy generated from renewable resources such as wind and the sun.
Solid state batteries to rival their lithium-ion counterparts
This advanced battery technology has three times the energy density of current li-ion batteries, costing less than half the price per kilowatt-hour.
UCF confirms Planar Energy's battery efficiency
Researchers at the University of Central Florida's (UCF) Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center has verified findings by Planar Energy that the company said could lead to cost and performance improvements in large format batteries required for practical electric vehicles.