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2022
10 Oct 2022

Chemical Recycling and Dissolution of Plastics 2023-2033

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2021
28 Sep 2021

3D Printed Vaccine Patch Offers Vaccination Without a Shot

Scientists have created a 3D-printed vaccine patch that provides greater protection than a typical vaccine shot. The trick is applying the vaccine patch directly to the skin, which is full of immune cells that vaccines target. The resulting immune response from the vaccine patch was 10 times greater than vaccine delivered into an arm muscle with a needle jab, according to a study conducted in animals.
8 Feb 2021

Textile Sensor Patch Could Detect Pressure Points for Amputees

A soft, flexible sensor system created with electrically conductive yarns could help map problematic pressure points in the socket of an amputee's prosthetic limb, researchers report in a new study.
2020
28 Dec 2020

Army Strengthens Future Tech with Muscle Bound Robots

Robotic systems packed with muscle tissue can produce never-seen-before agility and versatility, Army researchers said.
20 Apr 2020

Off-the-Shelf Cardiac Patch Repairs Heart Attack Damage in Animals

Researchers have developed an "off-the-shelf" artificial cardiac patch that can deliver cardiac cell-derived healing factors directly to the site of heart attack injury. In a rat model of heart attack, the freezable, cell-free patch improved recovery. The researchers also found similar effects in a pilot study involving a pig model of heart attack.
11 Feb 2020

Coin-Sized Smart Insulin Patch

Bioengineers have further developed a smart insulin-delivery patch that could one day monitor and manage glucose levels in people with diabetes and deliver the necessary insulin dosage. The adhesive patch, about the size of a quarter, is simple to manufacture and intended for once-a-day use.
10 Feb 2020

'Wristwatch' Monitors Body Chemistry to Boost Athletic Performance

Engineering researchers have developed a device the size of a wristwatch that can monitor an individual's body chemistry to help improve athletic performance and identify potential health problems. The device can be used for everything from detecting dehydration to tracking athletic recovery, with applications ranging from military training to competitive sports.
2019
20 Dec 2019

Large, High-Quality Perovskite Films Created at Record Speed

Large perovskite films for solar cells can now be rapidly manufactured. The new approach, which combines the right amounts of volatile and less volatile solvents in a blade-coating process, could be an important step towards the commercialisation of perovskite solar cells.
16 Oct 2019

Personalized drug delivery in 3D

On a mission for innovation and translational science, Rahima Benhabbour is using 3D-printing technology and her startup company AnelleO to create a breakthrough in women's health.
22 Mar 2019

Brain stimulation improves depression symptoms

With a weak alternating electrical current sent through electrodes attached to the scalp, researchers successfully targeted a naturally occurring electrical pattern in a specific part of the brain and markedly improved depression symptoms in about 70 percent of participants in a clinical study.
2018
4 Sep 2018

Better particle tracking software using AI

Scientists have created a new method of particle tracking based on machine learning that is far more accurate and provides better automation than techniques currently in use.
19 Aug 2018

Blue Current

Blue Current is a US-based early stage startup that is working on hybrid solid electrolytes for Li-ion batteries. They claim their electrolyte has an ionic conductivity >10{^-4} S/cm at room temperature and a transference number close to unity.
2017
13 Sep 2017

Novel 3-D printed high-performance polymer

Researchers have created a novel way to 3-D print the type of high-temperature polymeric materials commonly used to insulate space craft and satellites from extreme heat and cold. Previously, the polyimide could be made only in sheets.
21 Jul 2017

Carbon3D

IDTechEx Technology Analyst Dr Bryony Core spoke with Kirk Phelps, Product Manager at Carbon3D about the latest innovations in their CLIP and DLS technology.
2 May 2017

EV forecasts turn upwards

From its facts based research, IDTechEx has what some regarded as over-optimistic forecasts for electric cars. However, others are now matching or exceeding our optimism.
2016
7 Dec 2016

Technique leads to broader sunlight absorption in plastic solar cells

Researchers have developed a new strategy for fabricating more efficient plastic solar cells. The work has implications for developing solar cells with a wider absorption range and increased efficiency.
3 Jun 2016

Wearable system aims to predict, prevent asthma attacks

Researchers have developed an integrated, wearable system that monitors a user's environment, heart rate and other physical attributes with the goal of predicting and preventing asthma attacks.
25 Mar 2016

Advancements in diabetes patch

Researchers have devised a synthetic patch filled with natural beta cells that can secrete doses of insulin to control blood sugar levels on demand with no risk of inducing hypoglycemia.
2015
30 Dec 2015

New hybrid electrolyte for solid-state lithium batteries

Scientists have developed a novel electrolyte for use in solid-state lithium batteries that overcomes many of the problems that plague other solid electrolytes while also showing signs of being compatible with next-generation cathodes.
8 Jul 2015

Smart insulin patch could replace injections

Researchers have created a "smart insulin patch" that can detect increases in blood sugar levels and secrete doses of insulin into the bloodstream whenever needed.