11 Jan 2021
Breakthrough Manufacturing Process for Sensor for Smart Contact Lenses
Researchers report on how they have developed a breakthrough sensor system and manufacturing process. The global team of engineers reveal that the new contact lens sensor system contains a photodetector for receiving optical information, a temperature sensor for diagnosing potential corneal disease and a glucose sensor for directly monitoring the glucose levels in tear fluid.
28 Dec 2020
Waste to Treasure: Crayfish Shells to Store Energy
Other than a spicy night snack, the crayfish has been endowed with greater significance. Research has made it possible to use crayfish shell as the biological template for high-performance supercapacitors.
25 Oct 2019
Efficient Electrochemical Energy Storage
The rapid development of electronic devices and power equipment, such as new-energy vehicles and robots, has sparked extensive demand for portable power sources. Electrochemical energy storage, mainly based on ionic intercalation/motion or adsorption/diffusion in electrodes, has been utilized in the last two centuries.
11 Feb 2019
Iron-platinum catalyst keeps fuel cells clean, even in cold weather
Batteries are currently outpacing fuel cells in the technological race to power the electric vehicle. Lithium batteries keep getting cheaper, while fuel cells remain hampered by pricey, short-lived platinum catalysts. Researchers suggest that adding a bit more platinum—albeit in a novel form—could help fuel cell cars catch up.
1 Feb 2018
Tiny scales for medical implants and flexible electronics
Scales are the material of choice for animals from pangolins to fish: They're customizable, water-friendly, strong but flexible, and easy to fix when damaged. Scientists would like to recreate this unique structure—they can imagine uses from medical implants to flexible electronics—but it's proved difficult using non-organic materials.
8 Jun 2016
Carbon nanotubes for enhanced Li-S battery performance
Lithium-sulfur batteries are considered to be one of the most competitive candidates for "post-lithium" technology due to their advantageous cost and specific energy.