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The technology was conceived at the University of Wisconsin-Madison lab for advanced materials for energy and electronics under the direction of Professor Michael Arnold. The impact of nanomaterials on society has often been limited because it is difficult to synthesize, purity, process, organize, and integrate nanomaterials and nanostructures. Our research especially draws from multiple disciplines to address fundamental materials challenges - in controlling the growth, processing, ordering, and heterogeneity of nanomaterials and in understanding phenomena beyond the scale of single nanostructures - that must be overcome to exploit these exciting components in technology.
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2019
12 Apr

Fuel cell advance a breath of fresh air

A promising alternative to conventional power plants, solid oxide fuel cells use electrochemical methods that can generate power more efficiently than existing combustion-based generators. But fuel cells tend to degrade too quickly, eating up any efficiency gains through increased cost.
18 Mar

Light provides control for 3D printing with multiple materials

3D printing has revolutionized the fields of healthcare, biomedical engineering, manufacturing and art design. Successful applications have come despite the fact that most 3D printing techniques can only produce parts made of one material at a time. More complex applications could be developed if 3D printers could use different materials and create multi-material parts.
5 Mar

Spider silk could be used as robotic muscle

Spider silk, already known as one of the strongest materials for its weight, turns out to have another unusual property that might lead to new kinds of artificial muscles or robotic actuators, researchers have found.
22 Feb

Advancing additive manufacturing by slashing support

3D printing opens up design possibilities that engineers could once only dream of. The technology allows manufacturers to create parts with unique and complex shapes—parts that conventional manufacturing methods such as die casting or injection molding can't produce.
2018
28 Dec

Implantable device aids weight loss

New battery-free, easily implantable weight-loss devices developed by engineers could offer a promising new weapon for battling the bulge.
30 Nov

It's not a shock: Better bandage promotes powerful healing

A new, low-cost wound dressing could dramatically speed up healing in a surprising way. The method leverages energy generated from a patient's own body motions to apply gentle electrical pulses at the site of an injury.
30 Nov

Piezoelectric Harvesting and Sensing 2019-2039

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop and Dr Richard Collins
23 Nov

Explaining the plummeting cost of solar power

The dramatic drop in the cost of solar photovoltaic modules, which has fallen by 99 percent over the last four decades, is often touted as a major success story for renewable energy technology. But one question has never been fully addressed: What exactly accounts for that stunning drop?
26 Oct

New material, manufacturing process, uses sun's heat for cheaper power

Researchers have developed a new material and manufacturing process that would make one way to use solar power - as heat energy - more efficient in generating electricity.
8 Oct

New fuel cell concept

In a new approach, inspired by biology a university team has designed a fuel cell using cheaper materials and an organic compound that shuttles electrons and protons.
2 Oct

Fluoropolymers for Emerging Electronics and Electrics 2019-2039

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop, Dr Lorenzo Grande and James Hayward
27 Aug

Kids connect with robot reading partners

Kids learn better with a friend. They're more enthusiastic and understand more if they dig into a subject with a companion. But what if that companion is artificial?
24 Aug

Smart Materials as Structural Electronics and Electrics 2019-2029

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop, Dr Jon Harrop, Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh and Luke Gear
14 Aug

Biomedical Diagnostics at Point-of-Care 2019-2029: Technologies, Applications, Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: Dr Luyun Jiang
14 Aug

Technologies for Diabetes Management 2019-2029: Technology, Players and Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: James Hayward
12 Jul

Energy Harvesting Microwatt to Megawatt 2019-2029

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop
21 May

Wearable Technology 2018-2028: Markets, Players, Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: James Hayward
4 May

Wearable device measures tendon tension

For athletes and weekend warriors alike, returning from a tendon injury too soon often ensures a trip right back to physical therapy. However, a new technology developed by engineers could one day help tell whether your tendons are ready for action.
6 Apr

48V Mild Hybrid Vehicles 2018-2028

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop
27 Feb

Non-Toxic Materials for Electronics/ Electrics: Large Emerging Markets 2018-2028

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop and Dr Lorenzo Grande
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