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2020
21 May 2020

Flexible and Stretchable Single Crystal Electronic Systems

Researchers have discovered that certain crystals are more flexible and stretchable compared to current materials used for electronic applications. These new materials could therefore be used for making sensors and in robotics.
12 May 2020

Promising Material Stable Enough for use in Solar Cells

Soft and flexible materials called halide perovskites could make solar cells more efficient at significantly less cost, but they're too unstable to use.
8 May 2020

3D-Printed Concrete to Help Build Offshore Wind Infrastructure

Conventional concrete manufacturing methods require a mold to shape the concrete into the desired structure, which adds to costs and limits design possibilities. 3D-printing would eliminate the expenses of this mold.
5 May 2020

Microwaves Power New Technology for Batteries, Energy

New battery technology involving microwaves may provide an avenue for renewable energy conversion and storage.
23 Apr 2020

Partnership for 3D Pharmaceutical Printing

Health care is poised for a potential giant leap forward thanks to the 3D printing of medications. To advance the technology and science of 3D pharmaceutical printing, Purdue University's College of Pharmacy and Aprecia Pharmaceuticals, LLC are launching a comprehensive collaboration on future 3DP pharmaceutical equipment and medications.
20 Apr 2020

3D Printing Minerals to Better Product Fracture Formation

Many people are familiar with the idea of using a 3D printer to create plastic items, but fewer realize that you can use a 3D printer to create synthetic rock samples. Such 3D-printed rock samples help physicists and engineers study rocks, as they help keep the variables of the experiment controlled.
16 Apr 2020

Now Metal Surfaces Can be Instant Bacteria Killers

Engineers have created a laser treatment method that could potentially turn any metal surface into a rapid bacteria killer -- just by giving the metal's surface a different texture.
3 Mar 2020

Stretchable, Wearable Coils may Make MRI, Medical Tests Easier

Anyone who has had a mammogram or an MRI knows how uncomfortable and awkward the tests can be. Now researchers have taken technology used in the defense and aerospace industries to create a novel way of doing some medical imaging.
18 Feb 2020

Nanowires Made of Tellurium and Nanotubes Hold Promise for Wearables

Wearable tech and electronic cloth may be the way of the future, but to get there the wiring needs to be strong, flexible and efficient.
7 Feb 2020

SEMI-FlexTech Launches Six New Projects

SEMI-FlexTech announced the launch of six projects to accelerate sensor and sensor system innovations for new applications in industries including healthcare, automotive, industrial and defense.
27 Jan 2020

Body Heat Through Flexible Fabric Powers Iot Devices

Wearable electronics and other Internet of Things devices are rapidly growing in popularity, but their need for consistent power can place a high burden on users. One recently proposed solution is to generate electricity using heat from the human body, animals or other ambient sources, but typical emerging devices need to be up to an inch thick to harvest maximum results.
22 Jan 2020

Finalists Announced for 2019 R&D 100 Awards

Finalists for the venerable R&D 100 Awards have been announced by R&D World magazine and its new parent company, WTWH Media, LLC.
2 Jan 2020

Solar Power From 'The Dark Side' Unlocked by a New Formula

Most of today's solar panels capture sunlight and convert it to electricity only from the side facing the sky. If the dark underside of a solar panel could also convert sunlight reflected off the ground, even more electricity might be generated.
2019
26 Dec 2019

This 'Lemon" Could Help Machine Learning Create Better Drugs

One of the challenges in using machine learning for drug development is to create a process for the computer to extract needed information from a pool of data points. Drug scientists must pull biological data and train the software to understand how a typical human body will interact with the combinations that come together to form a medication.
23 Dec 2019

Millions With Swallowing Problems Could be Helped with New Wearable

A wearable monitoring device to make treatments easier and more affordable for the millions of people with swallowing disorders is about to be released into the market.
10 Dec 2019

Human Bone May Hold Key to Stronger 3D Printed Lightweight Structures

What do bones and 3D-printed buildings have in common? They both have columns and beams on the inside that determine how long they last. Now, the discovery of how a "beam" in human bone material handles a lifetime's worth of wear and tear could translate to the development of 3D-printed lightweight materials that last long enough for more practical use in buildings, aircraft and other structures.
9 Oct 2019

New materials to help stop lithium-ion battery fires

From automobiles and planes to laptops and e-bikes, lithium-ion batteries have been blamed for causing fires in high-tech devices. Now scientists have come up with patented techniques that may cut down the risk from these popular batteries, which are found in everyday devices such as phones and tablets.
25 Sep 2019

'Nanochains' could increase battery capacity, cut charging time

How long the battery of your phone or computer lasts depends on how many lithium ions can be stored in the battery's negative electrode material. If the battery runs out of these ions, it can't generate an electrical current to run a device and ultimately fails.
16 Sep 2019

Electronic glove offers 'humanlike' features for prosthetic hand users

An electronic glove, or e-glove can be worn over a prosthetic hand to provide humanlike softness, warmth, appearance and sensory perception, such as the ability to sense pressure, temperature and hydration.
12 Sep 2019

Purdue University welcomes delivery robots

Purdue University's West Lafayette campus is now sharing its sidewalks with a fleet of robots that can deliver meals at the push of a button.