3 Aug 2022
New Material Pushes Sodium-Ion Batteries to Phase out Costly Lithium
With lithium prices over five times higher than they were a year ago, researchers have developed a material for sodium-ion batteries, which offer an alternative to the increasingly expensive lithium-ion tech. The new material is a powder of sodium-vanadium phosphate fluoride with a particular crystal structure. Used in the battery cathode, it provides record-high energy storage capacity, eliminating one of the bottlenecks of the emerging sodium-ion technology.
21 Jul 2022
3D Printing Could Advance Biofilm Science
Combatting life-threatening bacterial infections, reducing slime that clogs pipes, preventing plaque buildup on teeth — all could one day benefit from the development of a new technology being developed. When bacteria and other microbes stick to surfaces and create slimy mats — called biofilm — they form complex communities that are often resistant to traditional disinfectants. Now, scientists are developing a tool for replicating the microbial mosaics so that innovative treatments can be studied.
30 Mar 2022
Material for Space and Aviation End Use Parts
Stratasys Ltd is providing the public with baseline material qualification data for Antero 840CN03 filament material in collaboration with Lockheed Martin and Metropolitan State University of Denver. The release of this qualification data allows those in the industry to use the material for additively manufactured aerospace parts, such as those on the Orion spacecraft, using Stratasys production-grade 3D printers.
21 Oct 2021
Optimum Pressure to Improve the Performance of Lithium Metal Batteries
A team of materials scientists and chemists has determined the proper stack pressure that lithium metal batteries need to be subjected to during battery operation in order to produce optimal performance.
4 Jun 2021
CRISPR-Based Coronavirus Rapid Test
While the coronavirus pandemic has proven once more that the tiniest germ can upset global civilization, a team has responded by illustrating that ancient strategies used by bacteria to battle viruses can be repurposed into transformative technologies.
30 Dec 2020
Powering up Stretchy Technology
A team of researchers has created stretchable energy-storage devices using a specialized printing technology, innovative materials and the centuries-old art of origami.
24 Dec 2020
A Method to Improve Performance of Methanol Fuel Cells
Fuel cells based on methanol oxidation have a huge potential in the motor and technical industries. To increase their energy performance, scientists suggest using electrodes made of thin palladium-based metallic glass films.
29 Oct 2020
Machine Learning Helps Hunt for COVID-19 Therapies
Researchers were not preparing machine learning techniques for a global health crisis. Still, when one broke out, they were ready to help.
25 Jun 2020
Self Powered Alarm Fights Forest Fires, Monitors Environment
Scientists have designed and fabricated a remote forest fire detection and alarm system powered by nothing but the movement of the trees in the wind.
24 Mar 2020
Stretchable Supercapacitors to Power Tomorrow's Wearable Devices
Researchers demonstrate robust supercapacitors that still work when stretched to eight times their original size.
25 Sep 2019
Evolution of learning is key to better artificial intelligence
Researchers say that true, human-level intelligence remains a long way off, but their new paper explores how computers could begin to evolve learning in the same way as natural organisms did - with implications for many fields, including artificial intelligence.
6 Sep 2019
Robot transforms from mower to snow clearing robot
Left Hand Robotics has announced it has raised $3.6M to build out its team and expand distribution of the world's first state-of-the-art, fully autonomous outdoor robot designed as a scalable platform that allows customers to complete multiple tedious outdoor tasks. The robot transforms from a large-scale field mowing robot to a snow clearing robot by simply switching out attachments.
12 Aug 2019
IDTechEx spoke to Dr Anil Singhal, Vice President of Worldwide Operations at iSchemaView. This company's technology, RAPID, is a stroke detection platform which delivers software tools for diagnosing and treating this condition.
15 Jul 2019
Organic solar cells will last 10 years in space
Over the past two decades, organic solar cells have garnered much attention thanks to their light weight, flexibility and unprecedented energy-to-weight ratios of 10 to 20 W/g, which make them a promising candidate for space applications, although their radiation stability is still poorly
4 Jun 2019
Increasing energy sources for portable electronics
Scientists have proposed a new approach to replacing carbon atoms with nitrogen atoms in the supercapacitor's crystal lattice and developed a novel capacity enhancement method based on carbon lattice modification with the aid of plasma. Their findings can help create the next generation of power sources for portable electronics.