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Researchers list '7 chemical separations to change the world'

28-Apr-2016

Thermally-based industrial chemical separation processes such as distillation now account for 10 to 15 percent of the world's annual energy use. Slaking the global thirst for energy could therefore get a substantial boost from improved technologies for producing fuels, plastics, food and other ...

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New technique could improve detection of concealed nuclear materials

19-Apr-2016

Researchers have demonstrated proof of concept for a novel low-energy nuclear reaction imaging technique designed to detect the presence of "special nuclear materials" -- weapons-grade uranium and plutonium -- in cargo containers arriving at U.S. ports. The method relies on a combination of ...

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Metamaterial separation proposed for chemical, biomolecular uses

07-Mar-2016

The unique properties of metamaterials have been used to cloak objects from light, and to hide them from vibration, pressure waves and heat. Now, a Georgia Institute of Technology researcher wants to add another use for metamaterials: creating a new directional separation technique that cloaks ...

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Nano-mechanical study for next-gen batteries

A detailed nano-mechanical study of mechanical degradation processes in silicon structures

28-Sep-2015

A detailed nano-mechanical study of mechanical degradation processes in silicon structures containing varying levels of lithium ions offers good news for researchers attempting to develop reliable next-generation rechargeable batteries using silicon-based electrodes. Anodes based on silicon can ...

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New nanomaterial maintains conductivity in three dimensions

08-Sep-2015

An international team of scientists has developed what may be the first one-step process for making seamless carbon-based nanomaterials that possess superior thermal, electrical and mechanical properties in three dimensions. In early testing, a three-dimensional (3D) fiber-like supercapacitor ...

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Sol-gel capacitor dielectric offers record-high energy storage

04-Aug-2015

Using a hybrid silica sol-gel material and self-assembled monolayers of a common fatty acid, researchers have developed a new capacitor dielectric material that provides an electrical energy storage capacity rivaling certain batteries, with both a high energy density and high power density. If ...

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Seth R. Marder Receives 2015 MRS Mid-Career Researcher Award

Georgia Institute of Technology professor honored for chemical structure–property characterization of organic molecules

01-Apr-2015

The Materials Research Society (MRS) has named Seth R. Marder, professor and Georgia Power Chair in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, to receive the Mid-Career Researcher Award "for establishing ...

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What's in the grime tarnishing the Taj Mahal?

09-Jan-2015

Every several years, workers apply a clay mask to India's iconic but yellowing Taj Mahal to remove layers of grime and reveal the white marble underneath. Now scientists are getting to the bottom of what kinds of pollutants are discoloring one of the world's celebrated wonders. Their findings, ...

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Graphene only as strong as weakest link

Rice, Georgia Tech experiments determine real-world limits of 2-dimensional carbon

02-May-2014

There is no disputing graphene is strong. But new research by Rice University and the Georgia Institute of Technology should prompt manufacturers to look a little deeper as they consider the miracle material for applications. The atom-thick sheet of carbon discovered this century is touted not ...

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Self-assembled superlattices create molecular machines with 'hinges' and 'gears'

08-Apr-2014

A combined computational and experimental study of self-assembled silver-based structures known as superlattices has revealed an unusual and unexpected behavior: arrays of gear-like molecular-scale machines that rotate in unison when pressure is applied to them. Computational and experimental ...

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