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Researchers synthesize material for efficient plasmonic devices in mid-infrared range

18-Feb-2015

A research team led by North Carolina State University has identified and synthesized a material that can be used to create efficient plasmonic devices that respond to light in the mid-infrared (IR) range. This is the first time anyone has demonstrated a material that performs efficiently in ...

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Researchers glimpse distortions in atomic structure of materials

18-Feb-2015

Researchers from North Carolina State University are using a technique they developed to observe minute distortions in the atomic structure of complex materials, shedding light on what causes these distortions and opening the door to studies on how such atomic-scale variations can influence a ...

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New 'high-entropy' alloy is as light as aluminum, as strong as titanium alloys

12-Dec-2014

Researchers from North Carolina State University and Qatar University have developed a new "high-entropy" metal alloy that has a higher strength-to-weight ratio than any other existing metal material. High-entropy alloys are materials that consist of five or more metals in approximately equal ...

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Organic solar cells more efficient with molecules face-to-face

09-Apr-2014

New research from North Carolina State University and UNC-Chapel Hill reveals that energy is transferred more efficiently inside of complex, three-dimensional organic solar cells when the donor molecules align face-on, rather than edge-on, relative to the acceptor. This finding may aid in the ...

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Lignin breakthroughs serve as GPS for plant research

Biosystems approach offers step-by-step directions for young scientists

13-Mar-2014

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed the equivalent of GPS directions for future plant scientists to understand how plants adapt to the environment and to improve plants' productivity and biofuel potential. Two articles published in The Plant Cell offer a step-by-step ...

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New, simple technique may drive down biofuel production costs

09-Jan-2014

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a simple, effective and relatively inexpensive technique for removing lignin from the plant material used to make biofuels, which may drive down the cost of biofuel production. Lignin, nature’s way of protecting plant cell walls, is ...

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Cheap way to increase solar cell efficiency

07-Jan-2014

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found an easy way to modify the molecular structure of a polymer commonly used in solar cells. Their modification can increase solar cell efficiency by more than 30 percent. Polymer-based solar cells have ...

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Destroying stable foams on demand

29-Aug-2013

An international team of scientists has developed the first example of a stable, environmentally friendly foam that can be broken down on demand by any one of three external stimuli. Foams are commonly applied in the clean-up of chemical spills, where they are sprayed over large areas to prevent ...

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Battery design gets boost from aligned carbon nanotubes

12-Aug-2013

Researchers at North Carolina State University have created a new flexible nano-scaffold for rechargeable lithium ion batteries that could help make cell phone and electric car batteries last longer. The research, published online in Advanced Materials, shows the potential of manufactured sheets ...

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New technique allows closer study of how radiation damages materials

08-Aug-2013

A team of researchers led by North Carolina State University has developed a technique that provides real-time images of how magnesium changes at the atomic scale when exposed to radiation. The technique may give researchers new insights into how radiation weakens the integrity of ...

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