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

12-12-2014

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

09-04-2014

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

13-03-2014

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

09-01-2014

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

07-01-2014

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

29-08-2013

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

12-08-2013

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

08-08-2013

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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Researchers create 'soft robotic' devices using water-based gels

05-08-2013

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new technique for creating devices out of a water-based hydrogel material that can be patterned, folded and used to manipulate objects. The technique holds promise for use in "soft robotics" and biomedical applications. "This work ...

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Researchers trap light, improve laser potential of MEH-PPV polymer

20-03-2013

Researchers from North Carolina State University have come up with a low-cost way to enhance a polymer called MEH-PPV's ability to confine light, advancing efforts to use the material to convert electricity into laser light for use in photonic devices. "Think of a garden hose. If it has holes in ...

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