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Brittle is better for making cement

13-Apr-2016

Because concrete, the world's most-used construction material, is such a major contributor to climate change, it's worth knowing every detail about how it's manufactured, according to Rice University scientists. The Rice lab of theoretical physicist Rouzbeh Shahsavari is looking into those ...

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Battery components can take the heat

13-Apr-2016

Rice University materials scientists have introduced a combined electrolyte and separator for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that supplies energy at usable voltages and in high temperatures. An essential part of the nonflammable, toothpaste-like composite is hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN), ...

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Sweet technique finds cause of sour oil and gas

Rice University engineers develop method to ID cause of sour hydrocarbons in wells

07-Apr-2016

In at least one -- and probably many -- oil and gas drilling operations, the use of biocides to prevent the souring of hydrocarbons wastes money and creates an unnecessary environmental burden, according to researchers at Rice University. The Rice lab of environmental engineer Pedro Alvarez ...

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Flat boron is a superconductor

Rice University scientists predict 2-D material -- no longer theoretical -- has unique properties

04-Apr-2016

Rice University scientists have determined that two-dimensional boron is a natural low-temperature superconductor. In fact, it may be the only 2-D material with such potential. Rice theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson and his co-workers published their calculations that show atomically flat ...

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Electricity, heating most climate-friendly uses for natural gas

10-Mar-2016

Rice University researchers have determined a more effective way to use natural gas to reduce climate-warming emissions would be in the replacement of existing coal-fired power plants and fuel-oil furnaces rather than burning it in cars and buses. The Rice study by environmental engineer Daniel ...

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Graphene composite may keep wings ice-free

26-Jan-2016

A thin coating of graphene nanoribbons in epoxy developed at Rice University has proven effective at melting ice on a helicopter blade. The coating by the Rice lab of chemist James Tour may be an effective real-time de-icer for aircraft, wind turbines, transmission lines and other surfaces ...

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Rice University's K.C. Nicolaou wins prestigious Wolf Prize in Chemistry

19-Jan-2016

Rice University organic chemist K.C. Nicolaou has won the Wolf Prize in Chemistry, a prestigious international award that is often a harbinger of future recognition by the Nobel Committee. Nicolaou, Rice's Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Chair of Chemistry, and Harvard chemist Stuart Schreiber were ...

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Nano-hybrid materials create magnetic effect

15-Jan-2016

Developing novel materials from the atoms up goes faster when some of the trial and error is eliminated. A new Rice University and Montreal Polytechnic study aims to do that for graphene and boron nitride hybrids. Rice materials scientist Rouzbeh Shahsavari and Farzaneh Shayeganfar, a ...

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Self-adaptive material heals itself, stays tough

An adaptive material combines self-healing and reversible self-stiffening properties.

13-Jan-2016

The Rice material called SAC (for self-adaptive composite) consists of what amounts to sticky, micron-scale rubber balls that form a solid matrix. The researchers made SAC by mixing two polymers and a solvent that evaporates when heated, leaving a porous mass of gooey spheres. When cracked, the ...

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Aluminum nanoparticles could improve electronic displays

08-Jan-2016

Whether showing off family photos on smartphones or watching TV shows on laptops, many people look at liquid crystal displays (LCDs) every day. LCDs are continually being improved, but almost all currently use color technology that fades over time. Now, a team reports that using aluminum ...

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