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'White graphene' structures can take the heat

Scientists find 3-D boron nitride structures will excel at thermal management for electronics

17-Jul-2015

Three-dimensional structures of boron nitride might be the right stuff to keep small electronics cool, according to scientists at Rice University. Rice researchers Rouzbeh Shahsavari and Navid Sakhavand have completed the first theoretical analysis of how 3-D boron nitride might be used as a ...

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From brittle to plastic in 1 breath

07-May-2015

What if peanut brittle, under certain conditions, behaved like taffy? Something like that happens to a two-dimensional dichalcogenide analyzed by scientists at Rice University.Rice researchers calculated that atomically thin layers of molybdenum disulfide can take on the qualities of plastic ...

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Nanotubes with 2 walls have singular qualities

Rice University lab calculates unique electronic qualities of double-walled carbon nanotubes

20-Apr-2015

Rice University researchers have determined that two walls are better than one when turning carbon nanotubes into materials like strong, conductive fibers or transistors.Rice materials scientist Enrique Barrera and his colleagues used atomic-level models of double-walled nanotubes to see how they ...

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Rice fine-tunes quantum dots from coal

23-Mar-2015

Graphene quantum dots made from coal, introduced in 2013 by the Rice University lab of chemist James Tour, can be engineered for specific semiconducting properties in either of two single-step processes.In a new study this week in the American Chemical Society journal Applied Materials & ...

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Symmetry matters in graphene growth

17-Mar-2015

What lies beneath growing islands of graphene is important to its properties, according to a new study led by Rice University. Scientists at Rice analyzed patterns of graphene - a single-atom-thick sheet of carbon - grown in a furnace via chemical vapor deposition. They discovered that the ...

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Asphaltene analysis takes a giant step

Rice researchers develop accurate measure of aggregating particles that block oil production lines

26-Feb-2015

Rice University researchers have developed an easy and accurate technique to detect and quantify the amount of asphaltene precipitated from crude oils, which bedevils the oil industry by clogging wells and flow lines.Asphaltene is a complex of hydrocarbon molecules found in crude. As the name ...

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Simulating superconducting materials with ultracold atoms

Rice physicists build superconductor analog, observe antiferromagnetic order

25-Feb-2015

Using ultracold atoms as a stand-in for electrons, a Rice University-based team of physicists has simulated superconducting materials and made headway on a problem that's vexed physicists for nearly three decades.The research was carried out by an international team of experimental and ...

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Buckyballs offer environmental benefits

In Rice University study, treated carbon-60 molecules remove metals from liquids

12-Feb-2015

Treated buckyballs not only remove valuable but potentially toxic metal particles from water and other liquids, but also reserve them for future use, according to scientists at Rice University.The Rice lab of chemist Andrew Barron has discovered that carbon-60 fullerenes (aka buckyballs) that ...

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Nano-antioxidants prove their potential

Rice-led study shows how particles quench damaging superoxides

11-Feb-2015

Injectable nanoparticles that could protect an injured person from further damage due to oxidative stress have proven to be astoundingly effective in tests to study their mechanism.Scientists at Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Health Science Center at ...

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Evidence mounts for quantum criticality theory

Findings bolster theory that quantum fluctuations drive strange electronic phenomena

03-Feb-2015

A new study by a team of physicists at Rice University, Zhejiang University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Florida State University and the Max Planck Institute adds to the growing body of evidence supporting a theory that strange electronic behaviors - including high-temperature ...

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