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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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Superhydrophobic coating protects without the price

A new class of superhydrophobic nanomaterials might simplify the process of protecting surfaces from water

11-Dec-2015

A material made by scientists at Rice University, the University of Swansea, the University of Bristol and the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis is inexpensive, nontoxic and can be applied to a variety of surfaces via spray- or spin-coating. The hydrocarbon-based material may be a "green" ...

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Nanotube letters spell progress

09-Dec-2015

Never mind the ABCs. Rice University scientists interested in nanotubes are studying their XYΩs. Carbon nanotubes grown in a furnace aren't always straight. Sometimes they curve and kink, and sometimes they branch off in several directions. The Rice researchers realized they now had the tools ...

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Nanoscale drawbridges open path to color displays

First method for reversible color changes with metal nanoparticles

08-Dec-2015

A new method for building "drawbridges" between metal nanoparticles may allow electronics makers to build full-color displays using light-scattering nanoparticles that are similar to the gold materials that medieval artisans used to create red stained-glass. "Wouldn't it be interesting if we ...

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Chemical design made easier

Rice University scientists prepare elusive organocatalysts for drug and fine chemical synthesis

26-Nov-2015

Rice University scientists using an efficient metal-free process have synthesized dozens of small-molecule catalysts, tools that promise to speed the making of novel chemicals, including drugs. The lab of synthetic chemist László Kürti made elusive chiral biaryl compounds in a single-flask ...

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Cobalt atoms on graphene - a powerful combo

Catalyst holds promise for clean, inexpensive hydrogen production

23-Oct-2015

Graphene doped with nitrogen and augmented with cobalt atoms has proven to be an effective, durable catalyst for the production of hydrogen from water, according to scientists at Rice University. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour and colleagues at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the University ...

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