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Newly discovered 'design rule' brings nature-inspired nanostructures one step closer


Scientists aspire to build nanostructures that mimic the complexity and function of nature's proteins, but are made of durable and synthetic materials. These microscopic widgets could be customized into incredibly sensitive chemical detectors or long-lasting catalysts, to name a few possible ...


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Nanocellulose materials by design

Theoretically, nanocellulose could be the next hot supermaterial


A class of biological materials found within numerous natural systems, most notably trees, cellulose nanocrystals have captured researchers' attention for their extreme strength, toughness, light weight, and elasticity. The materials are so strong and tough, in fact, that many people think they ...


Glass paint could keep metal roofs and other structures cool even on sunny days


Sunlight can be brutal. It wears down even the strongest structures, including rooftops and naval ships, and it heats up metal slides and bleachers until they're too hot to use. To fend off damage and heat from the sun's harsh rays, scientists have developed a new, environmentally friendly paint ...


SMU chemist wins prestigious NSF Career Award

Research focuses on new tools that enable making materials for chemical detection, tissue engineering and electronics


SMU chemist Nicolay Tsarevsky has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, expected to total $650,000 over five years, to fund his research into new methods of creating polymers - whose uses range from fluorescent materials to drug carriers, to everyday technologies. aTsarevsky, an ...


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New research may enhance display & LED lighting technology

Large-area integration of quantum dots and photonic crystals produce brighter and more efficient light


Recently, quantum dots (QDs) have moved from the research lab into commercial products. However, QDs are expensive to make so there's a push to improve their performance and efficiency, while lowering their fabrication costs. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have ...


Surfaces get smooth or bumpy on demand

MIT research produces soft material with controllable surface textures that can be varied by squeezing


An MIT team has developed a way of making soft materials, using a 3-D printer, with surface textures that can then be modified at will to be perfectly smooth, or ridged or bumpy, or even to have complex patterns that could be used to guide fluids.The process, developed using detailed computer ...


Collaboration could lead to biodegradable computer chips


Portable electronics - typically made of non-renewable, non-biodegradable and potentially toxic materials - are discarded at an alarming rate in consumers' pursuit of the next best electronic gadget. In an effort to alleviate the environmental burden of electronic devices, a team of University of ...


Researchers develop new way to manufacture nanofibers


Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed an inexpensive way to manufacture extraordinarily thin polymer strings commonly known as nanofibers. These polymers can be made from natural materials like proteins or from human-made substances to make plastic, rubber or fiber, including ...


Carnegie Mellon's Krzysztof Matyjaszewski wins Dreyfus Prize


Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, the J.C. Warner University Professor of Natural Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, has won the 2015 Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences.The international prize awarded by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation is given every two years to recognize ...


Arkema expands its specialty polymer (PEKK) production capacities in France and the United States


Arkema is actively developing its new Kepstan® PEKK (Poly-Ether-Ketone-Ketone) ultra high performance polymer with applications in the fields of carbon fiber composites and 3D printing. Success in these fields has prompted Arkema to increase its production capacities in France now and in the ...


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