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'Inverse designing' spontaneously self-assembling materials

11-May-2017

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are exploring how molecular simulations with the latest optimization strategies can create a more systematic way of discovering new materials that exhibit specific, desired properties. More specifically, they did so by recasting the design goal to ...

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Lithium-ion battery inventor introduces new technology for fast-charging, noncombustible batteries

02-Mar-2017

A team of engineers led by 94-year-old John Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, has developed the first all-solid-state battery cells that could lead to safer, faster-charging, longer-lasting ...

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New mechanical metamaterials can block symmetry of motion

15-Feb-2017

Engineers and scientists at The University of Texas at Austin and the AMOLF institute in the Netherlands have invented the first mechanical metamaterials that easily transfer motion effortlessly in one direction while blocking it in the other. The material can be thought of as a mechanical ...

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New material could lead to erasable and rewritable optical chips

08-Dec-2016

A military drone flying on a reconnaissance mission is captured behind enemy lines, setting into motion a team of engineers who need to remotely delete sensitive information carried on the drone's chips. Because the chips are optical and not electronic, the engineers can now simply flash a beam ...

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Flame retardant breakthrough is naturally derived and nontoxic

07-Oct-2015

Inspired by a naturally occurring material found in marine mussels, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have created a new flame retardant to replace commercial additives that are often toxic and can accumulate over time in the environment and living animals, including humans. Flame ...

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New cathode material creates possibilities for sodium-ion batteries

25-Sep-2015

Led by the inventor of the lithium-ion battery, a team of researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has identified a new safe and sustainable cathode material for low-cost sodium-ion batteries. During the past five years, sodium-ion batteries have ...

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The world's smallest, fastest nanomotor

22-May-2014

Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have built the smallest, fastest and longest-running tiny synthetic motor to date. The team's nanomotor is an important step toward developing miniature machines that could one day move through the body to ...

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Graphene for real-world devices

New research in phonon scattering sheds more light on graphene as a replacement for silicon

08-May-2014

Graphene, a one-atom-thick form of the carbon material graphite, has been hailed as a wonder material — strong, light, nearly transparent, and an excellent conductor of electricity and heat. But a number of practical challenges must be overcome before it can emerge as a replacement for silicon ...

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Sensitive detection method may help impede illicit nuclear trafficking

Special algorithm coupled with commercial X-ray scanners may enable detection of small amounts of fissile materials in luggage

17-Apr-2014

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) the greatest danger to nuclear security comes from terrorists acquiring sufficient quantities of plutonium or highly enriched uranium (HEU) to construct a crude nuclear explosive device. The IAEA also notes that most cases of illicit ...

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Metamaterials that act as an analog computer

14-Jan-2014

The field of metamaterials has produced structures with unprecedented abilities, including flat lenses, invisibility cloaks and even optical "metatronic" devices that can manipulate light in the way electronic circuitry manipulates the flow of electrons. Now, the birthplace of the digital ...

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