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Turning abandoned mines into batteries

A novel technique turns decommissioned mines into long-term energy storage solutions, thereby supporting the sustainable energy transition

16-Jan-2023

Renewable energy sources are central to the energy transition toward a more sustainable future. However, as sources like sunshine and wind are inherently variable and inconsistent, finding ways to store energy in an accessible and efficient way is crucial. While there are many effective solutions ...

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From the road to the plate: lettuce takes up toxic additives from tyre wear

Chemicals from tyre wear could get into our vegetables via sewage sludge and waste water

05-Jan-2023

Wind, sewage sludge, and waste water carry tyre wear particles from roads onto farmland. A new lab study shows: The pollutants contained in the particles could get into the vegetables grown there. Researchers at the Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science (CMESS) at the ...

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How to fire projectiles through materials without breaking anything

It sounds a bit like a magic trick

29-Nov-2022

When charged particles are being shot through ultra-thin layers of material, sometimes spectacular micro-explosions occur, sometimes the material remains almost intact. This has now been explained at the TU Wien. It sounds a bit like a magic trick: Some materials can be shot through with fast, ...

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Ceramic coatings do not fatigue

What determines the durability of high-performance coatings? Surprising results show: It is not material fatigue

18-Nov-2022

Extremely thin ceramic coatings can completely change the properties of technical components. Coatings are used, for example, to increase the resistance of metals to heat or corrosion. Coating processes play a role for large turbine blades as well as for extremely stressed tools in production ...

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Faster and more Efficient Computer Chips Thanks to Germanium

10-Nov-2022

TU Wien (Vienna) has succeeded in making a new type of material usable for chip technology. This enables faster, more efficient computers and new types of quantum devices. Our current chip technology is largely based on silicon. Only in very special components a small amount of germanium is ...

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UpNano joins MIT.nano Consortium

Provider of ultra-high resolution 3D printing becomes sustaining member of industry group

09-Nov-2022

MIT.nano has announced that UpNano US Inc., a company that manufactures and supplies high-precision and high-resolution 3D printing instruments for academia and industry, has joined the MIT.nano Consortium. This engagement, initially planned for two years, will include locating one of UpNano’s ...

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Audi and Krajete Filter CO₂ Out of the Air

Filter more CO₂ in less time thanks to the new direct air capturing method

02-Nov-2022

AUDI AG and the Linz-based green tech company Krajete GmbH are jointly developing new technologies for filtering emissions from ambient air. In addition to robust adsorber materials, these so-called direct air capturing technologies (DAC) are based, above all, on innovative processes. They make ...

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Growth of Nanoholes Visible for the First Time Thanks to Helium Scattering

Scientists were able to observe and document the growth of hexagonal boron nitride for the first time

28-Oct-2022

Atomically thin 2D materials for applications in microelectronics or nanotechnology are grown by breaking down gas on a hot metal surface. Due to the high temperatures and rapid transformation of the gas, it is extremely difficult to observe this process. Researchers from TU Graz have now joined ...

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Topological Materials Become Switchable

Worldwide search for exciting applications

11-Oct-2022

Because they are extremely stable, so-called "topological states" play an important role in materials research. Now, for the first time, it has been possible to switch such states on and off. A donut is not a breakfast roll. Those are two very clearly distinguishable objects: One has a hole, the ...

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New light for shaping electron beams

Adaptive imaging technique for materials science and structural biology

03-Oct-2022

A new technique that combines electron microscopy and laser technology enables programmable, arbitrary shaping of electron beams. It can potentially be used for optimizing electron optics and for adaptive electron microscopy, maximizing sensitivity while minimizing beam-induced damage. This ...

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