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Micro-engineered electrodes could cut battery manufacturing costs

"As 3D printers gain increasing resolution, sodium ion batteries could eventually outperform lithium ion ones"

09-Aug-2022

New, easily fabricated, high performance carbon microlattice electrodes could soon be used to make cheaper batteries powered by readily available sodium ions. The approach was published by Tohoku University researchers and colleagues in the journal Small. Lithium ion batteries are used in a wide ...

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A 4 V-class metal-free organic lithium-ion battery gets closer to reality

High-voltage environmentally friendly organic lithium-ion batteries

19-Apr-2022

A joint research team from Tohoku University and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has made a significant advancement towards high-voltage metal-free lithium-ion batteries that use a small organic molecule, croconic acid. The breakthrough moves us closer to realizing metal-free, ...

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A new method for atomic-resolution electron microscopes

Electron lens formed by light

13-Apr-2022

Electron microscopy enables researchers to visualize tiny objects such as viruses, the fine structures of semiconductor devices, and even atoms arranged on a material surface. Focusing down the electron beam to the size of an atom is vital for achieving such high spatial resolution. However, when ...

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Harnessing sea pineapples and blood waste for metal-air-battery catalysts

“We could utilize two industrial waste products - ones that have historically been difficult to dispose of - and applied them to produce green hydrogen”

11-Feb-2022

Sea pineapples, an edible ascidian, are a delicacy in Japan. The Tohoku region is famed for its sea pineapple production - known as hoya in Japanese. Now, a research group has established a new use for the scores of sea pineapple shells that get discarded every year. Led by professor Hiroshi ...

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A single molecule makes a big splash in the understanding of the two types of water

“Because water plays such an important role in chemistry and biology, and even in understanding our universe, we expect our findings to have a wide-ranging impact”

10-Jan-2022

It plays a fundamental role in human existence and is a major component of our universe, yet there are still things we don’t understand about water. To address the knowledge gaps, a collaborative team of Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, and Tohoku ...

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Novel two-step mechanism revealed in two-dimensional material formation

Novel monitoring and analysis method

10-Dec-2021

Two-dimensional materials are incredibly thin. Typically only an atom thick, 2D materials exhibit highly desirable properties for advanced technologies, such as flexibility, superconductivity and more. Made from carefully transitioning individual components from gas or vapor to crystalline ...

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High-rate magnesium rechargeable batteries move one step closer to realization

26-Aug-2021

Magnesium rechargeable batteries (MRBs), where high-capacity Mg metal is used as the anode material, are promising candidates for next-generation batteries due to their energy density, safety, and cost. However, the lack of high-performance cathode materials impedes their development. Like their ...

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Coating plastics by porous nanofilm

New method for creating metal-organic framework thin films

11-Nov-2020

A research team has developed a new method for creating metal-organic framework (MOF) thin films that can be applied to sensors and electric devices. Like sponges, porous materials contain pores. The pore size affects the property of the material. For example, small pores create more absorbent ...

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Clarification of a new synthesis mechanism of semiconductor atomic sheet

Toward the realization of next-generation flexible optoelectronic devices

24-Sep-2019

In Japan Science and Technology Agency's Strategic Basic Research Programs, Associate Professor Toshiaki Kato and Professor Toshiro Kaneko of the Department of Electronic Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University succeeded in clarifying a new synthesis mechanism regarding ...

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Simple, mass production of giant vesicles using a porous silicone material

01-Nov-2018

A technique to generate large amounts of giant vesicle (liposome) dispersion has been developed. The technique involves adsorbing a lipid into a silicone porous material resembling a "marshmallow-like gel" and then squeezing it out like a sponge by impregnating a buffer solution. This work was ...

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