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Ultrasound device improves charge time and run time in lithium batteries

The device brings lithium metal batteries one step closer to commercial viability

20-Feb-2020

Researchers at the University of California San Diego developed an ultrasound-emitting device that brings lithium metal batteries, or LMBs, one step closer to commercial viability. Although the research team focused on LMBs, the device can be used in any battery, regardless of chemistry. The ...

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Machine learning technique speeds up crystal structure determination

04-Feb-2020

Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a computer-based method that could make it less labor-intensive to determine the crystal structures of various materials and molecules, including alloys, proteins and pharmaceuticals. The method uses a machine learning ...

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A quantum breakthrough brings a technique from astronomy to the nano-scale

Multi-messenger approach allows to probe electronic and magnetic materials at ultra-small length scales

07-Jan-2020

Researchers at Columbia University and University of California, San Diego, have introduced a novel "multi-messenger" approach to quantum physics that signifies a technological leap in how scientists can explore quantum materials. "We have brought a technique from the inter-galactic scale down to ...

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Scientists use artificial neural networks to predict new stable materials

20-Sep-2018

Artificial neural networks--algorithms inspired by connections in the brain--have "learned" to perform a variety of tasks, from pedestrian detection in self-driving cars, to analyzing medical images, to translating languages. Now, researchers at the University of California San Diego are training ...

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'Building up' stretchable electronics to be as multipurpose as your smartphone

16-Aug-2018

By stacking and connecting layers of stretchable circuits on top of one another, engineers have developed an approach to build soft, pliable "3D stretchable electronics" that can pack a lot of functions while staying thin and small in size. As a proof of concept, a team led by the University of ...

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Materials processing tricks enable engineers to create new laser material

20-Jul-2018

By doping alumina crystals with neodymium ions, engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new laser material that is capable of emitting ultra-short, high-power pulses--a combination that could potentially yield smaller, more powerful lasers with superior thermal shock ...

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A better way to control crystal vibrations

23-May-2018

The vibrational motion of an atom in a crystal propagates to neighboring atoms, which leads to wavelike propagation of the vibrations throughout the crystal. The way in which these natural vibrations travel through the crystalline structure determine fundamental properties of the material. For ...

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Watching atoms move in hybrid perovskite crystals reveals clues to improving solar cells

23-Nov-2017

A team of researchers led by the University of California San Diego has for the first time observed nanoscale changes deep inside hybrid perovskite crystals that could offer new insights into developing low-cost, high-efficiency solar cells. Using X-ray beams and lasers, researchers studied how a ...

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SMART: Facial recognition for molecular structures

Paradigm shift in interpretation of NMR spectra

09-Nov-2017

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of California San Diego has developed a method to identify the molecular structures of natural products that is significantly faster and more accurate than existing methods. The method works like facial recognition for molecular ...

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Stretchable biofuel cells extract energy from sweat to power wearable devices

25-Aug-2017

A team of engineers has developed stretchable fuel cells that extract energy from sweat and are capable of powering electronics, such as LEDs and Bluetooth radios. The biofuel cells generate 10 times more power per surface area than any existing wearable biofuel cells. The devices could be used ...

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