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Using a game of physical skill to explain lithium-ion batteries

Educational tool to explain the processes at work inside the battery cells and the electrochemistry behind them

18-Jun-2020

Tower block games can be used to explain to schoolchildren how lithium-ion batteries work, meeting an educational need to better understand a power source that has become vital to everyday life. While lithium-ion batteries are abundant in so many of our electronic devices, from smart phones to ...

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Chemical recycling makes useful product from waste bioplastic

Chemical process can be used to break down real consumer plastics and produce green solvent

25-May-2020

A faster, more efficient way of recycling plant-based "bioplastics" has been developed by a team of scientists at the Universities of Birmingham and Bath. The team has shown how their chemical recycling method not only speeds up the process, it can also be converted into a new product - a ...

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MRI scanning assists with next generation battery design

Technique will enable faster evaluation of new battery materials

04-May-2020

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can provide an effective way of supporting the development of the next generation of high-performance rechargeable batteries, according to research led by the University of Birmingham. The technique, which was developed to detect the movement and deposition of ...

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Scientists find a way to extract color from black

31-Mar-2020

Scientists have developed a way of extracting a richer palette of colours from the available spectrum by harnessing disordered patterns inspired by nature that would typically be seen as black. Colours that we see in nature often come from nanoscale patterns that reflect light back in particular ...

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Secrets of fluorescent microalgae could lead to super-efficient solar cells

13-May-2019

Tiny light-emitting microalgae, found in the ocean, could hold the secret to the next generation of organic solar cells, according to new research carried out at the Universities of Birmingham and Utrecht. Microalgae are probably the oldest surviving living organisms on the planet. They have ...

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3-D printed metals can be both - strong and ductile

12-Dec-2017

A new technique by which to 3D print metals, involving a widely used stainless steel, has been show to achieve exception levels of both strength and ductility, when compared to counterparts from more conventional processes. The findings outline how a joint research team from the University of ...

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Researchers find way of developing composites that self-heal at very low temperatures

14-Sep-2016

Scientists have developed a method of allowing materials, commonly used in aircraft and satellites, to self-heal cracks at temperatures well below freezing. The paper, published in Royal Society Open Science, is the first to show that self-healing materials can be manipulated to operate at very ...

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Chemistry makes Christmas magical!

23-Dec-2014

From the enticing aroma of the turkey in the oven to the ‘whoosh’ of the flames as the brandy-soaked pudding comes alight, Christmas is a wonderful time for the senses. But have you ever considered the science behind our best-loved festive traditions?Most people know that cooking involves ...

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A jelly-based fuel cell

05-Dec-2013

An international team of researchers has used gelatin as their starting material to make a fuel cell catalyst. The team used gelatin to make doped-carbon electrocatalysts that could be a potential replacement for platinum in fuel cells. To make the catalyst, they mixed iron and magnesium into ...

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Hydrogen powered prototype vessel for inland waterways

A high-tech propulsion system for the next 100 years

02-Sep-2011

Environmentally friendly fuels are not just of interest for use in cars. The University of Birmingham has been operating a canal boat with a fuel cell drive for three years now. In the world of shipbuilding, however, different rules apply than those in the automobile or aircraft manufacturing ...

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