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Discovery of new ice may change understanding of water

The new type of ice is closer to liquid water than any other known ice, and could rewrite our understanding of water and its many anomalies

07-Feb-2023

Researchers at UCL and the University of Cambridge have discovered a new type of ice that more closely resembles liquid water than any other known ices and that may rewrite our understanding of water and its many anomalies. The newly discovered ice is amorphous - that is, its molecules are in a ...

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Solar-powered system converts plastic and greenhouse gases into sustainable fuels

“What’s so special about this system is the versatility and tuneability”

11-Jan-2023

Researchers have developed a system that can transform plastic waste and greenhouse gases into sustainable fuels and other valuable products – using just the energy from the Sun. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, developed the system, which can convert two waste streams into two ...

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Watching lithium in real time could improve performance of EV battery materials

Researchers tracked the movement of lithium ions inside a promising new battery material

17-Oct-2022

Researchers have found that the irregular movement of lithium ions in next-generation battery materials could be reducing their capacity and hindering their performance. The team, led by the University of Cambridge, tracked the movement of lithium ions inside a promising new battery material in ...

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Machine learning algorithm predicts how to get the most out of electric vehicle batteries

The researchers are now working with battery manufacturers to accelerate the development of safer, longer lasting next-generation batteries

30-Aug-2022

Researchers have developed a machine learning algorithm that could help reduce charging times and prolong battery life in electric vehicles by predicting how different driving patterns affect battery performance, improving safety and reliability. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, ...

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Algorithm learns to correct 3D printing errors for different parts, materials and systems

Spin-out company formed

22-Aug-2022

Engineers have created intelligent 3D printers that can quickly detect and correct errors, even in previously unseen designs, or unfamiliar materials like ketchup and mayonnaise, by learning from the experiences of other machines. The engineers, from the University of Cambridge, developed a ...

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Single-atom tractor beams power chemical catalysis

Unlocking possible new ways to make light act powerfully and drive chemical transformations

05-Jul-2022

By trapping light into tiny gaps only a few atoms wide, a team from the NanoPhotonics Centre has magnified optical forces a thousand-fold, strong enough to force atoms into positions that drive chemical reactions more efficiently. “We found a new way to beef up the forces from light, enough to ...

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Researchers develop a membrane that stabilises lithium batteries

"Lithium is just like an unruly child”

24-May-2022

For many people, battery-powered electronic devices like cell phones, laptops, and even electric vehicles, are now a necessity. However, these devices typically require charging at least once a day. Increasing the length of time between charges requires the development of batteries that can store ...

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Powering a microprocessor by photosynthesis

Algae-powered computing: Scientists create reliable and renewable biological photovoltaic cell

23-May-2022

Researchers have used a widespread species of blue-green algae to power a microprocessor continuously for a year - and counting - using nothing but ambient light and water. Their system has potential as a reliable and renewable way to power small devices. The system, comparable in size to an AA ...

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Self-healing materials for robotics made from ‘jelly’ and salt

materials can detect when they are damaged, take the necessary steps to temporarily heal themselves and then resume work

22-Feb-2022

Researchers have developed self-healing, biodegradable, 3D-printed materials that could be used in the development of realistic artificial hands and other soft robotics applications. The low-cost jelly-like materials, developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, can sense strain, ...

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Mystery of high performing novel solar cell materials revealed in stunning clarity

Combining a series of new microscopy techniques revealed why perovskite materials are seemingly so tolerant of defects in their structure

26-Nov-2021

Researchers from the University of Cambridge haveused a suite of correlative, multimodal microscopy methods to visualise, for the first time, why perovskite materials are seemingly so tolerant of defects in their structure. The most commonly used material for producing solar panels is ...

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