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Exploding and weeping ceramics

Researchers discover a path to a shape-shifting ceramic material

23-Nov-2021

From coffee cups to bathroom tiles, ceramics are brittle. Subject to the slightest deformation, they shatter. On the other end of the spectrum of materials, some of the most deformable materials known - that also support large stresses while they deform - are shape memory alloys. The origin of ...

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New technology will allow important metals to be made more efficiently

Patented technology will improve production of many electronic and computer components

11-Aug-2021

University of Minnesota Twin Cities College of Science and Engineering researchers have invented a cheaper, safer, and simpler technology that will allow a “stubborn” group of metals and metal oxides to be made into thin films used in many electronics, computer components, and other ...

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Researchers uncover unique properties of a promising new superconductor

Material could be used in future quantum computing applications

18-Jun-2021

An international team of physicists led by the University of Minnesota has discovered that a unique superconducting metal is more resilient when used as a very thin layer. The research is the first step toward a larger goal of understanding unconventional superconducting states in materials, ...

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Energy researchers break the catalytic speed limit

31-May-2019

A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and University of Massachusetts Amherst has discovered new technology that can speed up chemical reactions 10,000 times faster than the current reaction rate limit. These findings could increase the speed and lower the cost of thousands of ...

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2018 WITec Paper Award for Outstanding Scientific Publications

31-May-2018

Every year WITec, the Raman imaging company, recognizes three peer-reviewed publications that stand out in terms of originality and significance and feature data acquired with a WITec microscope. This year, scientists from universities and institutes in Bochum, Bayreuth and Minneapolis received ...

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Discovery of new transparent thin film material could improve electronics and solar cells

09-May-2017

A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, have discovered a new nano-scale thin film material with the highest-ever conductivity in its class. The new material could lead to smaller, faster, and more powerful electronics, as well as more efficient solar cells. Researchers say ...

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Researchers develop groundbreaking process for creating ultra-selective separation membranes

17-Mar-2017

A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has developed a groundbreaking one-step, crystal growth process for making ultra-thin layers of material with molecular-sized pores. Researchers demonstrated the use of the material, called zeolite nanosheets, by making ultra-selective ...

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Dream of energy-collecting windows is one step closer to reality

23-Feb-2017

Researchers at the University of Minnesota and University of Milano-Bicocca are bringing the dream of windows that can efficiently collect solar energy one step closer to reality thanks to high tech silicon nanoparticles. The researchers developed technology to embed the silicon nanoparticles ...

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First-ever videos show how heat moves through materials at the nanoscale and speed of sound

18-Apr-2016

Using a state-of-the-art ultrafast electron microscope, University of Minnesota researchers have recorded the first-ever videos showing how heat moves through materials at the nanoscale traveling at the speed of sound. The research, published today in Nature Communications, provides unprecedented ...

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Recyclable, sugar-derived foam - a renewable alternative to traditional polyurethanes?

15-Apr-2016

Polyurethanes in products from cushy sofas to stretchy spandex have made sitting, sleeping and walking more comfortable. But once they have served their purpose, most of the non-degradable materials pile up in landfills. Now scientists report a potential way to reduce future waste: a chemically ...

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