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Bath semiconductor research boosted by new nano-scale patterning equipment

24-Mar-2016

The University of Bath is the only university in the UK to have installed a unique Nano-Lithography printing system, enabling Bath to lead the way in the development of advanced manufacturing techniques for nano-engineered semiconductors. Based in the University's Department of Electronic & ...

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The complexity of modeling

05-Nov-2015

In recent years, advances in materials synthesis techniques have enabled scientists to produce increasingly complex functional materials with enhanced or novel macroscopic properties. For example, ultra-small core-shell metallic nanoparticles used for catalysis, high entropy alloys made of 6 or 7 ...

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Printing lightweight, flexible, and functional materials

23-Sep-2015

3D printing is revolutionizing the production of lightweight structures, soft robots and flexible electronics, but the technology struggles with complex, multimaterial integration. Towards this objective, Harvard researchers have designed new multimaterial printheads that mix and print ...

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Engineers invent transparent coating that cools solar cells to boost efficiency

23-Sep-2015

Every time you stroll outside you emit energy into the universe: Heat from the top of your head radiates into space as infrared light. Now three Stanford engineers have developed a technology that improves on solar panel performance by exploiting this basic phenomenon. Their invention shunts away ...

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Surfaces get smooth or bumpy on demand

MIT research produces soft material with controllable surface textures that can be varied by squeezing

15-Jun-2015

An MIT team has developed a way of making soft materials, using a 3-D printer, with surface textures that can then be modified at will to be perfectly smooth, or ridged or bumpy, or even to have complex patterns that could be used to guide fluids.The process, developed using detailed computer ...

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Proteins: New class of materials discovered

26-Aug-2014

Scientists at the Helmholtz Center Berlin (HZB) along with researchers at China’s Fudan University have characterized a new class of materials called protein crystalline frameworks (PCFs). Thanks to certain helper substances, in PCFs proteins are fixated in a way so as to align themselves ...

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Functional fine chemicals for new electronics and electrics: More scope

07-Apr-2014

The IDTechEx report Functional Materials for Future Electronics: Metals, Inorganic & Organic Compounds, Graphene, CNT looks at the new electronics and electrics from the point of view of suppliers of fine chemicals and associated high added value processes. The electrically functional fine ...

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Living materials

25-Mar-2014

Inspired by natural materials such as bone — a matrix of minerals and other substances, including living cells — MIT engineers have coaxed bacterial cells to produce biofilms that can incorporate nonliving materials, such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots. These "living materials" combine ...

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New way to measure electron pair interactions

13-Feb-2014

Shoot a beam of light or particles at certain special materials and you will liberate electrons -- pairs of them -- a phenomenon known as "electron pair emission," which can reveal fundamental properties of the solid and reveal information necessary to design novel materials for future ...

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Merck: Pigments & Cosmetics business unit announces price adjustments

17-Dec-2013

Effective January 1, 2014, the Pigments & Cosmetics business unit of Merck will raise the prices for selected parts of its portfolio of effect pigments, cosmetic active ingredients and other functional materials. Depending on the specific product group, the price may increase up to 10%. Customers ...

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