Using the right chemistry, it is possible to combine two different atomic arrangement (yellow and blue slabs) that provide mechanisms to slow down the motion of heat through a solid. This strategy gives the lowest thermal conductivity reported in an inorganic material. Credit: University of Liverpool A collaborative research team, […]

Engineers at MIT, Caltech, and ETH Zürich find “nanoarchitected” materials designed from precisely patterned nanoscale structures (pictured) may be a promising route to lightweight armor, protective coatings, blast shields, and other impact-resistant materials. Credit: Courtesy of the researchers The new carbon-based material could be a basis for lighter, tougher alternatives […]

Lightweight aerogel suspended in honeycomb structure. Credit: University of Bath Extremely low-density graphene-based aerogel ‘meringue’ can improve passenger comfort and reduce noise up to 80%. An incredibly light new material that can reduce aircraft engine noise and improve passenger comfort has been developed at the University of Bath. The graphene […]

The world’s first wooden satellite is on the way, in the shape of the Finnish WISA Woodsat. ESA materials experts are contributing a suite of experimental sensors to the mission as well as helping with pre-flight testing. Credit: Arctic Astronautics The world’s first wooden satellite is on the way, in […]

Making the tiny nanoparticles used in everything from electronics to paint isn’t easy. But a new experiment creates order out of chaos. Controlling vaporized metal particles is a challenge—they behave like a group of children on a playground, each randomly zooming around. PHOTOGRAPH: KRISZTIAN BOCSI/BLOOMBERG/GETTY IMAGES WE ARE CONSTANTLY immersed in […]

Team from The University of Manchester and Nationwide Engineering laying the world’s first engineered graphene concrete in a commercial setting, just a couple of miles east of the ancient monument of Stonehenge, the new Southern Quarter gym in Amesbury’s Solstice Park. Credit: The University of Manchester/Nationwide Engineering First commercial pour […]

Researchers have developed a way to use a “dry transfer technique” — a technique that uses no solvent — to position optical quality carbon nanotubes in a precise way. As devices continue to be built on an increasingly small scale, scientists are looking toward developing ways to engineer materials at […]

A compound of cerium, ruthenium, and tin — with surprising properties. Credit: TU Wien A research team from TU Wien together with US research institutes came across a surprising form of ‘quantum criticality’; this could lead to a design concept for new materials. In everyday life, phase transitions usually have […]

Alexander Kuchmizhak, a senior researcher at the Institute of Automation and Control Processes (FEB RAS), at FEFU lab. Credit: FEFU press office Titanium dioxide nanoparticles decorated by gold absorb about 96% of the solar spectrum and turn it into heat. The material can accelerate the evaporation in desalination plants up […]

This prototype device creates a warm white light without the blue hues that can cause health problems. Credit: Jakoah Brgoch To be more energy efficient, many people have replaced their incandescent lights with light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. However, those currently on the market emit a lot of blue light, which […]