ANIMATION Year after year, the explosive growth of computing power relies on manufacturers’ ability to fit more and more components into the same amount of space on a silicon chip. That progress, however, is now approaching the limits of the laws of physics, and new materials are being explored as […]

A recent study from Penn Engineering researchers provides new insights into why silicon anodes in lithium-ion batteries rapidly degrade and fail. Using advanced imaging techniques and high-contrast gold to stand in for silicon, they’ve shown how pieces of the anode are trapped in the chemical layer that forms in each […]

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 […]

ANIMATION Graphene can be used for ultra-high density hard disk drives (HDD), with up to a tenfold jump compared to current technologies, researchers at the Cambridge Graphene Centre have shown. The study, published in Nature Communications, was carried out in collaboration with teams at the University of Exeter, India, Switzerland, […]

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 […]

Boston Micro Fabrication’s machines use a technology co-developed by MIT Professor Nicholas Fang to print millimeter-sized products with details at the micron scale. Credit: courtesy of BMF Technologies Professor Nicholas Fang’s startup Boston Micro Fabrication uses a novel light-focusing method to make ultraprecise printers. Whether it’s computer chips, smartphone components, […]

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 […]

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 […]