Artificial Intelligence enables ‘injured’ robot to self-repair

Using a brain-inspired approach, scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a way for robots to have the artificial intelligence (AI) to recognise pain and to self-repair when damaged. The system has AI-enabled sensor nodes to process and respond to ‘pain’ arising from pressure exerted by a physical force. The system also Read more about Artificial Intelligence enables ‘injured’ robot to self-repair[…]

Webinar – Graphene Technology

Welcome to the webinar on Graphene Technology webinar. We are delighted to announce and invite you to join & register in this webinar. Webinar Schedule: 17 – 20 September 2020 | 17 – 20 October 2020 Aim of this webinar is to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars, industrial, and materials science companies, regulatory authorities Read more about Webinar – Graphene Technology[…]

A new self-reinforced material

Inspired by how human bone and colorful coral reefs adjust mineral deposits in response to their surrounding environments, Johns Hopkins researchers have created a self-adapting material that can change its stiffness in response to the applied force. This advancement can someday open the doors for materials that can self-reinforce to prepare for increased force or Read more about A new self-reinforced material[…]

A digital twin for each material

To ensure the digital networking of production systems and the optimization of material-specific requirements, we need to measure, analyze and replicate the changes in material properties in a process in which “digital twins” of materials are created. The materials data space developed by Fraunhofer researchers has laid the groundwork for this process. When a finished Read more about A digital twin for each material[…]

Hydrogels enabling the formation of complex 3D shapes and motions

Living organisms expand and contract soft tissues to achieve complex, 3D movements and functions, but replicating those movements with man-made materials has proven challenging. A University of Texas at Arlington researcher recently published groundbreaking research in Nature Communications that shows promise in finding a solution. Kyungsuk Yum, an assistant professor in UTA’s Materials Science and Engineering Department, Read more about Hydrogels enabling the formation of complex 3D shapes and motions[…]

Materials for non-battery based energy storage

Specific Challenge: Sustainable energy production can only work well when the specific different energy storage challenges are solved. So, solar panels and wind generators do not deliver energy when no sun is shining or no wind is blowing. Batteries may not be the best solution to face all energy storage needs, due to cost, safety Read more about Materials for non-battery based energy storage[…]

ultrasound material

Designing a new material for improved ultrasound

Development of a theoretical basis for ultrahigh piezoelectricity in ferroelectric materials led to a new material with twice the piezo response of any existing commercial ferroelectric ceramics, according to an international team of researchers from Penn State, China and Australia. Piezoelectricity is the material property at the heart of medical ultrasound, sonar, active vibration control Read more about Designing a new material for improved ultrasound[…]

Quantised self-assembly enables design of materials with novel properties

At DESY’s X-ray source PETRA III, scientists have investigated an intriguing form of self-assembly in liquid crystals: When the liquid crystals are filled into cylindrical nanopores and heated, their molecules form ordered rings as they cool – a condition that otherwise does not naturally occur in the material. This behavior allows nanomaterials with new optical Read more about Quantised self-assembly enables design of materials with novel properties[…]

Perovskite solar cells: perfection not required!

Experiments at BESSY II reveal why even inhomogeneous perovskite films are highly functional Metal-organic perovskite layers for solar cells are frequently fabricated using the spin coating technique. If you follow the simplest synthesis pathway and use industry-relevant compact substrates, the perovskite layers laid down by spin coating generally exhibit numerous holes, yet attain astonishingly high Read more about Perovskite solar cells: perfection not required![…]

supercapacitors

A new customizable, fabric-like power source for wearable electronics

Scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have created a customizable, fabric-like power source that can be cut, folded or stretched without losing its function. Led by Professor Chen Xiaodong, Associate Chair (Faculty) at the School of Materials Science & Engineering, the team reported in the journal Advanced Materials (print edition 8 January) how Read more about A new customizable, fabric-like power source for wearable electronics[…]

Creating a new kind of metallic glass

By shrinking samples of metallic glass to nanoscale size, Yale researchers have discovered they can create new materials with potentially new applications. The research, published today in Nature Communications, was conducted as part of Yale’s Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomena (CRISP), and led by Judy Cha, the Carol and Douglas Melamed Assistant Professor Read more about Creating a new kind of metallic glass[…]

Fast flowing heat in graphene heterostructures

Nanoscale heat flow plays a crucial role in many modern electronic and optoelectronic applications, such as thermal management, photodetection, thermoelectrics and data communication. Two-dimensional layered materials are beginning to confirm their groundbreaking role in many of these applications. Perhaps even more promising are so-called van der Waals heterostructures, consisting of different layered two-dimensional materials stacked Read more about Fast flowing heat in graphene heterostructures[…]