Machine learning techniques to develop recipes for the material properties

A machine learning technique rapidly rediscovered rules governing catalysts that took humans years of difficult calculations to reveal–and even explained a deviation. The University of Michigan team that developed the technique believes other researchers will be able to use it to make faster progress in designing materials for a variety of purposes. “This opens a Read more about Machine learning techniques to develop recipes for the material properties[…]

The new composite materials breakthrough has direct implications for electric motors

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory used new techniques to create a composite that increases the electrical current capacity of copper wires, providing a new material that can be scaled for use in ultra-efficient, power-dense electric vehicle traction motors. The research is aimed at reducing barriers to wider electric vehicle adoption, including cutting the cost Read more about The new composite materials breakthrough has direct implications for electric motors[…]

Machine learning methods to predict superhard materials

A group of Skoltech scientists used machine learning (ML) methods to predict superhard materials based on their crystal structure. The research was published in the Journal of Applied Physics. This work is supported by Russian Science Foundation. Superhard materials have recently attracted increasing research interest due to their potential implications for industries broadly ranging from oil Read more about Machine learning methods to predict superhard materials[…]

Protection against electromagnetic interference

Empa researchers have succeeded in applying aerogels to microelectronics: Aerogels based on cellulose nanofibers can effectively shield electromagnetic radiation over a wide frequency range – and they are unrivalled in terms of weight. Electric motors and electronic devices generate electromagnetic fields that sometimes have to be shielded in order not to affect neighboring electronic components Read more about Protection against electromagnetic interference[…]

New lightweight materials for energy technologies

The explosion of mobile electronic devices, electric vehicles, drones and other technologies have driven demand for new lightweight materials that can provide the power to operate them. Researchers from the University of Houston and Texas A&M University have reported a structural supercapacitor electrode made from reduced graphene oxide and aramid nanofiber that is stronger and Read more about New lightweight materials for energy technologies[…]

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A new automated system makes it easier for non-experts to create polymers

A Rutgers-led team of engineers has developed an automated way to produce polymers, making it much easier to create advanced materials aimed at improving human health. The innovation is a critical step in pushing the limits for researchers who want to explore large libraries of polymers, including plastics and fibers, for chemical and biological applications Read more about A new automated system makes it easier for non-experts to create polymers[…]

An exciting optical material for infrared nanophotonics

A team of physicists, headed by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), have demonstrated the means to improve the optical loss characteristics and transmission efficiency of hexagonal boron nitride devices, enabling very small lasers and nanoscale optics. “The applications for this research are considerably broad,” said Dr. Alexander J. Giles, research physicist, NRL Electronics Science Read more about An exciting optical material for infrared nanophotonics[…]

Strong and ultra-light aluminium composite with carbon nanotubes

A range of astonishing qualities of single wall carbon nanotubes contribute to the competitive advantages of nanotube-formulated metal composites in terms of their enhanced strength, improved performance and increased cycle life. Nanoaugmented metal composites have proven their economic viability and will appear in the market soon.     The ability to enhance aluminium with nanomaterials, thus increasing Read more about Strong and ultra-light aluminium composite with carbon nanotubes[…]

A new creation of high-capacity hydrogen storage materials

Sometimes, you have to go small to win big. That is the approach a multilab, interdisciplinary team took in using nanoparticles and a novel nanoconfinement system to develop a method to change hydrogen storage properties. This discovery could enable the creation of high-capacity hydrogen storage materials capable of quick refueling, improving the performance of emerging Read more about A new creation of high-capacity hydrogen storage materials[…]