The future is 2D
If electronics stalwart silicon and futuristic graphene had a child, it would be silicene. And silicene is growing up. A University of…
Some substances just an atom thick have been theorized to create energy when pushed and pulled. A research team found that to be true for molybdenum disulfide, which is both flexible and transparent.
HP’s program that would combine the 3D printing of glass with other materials is alive and well, as indicated by a recent job posting.
The atom-thick material, which scientists believe to be stronger than graphene, is notoriously difficult to make. A new paper out of Rice University gives one more reason to take an interest in it.
A new glass fabrication procedure produces glass surfaces that are significantly more water repellent and glare- proof, and the technology could be a good fit for smartphone displays.
Can your shirt display, or even send, a text message? How about monitor your heart rate? A new generation of textiles are redefining what it means to be a wearable device.
The materials, which were created at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, can be made from metal, plastic, ceramics and a range of other sources.
Samsung, Google and Apple have already begun collecting patents for inventions related to the atom-thick material. It could make or break the next generation of mobile devices.
IBM has developed a new family of polymers that could make the plastics used in electronics, packaging and the aerospace industry easier to work with.
Wearable electronics are already on the way due to shrinking sensors and other electronics components, but battery tech has lagged behind. A flexible ultracapacitor could help change that.
University of Illinois researchers created vein-like tubes in a material that carry healing liquid to damaged sites. The system can repair damage that stretches more than an inch across.
A University of California, San Diego lab took a look at materials that can be both stretchy and electronically impressive, and found there are a few options that could benefit electronics an solar cells.
A study found that graphene oxide moves easily through bodies of water at Earth’s surface. That’s a worrisome finding in light of studies showing it could be bad for the human body.
A Rice University team developed a film that shares characteristics with both batteries and ultracapacitors, and is now in talks with companies interested in commercializing it.
The team believes that near-term advancements in 3D printers that are compatible with conductive materials mean the speakers could soon be printed in one piece.
A research team mixed carbon nanotubes and graphene together to boost performance and lower cost in an ultracapacitor.
A small, flexible patch developed at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology converts body heat into electricity.
A lab supported by Samsung has grown flaw-free graphene on a large scale, opening up the possibility of mass manufacturing it for consumer electronics.
Arevo is the newest startup offering unusual types of filament for 3D printers, including carbon fiber and PEEK plastic.
Researchers recently found that solar cells made from perovskite can both absorb and emit light. They could be integrated into windows, which could then double as lights or displays.
The self-building structures could be incorporated into sensors, solar cells and self-healing materials in the future.
Researchers published three papers today on an interesting semiconductor that can be used to create LEDs capable of producing any color.
A Northwestern University graduate student has discovered a new way to produce graphene by working with silver’s unique properties.
Carbon fiber is difficult to work with. In order to keep its strong, long strands of carbon intact, it must be pieced together by hand. A 3D printer could change that.
A Penn State team discovered that nanomotors made from tiny metal rods can be manipulated by sound waves and magnets, giving them precise control over their actions inside of cells.
German researchers gave the material a regularly patterned structure to give it more rigidity than a material like foam.
The circuit performs 10,000 times better than existing options and builds on an earlier proof-of-concept circuit IBM made in 2011.
The printer, revealed by Mark Forged at the SolidWorks conference in San Diego this week, can also print in fiberglass, nylon and PLA plastic filament.
Sols closed a $1.75 million seed financing round this week that will help the startup roll out 3D scanning and printing as tools to create shoe inserts.
Researchers are interested in developing biobots that respond to light or chemicals, which could draw them toward a tumor or other ailment to deliver drugs or surgery.
Due to nanotubes’ natural qualities, they can convert even small amounts of light into heat, leading to no-battery-needed motion. Researchers think the system could be used to create smart curtains that automatically draw when there is light.
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology researchers foresee their creation being used to monitor the human body, generate power and run small devices.
Technical University of Munich researchers will now attempt to correct for the decline by experimenting with new types of materials.
Applied Graphene Materials hopes to scale up its production of the super strong and conductive material. But no one knows what kind of market will greet it in the coming years.
The sensors could survive for a year in the human body, which is longer than any previous sensor.
Graphene is nearly impermeable, so adding it to plastic could lead to lighter and more efficient natural gas tanks.
American Graphite Technologies doesn’t provide much detail about its plans for the incredible material, but it hopes developments will lead to new products.
MIT researchers pulled on a piece of cracked nickel hard enough that they expected it to tear apart. Instead, it healed itself, revealing an interesting physical property of certain types of metals.
Idaho’s cows produce a lot of manure in a year. One research team is using that manure to create biodegradable plastic.
A grant will go toward developing 3D printed objects that could make a solider’s uniform shift to be camouflage or resistant to shrapnel.
The National Science Foundation recently awarded $745,000 to Graphene Frontiers, which wants to adapt roll-to-roll manufacturing to the emerging material.
Using 100-year-old knowledge of an alternative audio technology, researchers were able to create a simpler speaker that might be possible to manufacture affordably.
Manufacturing the emerging nanomaterial is difficult and expensive. The new method is simpler and potentially better for the environment.
Carbon nanotubes can be used to create smaller transistors, leading to more powerful and efficient computers.
Wearable devices will benefit from stretchy displays, which could also be incorporated into clothing, robots and our surroundings.
Robots, surgeons and people in many other industries could get a boost from an enhanced sense of remote feeling.
A research firm predicts that while there will be more money in flexible displays, consumers will likely have to wait until 2016 to get their hands on a truly flexible product.
Silicon solar cells are good at turning certain energy levels of sunlight into electricity, but the rest is lost as heat. Globs of lead selenide help the extra energy pair with multiple electrons.
Rolled up tubes of graphene could someday rival silicon for applications in solar cells, batteries, electronics and more.
Sheets of plastic are embedded with flat radios based on technology developed in the 1920s. A team at Princeton expects to have a prototype ready next month.
Researchers found that x-shaped pieces of carbon fiber composite can form structures that are 10 times stiffer than existing ultralight materials.