Chemical

Shrink Ray

In a recent study, published in journal of the American Chemical Society, scientists have developed an innovative device that can alter the shape and size of a block of gel-like material on which bacterial or human cells were growing. According to researchers at the University of Texas at Austin who have created the new shrink ray, it could be promising for scientists to understand the ways to grow replacement tissues

Carbon Fibers

A new study has demonstrated the capability of carbon fibers to function as battery electrodes that can directly store electrical energy. According to the researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, this discovery could create new opportunities for structural batteries where carbon fiber becomes an integral part of the energy system. Further, multifunctional material like carbon fiber is used in many vehicles to make them stronger and lighter which could

Self-healing Ion Gel

According to a new study published in Advanced Materials, a new form of Self-healing ion gel can self-heal at ambient temperature without the influence of any external stimuli such as light or temperature. The new Self-healing ion gel designed by researchers from Japan exhibits excellent toughness and self-healing ability without any detectable change in the environment. Self-healing Ion gels have attracted a lot of attention for their unique attributes including

Self-healing Polymers

A new innovation by a team of researchers from Clemson University, South Carolina might drastically lessen the cost of formulating paints, coatings, and plastics meant for screens of cell phones. Those also include other materials that can automatically heal themselves. The group of scientists led by Marek Urban published their findings in a journal. In it they described vividly as to how they could impart self-healing polymers finding application in affordable

Welding Technology

Emerson Electric Co. is all set to unveil a range of innovate plastic welding technology solutions. According to the company, a new generation of Branson ultrasonic welders is developed to address the increasing demand for the assembly of smaller and more complicated plastic components. This will help the manufacturers to meet tight project deadlines and deliver a product line’s estimated return on investment (ROI). The new welders will be demonstrated

Fusion Power Plants

The quest on how to get rid of excess heat in the development of fusion power plants has been answered in a class exercise at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with industry researchers. Excess heat is one of the major challenges faced in fusion power plant development, which causes structural damage. An innovative outlook to compact fusion reactors including the use of high-temperature superconducting magnets led to the new solution.

Electropolymerization

In the latest research study, published in AIP Advances, Chinese researchers put forward the identification of electrochemical attributes of polyaniline and polyaspartic acid (PASP) thin films. As the creation of polymers through electropolymerization has been gaining renewed attention, the team conducted various experiments to characterize the polymers, particularly for their ability to catalyze the oxidation of commonly used materials such as catechol and hydroquinone. The new experiment marks a unique

3D Printed Cement Paste

Cement paste is known to be an important constituent of concrete and mortar, used in building numerous elements of an infrastructure. It gets tougher under mechanical loads or high pressure, similar to the shells of arthropods such as beetles and lobsters. Researchers from Purdue University have recently 3D printed cement paste which is believed to contribute to more resilient structures at the time of natural calamities such as earthquakes. According

Energy Storage

From past few years, the investigations on the sodium-ion batteries (NIBs) have increased substantially due to its advantages and prospect benefits in the large-scale energy storage systems. Though, the energy density of the NIB is a challenge; thus, the application of NIBs for commercial uptake is delaying. Also, hard carbon is also the promising anodes in the NIBs due to their good performance such as the high capacity of about

Enzyme

Many microbes contain an enzyme essential for conversion of carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide. Such reaction is very crucial for generating energy and building carbon compounds, especially for bacteria living in anaerobic environment. Scientists have been taking a lot of interest in such enzymes of microbes in order to discover new ways to remove greenhouse gas from the atmosphere and transformed them into carbon-containing compounds. Catherine Drennan, a professor of