Northwestern University scientists are working to isolate atomically thin layers of molybdenum disulfide. Thinned down molybdenum disulfide has immediate and obvious applications in electronics, optoelectronics, solar cells, and catalysis. Atom thick sheets of material got researchers rolling when graphene was first produced in the lab in 2004. Literally thousands of laboratories began developing graphene products […]

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder collected fracking fluid samples in five states finding the “surfactant” chemicals were no more toxic than substances commonly found in homes. The University of Colorado Boulder research is a first-of-its-kind analysis. It is also not a particular surprise to people familiar with the industry. The results will be […]

University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) scientists have developed a more efficient, easily processed and lightweight solar cell that can use virtually any metal for the electrode, effectively breaking the “electrode barrier.” Polymer scientists and synthetic chemists have been working for decades to improve the power conversion efficiency of organic solar cells. The effort has been […]

A team of researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington has discovered a way to cool electrons to -228 °C without external means and at room temperature. This can be an impressive advancement that may enable electronic devices to function with very little energy. In the image above is a chip that contains nanoscale […]

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has released information about a new concept in metallic alloy design called “high-entropy alloys”. The multi-element high-entropy alloy not only tests out as one of the toughest materials on record, but, unlike most materials, the toughness as well as the strength and ductility of this alloy actually improves at cryogenic temperatures. […]

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