A research team has developed a hyper-stretchable elastic-composite energy harvesting device called a nanogenerator. A team led by Professor Keon Jae Lee of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and Seoul National University (SNU) have collaborated and demonstrated a facile methodology to obtain a […]






University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) researchers reported progress on a novel form of a new plastic at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The plastic has been used in filters and tubing, but also has an unusual trait: it can produce electricity when pulled or pressed. This […]






Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) researchers have made an inexpensive metal-free catalyst. The new catalyst performs as well as costly metal catalysts at speeding the oxygen reduction reaction in an acidic fuel cell, and is more durable. The study was recently published online in the journal Science Advances. The carbon based catalyst is made of […]






Researchers at the Institut Charles Sadron, University of Strasbourg in France have made a polymer gel that is able to contract through the action of artificial molecular motors. The effect is similar to the linear motion of a muscle contraction.  This might be the first artificial muscle. When activated by light, these motors twist the […]






University of Manchester (UM) researchers have found that a graphene membrane, which is impermeable to all gases and liquids, can easily allow protons to pass through it. The discovery could revolutionize fuel cells and other hydrogen-based technologies because they require a barrier that only allow protons – hydrogen atoms stripped off their electrons – to […]

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