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Design

Nanomagnets Can Perform AI-Like Processing

The new method could slash the energy cost of AI.

R&D
Medical

Tiny Swimming Robots Treat Deadly Pneumonia in Mice

The microrobots are made of algae cells whose surfaces are speckled with antibiotic-filled nanoparticles.

R&D
Nanotechnology

Copper Nanowires Combat Spread of Diseases

An ancient metal used for its microbial properties is the basis for a materials-based solution to disinfection. A team of scientists has developed an antimicrobial spray that deposits a layer of...

News
Manufacturing & Prototyping

Altair Honors Innovations in Sustainability and Lightweighting

Ford follows up its top prize in last year’s Sustainable Product category – for the Mustang Mach-E – with another electric-vehicle winner, the 2022 F-150 Lightning....

Briefs
Aerospace

Electrokinetics Models for Micro- and Nano-Fluidic Impedance Sensors

Microfluidics- and nanofluidics-based impedance sensors play an important role in the identification of toxic industrial chemicals and pathogens in the biodetection and biodefense arena, but their efficient modeling and design continues to be a challenge.

R&D
Materials

Nanomaterial Improves Insulin’s Effects

Researchers have developed a compound consisting of insulin bound to a string of amino acids that includes an antioxidant group. An earlier study in mice suggested this nanomaterial’s...

Application Briefs
Materials

Manufacturing Wafer-Level Optics Using UV Adhesives and Polymers

Micro-optics and nanostructures are key technologies for the latest optoelectronic components in smartphones, smart glasses and vehicles. Some examples used in consumer...

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Photonics/Optics

Nanocomposite Material Protects Against Intense Light

Optical limiting — a manner of telecom switching without the use of electronics — is an all-optical method that could improve the speed and capacity of Internet communications. A...

Briefs
Photonics/Optics

‘Seeing’ Nonuniformities in 2D Materials May Lead to New Medical Sensors

Detecting nonuniformities in optical properties opens the door to new uses

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Novel Biosensors Set to Revolutionize Brain-Controlled Robotics

A carbon-based biosensor could drive new innovations in brain-controlled robotics.

Briefs
Sensors/Data Acquisition

Wearable Gas Sensor for Health and Environmental Monitoring

Applications include detection of chemical and biological agents as well as dangerous gases from vehicle emissions.

News
Energy

Launching Aerospace Battery Tech for EVs

Advanced materials and energy storage company Nanoramic Laboratories is in the early stages of a 30-month project to develop a low-cost/fast-charge Li-ion battery for electric vehicles using its...

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Electronics & Computers

Nanothin Piezoelectrics for Self-Powered Electronics

The nanothin material could advance self-powered electronics, wearable technologies, and even deliver pacemakers powered by heartbeats.

Briefs
Energy

Woven Nanotube Fibers Turn Heat into Power

Invisibly small nanotubes aligned as fibers and sewn into fabrics can turn heat from the Sun or other sources into energy.

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Packaging & Sterilization

Liquid Metal Coating Creates Effective Antiviral, Antimicrobial Fabric

The coatings eradicated human influenza and coronavirus in five minutes.

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Energy

Foldable Solar Cells

Carbon nanotubes are used to create solar cells with unprecedented flexibility and resistance.

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Electronics & Computers

Nanoprecipitates Toughen Structural Alloys

Mechanical properties, such as strength and ductility, can be improved for car, plane, and building components.

R&D
Test & Measurement

Noninvasive Test Detects Cancer Cells

A diagnostic nanoparticle can reveal the presence of cancerous proteins.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Cold Sprayed Coatings with Dual Nanoparticle Reinforcements for Wear and Corrosion Protection

The use of cold spray has made significant strides since different-sized particles were explored in the process.

Briefs
Materials

Water Purification System Engineered from Wood

The eco-friendly process removes heavy metals, dyes, and other pollutants.

Q&A
Materials

Q&A: Self-Healing Polymers Create Water-Resistant Coatings

Jingcheng Ma, along with a team of researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, found a way to make ultra-thin water-resistant surface coatings robust enough to...

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Energy

Deployable Composite Boom

Applications include space structures, emergency shelters, backpack solar collectors, and inspection of hazardous environments.

Briefs
Materials

Nanosheets of Borophane are Stronger Than Steel

The 2D materials boost device performance for electronic devices, solar cells, batteries, and medical equipment.

Articles
Green Design & Manufacturing

2021 Create the Future Design Contest: Sustainable Technologies/Future Energy Category Winner — Multifunctional Bionanocomposite Fruit Coatings

The invention could capture the potential of the edible packaging market.

Articles
Packaging & Sterilization

Products of Tomorrow

Nanotube fibers that turn heat to power; a NASA antenna system; and an antimicrobial coating.

R&D
Materials

3D Printable Polymer Nanocomposite Ink

The 3D printable nanocomposite polymeric ink uses carbon nanotubes.

Briefs
Electronics & Computers

Woven Nanotube Fibers Turn Heat into Power

Flexible thermoelectric generators could be a useful way to make carbon "green."

Technical Innovation
Manned Systems

Altair Honors Weight-Saving Innovations

Sustainable and stylish: two words not commonly paired but that aptly apply to this year’s Altair Enlighten Award winner for Sustainable Product – Vehicle, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. The...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Fiber-Metal Laminate Manufacturing Technique

Synthesis of fiber-metal laminates is performed using RF plasma spray deposition.