Science Highlights

Boron Boost07.20.16Science Highlight

Boron Boosts Graphene’s Sensitivity to Noxious Gases

International team shows that modified graphene is 105 times more sensitive at detecting ammonia. Read More »

A jar of bio-oil, an alternate “crude oil” for transportation fuels currently made from petroleum, is created by first rapidly heating plant matter in a process called pyrolysis.06.20.16Science Highlight

Water Gunks Up Biofuels Production from Bio-Oils

New findings will help extend the lifetime of catalysts used to process bio-oils in liquid systems. Read More »

Scientists achieved a seamless connection between two disparate materials: a graphene sheet and boron nitride nanotube, as depicted in the bottom overlay by a gray sheet and pink and purple tube.06.10.16Science Highlight

Working Better Together: Two Materials Defining the Future of High-Speed Electronics

Junctions between conductive graphene and insulating nanotubes could lead to faster electronics and computers. Read More »

Thermal properties of a black phosphorus nanoribbon were a factor of two different along two directions in the crystal structure.06.10.16Science Highlight

Keeping Cool with a Black Semiconductor

The orientation-dependent thermal properties of black phosphorous could be used to keep microchips cool and improve their efficiency. Read More »

A snapshot from a large quantum molecular dynamics simulation of the production of hydrogen molecules (green) from an aluminum-lithium alloy nanoparticle containing 16,661 atoms (represented by the silver contour of charge density) and dissolved charged lithium atoms (red).06.09.16Science Highlight

Towards Eco-friendly Industrial-Scale Hydrogen Production

Atomic-scale simulations predict how to use nanoparticles to increase hydrogen production. Read More »

A cage-like protein (gray) called ferritin was engineered to have metal hubs (blue) on its surface.06.09.16Science Highlight

Modular Construction - on a Molecular Scale

Predictable assembly of protein building blocks result in a new class of porous materials, with potential uses ranging from efficient fuel storage to practical carbon capture and conversion. Read More »

Solar energy can be stored by using sunlight to split water (H2O) into hydrogen and oxygen.06.09.16Science Highlight

Simple Preparation for Affordable Solar Energy Storage

Inexpensive method allows synthesis of a tiny solar cell that pumps out fuel. Read More »

High magnification images of the surface of a crack - referred to as the fracture surface - provide information on how cracks are formed and progress through a material as it breaks.06.09.16Science Highlight

The Gold Standard of Cracking Tests

Understanding how gold alloy cracks provides insight for material failures for nuclear power. Read More »

This tabletop laser system allows for unprecedented characterization of superconductors, semiconductors, and other electronic materials by increasing the energy of an infrared laser to the sought-after extreme ultraviolet, which is invisible.06.09.16Science Highlight

Bridge to Coveted Electronic Properties

New tabletop laser achieves sought-after energies needed for advanced characterization with unprecedented precision and range. Read More »

Materials used for their mechanical strength employ a variety of toughening mechanisms.06.09.16Science Highlight

Can We Beat Mother Nature at Materials Design?

Scientists review how we are matching – or exceeding – nature’s ability to make strong, tough lightweight structural materials. Read More »