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Graphene Membrane Could Lead to Better Fuel Cells, Water Filters

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An atomically thin membrane with microscopically small holes may prove to be the basis for future hydrogen fuel cell, water filtering and desalination membranes, according to a group of 15 theorists and experimentalists, including three theoretical...
16-Mar-2015 11:05 AM EDT

Acoustic Tweezers Device Expands the Range of X-ray Crystallography

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A device for precisely positioning small objects using acoustic waves has now been used to position fragile protein crystals a few micrometers or less in size in the path of a crystallography X-ray beam.
5-Feb-2015 2:00 PM EST

Two-Dimensional Metamaterial Surface Manipulates Light

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A single layer of metallic nanostructures has been designed, fabricated and tested by a team of Penn State electrical engineers that can provide exceptional capabilities for manipulating light.
14-Jan-2015 10:00 AM EST

“Mind the Gap” Between Atomically Thin Materials

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For the first time, Penn State researchers have grown a single atomic layer of tungsten diselenide on a one- atom-thick substrate of graphene with pristine interfaces between the two layers using an industrially scalable technique.
21-Nov-2014 12:00 PM EST

The National Science Foundation Funds Three Penn State Teams to Study Two-Dimensional Materials

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Through the NSF’s Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program, Penn State has been awarded $4 million over the next four years to fund investigators in the new field of 2D crystals and layered materials.
29-Sep-2014 9:05 AM EDT

Rethinking the Basic Science of Graphene Synthesis

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A new route to making graphene has been discovered by Penn State researchers that could make the 21st century’s wonder material easier to ramp up to industrial scale.
5-Sep-2014 9:00 AM EDT

Cost-Effective, High-Performance Micropumps for Lab-on-a-Chip Disease Diagnosis

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Researchers at Penn State have demonstrated an acoustofluidic pump powered by a piezoelectric transducer about the size of a quarter. This reliable, inexpensive, programmable pump is a crucial feature for lab-on-a-chip devices that could make the...
4-Sep-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Materials Other Than Silicon for Next Generation Electronic Devices

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As silicon strains against the physical limits of performance, could a material like InGaAs provide enough of an improvement over silicon that it would be worth the expense in new equipment lines and training to make the switch worthwhile?
27-Aug-2014 11:00 AM EDT

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