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Graphene Membrane Could Lead to Better Fuel Cells, Water Filters


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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