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Released: 25-Feb-2020 1:25 PM EST
When Bonding Noble Metals to 2D Materials, Interfaces Matter
Penn State Materials Research Institute

Researchers at Penn State and Purdue University have developed new materials for improved single-atom catalysis and future electronics.

Newswise: A New Class of Materials Shows Strange Electron Properties
Released: 11-Feb-2020 11:35 AM EST
A New Class of Materials Shows Strange Electron Properties
Penn State Materials Research Institute

A method to observe a new class of topological materials, called Weyl semimetals, has been developed by researchers at Penn State, MIT, Tohoku University, Japan and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences. The material’s unusual electronic properties could be useful in future electronics and in quantum physics.

Newswise: Penn State Receives Five-year $3.7 Million Grant to Study Virus Evolution
Released: 11-Feb-2020 11:20 AM EST
Penn State Receives Five-year $3.7 Million Grant to Study Virus Evolution
Penn State Materials Research Institute

An interdisciplinary team led by Penn State has received a five-year $3.7 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation’s new program on convergence research. The grant is in two phases, depending on successful completion of phase one milestones.

Newswise: New Method to Detect Defects in 2D Materials for Future Electronics, Sensors
Released: 24-Jan-2020 9:00 AM EST
New Method to Detect Defects in 2D Materials for Future Electronics, Sensors
Penn State Materials Research Institute

A team of researchers from Penn State, Northeastern University, Rice University and Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil have developed a technique to quickly and sensitively characterize defects in 2D materials.

Newswise: A Wearable Gas Sensor for Health and Environmental Monitoring
Released: 16-Jan-2020 10:45 AM EST
A Wearable Gas Sensor for Health and Environmental Monitoring
Penn State Materials Research Institute

A highly sensitive wearable gas sensor for environmental and human health monitoring may soon become commercially available, according to researchers at Penn State and Northeastern University.

Newswise: A New Method to Study Lithium Dendrites Could Lead to Better, Safer Batteries
Released: 8-Jan-2020 2:30 PM EST
A New Method to Study Lithium Dendrites Could Lead to Better, Safer Batteries
Penn State Materials Research Institute

Lithium ion batteries often grow needle-like structures between electrodes that can short out the batteries and sometimes cause fires. Now, an international team of researchers has found a way to grow and observe these structures to understand ways to stop or prevent their appearance.

Newswise: A Fast and Inexpensive Device to Capture and Identify Viruses
Released: 20-Dec-2019 12:55 PM EST
A Fast and Inexpensive Device to Capture and Identify Viruses
Penn State Materials Research Institute

A device to quickly capture and identify various strains of virus has been developed, according to researchers at Penn State and New York University.

Newswise: Fabrication of New Photonic Liquid Crystals Could Lead to Next Generation Displays and Advanced Photonic Applications
Released: 8-Nov-2019 11:30 PM EST
Fabrication of New Photonic Liquid Crystals Could Lead to Next Generation Displays and Advanced Photonic Applications
Penn State Materials Research Institute

A new technique to change the structure of liquid crystals could lead to the development of fast-responding liquid crystals suitable for next generation displays , for example 3-D, augmented and virtual reality and advanced photonic applications.

Newswise: Big Improvements in Thin-film Solar Cell Efficiency Now Possible
Released: 17-Oct-2019 3:35 PM EDT
Big Improvements in Thin-film Solar Cell Efficiency Now Possible
Penn State Materials Research Institute

Researchers at Penn State and Delaware have developed a theoretical method to improve the efficiency of thin-film solar cells by up to 33 percent. Flexible thin-film solar cells are needed to supply electrical power to fabrics, clothing, back packs and anywhere that a local autonomous power supply is required.

Newswise: A New Understanding of the Cold Sintering Process
Released: 14-Oct-2019 10:05 AM EDT
A New Understanding of the Cold Sintering Process
Penn State Materials Research Institute

A better understanding of the mechanisms behind the cold sintering process (CSP) will lead to faster adoption and the cold sintering of many new materials, according to a team of Penn State researchers.



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