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Newswise: Cooling Wood: An Eco-Friendly Building Material
22-May-2019 2:30 PM EDT
Cooling Wood: An Eco-Friendly Building Material
Maryland NanoCenter

What if the wood your house was made of could save your electricity bill? In the race to save energy, using a passive cooling method that requires no electricity and is built right into your house could save even chilly areas of the US some cash.

27-Feb-2018 2:00 PM EST
Sandwich Battery with ‘Melty’ Layer is Safe, Robust
Maryland NanoCenter

Engineers from the University of Maryland created a non-flammable battery from ceramic materials by using a 'melty' layer that, when cool, unites a solid-state battery.

Released: 10-Oct-2017 2:05 PM EDT
Solar-Powered Devices Made of Wood Could Help Mitigate Water Scarcity Crisis
Maryland NanoCenter

Energy from the sun and a block of wood smaller than an adult’s hand are the only components needed to heat water to its steaming point in these purifying devices.

Released: 24-Jul-2017 11:00 AM EDT
Engineers Invent the First Bio-Compatible, Ion Current Battery
Maryland NanoCenter

Engineers at the University of Maryland have invented an entirely new kind of battery. It is bio-compatible, because it produces the same kind of electrical energy that the body uses: an ion current.

Newswise:Video Embedded wood-filter-removes-toxic-dye-from-water
Released: 4-May-2017 1:40 PM EDT
Wood Filter Removes Toxic Dye From Water
Maryland NanoCenter

Engineers at the University of Maryland have developed a new use for wood: to filter water. Liangbing Hu of the Energy Research Center and his colleagues added nanoparticles to wood, then used it to filter toxic dyes from water.

Released: 16-Aug-2016 3:05 PM EDT
Wood Windows Are Cooler Than Glass
Maryland NanoCenter

Transparent wood created at the University of Maryland provides better thermal insulation and lets in nearly as much light as glass, while eliminating glare and providing uniform and consistent indoor lighting. The findings advance earlier published work on their development of transparent wood.

Released: 5-May-2016 5:05 PM EDT
A View Through Wood Shows Futuristic Applications
Maryland NanoCenter

Researchers at the University of Maryland have made a block of linden wood transparent, which they say will be useful in fancy building materials and in light-based electronics systems.

Released: 20-Apr-2016 10:05 AM EDT
Hu and Munday Win Young Investigator Award
Maryland NanoCenter

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program (YIP) seeks to identify and support scientists and engineers who show exceptional promise in creative research. The program’s objectives are to attract outstanding faculty members to support the ONR’s research areas, which cover a wide range of science and technology areas, from robotics to solar cells. The ONR has supported Young Investigators through this program for 31 years, making it one of the oldest scientific research advancement programs in the U.S. The program remains highly competitive, with 47 awardees out of 280 applicants this year. The candidates are all faculty who have obtained tenure-track positions within the past five years, and their proposals were selected based on past performance, technical merit, potential scientific breakthrough, and long-term university commitment.

Released: 28-Jan-2016 12:05 PM EST
You’ll Never Be-Leaf What Makes Up This Battery
Maryland NanoCenter

Scientists at the University of Maryland have a new recipe for batteries: Bake a leaf, and add sodium. They used a carbonized oak leaf, pumped full of sodium, as a demonstration battery’s negative terminal, or anode, according to a paper published yesterday in the journal ACS Applied Materials Interfaces.

Newswise: UMD & Army Researchers Discover Salty Solution to Better, Safer Batteries
Released: 24-Nov-2015 3:05 PM EST
UMD & Army Researchers Discover Salty Solution to Better, Safer Batteries
Maryland NanoCenter

A team of researchers from the University of Maryland (UMD) and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) have devised a groundbreaking “Water-in-Salt” aqueous Lithium ion battery technology that could provide power, efficiency and longevity comparable to today's Lithium-ion batteries, but without the fire risk, poisonous chemicals and environmental hazards of current Lithium batteries.

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