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Materials Research Science and Engineering Center Receives $15.6 Million Grant

Northwestern University's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, which is among the longest continually funded materials research centers in the country, has received a six-year, $15.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

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University Of Chicago, Nanoscience, Nanoscience & Technology, Materials Science, Materials Science & Engineering, Electronics, Basic Research, Chemistry & Materials, Chemistry

Scientists Make Atoms-Thick Post-It Notes for Solar Cells and Circuits

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In a study published Sept. 20 in Nature, UChicago and Cornell University researchers describe an innovative method to make stacks of semiconductors just a few atoms thick. The technique offers scientists and engineers a simple, cost-effective method to make thin, uniform layers of these materials, which could expand capabilities for devices from solar cells to cell phones.

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Materials, Industry, HPC, high-performance computing , DOE, HPC4Mfg , HPC4Mtls, AMO

Lab Leads New Effort in Materials Development

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Lawrence Livermore National Lab will be part of a multi-lab effort to apply high-performance computing to US-based industry’s discovery, design, and development of materials for severe environments under a new initiative announced by the Department of Energy (DOE) on Sept. 19.

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Chemistry, Biochemistry, Proteins

What Web Browsers and Proteins Have in Common

Researchers in the United States and Germany have just discovered a previously overlooked part of protein molecules that could be key to how proteins interact with each other inside living cells to carry out specialized functions.

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National Science Foundation (NSF) , Plasma, Physics, Engineering, nanoscale materials, Commercialization, commercialization of research, Manufacturing, manufacturing innovation, Food Safety, Aerospace, Medicine, Agriculture, plasma science

$20 Million Statewide Grant to Further Plasma Research, Synthesize Novel Materials and Improve Technologies in Manufacturing Industries

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UAB will be a fundamental player in the Alabama jurisdiction of the program, which has just five awardees, with primary goals of improving scientific research and building workforce capacity.

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Robotics, Artificial Muscle, 3D, 3D printing, Actuator, Soft Robot

One Step Closer to Lifelike Robots

Researchers at Columbia Engineering have developed a 3D-printable synthetic soft muscle that can lift 1,000 times its own weight. The muscle has intrinsic expansion ability and, unlike previous artificial muscles, it does not require an external compressor or high voltage equipment, signaling a breakthrough in the creation of soft robots that can move independently. The new material also has a strain density – an ability to expand – that is 15 times larger than natural muscle.

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CO2 reduction, artificial photosynthesis, Catalysis & energy conversion

Copper Catalyst Yields High Efficiency CO2-to-Fuels Conversion

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Berkeley Lab scientists have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy. The work is the latest in a round of studies coming out of Berkeley Lab tackling the challenge of a creating a clean chemical manufacturing system that can put carbon dioxide to good use.

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artificial photosynthesis, CO2 reduction, solar fuels, Nano Catalyst

Solar-to-Fuel System Recycles CO2 to Make Ethanol and Ethylene

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Berkeley Lab scientists have harnessed the power of photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into fuels and alcohols at efficiencies far greater than plants. The achievement marks a significant advance in the effort to move toward sustainable sources of fuel.

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Chemists Make Playdough/Lego-Like Hybrid to Create Tiny Building Blocks

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Playdough and Legos are among the most popular childhood building blocks. But what could you use if you wanted to create something really small—a structure less than the width of a human hair? It turns out, a team of chemists has found, this can be achieved by creating particles that have both playdough and Lego traits.

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$1.6 Million NSF Grant to Advance Understanding of ‘Amorphous’ Materials

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A physics professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology will lead a four-year effort to spur research, development and commercial adoption of a new class of oxide semiconductors that outperform silicon-based transistors and could lead to new uses for flexible displays.







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