Engineering

Powerful microscope sheds new light on photosynthesis

University of Michigan researchers have developed a powerful microscope that can map how light energy migrates in photosynthetic bacteria on timescales of one-quadrillionth of...

New self-healing material can build itself from carbon in the air

New polymer 'grows' through a chemical reaction with carbon dioxide A material designed by MIT chemical engineers can react with carbon dioxide from the air,...

Conductive graphene may advance solar technology

In 2010, the Nobel Prize in Physics went to the discoverers of graphene. A single layer of carbon atoms, graphene possesses properties that are ideal...

Scientists develop a new way to harvest 2-D materials within just a few minutes

Since the 2003 discovery of the single-atom-thick carbon material known as graphene, there has been significant interest in other types of 2-D materials as...

Army research lights the way for new materials

What happens when gold and silver just don't cut it anymore? You turn to metallic alloys, which are what Army researchers are using to develop...

Sandwich’ materials may lead to shape-shifting cars

Materials that are light and robust, inherently stable and still easily adjustable, and can also be produced sustainably and in a resource-friendly way become...
Scientists develop 3-D printed objects that can track and store how they are used

Scientists develop 3-D printed objects that can track and store how they are used

Cheap and easily customizable, 3-D printed devices are perfect for assistive technology, like prosthetics or “smart” pill bottles that can help patients remember to...

New study paves the way to flexible electronics made from exotic materials

MIT researchers have devised a way to grow a single crystalline compound semiconductor on its substrate through two-dimensional materials. The compound semiconductor thin film...
Superionic crystals could help develop safer, more efficient rechargeable batteries

Superionic crystals could help develop safer, more efficient rechargeable batteries

Materials scientists have sussed out the physical phenomenon underlying the promising electrical properties of a class of materials called superionic crystals. A better understanding of...

Engineers build smallest integrated Kerr frequency comb generator

Low-power chip unites lasers and frequency combs for the first time and can be powered by an AAA battery, opening the door to portable...