Atlas shows off 466 carbon nanotube colors

New research maps out a huge number of carbon nanotube colors. "Carbon, which we see as black, can appear transparent or take on any color of the rainbow."

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Dec. 15, 2020 ~8 min

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Researchers decipher structure of promising battery materials

Family of compounds could someday be useful for fuel cells, supercapacitors, catalysts, and sensors.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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Coffee stains inspire optimal printing technique for electronics

Using an alcohol mixture, researchers modified how ink droplets dry, enabling cheap industrial-scale printing of electronic devices at unprecedented scales.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Aug. 12, 2020 ~5 min

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Shining a light on the quantum world

With funding from MISTI, physicists at MIT and in Israel collaborate to improve understanding and use of quantum light.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science • mit
July 27, 2020 ~8 min

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Wildly thin histamine sensors spot fish gone foul

"This histamine sensor is not only for fish. Bacteria in food produce histamine. So it can be a good indicator of the shelf life of food."

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State • futurity
June 29, 2020 ~6 min

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Transparent graphene electrodes might lead to new generation of solar cells

New roll-to-roll production method could enable lightweight, flexible solar devices and a new generation of display screens.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
June 5, 2020 ~6 min

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Researchers map tiny twists in “magic-angle” graphene

Results could help designers engineer high-temperature superconductors and quantum computing devices.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 7, 2020 ~9 min

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Two walls may beat one for solar-panel nanotubes

New research on Russian doll-like nanotubes could pave the way for their use in solar panels.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
March 30, 2020 ~4 min

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Energy-harvesting design aims to turn Wi-Fi signals into usable power

Device for harnessing terahertz radiation might enable self-powering implants, cellphones, other portable electronics.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
March 27, 2020 ~8 min

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Little beam on a microscope makes laser-induced graphene

A new approach (and a smaller laser) lets scientists shrink laser-induced graphene for flexible electronics.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Feb. 25, 2020 ~4 min

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