A Week in Review: 7/27/14 – 8/2/14

July 29, 2014

A new way to make microstructured surfaces
A team of researchers has created a new way of manufacturing microstructured surfaces that have novel three-dimensional textures. These surfaces, made by self-assembly of carbon nanotubes, could exhibit a variety of useful properties — including controllable mechanical stiffness and strength, or the ability to repel water in a certain direction.
http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/new-way-to-make-microstructured-surfaces-0729

A Week in Review: 8/11/13 – 8/17/13

August 12, 2013

Building stronger multifunctional composites
Carbon nanotube deicing technologies developed at MIT could be in flight tests as early as next year
http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2013/building-stronger-multifunctional-composites.html

August 13, 2013

Plastic Solar Cells’ New Design Promises Bright Future
Unprecedented fill factors of 80 percent come close to that of silicon solar cells
http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2013/08/plastic-solar-cells-new-design-promises-bright-future.html

Infrared technology
UD-led breakthrough may advance development of mid-infrared light sources, lasers
http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2014/aug/optoelectronics-081313.html

August 15, 2013

Rice technique expands options for molecular imaging
One-of-a-kind spectrometer reads vibrations between atoms to find structures of molecules
A Rice University laboratory has improved upon its ability to determine molecular structures in three dimensions in ways that challenge long-used standards.
http://news.rice.edu/2013/08/15/rice-technique-expands-options-for-molecular-imaging/