A Week in Review: 11/2/14 – 11/8/14

November 4, 2014

The First Fully 3-D Printed LEDs Are Here
McAlpine and his colleagues at Princeton University, however, have gone far beyond two-toned action figures. They mixed and matched five different materials into the first fully 3-D printed LED lights. Although other teams previously claimed the honor, McAlpine says those weren’t the real thing. “They print a breadboard of electronics, then plug regular LEDs into it.”

November 3, 2014

Rice chemists gain edge in next-gen energy
Rice University scientists who want to gain an edge in energy production and storage report they have found it in molybdenum disulfide. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour has turned molybdenum disulfide’s two-dimensional form into a nanoporous film that can catalyze the production of hydrogen or be used for energy storage. http://news.rice.edu/2014/11/03/rice-chemists-gain-edge-in-next-gen-energy-2/

A Week in Review: 10/6/13 – 10/12/13

October 10, 2013

Bending world’s thinnest glass shows atoms’ dance
Watch what happens when you bend and break the world thinnest glass. This glass, discovered by Cornell researchers and their international team of collaborators, was recently featured in the Guinness Book of World Records and is made of the same compounds as everyday windowpanes.

Tanks, graphene! Rice advances compressed gas storage
A discovery at Rice University aims to make vehicles that run on compressed natural gas more practical. It might also prolong the shelf life of bottled beer and soda.
The Rice lab of chemist James Tour has enhanced a polymer material to make it far more impermeable to pressurized gas and far lighter than the metal in tanks now used to contain the gas.