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: 10/12/14 – 10/18/14

October 15, 2014

Project to detect possible damages in aircraft parts early in process
UT Arlington engineering professors have received a $451,781 Air Force Office of Scientific Research grant to examine the material surface at the micro- and nano-scale level that will provide clues for predicting fatigue in aircraft parts. https://www.uta.edu/news/releases/2014/10/AFOSR-DURIP-grants.php

October 14, 2014

Fluorescent ‘sandwich’ takes step toward ultrafast LEDs
When scientists very precisely trapped fluorescent molecules between a silver nanocube and a thin sheet of gold, the molecules emitted photons of light 1,000 times faster than normal.