A Week in Review: 6/1/14 – 6/7/14

June 5, 2014

LeBeau awarded YIP from The Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Dr. James LeBeau, assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University, has received a US Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program award. http://news.engr.ncsu.edu/2014/06/lebeau-awarded-yip-from-the-air-force-office-of-scientific-research/

June 4, 2014

Self-assembling nanomachines start to click
A nanocage builds itself from engineered components
http://hsnewsbeat.uw.edu/story/self-assembling-nanomachines-start-click

June 3, 2014

Controlling thermal conductivities can improve energy storage
For the first time, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have experimentally shown that the thermal conductivity of lithium cobalt oxide (LixCoO2), an important material for electrochemical energy storage, can be reversibly electrochemically modulated over a considerable range. http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/8224

Rice produces carbon-capture breakthrough
Rice University scientists have created an Earth-friendly way to separate carbon dioxide from natural gas at wellheads.
http://news.rice.edu/2014/06/03/rice-produces-carbon-capture-breakthrough/

A Week in Review: 4/6/14 – 4/12/14

April 6, 2014

Self-Assembled Silver Superlattices Create Molecular Machines with Hydrogen-Bond “Hinges” and Moving “Gears”
A combined computational and experimental study of self-assembled silver-based structures known as superlattices has revealed an unusual and unexpected behavior: arrays of gear-like molecular-scale machines that rotate in unison when pressure is applied to them.
http://www.research.gatech.edu/news/self-assembled-silver-superlattices-create-molecular-machines-hydrogen-bond-%E2%80%9Chinges%E2%80%9D-and-moving

April 7, 2014

Computing’s invisible challenge
Northeastern University assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering Ningfang Mi recently learned she was one of 42 early-​​career researchers to win a Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. She plans to use award to figure out a better way to manage the vast amount of information sharing that takes place online—and push that mas­sive technical challenge even further into the background for end users.
http://www.northeastern.edu/news/2014/04/computings-invisible-challenge/

Rebar technique strengthens case for graphene
Carbon nanotubes are reinforcing bars that make two-dimensional graphene much easier to handles in a new hybrid material grown by researchers at Rice University. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour set nanotubes into graphene in a way that not only mimics how steel rebar is used in concrete but also preserves and even improves the electrical and mechanical qualities of both.
http://news.rice.edu/2014/04/07/rebar-technique-strengthens-case-for-graphene/

April 9, 2014

New ‘switch’ could power quantum computing
Using a laser to place individual rubidium atoms near the surface of a lattice of light, scientists at MIT and Harvard University have developed a new method for connecting particles — one that could help in the development of powerful quantum computing systems.
http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/new-switch-could-power-quantum-computing-0409

April 10, 2014

Fruit flies, fighter jets use similar nimble tactics when under attack
Researchers at the University of Washington used an array of high-speed video cameras operating at 7,500 frames a second to capture the wing and body motion of flies after they encountered a looming image of an approaching predator.
http://www.washington.edu/news/2014/04/10/fruit-flies-fighter-jets-use-similar-nimble-tactics-when-under-attack/

April 11, 2014

Air Force R&D group experiments with Google Glass
The BATMAN researchers are experimenting with many probable battlefield scenarios, including how Google Glass could be used by ground forces to help aircraft acquire targets or how it could work as a communications device between combat controllers and overhead aircraft.
http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20140411/NEWS04/304110040/Air-Force-R-D-group-experiments-Google-Glass

A Week in Review: 3/9/14 – 3/15/14

March 10, 2014

Professor Receives Funding to Design Materials Inspired by Bone
Dr. Majid Minary, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at UT Dallas, has received funding to design high-performance materials inspired by bone.
http://www.utdallas.edu/news/2014/3/6-28931_Professor-Receives-Funding-to-Design-Materials-Ins_story-wide.html

March 14, 2014

Department of Defense Supports Kottos’ Symmetric Optics Research
The award will support Kottos’ study on “PT-Summetric Optical Materials” through April 2017. During this time, Kottos will develop a theoretical framework for Parity-Time (PT) Symmetric Optics using mainly polymetric platforms. Additionally, efforts will be made towards identifying other platforms/areas where PT-Symmetric ideas can be applied. Kottos will be coordinating his research with faculty at the University of Central Florida, Rice University, Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Utah.
http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2014/03/14/kottosmurigrant/

A Week in Review: 2/2/14 – 2/8/14

February 3, 2014

UC Researchers at Ground Control in Launching the Fastest Plane of the Future
Randy Allemang, a UC professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Structural Dynamics Research Lab in the UC College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS), will present a validation metric that involves principal component analysis (PCA) decomposition of simulation and test data to measure the uncertainty in how well the models match with measured data, which will ultimately determine the success in approaching how such a plane could be built. That 25-year exploratory project is led by the U.S. Air Force.
http://www.uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=19166

Diamond film possible without the pressure
Now researchers at Rice University and in Russia have calculated a “phase diagram” for the creation of diamane. The diagram is a road map. It lays out the conditions – temperature, pressure and other factors – that would be necessary to turn stacked sheets of graphene into a flawless diamond lattice.
http://news.rice.edu/2014/02/03/no-pressure-needed-for-diamond-film/

February 4, 2014

Fruit flies – fermented-fruit connoisseurs – are relentless party crashers
That fruit fly joining you just moments after you poured that first glass of cabernet, has just used its poppy-seed-sized brain to conduct a finely-choreographed search, one that’s been described for the first time by researchers at the University of Washington.
http://www.washington.edu/news/2014/02/04/fruit-flies-fermented-fruit-connoisseurs-are-relentless-party-crashers/

February 5, 2014

Ballistic Transport in Graphene Suggests New Type of Electronic Device
 “This work shows that we can control graphene electrons in very different ways because the properties are really exceptional,” said Walt de Heer, a Regent’s professor in the School of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. “This could result in a new class of coherent electronic devices based on room temperature ballistic transport in graphene. Such devices would be very different from what we make today in silicon.”
http://www.news.gatech.edu/2014/02/05/ballistic-transport-graphene-suggests-new-type-electronic-device

A Week in Review: 12/15/13 – 12/21/13

December 16, 2013

Small Size Enhances Charge Transfer in Quantum Dots
In a study just published in the journal Chemical Communications, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook University, and Syracuse University show that shrinking the core of a quantum dot can enhance the ability of a surrounding polymer to extract electric charges generated in the dot by the absorption of light.
http://www.bnl.gov/newsroom/news.php?a=24487

Researchers Develop Deicing Solution Using Graphene Nanoribbons to Protect Radars
Ribbons of ultrathin graphene combined with polyurethane paint meant for cars is just right for deicing sensitive military radar domes, according to scientists at Rice University.
http://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=28999

December 18, 2013
Researchers show potential benefits of pinewood char as synthetic fuel source
Researchers at Purdue University have successfully tested the conversion of large particles of pinewood char in a gasification, a step necessary for the mass production of synthetic liquid fuel from recalcitrant biomass.
http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2013/Q4/researchers-show-potential-benefits-of-pinewood-char-as-synthetic-fuel-source.html

UNIST research team opens graphene band-gap
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) announced a method for the mass production of boron/nitrogen co-doped graphene nanoplatelets, which led to the fabrication of a graphene-based field-effect transistor (FET) with semiconducting nature. This opens up opportunities for practical use in electronic devices.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-12/unio-urt121813.php

December 19, 2013

World’s First Photonic Integrated Circuit For Manipulating Atoms
The ability to manipulate atoms with photons in an integrated circuit should allow physicists to explore entirely new ways in which matter and light interact.
http://www.technologyreview.com/view/522861/worlds-first-photonic-integrated-circuit-for-manipulating-atoms/