A Week in Review: 1/5/14 – 1/11/14

January 7, 2014

New, Simple Technique May Drive Down Biofuel Production Costs
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a simple, effective and relatively inexpensive technique for removing lignin from the plant material used to make biofuels, which may drive down the cost of biofuel production.
http://news.ncsu.edu/releases/wms-achinivu-2014/

With Laser-Doping, Silicon Responds to IR Light
New IR imaging systems could be possible now that a new method has demonstrated that silicon is more responsive to IR light when laser-doped with one of its most dangerous impurities: gold.
http://www.photonics.com/Article.aspx?AID=55668

January 8, 2014

Engineers make world’s fastest organic transistor, heralding
Teams from Stanford and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln collaborate to make thin, transparent semiconductors that could become the foundation for cheap, high-performance displays.
http://engineering.stanford.edu/news/engineers-make-world%E2%80%99s-fastest-organic-transistor-heralding-new-generation-see-through-electron

Two faculty receive Presidential Early Career Awards
Greg Fuchs, assistant professor of applied and engineering physics, and Noah Snavely, assistant professor of computer science, are among 102 winners this year of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on early career scientists and engineers.
http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2014/01/two-faculty-receive-presidential-early-career-awards

A Week in Review: 12/8/13 – 12/14/13

December 9, 2013

AFRL Reducing Demand for Fuel, Water
When setting up an expeditionary base downrange, the Base Expeditionary Airfield Resources (BEAR) Global Management Office (GMO) is responsible.
http://science.dodlive.mil/2013/12/09/afrl-reducing-demand-for-fuel-water/

December 11, 2013

UNL-led team finds less is more with adding graphene to nanofibers
Figuring that if some is good, more must be better, researchers have been trying to pack more graphene, a supermaterial, into structural composites. Collaborative research led by University of Nebraska-Lincoln materials engineers discovered that, in this case, less is more.
http://newsroom.unl.edu/releases/2013/12/11/UNL-led+team+finds+less+is+more+with+adding+graphene+to+nanofibers

December 12, 2013

Light and sound fire scientists’ imaginations
Rice University researchers lead review of photonic, phononic metamaterials
Strategies to manipulate light and sound go back to the first spherical glass bead and the pounding of the first hollow log. But their full potential is only just becoming apparent, according to a review by materials scientists at Rice University and their colleagues.
http://news.rice.edu/2013/12/12/light-and-sound-fire-scientists-imaginations/

December 13, 2013

USAFA Physics Dept. expands Falcon Telescope network to La Junta
Researchers at the Air Force Academy’s Department of Physics Center for Space Situational Awareness Research now have new university partners around the globe, thanks to a project combining satellite and educational outreach.
http://www.usafa.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123374313