A Week in Review: 7/14/13 – 7/20/13

July 17, 2013

Elastic electronics: Stretchable gold conductor grows its own wires

Networks of spherical nanoparticles embedded in elastic materials may make the best stretchy conductors yet, engineering researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered.
http://www.ns.umich.edu/new/multimedia/videos/21586-elastic-electronics-stretchable-gold-conductor-grows-its-own-wires

July 18, 2013

Penn Researchers Help Show New Way to Study and Improve Catalytic Reactions

Catalysts are everywhere. They make chemical reactions that normally occur at extremely high temperatures and pressures possible within factories, cars and the comparatively balmy conditions within the human body. Developing better catalysts, however, is mainly a hit-or-miss process. Now, a study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Trieste and Brookhaven National Laboratory has shown a way to precisely design the active elements of a certain class of catalysts, showing which parameters are most critical for improving performance.
http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/news/penn-researchers-help-show-new-way-study-and-improve-catalytic-reactions