Week in Review: 1/11/15 – 1/17/15

January 14, 2015

Laser-induced graphene ‘super’ for electronics
Rice University scientists advanced their recent development of laser-induced graphene (LIG) by producing and testing stacked, three-dimensional supercapacitors, energy-storage devices that are important for portable, flexible electronics. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour discovered last year that firing a laser at an inexpensive polymer burned off other elements and left a film of porous graphene, the much-studied atom-thick lattice of carbon. The researchers viewed the porous, conductive material as a perfect electrode for supercapacitors or electronic circuits. The flexible stacks show excellent energy-storage capacity and power potential and can be scaled up for commercial applications. AFOSR PO: Dr. Charles Lee http://news.rice.edu/2015/01/14/laser-induced-graphene-super-for-electronics-2/

Gold Nanoparticles Show Promise for Early Detection of Heart Attacks
NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering professors have been collaborating with researchers from Peking University on a new test strip that is demonstrating great potential for the early detection of certain heart attacks. Kurt H. Becker, a professor in the Department of Applied Physics and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and WeiDong Zhu, a research associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, are helping develop a new colloidal gold test strip for cardiac troponin I (cTn-I) detection. The microplasma technology used in this work is based on research funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the National Science Foundation.