Week in Review: 7/26/15 – 8/1/15

July 29, 2015

Sol-gel Capacitor Dielectric Offers Record-high Energy Storage
Using a hybrid silica sol-gel material and self-assembled monolayers of a common fatty acid, researchers have developed a new capacitor dielectric material that provides an electrical energy storage capacity rivaling certain batteries, with both a high energy density and high power density.

July 28, 2015

Boxfish shell inspires new materials for body armor and flexible electronics
he boxfish’s unique armor draws its strength from hexagon-shaped scales and the connections between them, engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have found.

July 27, 2015

Smart Hydrogel Coating Creates “Stick-slip” Control of Capillary Action
Coating the inside of glass microtubes with a polymer hydrogel material dramatically alters the way capillary forces draw water into the tiny structures, researchers have found. The discovery could provide a new way to control microfluidic systems, including popular lab-on-a-chip devices.