Week in Review: 5/14/17 – 5/20/17

5/18/2017

Graphene-nanotube hybrid boosts lithium metal batteries

Rice University scientists have created a rechargeable lithium metal battery with three times the capacity of commercial lithium-ion batteries by resolving something that has long stumped researchers: the dendrite problem.
http://news.rice.edu/2017/05/18/graphene-nanotube-hybrid-boosts-lithium-metal-batteries/

5/17/2017

UC San Diego chemists create the ultimate natural sunscreen

Chemists, materials scientists and nanoengineers at UC San Diego have created what may be the ultimate natural sunscreen. In a paper published in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Central Science, they report the development of nanoparticles that mimic the behavior of natural melanosomes, melanin-producing cell structures that protect our skin, eyes and other tissues from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation.
http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/uc_san_diego_chemists_create_the_ultimate_natural_sunscreen

5/15/2017

Gas gives laser-induced graphene super properties

Rice University scientists who invented laser-induced graphene (LIG) for applications like supercapacitors have now figured out a way to make the spongy graphene either superhydrophobic or superhydrophilic.
http://news.rice.edu/2017/05/15/gas-gives-laser-induced-graphene-super-properties-2/