A Week in Review: 11/30/14-12/6/14

December 2, 2014

Alloying tougher tungsten
New tungsten alloys being developed in the Schuh Group at MIT could potentially replace depleted uranium in armor-piercing projectiles. Fourth-year materials science and engineering graduate student Zachary C. Cordero is working on low-toxicity, high-strength, high-density material for replacing depleted uranium in structural military applications. Depleted uranium poses a potential health hazard to soldiers and civilians. http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/alloying-tougher-tungsten-zack-cordero-1202

A Week in Review: 8/18/13 – 8/24/13

August 19, 2013

Stevens Research Honored in Highlights 2012 Issue of Nanotechnology Journal
Innovation in energy storage technology could drastically cut charge-time for mobile devices

August 20, 2013

‘Groovy’ hologram creates strange state of light at visible and invisible wavelengths
Nanostructured device controls the intensity, phase, and polarization of light for wide applications in optics

August 21, 2013

Playing video games can boost brain power
Certain types of video games can help to train the brain to become more agile and improve strategic thinking, according to scientists from Queen Mary University of London and University College of London (UCL).

A Week in Review: 8/11/13 – 8/17/13

August 12, 2013

Building stronger multifunctional composites
Carbon nanotube deicing technologies developed at MIT could be in flight tests as early as next year

August 13, 2013

Plastic Solar Cells’ New Design Promises Bright Future
Unprecedented fill factors of 80 percent come close to that of silicon solar cells

Infrared technology
UD-led breakthrough may advance development of mid-infrared light sources, lasers

August 15, 2013

Rice technique expands options for molecular imaging
One-of-a-kind spectrometer reads vibrations between atoms to find structures of molecules
A Rice University laboratory has improved upon its ability to determine molecular structures in three dimensions in ways that challenge long-used standards.

A Week in Review: 5/5/13 – 5/11/13

May 6, 2013

Researchers develop unique method for creating uniform nanoparticles

University of Illinois researchers have developed a new way to produce highly uniform nanocrystals used for both fundamental and applied nanotechnology projects. “We have developed a unique approach for the synthesis of highly uniform icosahedral nanoparticles made of platinum (Pt), “explained Hong Yang, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and a faculty affiliate at the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology at Illinois. “This is important both in fundamental studies — nanoscience and nanotechnology — and in applied sciences such as high performance fuel cell catalysts.

May 6, 2013

Heart Monitor Uses Paper-thin Flexible ‘Skin’

Zhenan Bao, a professor of chemical engineering at Stanford, has developed a heart monitor thinner than a dollar bill and no wider than a postage stamp. The flexible skin-like monitor, worn under an adhesive bandage on the wrist, is sensitive enough to help doctors detect stiff arteries and cardiovascular problems. Bao’s team is working with other Stanford researchers to make the device completely wireless. Using wireless communication, doctors could receive a patient’s minute-by-minute heart status via cell phone, all thanks to a device as thick as a human hair. The team’s research is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

May 8, 2013

AFOSR-funded research key to revolutionary ‘green’ spacecraft propellant

In 2015, NASA, for the first time, will fly a space mission utilizing a radically different propellant — one which has reduced toxicity and is environmentally benign.

May 9, 2013

F-35 fighter takes another step forward

The Air Force took another step forward with its newest fighter jet when an advanced F-35 Lightning II landed at the service’s lead training base, home to the largest fleet of F-35s worldwide.





A week in Review: 7/8/12 to 7/14/12

A quick recap of AFRL and AFOSR news mentions over the past week.

July 9, 2012

AFFTC to be re-designated as Air Force Test Center
The Air Force Flight Test Center will be re-designated as the Air Force Test Center during a ceremony held July 13……..In addition to the Air Force Test Center, the Air Force Sustainment Center at Tinker AFB, Okla., the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, the Air Force Research Laboratory, also at Wright-Patterson, and the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland AFB, N.M., make up AFMC’s 5-Center construct.

AFRL Moves Ahead on Bunker-Buster for F-35
The US Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded two more contracts under the High Velocity Penetrating Weapon (HVPW) program to develop technology for a rocket-boosted bunker-buster that can fit inside an F-35.

July 11, 2012

Bubbles snap nanotubes like twigs
Carbon nanotubes, which are 100 times stronger than steel, can be snapped like a twig by tiny air bubbles, new research shows.

July 12, 2012

Shape-shifting materials are goal of new nanotechnology project
An international research team has received a $2.9 million grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to design nanomaterials whose internal structure changes shape in response to stimuli such as heat or light.