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Highly stretchable aqueous batteries

Fri, 2018-01-26 20:23
A team of researchers has succeeded in developing world's first stretchable aqueous Li-ion batteries that may power the next generation of wearable devices.

Spintronics and nanophotonics combined in 2-D material

Fri, 2018-01-26 00:38
Researchers have found a way to convert the spin information into a predictable light signal at room temperature. The discovery brings the worlds of spintronics and nanophotonics closer together and might lead to the development of an energy-efficient way of processing data, in data centers, for example.

Shape-shifting organic crystals use memory to improve plastic electronics

Fri, 2018-01-26 00:25
Researchers have identified a mechanism that triggers shape-memory phenomena in organic crystals used in plastic electronics. Shape-shifting structural materials are made with metal alloys, but the new generation of economical printable plastic electronics is poised to benefit from this phenomenon, too. Shape-memory materials science and plastic electronics technology, when merged, could open the door to advancements in low-power electronics, medical electronics devices and multifunctional shape-memory materials.

A simple new approach to plastic solar cells

Thu, 2018-01-25 20:43
Researchers in Japan have built on their previous work to develop new advanced organic polymer. When applied in the solar cells, the polymers formed as amorphous films, which maintained high power conversion efficiency. Typical solar cells require special treatments to make the polymer films crystalline. These new devices could offer a way toward simpler and more cost-effective printing of solar cells.

New technology standard could shape the future of electronics design

Thu, 2018-01-25 19:21
Scientists have discovered a way of enhancing the capabilities of an emerging nanotechnology that could open the door to a new generation of electronics.

Engineers develop flexible, water-repellent graphene circuits for washable electronics

Wed, 2018-01-24 23:45
Nanoengineers are finding new ways to use graphene printing technology. A new research paper describes how they're treating printed graphene with lasers to create electronic circuits that repel water. That could lead to washable electronics and better biological sensors.

New sensor for measuring electric field strength

Wed, 2018-01-24 21:38
Scientists have developed a sensor for measuring the strength of electric fields, which is much smaller, simpler and less prone to distortion than comparable devices.

A discovery about the behavior of heat in electronic devices can improve their performance

Tue, 2018-01-23 21:56
Researchers have shown that heat flow behaves similarly to a viscous fluid when studied at nanoscale. The discovery paves the way to a better thermal management in electronic devices.

Big energy savings: Building the world's smallest electro-optic modulator

Tue, 2018-01-23 03:16
Researchers at have designed and fabricated the world's smallest electro-optic modulator, which could mean major reductions in energy used by data centers and supercomputers.

Sound waves used to advance optical communication

Tue, 2018-01-23 01:38
Researchers have demonstrated that sound waves can be used to produce ultraminiature optical diodes that are tiny enough to fit onto a computer chip. These devices, called optical isolators, may help solve major data capacity and system size challenges for photonic integrated circuits, the light-based equivalent of electronic circuits, which are used for computing and communications.

Two-dimensional circuit with magnetic quasi-particles

Mon, 2018-01-22 21:41
Whether smart phone, computer or dialysis machine -- there is no electronic device without chips and their electronic components inside. The individual circuit elements are therefore often wired using three dimensional so called bridge constructions. Physicists are now working on a more efficient variation, where specific quasiparticles named magnons instead of electrons are being used. They have shown for the first time, in an initial model, that magnon current flow is possible in an integrated magnon circuit, in which case the components are only being connected two dimensionally.

New semiconductor processing technology developed

Mon, 2018-01-22 21:10
Extremely fine porous structures with tiny holes -- resembling a kind of sponge at nano level -- can be generated in semiconductors. This opens up new possibilities for the realization of tiny sensors or unusual optical and electronic components.

Making fuel cells for a fraction of the cost

Mon, 2018-01-22 19:43
Researchers now describe the development of an inexpensive, efficient catalyst material for a type of fuel cell called a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell, which turns the chemical energy of hydrogen into electricity and is among the most promising fuel cell types to power cars and electronics.

Virtual reality goes magnetic

Sat, 2018-01-20 05:34
The success of Pokémon GO made many people familiar with the concept of 'augmented reality': computer-generated perception blends into the real and virtual worlds. So far, these apps largely used optical methods for motion detection. Physicists have now developed an ultrathin electronic magnetic sensor that can be worn on skin. Just by interacting with magnetic fields, the device enables a touchless manipulation of virtual and physical objects.

'Programmable droplets' could enable high-volume biology experiments

Sat, 2018-01-20 05:33
Researchers have developed hardware that uses electric fields to move droplets of chemical or biological solutions around a surface, mixing them in ways that could be used to test thousands of reactions in parallel.

Thanks for the memory: Taking a deep look at memristors

Sat, 2018-01-20 00:42
Scientists have now unveiled the long-mysterious inner workings of these semiconductor elements, which can act like the short-term memory of nerve cells.

2d tin (stanene) without buckling: A possible topological insulator

Fri, 2018-01-19 19:31
Researchers produce 2D sheets of tin atoms predicted to have exotic uses in electronics.

New input for quantum simulations

Fri, 2018-01-19 00:59
Researchers have devised new methods to create interesting input states for quantum computations and simulations. The new methods can be used to simulate certain electronic systems to arbitrarily high accuracy.

Semiconductor breakthrough may be game-changer for organic solar cells

Wed, 2018-01-17 23:41
In an advance that could push cheap, ubiquitous solar power closer to reality, researchers have found a way to coax electrons to travel much further than was previously thought possible in the materials often used for organic solar cells and other organic semiconductors.

Building molecular wires, one atom at a time

Wed, 2018-01-17 19:53
Researchers have found a simple way to construct and deconstruct molecular metal chains, atom-by-atom.


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