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Advanced Materials

Band Gaps, Made to Order

04.10.2017 tribonet 109 Views
Control is a constant challenge for materials scientists, who are always seeking the perfect material — and the perfect way of treating it — to induce exactly the right electronic or optical activity required for […]
Samples of carbon nanotubes and polymeric phenol-formaldehyde materials hardened through baking at high temperature in the absence of oxygen: (a) a carbon nanotube forest; (b) a carbon nanotube/polymer nanocomposite; (c) a charcoal-like carbon nanotube/glassy carbon nanocomposite after baking at high temperature; (d) pure polymer (phenol-formaldehyde); (e) a charcoal-like glassy carbon block from baking a polymer at high temperature.
Advanced Materials

Glassy Carbon manufactured now with Less Heat

22.09.2017 tribonet 302 Views
Carbon nanotubes lower the transformation temperature of glassy carbon, possibly aiding manufacturers, MIT researchers report. Last winter, MIT researchers discovered that a phenol-formaldehyde polymer transformed into a glassy carbon material in a process similar to baking […]
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Advanced Materials

Rare earth oxides make water-repellent surfaces that last

11.09.2017 tribonet 1,546 Views
Ceramic forms of hydrophobic materials could be far more durable than existing coatings or surface treatments. Water-shedding surfaces that are robust in harsh environments could have broad applications in many industries including energy, water, transportation, […]
Advanced Materials

New lubricated mussel-proof coating

05.09.2017 tribonet 9,404 Views
It all began with a bet. At a conference in Italy in 2013, Nicolas Vogel, then a postdoctoral fellow in Joanna Aizenberg’s lab at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and […]
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Advanced Materials

“Active” surfaces control what’s on them

04.09.2017 tribonet 140 Views
Researchers develop treated surfaces that can actively control how fluids or particles move. Researchers at MIT and in Saudi Arabia have developed a new way of making surfaces that can actively control how fluids or […]
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Graphene based solid lubricant reduces friction and wear

22.08.2017 tribonet 844 Views
This composite image depicts the makeup and performance of a new non-liquid lubricant developed by researchers at Purdue University. (Purdue University image/ Abdullah A. Alazemi) Download image. WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Researchers have created a […]
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Advanced Materials

The Science of Friction on Graphene

12.08.2017 tribonet 265 Views
  Sliding on flexible graphene surfaces has been uncharted territory until now, Graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon sheets just one atom thick, has been the subject of widespread research, in large part because of […]