The word "exotic" may not spark thoughts of uranium, but Tyler Spano's investigations of exotic phases of uranium are bringing new knowledge to the nuclear nonproliferation industry.
You are reading this because of materials. Whether you are perusing this article on an electronic device driven by a semiconductor chip or via a paper printout, the ability to read these words is in a large part due to innovative materials research that led to a product in use in society.
A research group has recently performed an investigation into the relationship between microstructure evolution and property degradation of two representative second-phase dispersion-strengthened tungsten materials following electron beam thermal loading.
In daily human life, batteries tend to play a major role everywhere, right from cell phones and smart watches to the growing number of electric vehicles.
Could washing our clothes without detergent become a thing of the past? Even though the research is in its early stages, an investigation as to whether washing or cleaning can be done with purified water instead of detergent solution looks promising.
In a warming world, coal can often seem the "bad guy." But we can do other things with coal besides burn it. A team at Ohio University used the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center's Bridges-2 system to carry out a series of simulations showing how coal might eventually be converted to valuable - and carbon-neutral - materials like graphite and carbon nanotubes.
The chemical engineers from EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) have devised a solar-powered artificial leaf, that has been constructed on the basis of a novel electrode that seems to be porous and transparent, thereby exhibiting the potential of harvesting water from the air for transforming into hydrogen fuel.
Researchers have developed a new carbon-negative method for refrigeration inspired by the salting and gritting of roads to limit ice formation in the winter months.
As semiconductor devices become ever smaller, researchers are exploring two-dimensional (2D) materials for potential applications in transistors and optoelectronics.
Adding salt to a road before a winter storm changes when ice will form. Researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have applied this basic concept to develop a new method of heating and cooling.