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An RMIT researcher with three columns of concrete produced with PPE.

Discarded PPE makes concrete stronger

Researchers at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology School of Engineering have found that disposable personal protective equipment can be used as reinforcement materials in making structural... — Updated 9/6/2022 Full story

 
The tops of several AA-sized batteries commonly used in electronic devices.

Rechargeability looms for zinc batteries

For years, researchers have sought a viable method for making the common zinc alkaline battery rechargeable. Now, a team of international researchers has developed a technique for doing just that.... — Updated 8/10/2022

 
A 3D image of the hexagonal pattern of the 2D wonder material, graphene.

HydroGraph opens Kansas graphene plant

HydroGraph Clean Power Inc., a commercial manufacturer of high-quality nanomaterials and alternative-energy fuels, reported June 23 the opening of a 13,000-square-foot manufacturing facility for... — Updated 7/12/2022 Full story

 
A picture of the crystal structure of the carbon wonder material graphyne.

Scientists successfully synthesize graphyne

Though scientists have tried with limited success for more than a decade to synthesize a new form of carbon called "graphyne," a team of researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder has... — Updated 7/12/2022 Full story

 
An image of the Mars rover that could potentially benefit from PhosEnergy GenX.

Innovator develops long-life power units

A small Australia-based energy technology company is hot on the trail of building a prototype of a long-lived power generation system that could open the path to extended space travel, as well as... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
lithium sulfur battery ev news United States Drexler University Australia

Parallel lithium-sulfur battery advances

Two research teams, one in the United States and the other in Australia – working on separate projects to improve lithium batteries – have reported significant breakthroughs recently that... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
nuclear fusion world record JET facility Joint European Torus tokamak energy

Scientists break fusion power record

The quest to generate clean energy like that produced inside our Sun and other stars moved a step closer to reality recently when scientists in the United Kingdom broke the record for power... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
Seurat Technologies 3D metal printing additive manufacturing sintering

Innovator touts new 3D printing tech

A high-tech company, Seurat Technologies, intends to make the most of its innovation in the emerging world of metal 3D printing and in the process, revolutionize the way large industrial products... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
RMIT University Australia copper antimicrobial virucidal SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus

Scientists develop rapid bacteria killer

Scientists in Australia have developed a copper material that kills deadly bacteria two minutes after contact and could prove effective in destroying SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. A... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
recycling rare earth elements REE neodymium Pennsylvania State University

Scientists find new way to recycle REE

As rapidly advancing technology leaves behind printed circuit boards, old computers, obsolete televisions, and other electrical devices, mountains of electronic waste, or e-waste, being... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
graphene Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT wonder material 2D

Scientists report graphene breakthroughs

The explosion of scientific research into the properties and potential benefits of graphene since the material was first identified nearly two decades ago continues to yield substantial results.... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus testing Pennsylvania University graphite

Graphite plays key role in COVID tests

The furious pace of scientific and academic research into ways to curb the spread of COVID-19 and other highly infectious diseases is yielding impressive results this summer. Researchers say... — Updated 7/12/2022 Full story

 
Canada Silver Cobalt Works EV batteries electric vehicles Re-2Ox recycling REE

Junior seeks to recycle EV batteries

Canada Silver Cobalt Works Inc. has developed an innovative extraction process designed to economically remove and recycle various minerals and metals from spent electric vehicle batteries. The... — Updated 7/10/2022

 
UC Berkeley Adam Uliana desalination technology water purification extraction

Method can filter metals out of water

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley reported April 17 the discovery of a method for simplifying the removal of toxic metals such as mercury and boron to produce clean water,... — Updated 7/10/2022

 
Thermoelectric generator TEG University of Colorado Boulder wearables

New device turns the body into a battery

While thermoelectric generators are proving useful in a growing number of modern applications, ranging from electric vehicles to spacecraft, a new potential use for the technology has emerged... — Updated 7/10/2022

 
SARS-CoV-2 SonoMasks Sonovia virucidal antimicrobial zinc oxide textiles fabric

Zinc-infused mask fights coronavirus

Among a growing number of facial masks infused with minerals that innovators around the globe have brought to the market in recent months to help stop the spread of the coronavirus infection,... — Updated 7/10/2022 Full story

 
tungsten critical mineral Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute aqueous electrolyte

Tungsten fills niche in new innovations

President-elect Joe Biden's plans to spend $2 trillion on infrastructure and move the world's biggest economy toward greener policies is brightening the outlook for base metals, including... — Updated 7/10/2022

 
MIT scientists change optical electrical conductivity of diamonds with strain

Diamonds can act like metals in devices

Diamonds are well known as the hardest minerals on earth. The sparkling gemstones also are exceptional thermal conductors and electrical insulators. Now, an international team of researchers says... — Updated 7/10/2022

 
Silver in evolution of digital communications 3G 4G 5G

Silver will play key role in 5G rollout

While rising gold prices are dominating the headlines, silver is quietly experiencing its own explosion in demand. The growing appetite for the lustrous, white metal stems in part from its use in... — Updated 7/10/2022

 
Swiss researchers titanium nanowire filter paper mask UV radiation covid-19

Titanium dioxide drafted in COVID fight

Researchers in a Swiss laboratory have developed a membrane made of titanium oxide nanowires with antibacterial and antiviral properties. The membrane, which resembles filter paper, may be used in... — Updated 7/10/2022

 
Zinc8 zinc air grid scale rechargeable electric storage batteries

Zinc makes in-roads in batteries market

While debate rages over whether lithium-ion and vanadium reflow energy storage systems will usher in the next wave of power generation, another technology, batteries that store energy using zinc,... — Updated 7/10/2022

 
nitinol nickel-titanium alloy Mars rover NASA aerospace memory metal

Shape memory metal gets new job on Mars

Two metals, nickel and titanium, come together in a unique alloy that is gaining popularity in new applications, including in outer space. Known as "nitinol," this high-demand metal is prized for... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
University New South Wales gallium CO2 capture carbon dioxide reduced emissions

Team captures CO2 with liquid gallium

Researchers in Australia and the United States have proven that gallium in its liquid form can economically capture and convert substantial quantities of carbon dioxide greenhouse gas emissions.... — Updated 11/2/2021 Full story

 
Airbus APworks scandium Rio Tinto rare earth critical metal Scandium

Westerners chase scandium production

Scandium, one of 35 minerals identified as being critical to future production of high-tech and industrial technologies in the West, is seeing a surge in mining and extraction activity in... — Updated 7/27/2021 Full story

 
Teck Resources Ltd. Bointerphases Washington University Dr. Marthe Charles

Teck tests copper's antiviral powers

In recent years, Teck Resources Ltd. has been working with healthcare officials around the world to bring copper to the frontlines in the urgent fight against bacteria and viruses harmful to the... — Updated 12/1/2020 Full story

 

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