The Elements of Innovation Discovered

Articles from the November 11, 2020 edition

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  • Enviroleach Technologies Inc. Duane Nelson Ish Grewal environmental recycling

    EnviroLeach recovers e-waste tin, copper

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    EnviroLeach Technologies Inc. has taken additional steps toward its goal of developing an environmentally friendly process for recovering the roughly US$4,000 of gold, copper, tin, palladium, and silver contained in every metric ton of printed circuit boards from outdated computers, last generation smartphones, and the numerous other electronics becoming obsolete with the forward march of technology. While each type of circuit board has its own special blend of metals, it is...

  • Quantum dots copper indium selenide Los Alamos National Laboratory transistors

    Quantum dot transistor gets green light

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    A recent scientific breakthrough in the metals used for transistors may change the face of all conventional electronics, providing new circuitry and electronics with the simply named quantum dot. Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in collaboration with the University of California, Irvine have managed to create functional logic circuits with the electronic building blocks known as quantum dots. This innovation could promise a cheaper and production-friendly...

  • Leiden University microswimmer 3D printing microbot platinum USS Voyager

    Platinum Voyager explores micro-frontier

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    In the name of science, a team of Dutch researchers has 3D-printed a platinum-hulled, microscopic rendition of the Star Trek USS Voyager. The creation of this Intrepid-class starship that measures roughly 15 microns, or about one-fifth the width of an average human hair, is part of a study of how complex shapes affect the motion of microswimmers. While biological microswimmers such as bacteria have complex shapes that allow them to propel through blood and other viscous...

  • Coronavirus COVID-19 Zen Graphene Solutions Ltd. virus respirator 99% effective

    Zen graphene enhanced masks on the way

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Zen Graphene Solutions Ltd. has cut a deal to supply Canada-based Trebor Rx Corp. with enough COVID-19 killing graphene-based ink to treat 100 million personal protection masks and mask filters. "The signing of this significant commercial agreement is a watershed moment for our organization. Moreover, it is an honor for Zen to partner with a Canadian company like Trebor and develop a 100% Canadian solution in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic," said Zen Graphene...

  • ink-jet 3D printing graphene Advanced Functional Materials Mark Fromhold

    Quantum leap for inkjet-printed graphene

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Researchers at Nottingham University of England have made a breakthrough in 3D printing graphene into electronic components with an inkjet printer by adding tiny flakes of this highly conductive 2D material to an ink-like solution. With the exponential growth in the number of patents involving graphene since its discovery, the limitations of exploiting this new material has seen a number of difficulties, particularly in regard to scalable manufacturing techniques. The 5.85...

  • Volkswagen electric vehicles EV Wolfgang Demmelbauer-Ebner Governor Billy Lee

    Volkswagen to test EV batteries in the US

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Volkswagen of America Nov. 10 broke ground on a US$22 million battery engineering lab that will test and validate electric vehicle cells at its Chattanooga Engineering and Planning Center in Tennessee. The new battery lab, which will test and validate lithium-ion battery cells for the North American market, will join Volkswagen's 564,000 square-foot EV production expansion and 198,000 square-foot battery pack assembly facility to form Volkswagen's hub for EV production and...