Using energy that is typically lost through friction could make many mechanical items more efficient. Image Source: Flickr User: FeatheredTar In many machines, whether vehicles or equipment on a production line, energy is lost via friction in the form of heat. This is energy that isn’t being used to do […]
As the years get hotter, changes to our building materials may provide heating and cooling solutions. Image Source: Flickr User: Honor Photo Bar Average yearly temperatures are increasing and extreme weather conditions are becoming standard fare, yet many of us are reluctant to give up the modern conveniences which are […]
New findings on extremely thin nanowires can provide a basis for the development of novel materials with a wide range of useful applications. Image Credit: Flickr user Kunal Mukherjee Researchers at Stanford University recently announced that they had developed the thinnest nanowires yet—only three atoms wide. These wires consist of […]
As it turns out, a healthy gut is something people will pay a lot of money for. The global market for gastrointestinal disorder therapeutics and diagnostics reached $49.6 billion in 2015 and is expected to grow to $63.8 billion in 2021.1 There has been a rise in reported cases of issues such as Celiac’s disesase, irritable bowel, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and Crohn’s, which necessitates the need for better and more varied medication.
Recent findings on liquid repellent coatings have highlighted the promise of the technology and the challenges that must be overcome before new products can be commercialized. Image Credit: Flickr user Lee Netherton Since 2007, materials science and engineering researchers have been exploring the ways to create superomniphobic surfaces — that […]
Adding a time-reliant, shape shifting mechanism to polymer implants will revolutionize how many disorders are treated. Image Source: Flickr User: DFAT photo library Recently, researchers presented the world with a polymer bud that slowly unfurled itself over the course of two hours into a colorful flower.1 This display was not […]
More than 40% of fresh produce spoils between harvest and consumer, but MOFs may help slow the over-ripening process. Image Source: Flickr User: garryknight Keeping fresh produce from spoiling is a challenge. Whether they are being transported, stored, or put on display, it’s hard to keep fruits and vegetables from […]
Anti-fouling agents are applied to the hulls of ships in order to prevent the accumulation of algae and barnacles, but no reliably effective and environmentally friendly alternative has emerged since tributyltin was phased out in 2008. Image Credit: Flickr user Shane Deloges For over forty years, the organotin compound tributyltin […]
In September 1987, twenty-four countries agreed to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which called for countries to cut down on their use of ozone-depleting chemicals such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).1 These chemicals were commonly used as coolants for air conditioning and refrigeration, propellants in aerosol spray […]
While some studies have been conducted on nanofluids, a considerable amount of research remains to be done. As researchers at oil companies pursue better nanofluids, they can use simulation software to address the fundamental challenges of nanofluid design.