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Graphene Balloon Yields Unprecedented Images of Hydrated Molecules

February 5, 2014

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Graphene Balloon Yields Unprecedented Images of Hydrated Protein Molecules

By using a “graphene balloon,” researchers from Michigan Tech and the University of Illinois-Chicago found a way to make electron microscopes friendlier to biological samples. A graphene water balloon may soon open up new vistas for scientists seeking to understand health and disease at the most fundamental level. Electron microscopes already provide amazingly clear images […]

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New 3D Graphene Material – An Inexpensive Replacement for Platinum in Solar Cells

August 21, 2013

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New Inexpensive Material Could Replace Platinum in Solar Cells

A team of researchers has developed a 3D graphene material with a honeycomb-like structure that can replace the platinum in dye-sensitized solar cells without degrading their efficiency. One of the most promising types of solar cells has a few drawbacks. A scientist at Michigan Technological University may have overcome one of them. Dye-sensitized solar cells […]

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Researchers Develop Transistors without Semiconductors

June 24, 2013

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Researchers Develop Transistors without Semiconductors

By placing nanometer sized quantum dots of gold across on the tops of the boron nitride nanotubes, researchers at Michigan Tech created a quantum-tunneling device that acts like a transistor at room temperature without using semiconducting materials. For decades, electronic devices have been getting smaller, and smaller, and smaller. It’s now possible—even routine—to place millions […]

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Inexpensive Skin Patch Warns When It’s Time to Get Out of the Sun

May 15, 2013

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Skin Patch Warns When to Get Out of the Sun

A biomedical engineering design team from Michigan Tech has developed an inexpensive skin patch that warns the wearer when it’s time to get out of the sun to avoid getting sunburn. By the time most of us realize we’ve been out in the sun too long, it’s too late. It can take up to 24 […]

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A New Kind of Invisibility Cloak Demonstrates Better Cloaking Efficiency

March 25, 2013

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Invisibility Cloak Research Moves Forward

Using a new kind of cloak that uses a very thin multilayer dielectric coating made of natural material, not metamaterial, researchers at Michigan Technological University demonstrated better cloaking efficiency than a similarly sized metamaterial cloak designed by using the transformation optics relations. Michigan Technological University’s invisibility cloak researchers have done it again. They’ve moved the […]

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Increasing Solar Cell Efficiency with Graphene

April 25, 2012

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Graphene Boosts Efficiency of Solar Cells

In an effort to increase solar cell efficiency, scientists at Michigan Technological University are working on a cost effective method that adds graphene to titanium dioxide, increasing its conductivity and bringing 52.4 percent more current into the circuit. The coolest new nanomaterial of the 21st century could boost the efficiency of the next generation of […]

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