New Findings Boost Promise of Molybdenum Sulfide for Hydrogen Catalysis
Researchers have found that molybdenum sulfide (MoS2) holds more promise than previously thought as a catalyst for producing hydrogen to use as a clean energy source. Specifically, the researchers found that the entire surface of MoS2 can be used as a catalyst, not just the edges of the material.
Smart Patch Releases Blood Thinners As Needed, Prevents Thrombosis in Animal Model
A new smart patch that releases blood thinners as needed successfully prevents thrombosis in animal models.
Tech Would Use Drones and Insect Biobots to Map Disaster Areas
NC State researchers have developed a combination of software and hardware that will allow them to use unmanned aerial vehicles and insect cyborgs, or biobots, to map large, unfamiliar areas – such as collapsed buildings after a disaster.
An Efficient Approach for Tracking Physical Activity with Wearable Health-Monitoring Devices
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed an energy-efficient technique for accurately tracking a user’s physical activity based on data from wearable devices.
New ‘Bottlebrush’ Electroactive Polymers Make Dielectric Elastomers Increasingly Viable for Use in Devices
A new electroactive polymer can change shape and size when exposed to a relatively small electric field. The advance overcomes longstanding challenges regarding the use of electroactive polymers to develop new devices, opening the door to a suite of applications ranging from microrobotics to designer technologies.
New Technique for Creating NV-Doped Nanodiamonds May Be Boost for Quantum Computing
NC State researchers have developed a new technique for creating NV-doped single-crystal nanodiamonds, which could serve as components in quantum computing technologies.
New Tech Uses Electricity to Track Water, ID Potential Problems in Concrete
Researchers have developed a new technique for tracking water in concrete structures – allowing engineers to identify potential issues before they become big problems.
Researchers Find Way to Tune Thermal Conductivity of 2-D Materials
Researchers have found an unexpected way to control the thermal conductivity of two-dimensional materials, which will allow electronics designers to dissipate heat in electronic devices that use these materials.
Study Finds Surface Texture of Gallium Nitride Affects Cell Behavior
Researchers at North Carolina State University have determined that the surface texture of gallium nitride materials can influence the health of nearby cells.
‘Sensing Skin’ Detects Cracks, Harmful Chemicals in Structures
Researchers have developed a multi-layered “sensing skin” to detect corrosive or otherwise harmful substances in structures. The skin can also detect cracks and other structural flaws that are invisible to the naked eye.