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A stretchable light-emitting device becomes an epidermal stopwatch. Image credit: Adapted from ACS Materials Letters 2019, DOI: 10.1021/acsmaterialslett.9b00376
A stretchable stopwatch lights up human skin

November 4, 2019

Imagine a runner who doesn’t need to carry a stopwatch or cell phone to check her time: She…
Ice-proof coating for big structures relies on a ‘beautiful demonstration of mechanics’

April 29, 2019

A new class of coatings that sheds ice effortlessly from even large surfaces has moved researchers closer to…
To connect biology with electronics, be rigid, yet flexible

June 20, 2017

The problem is a fundamental incompatibility in communication styles. That conclusion might crop up during divorce proceedings, or…
Influential Interfaces Lead to Advances in Organic Spintronics

July 2, 2015

Spintronics is an emerging field of electronics in which devices work by manipulating the quantum mechanical spin1 of electrons, in addition…
Researchers Use ‘Soft’ Nanoparticles to Model Behavior at Interfaces

April 7, 2015

Where water and oil meet, a two-dimensional world exists. This interface presents a potentially useful set of properties…
Anomalous critical state of electrons near a metal-insulator boundary

February 23, 2015

Electrons in materials are subject to repulsive interactions due to their negative charges. Sufficiently strong repulsive interactions make…
A Better Look at the Chemistry of Interfaces

December 8, 2014

Researchers working at the Advanced Light Source (ALS) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National…
Interfaces within materials can be patterned as a means of controlling the properties of composites

September 1, 2014

Patterned surfaces are all the rage among researchers seeking to induce surfaces to repel water or adhere to…
Hybrid materials combine bacterial cells with nonliving elements that can conduct electricity or emit light

March 24, 2014

Inspired by natural materials such as bone — a matrix of minerals and other substances, including living cells…
Novel membrane reveals water molecules will bounce off a liquid surface

March 17, 2014

Consider the nearest water surface: a half-full glass on your desk, a puddle outside your window, or a…
DARPA’s Bionic Limb Interfaces

June 17, 2013

DARPA’s breakthrough research with advanced prosthetic limbs controlled by brain interfaces is well documented, but such research is…
Research update: Jumping droplets help heat transfer

January 4, 2013

Scalable nanopatterned surfaces designed by MIT researchers could make for more efficient power generation and desalination.…
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