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Scientists found a better, cheaper and more energy efficient way to make accelerometers

September 12, 2018

Accelerometer is something you most likely use every day but don’t know about. Every time you turn your…
Relaxor ferroelectrics: Relax, just break it

July 20, 2018

The properties of a solid depend on the arrangement of its atoms, which form a periodic crystal structure.…
Army Sensors Can Now Detect Aircraft Damage As It Happens

November 27, 2017

For the first time ever, a team of researchers successfully developed and tested networked acoustic emission sensors that…
Flexible ferroelectrics bring two material worlds together

January 17, 2017

Until recently, “flexible ferroelectrics” could have been thought of as the same type of oxymoronic phrase. However, thanks…
Computing A Textbook of Crystal Physics

October 1, 2015

Disturbing a material’s crystal lattice can create a charge imbalance that leads to a voltage across the material.…
New understanding of electromagnetism could enable ‘antennas on a chip’

April 10, 2015

New understanding of the nature of electromagnetism could lead to antennas small enough to fit on computer chips…
Update: Piezoelectricity in 2-D semiconductor holds promise for future MEMS

December 23, 2014

 A door has been opened to low-power off/on switches in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and nanoelectronic devices, as well…
Piezoelectricity in a 2D Semiconductor

December 23, 2014

A door has been opened to low-power off/on switches in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and nanoelectronic devices, as well…
Economical process for micro energy harvesting

October 29, 2014

The trend toward energy self-sufficient probes and ever smaller mobile electronics systems continues unabated. They are used, for…
Researchers develop world’s thinnest electric generator

October 16, 2014

Researchers from Columbia Engineering and the Georgia Institute of Technology report today that they have made the first…
New device based on fly’s freakishly acute hearing may find applications in futuristic hearing aids

July 23, 2014

 Even within a phylum so full of mean little creatures, the yellow-colored Ormia ochracea fly is distinguished among…
Beating heart powers pacemaker

April 11, 2014

The implant contains a flexible piezoelectric film and a tiny rechargeable battery. (Credit: John Rogers, University of Illinois)…
Pencil drawing of a sensor actually is a sensor

March 4, 2014

A pencil-on-paper PZR sensor with an integrated circuit for measuring the sensor’s voltage change under an applied stress.…
Nearly everyone uses piezoelectrics: Be nice to know how they work

January 30, 2014

Piezoelectrics—materials that can change mechanical stress to electricity and back again—are everywhere in modern life. Computer hard drives.…
Squeezing transistors really hard generates energy savings

December 10, 2013

Transistors, the workhorses of the electronics world, are plagued by leakage current. This results in unnecessary energy losses, which…
Shedding light on magnetoelectric coupling

July 30, 2013

Effect opens up new possibilities for digital data storage It is possible to control the electric properties of…
Lab-on-a-chip technology gets a flexible upgrade

July 12, 2013

Microfluidic devices move liquids through tiny, hair-sized pathways carved into glass slides and have distinct advantages over traditional…
Piezoelectric ‘taxel’ arrays convert motion to electronic signals for tactile imaging

April 26, 2013

Using bundles of vertical zinc oxide nanowires, researchers have fabricated arrays of piezotronic transistors capable of converting mechanical…
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