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Argonne discovery offers new way to coat nuclear materials

September 4, 2019

Argonne scientists have discovered a new way to coat nuclear materials that supports efforts to minimize use of…
HPC4Manufacturing project aims at improving thin-film processes used in LED lights

July 20, 2019

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers are working with semiconductor chip manufacturer Applied Materials to improve a process for…
One-molecule thick coating to help improve disease and drug testing

July 10, 2019

A new breakthrough has the potential to improve sensors used to test for diseases and detect doping in…
Innovative Cornstarch Makes Products Sustainable and ‘Green’

July 9, 2019

At the 2019 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and AgTech in Des Moines, Iowa, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) chemist Gordon…
“Chameleon roofs” of future could save money, energy

July 8, 2019

In Bill Yu’s future world, the roof of your house might change its colors from dark blue to…
Argonne’s nuclear research leads to biomedical breakthrough

June 6, 2019

Pivotal discovery explains why medical implants fail. At first glance, nuclear waste and metal hip implants seem completely…
New surface treatment could improve refrigeration efficiency

May 15, 2019

Unlike water, liquid refrigerants and other fluids that have a low surface tension tend to spread quickly into…
New Argonne coating could have big implications for lithium batteries

May 15, 2019

Coating provides extra layer of protection for battery cathodes. Building a better lithium-ion battery involves addressing a myriad…
David Lynn, left, a professor of chemical and biological engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and graduate student Harshit Agarwal discuss the super-slippery coatings they are developing to reduce bacterial growth on implanted medical devices, such as catheters. Photo credit: David Tenenbaum, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Double dipping: Dual-action ‘slippery’ catheter fights bacteria

May 14, 2019

A super-slippery coating being developed at a University of Wisconsin–Madison lab could benefit medical catheters, factory equipment, and…
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…
Fabrics That Protect Against Chemical Warfare Agents

April 17, 2019

A new coating for textile fibers shows promise for efficiently capturing toxic industrial chemicals and chemical warfare agents…
Materials could delay frost up to 300 times longer than existing anti-icing coatings

March 19, 2019

Most techniques to prevent frost and ice formation on surfaces rely heavily on heating or liquid chemicals that…
Antireflection coating makes plastic invisible

January 30, 2019

Antireflection (AR) coatings on plastics have a multitude of practical applications, including glare reduction on eyeglasses, computer monitors…
A new spray can heal damaged ships in minutes

January 14, 2019

Navy ships are extremely technologically advanced. They are fast, manoeuvrable and feature the latest and greatest weaponry. However,…
From conserving art to making jet engines more durable

November 21, 2018

When studying art conservation as an undergraduate, Rebekah Webster eventually realized she was more interested in the chemistry…
This New Surface Coating Could Change the Medical Implants Industry

November 14, 2018

What if it were possible to prevent harmful bacteria from entering a body including viruses or contaminated living…
Painting Cars for Mars

October 10, 2018

When John Campanella’s friend wanted his beloved Ferrari painted, he knew exactly who to call. After all, Campanella…
Unmasking corrosion to design better protective thin films for metals

October 4, 2018

Corrosion is an age-old problem that is estimated to cost about $1 trillion a year, or about 5…
World’s first passive anti-frosting surface fights ice with ice

September 24, 2018

Nothing foretells the coming of winter like frost on windshields. While the inconvenience of scraping or defrosting car…
Light-Filtering Paint can Cool down your Room when Exposed to Sunlight

May 27, 2018

As soon as ambient temperatures start climbing above comfortable levels in the summer, people turn on the air…
NASA Eyes Highly Versatile Carbon-Nanotube Technology for Different Spaceflight Applications

May 11, 2018

An ultra-dark coating comprised of nearly invisible shag rug-like strands made of pure carbon is proving to be…
​A better fake leather, inspired by plants

April 24, 2018

If you’ve ever stained your favorite leather-look jacket or had to peel your bare legs from a sticky…
Scientists created artificial enzymes that could result in permanently bacteria-free coatings

April 7, 2018

Hospitals must be immaculately clean. Obviously, an absolute cleanliness with no bacteria is unachievable and secondary infections and…
A Future Colorfully Lit by the Mystifying Physics of Paint-On Semiconductors

April 4, 2018

Some novel materials that sound too good to be true turn out to be true and good. An…
Self-healing metal oxides could protect against corrosion

April 4, 2018

Researchers have found that a solid oxide protective coating for metals can, when applied in sufficiently thin layers,…
Graphene finds new application as non-toxic, anti-static hair dye

March 20, 2018

It’s an issue that has plagued the beauty industry for more than a century: Dying hair too often…
In living colour: Brightly-colored bacteria could be used to ‘grow’ paints and coatings

February 21, 2018

Researchers have unlocked the genetic code behind some of the brightest and most vibrant colours in nature. The paper,…
What Lurks Below NASA’s Chamber A?

October 19, 2017

Hidden beneath Chamber A at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston is an area engineers used to test…
New Study on Graphene-Wrapped Nanocrystals Makes Inroads Toward Next-Gen Fuel Cells

September 18, 2017

A powdery mix of metal nanocrystals wrapped in single-layer sheets of carbon atoms, developed at the Department of…
Reducing reflectivity in solar cells and optics with micro- and nanoscale structures

August 31, 2017

When it comes to solar cells, less is more — the less their surfaces reflect a sun’s rays,…
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