Latest Electronic Materials R&D News

Malaysia firms develop graphene batteries for electric buses

Graphene NanoChem, the Malaysia-based graphene company, has announced a product development agreement with Sync R&D for graphene-enhanced lithium-ion batteries for use in electric buses As part of the Electric Bus 1 Malaysia programme, the Graphene NanoChem and Sync R&D will jointly develop a…

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Nanotech research makes colour displays "squid-like"

Research into colour display technology, which can be finely tuned, could provide clues about developing camouflaging metamaterials that can “see” colours and automatically blend into the background, as seen in nature with animals like squids. Scientists at Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) in Houston, Texas set out in…

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Harvard finds material to challenge silicon

A transistor made by the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) achieves a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude using a quantum material – a correlated oxide…

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BASF invests in Welsh flexible display materials firm

BASF Venture Capital has invested €1m in SmartKem, the Wales-based developer of organic semiconductor inks. SmartKem’s inks are used in printed thin film transistors (TFTs), which are used as the driver transistors in flexible OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) displays. The two companies will work together in the…

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UK team says graphene could replace silicon in ICs

Scientists at a Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory say research they have completed shows that bilayer graphene could replace silicon transistors in electronic circuits. Graphene is pure carbon in the form of a very thin, almost transparent sheet, one atom thick.  It is…

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Sheffield University spray paints solar cells

A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electricity…

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Cambridge team make superconductor 'golf ball'

Research led by University of Cambridge engineers claim to have made a breakthrough in superconductor science by harnessing the equivalent of three tonnes of force inside a golf ball-sized sample of material that is normally as brittle as fine china. The research team said what is significant about this…

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