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2 Rice students named Goldwater Scholars2 Rice students named Goldwater Scholars
Two Rice University undergraduate students have been named Goldwater Scholars for the 2016-2017 academic year. Henry Bair and Austin Cao were chosen from 1,150 mathematics, science and engineering students nominated by universities nationwide for the award based on academic merit. (April 18, 2016)

 

Thanks, actin, for the memoriesThanks, actin, for the memories
Rice University theorists model complex interactions that allow for long-term memory
Thank the little “muscles” in your neurons for allowing you to remember where you live, what your friends and family look like and a lot more. New research at Rice University suggests actin filaments that control the shape of neuron cells may also be the key to the molecular machinery that forms and stores long-term memories. (April 18, 2016)

 

Nanotubes assemble! Rice introduces ‘Teslaphoresis’Nanotubes assemble! Rice introduces ‘Teslaphoresis’
Reconfigured Tesla coil aligns, electrifies materials from a distance
Scientists at Rice University have discovered that the strong force field emitted by a Tesla coil causes carbon nanotubes to self-assemble into long wires, a phenomenon they call “Teslaphoresis.”  (April 14, 2016)

 

Battery components can take the heatBattery components can take the heat
Rice University team creates robust ‘white graphene’ electrolyte and separator for lithium-ion batteries
Rice University materials scientists have introduced a combined electrolyte and separator for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that supplies energy at usable voltages and in high temperatures.  (April 11, 2016)

 

Rice Chemistry Second Annual Undergraduate Research SymposiumRice Chemistry Second Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium
Our second annual Chemistry Undergraduate Research Symposium will take place on Friday, April 22! (April 4, 2016)

 

Sweet technique finds cause of sour oil and gasSweet technique finds cause of sour oil and gas
Rice environmental engineers develop method to ID cause of sour hydrocarbons in wells
In at least one — and probably many — oil and gas drilling operations, the use of biocides to prevent the souring of hydrocarbons wastes money and creates an unnecessary environmental burden, according to researchers at Rice University.  (April 4, 2016)

 

Ajayan to receive two major nanotechnology awardsAjayan to receive two major nanotechnology awards
Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and founding chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, has been chosen to receive two major honors in his field: the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award in Nanotechnology from the Houston Technology Center and the 2016 NANOSMAT Prize.  (March 31, 2016)

 

Flat boron is a superconductorFlat boron is a superconductor
Rice University scientists predict 2-D material – no longer theoretical – has unique properties
Rice University scientists have determined that two-dimensional boron is a natural low-temperature superconductor. In fact, it may be the only 2-D material with such potential.  (March 30, 2016)

 
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