Cell-tracking agents get a boost
Rice labs improve bismuth-enhanced nanotubes as an X-ray contrast agent
Rice University researchers have synthesized a new and greatly improved generation of contrast agents for tagging and real-time tracking of stem cells in the body.
(January 30, 2017)
Antioxidants get small
Molecular compounds mimic effective graphene agents, show potential for therapies
Treated particles of graphene derived from carbon nanotubes have demonstrated remarkable potential as life-saving antioxidants, but as small as they are, something even smaller had to be created to figure out why they work so well.
(January 26, 2017)
Boron atoms stretch out, gain new powers
Rice simulations demonstrate 1-D material’s stiffness, electrical versatility
Hold on, there, graphene. You might think you’re the most interesting new nanomaterial of the century, but boron might already have you beat, according to scientists at Rice University.
(January 26, 2017)
Theory lends transparency to how glass breaks
Rice calculations detail forces that morph metallic glass when under stress, show where it may fail
Over time, when a metallic glass is put under stress, its atoms will shift, slide and ultimately form bands that leave the material more prone to breaking. Rice University scientists have developed new computational methods based on a general theory of glasses to explain why.
(January 23, 2017)
Treated carbon pulls radioactive elements from water
Researchers at Rice, Kazan universities develop unique sorbents, target Fukushima accident site
Researchers at Rice University and Kazan Federal University in Russia have found a way to extract radioactivity from water and said their discovery could help purify the hundreds of millions of gallons of contaminated water stored after the Fukushima nuclear plant accident.
(January 19, 2017)
Wired’s top words give props to Rice research
It may be weird but it’s definitely not wired. That would defeat the purpose of Teslaphoresis, the Rice University-born technique to move and assemble carbon nanotubes wirelessly with a Tesla coil force field.
(January 12, 2017)
3 Rice alumni make Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for 2017
Three Rice University alumni made this year’s Forbes’ 30 Under 30, an honor roll of people under 30 years old who are the “brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers.” Forbes magazine featured 30 honorees on each of the lists for 20 industries.
(January 11, 2017)
Carbon dots dash toward ‘green’ recycling role
Rice scientists, colleagues use doped graphene quantum dots to reduce carbon dioxide to fuel
Graphene quantum dots may offer a simple way to recycle waste carbon dioxide into valuable fuel rather than release it into the atmosphere or bury it underground, according to Rice University scientists.
(December 16, 2016)