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Landscapes give latitude to 2-D material designersLandscapes give latitude to 2-D material designers
Rice, Oak Ridge scientists show growing atom-thin sheets on cones allows control of defects
Rice University researchers have learned to manipulate two-dimensional materials to design in defects that enhance the materials’ properties. (August 9, 2017)

 

2 sides to this energy story2 sides to this energy story
Rice lab develops dual-surface graphene electrode to split water into hydrogen and oxygen
Rice University chemists have produced a catalyst based on laser-induced graphene that splits water into hydrogen on one side and oxygen on the other side. They said the inexpensive material may be a practical component in generating the hydrogen for use in future fuel cells. (August 3, 2017)

 

Magnetized viruses attack harmful bacteriaMagnetized viruses attack harmful bacteria
Rice, China team uses phage-enhanced nanoparticles to kill bacteria that foul water treatment systems
Magnetic nanoparticle clusters have the power to punch through biofilms to reach bacteria that can foul water treatment systems, according to scientists at Rice University and the University of Science and Technology of China. (August 1, 2017)

 

Bubbles help new catalysts self-optimizeBubbles help new catalysts self-optimize
Rice, Lawrence Livermore scientists replace expensive platinum for efficient hydrogen production
Scientists at Rice University and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have predicted and created new two-dimensional electrocatalysts to extract hydrogen from water with high performance and low cost. (July 31, 2017)

 

Need graphene? Grab a sawNeed graphene? Grab a saw
Rice chemists make laser-induced graphene from wood
Rice University scientists have made wood into an electrical conductor by turning its surface into graphene. (July 31, 2017)

 

Heavy metals in water meet their matchHeavy metals in water meet their match
Rice shows reusable, carbon nanotube-reinforced filters clean toxins from water
Carbon nanotubes immobilized in a tuft of quartz fiber have the power to remove toxic heavy metals from water, according to researchers at Rice University. (July 27, 2017)

 

Paper details developments toward high-temperature batteriesPaper details developments toward high-temperature batteries
Rice scientists map ways forward for lithium-ion batteries for extreme environments
Lithium-ion batteries are popular power sources for cellphones and other electronics, but problematic in extreme heat or cold. A Rice University laboratory has suggested ways to extend their range. (July 26, 2017)

 

Fluorine grants white graphene new powersFluorine grants white graphene new powers
Rice researchers turn common insulator into a magnetic semiconductor
A little fluorine turns an insulating ceramic known as white graphene into a wide-bandgap semiconductor with magnetic properties. Rice University scientists said that could make the unique material suitable for electronics in extreme environments. (July 14, 2017)

 
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