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Tour testifies on Capitol Hill about graphene ‘space race’Tour testifies on Capitol Hill about graphene ‘space race’
Warns US is slipping in research, experiencing ‘brain drain’
Appearing before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection at the hearing “Disrupter Series: Advanced Materials and Production” March 15, Rice University chemist James Tour took the opportunity to testify about the importance of graphene. Graphene is stronger than steel but is still in the developmental and lab-to-marketplace phase.  (March 16, 2017)

 

Rice lab expands palette for color-changing glassRice lab expands palette for color-changing glass
Nanophotonics team creates low-voltage, multicolor, electrochromic glass
Rice University’s latest nanophotonics research could expand the color palette for companies in the fast-growing market for glass windows that change color at the flick of an electric switch.  (March 8, 2017)

 

Grad students win prizes for presentations in 90-Second Thesis CompetitionGrad students win prizes for presentations in 90-Second Thesis Competition
Chemistry graduate student Yara Kadria-Vili won the materials category with a presentation titled “Carbon Nanotube for Monitoring the Safety of Aircraft and Pipelines.”  (March 6, 2017)

 

New path suggested for nuclear fusionNew path suggested for nuclear fusion
Rice, Illinois, Chilean scientists report quantum control of atoms may make fusion energy production more efficient
Controlled nuclear fusion has been a holy grail for physicists who seek an endless supply of clean energy. Scientists at Rice University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Chile offered a glimpse into a possible new path toward that goal.  (March 2, 2017)

 

Good vibrations help reveal molecular detailsGood vibrations help reveal molecular details
Rice scientists combine disciplines to pinpoint small structures in unlabeled molecules
Five years of hard work and a little “cosmic luck” led Rice University researchers to a new method to obtain structural details on molecules in biomembranes.  (February 15, 2017)

 

Graphene foam gets big and toughGraphene foam gets big and tough
Rice’s nanotube-reinforced material can be shaped, is highly conductive - See more at: http://news.rice.edu/2017/02/13/graphene-foam-gets-big-and-tough-2/#sthash.IREGxVna.dpuf
A chunk of conductive graphene foam reinforced by carbon nanotubes can support more than 3,000 times its own weight and easily bounce back to its original height, according to Rice University scientists.  (February 13, 2017)

 

Better scaffolds help scientists study cancerBetter scaffolds help scientists study cancer
Rice leads design of 3-D printed materials to learn how tumors proliferate
Testing treatments for bone cancer tumors may get easier with new enhancements to sophisticated support structures that mimic their biological environment, according to Rice University scientists.  (February 8, 2017)

 

Bacterium from coal mine fire could aid drug targetingBacterium from coal mine fire could aid drug targeting
Bacterium from coal mine fire could aid drug targeting
Chemists scouring Appalachia for exotic microorganisms that could yield blockbuster drugs have reported a unique find from the smoldering remains of a coal mine fire that’s burned for nearly a decade in southeastern Kentucky.  (February 6, 2017)

 
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