Smalley-Curl Institute honors top posters, presentations at colloquium
More than $7,000 in prizes was awarded to graduate and undergraduate students judged to have the best presentations and posters at the Smalley-Curl Institute’s second annual Summer Research Colloquium Aug. 12 in Duncan Hall. The winners were chosen from more than 75 graduate and postdoctoral students and more than 50 undergraduate students who participated in the program.
(August 17, 2016)
Nanoribbons in solutions mimic nature
Rice University scientists test graphene ribbons’ abilities to integrate with biological systems
Graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) bend and twist easily in solution, making them adaptable for biological uses like DNA analysis, drug delivery and biomimetic applications, according to scientists at Rice University.
(August 15, 2016)
Rice has key role in new computational science institute
Molecular Sciences Software Institute will develop tools for complex problems
Rice University is among eight institutions chosen to lead a national effort to transform the field of computational molecular sciences to give scientists new tools to tackle problems that are far too complex to solve with today’s technology, workforce and capabilities.
(July 29, 2016)
Rice is No. 2 for most-cited researchers in materials science and engineering
Rice’s initiative to strengthen its position as one of the nation’s pre-eminent research universities just got a boost: Eight current or former Rice faculty members are on the 2016 list of most-cited researchers in materials science and engineering. Rice has the second-highest number of researchers on the list, just behind Northwestern University, which has 11.
(July 21, 2016)
Titanium + gold = new gold standard for artificial joints
Rice lab discovers titanium-gold alloy that is four times harder than most steels
Titanium is the leading material for artificial knee and hip joints because it’s strong, wear-resistant and nontoxic, but an unexpected discovery by Rice University physicists shows that the gold standard for artificial joints can be improved with the addition of some actual gold.
(July 20, 2016)
Gas sensors ‘see’ through soil to analyze microbial interactions
Rice University technique could aid agriculture, wastewater, greenhouse gas studies
Rice University researchers have developed gas biosensors to “see” into soil and allow them to follow the behavior of the microbial communities within.
(July 18, 2016)
Rice’s ‘antenna-reactor’ catalysts offer best of both worlds
Technology marries light-harvesting nanoantennas to high-reaction-rate catalysts
In a find that could transform some of the world’s most energy-intensive manufacturing processes, researchers at Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics have unveiled a new method for uniting light-capturing photonic nanomaterials and high-efficiency metal catalysts.
(July 18, 2016)
‘Rivet graphene’ proves its mettle
Rice lab shows toughened material is easier to handle, useful for electronics
Nanoscale “rivets” give graphene qualities that may speed the wonder material’s adoption in products like flexible, transparent electronics, according to researchers at Rice University.
(July 14, 2016)