A new storage material for green heat

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Heating the space where we live or work is a common necessity in most inhabited areas. The energy required for this process is responsible for a third of all the energy consumed in Europe; moreover, 75% of this energy is produced with fossil fuels.


The idea of a new material for thermochemical energy storage comes from a group of researchers of the Applied Science and Technology (DISAT) and Energy (DENERG) departments of the Polytechnic University of Turin, and from the Advanced Energy Technology Institute of the Italian National Research Center (CNR-ITAE). The paper was published on the journal Scientific Reports.

In this study, the researchers demonstrated how it is possible to produce heat by the hydration of salt present inside the pores of cement.

In order to reach sustainability goals in Europe, it is necessary to reduce the use of fossil fuels and to use

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Giant electrochemical actuation in a nanoporous silicon-polypyrrole hybrid material

Giant electrochemical actuation in a nanoporous silicon-polypyrrole hybrid material
Synthesis of a nanoporous PPy-silicon material. (A) High-angle annular dark-field scanning TEM top view on a nanoporous silicon membrane filled by electropolymerization with pyrrole. The green and red color codes indicate the N and Si concentration resulting from EDX detection measurements, respectively. (B) Voltage-time recording during galvanostatic electropolymerization of pyrrole in nanoporous silicon, with mean pore diameter d and thickness t. Characteristic regimes are indicated and discussed in the main text. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aba1483

The absence of piezoelectricity in silicon can lead to direct electromechanical applications of the mainstream semiconductor material. The integrated electrical control of silicon mechanics can open new perspectives for on-chip actuators. In a new report, Manuel Brinker and a research team in physics, materials, microscopy and hybrid nanostructures in Germany, combined wafer-scale nanoporosity in single-crystalline silicon to synthesize a composite demonstrating macroscopic electrostrain in aqueous electrolytes. The voltage-strain coupling was three-orders of magnitude larger

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Study Finds Preserved Brain Material In Vesuvius Victim

Brain cells have been found in exceptionally preserved form in the remains of a young man killed in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius almost 2,000 years ago, an Italian study has revealed.

The preserved neuronal structures in vitrified or frozen form were discovered at the archaeological site of Herculaneum, an ancient Roman city engulfed under a hail of volcanic ash after nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted in the year 79.

Intact brain cells discovered in skull of man killed in Vesuvius eruption Intact brain cells discovered in skull of man killed in Vesuvius eruption Photo: Pier Paolo Petrone

“The study of vitrified tissue as the one we found at Herculaneum… may save lives in future,” study lead author Pier Paolo Petrone, forensic anthropologist at Naples’ University Federico II, told AFP in English.

“The experimentation continues on several research fields, and the data and information we are obtaining will allow us to clarify other and newer aspects of what happened 2000 years ago during

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Scientists find evidence of exotic state of matter in candidate material for quantum computers

Scientists find evidence of exotic state of matter in candidate material for quantum computers
An illustration of the crystal structure of ruthenium trichloride showing the simple honeycomb lattice of ruthenium ions and chlorine ions. The twisted octahedra formed by chlorine around the electron spin of each ruthenium atom are mirror images of each other. This twist is key to the compound’s unusual behavior, which is evidence that it may contain an example of a quantum spin liquid. Credit: Courtesy of Arkady Shekhter/ National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

Using a novel technique, scientists working at the Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory have found evidence for a quantum spin liquid, a state of matter that is promising as a building block for the quantum computers of tomorrow.


Researchers discovered the exciting behavior while studying the so-called electron spins in the compound ruthenium trichloride. Their findings, published today in the journal Nature Physics , show that electron spins interact across the material, effectively lowering

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Footwear Market will Showcase Negative Impact during 2020-2024 | Design and Material Innovations to Boost the Market Growth

Technavio has been monitoring the footwear market and it is poised to grow by $ 42.06 bn during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of over 2% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform the growth of various industries, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few industries will register a drop in demand, numerous others will continue to remain unscathed and show promising growth opportunities. Technavio’s in-depth research has all your needs covered as our research reports include all foreseeable market scenarios, including pre- & post-COVID-19 analysis. We offer $1000 worth of FREE customization

The market

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“Touch-And-Go”: OSIRIS-REx is set to land on an asteroid and collect material in October

The spacecraft will carry out the collection attempt autonomously due to communication delays. If successful, the collection could be the largest sample recovery in decades, according to NASA.

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An artist’s rendering depicting OSIRIS-REx above Bennu.

Image: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft has been tasked with traveling billions of kilometers to an asteroid, collect a sample of its surface, and return the material back to Earth.

Last week, NASA announced the “countdown” to the craft’s upcoming asteroid “Touch-And-Go” (TAG). OSIRIS-REx is scheduled to attempt its first TAG on Oct. 20. If successful, the attempt could yield the largest space material since the Apollo era, according to NASA.

In September 2016, the OSIRIS-REx Mission launched aboard an Atlas V 411 rocket en route to its asteroid target, Bennu. After more than two Earth years in transit, OSIRIS-Rex arrived at Bennu in December of

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Industry Analysis of Laser Cladding Material Market Size, Segments, Applications, Types, Competitors, Demographics and Forecast to 2026

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COVID-19 can affect the global economy in three main ways: by directly affecting production and demand, by creating supply chain and market disruption, and by its financial impact on firms and financial markets.

Final Report will add the analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on this industry.

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Tesla unveils battery puzzle pieces of smart material science, design, and manufacturing innovation

At its Battery Day event, Tesla unveiled its new 4680 battery cell developed in-house and the manufacturing process behind it.

The highly anticipated presentation went deep into details about all the different pieces of material science, design, and manufacturing innovations that it took to deliver the masterpiece of a puzzle that the automaker needed to put together to reduce battery costs by more than 50% in just 3 years…

Over the last few years, Tesla has been making a lot of moves related to batteries.

We are talking about buying companies like Maxwell and Hibar, and applying for patents on new technology, like a tabless battery cell and a cell to pack design.

While all these moves were mostly evaluated on their own merits, it wasn’t clear how all those things would fit together.

That’s exactly what Tesla demonstrated at its Battery Day.

Tesla explained how they have made major

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Strontium-iridium oxide used for customization as an electronic material

Customising an electronic material
Thorsten Schmitt (left) and Milan Radovic at their experimental station at the Swiss Light Source SLS, where they performed their measurements on thin films of strontium-iridium oxide. Credit: Paul Scherrer Institute/Markus Fischer

PSI scientists have gained a fundamental understanding of a highly promising material that could be suited to future data storage applications. Their experiments with strontium-iridium oxide, Sr2IrO4, investigated both the magnetic and electronic properties of the material as a thin film. They also analyzed how these properties can be systematically controlled by manipulating the films. This study was made possible by sophisticated X-ray scattering, a technology where PSI researchers are amongst the world experts. The results are published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


In their quest for the magnetic data storage of the future, researchers are looking for suitable materials with properties that can be customized as

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New composite material revs up pursuit of advanced electric vehicles

New composite material revs up pursuit of advanced electric vehicles
ORNL scientists used new techniques to create long lengths of a composite copper-carbon nanotube material with improved properties for use in electric vehicle traction motors. Credit: Andy Sproles/ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory used new techniques to create a composite that increases the electrical current capacity of copper wires, providing a new material that can be scaled for use in ultra-efficient, power-dense electric vehicle traction motors.


The research is aimed at reducing barriers to wider electric vehicle adoption, including cutting the cost of ownership and improving the performance and life of components such as electric motors and power electronics. The material can be deployed in any component that uses copper, including more efficient bus bars and smaller connectors for electric vehicle traction inverters, as well as for applications such as wireless and wired charging systems.

To produce a lighter weight conductive material with improved performance,

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