Research News

Graph of most common nanocomposites in NanoMine database

February 26, 2021

Writing New Recipes for High-Performance Materials

Duke materials scientists and engineers deploy AI and other digital tools to accelerate development of new materials to harvest energy, heal the body and more

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December 18, 2020

Sound Waves Spin Droplets to Concentrate, Separate Nanoparticles

New centrifuge-like device concentrates and separates biomedically important nanoparticles in tiny samples in less than a minute

Dual-mode heating and cooling device prototype for solar building climate control

December 02, 2020

Nanomaterials Enable Passive Dual-Mode Heating and Cooling Device

Dual-mode device to heat and cool buildings could cut HVAC energy use by nearly 20% in the U.S.

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November 19, 2020

Predicting Forces between Oddly Shaped Nanoparticles

Simplified model of van der Waals forces will allow previously impossible simulations of how faceted nanoparticles self-assemble into larger structures

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November 17, 2020

Cooling Fabrics Fight Climate Change, As Well As Sweat

Duke engineers are developing comfortable textiles that reduce demand for air conditioning

Geometric drawings of green diamond-shaped molecules with twisted strings of connections between them

October 13, 2020

Chiral Ingredients Split Electron Spins in Hybrid Semiconductors

Adding left- or right-handed organic molecules to hybrid perovskite semiconductors may offer a path toward spintronic computing

Warren Grill, Mark Palmeri and Ken Gall

September 24, 2020

MEDx Announces 2020 Pilot Project Awardess

Mark Palmeri, Ken Gall and Warren Grill received grants to pursue collaborative projects

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September 21, 2020

Filling an AI and Materials Science Training Gap

Duke University awarded $3 million to develop a graduate training program at the nexus of artificial intelligence and materials science

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September 10, 2020

Sound Waves Replace Human Hands in Petri Dish Experiments

Three proof-of-concept prototypes seek to make contactless ‘acoustic tweezer’ technology available to a wide array of laboratories

three successive graphs of yellow and blue where yellow gradually gives way to mostly blue

September 04, 2020

‘Floppy’ Atomic Dynamics Help Turn Heat into Electricity

‘Cold neutrons’ uncover atomic dynamics that give thermoelectric materials low-heat conductivity