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Iranian researchers used new cheap materials through a simple method to synthesize biodegradable and biocompatible nanocarriers which control the rate and amount of drug release.
Haydale Ltd., a leader in the development of enhanced graphene and nanoparticulate materials, has announced a number of important developments at its EPL Composite Solutions Ltd subsidiary acquired in...
Shift of focus towards weight reduction and vehicle safety in the world of automobiles is a prominent factor that drives the global nanocomposites market. As per the conventional understanding of the...
Insulating buffer layer improves electron mobility of 2D electron gases.
Imagine a fabric that will keep your body at a comfortable temperatureregardless of how hot or cold it actually is. Thats the goal of an engineering project at the University of California, San Diego, funded with a $2.6M grant from the U.S. Department of Energys Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARPA-E). Wearing this smart fabric could potentially reduce heating and air conditioning bills for buildings and homes. The project, named ATTACH (Adaptive Textiles Technology with Active Cooling and Heating), is led by Joseph Wang, distinguished professor of nanoengineering at UC San Diego. By regulating the temperature around an individual person, rather than a large room, the smart fabric could potentially cut the energy use of buildings and homes by at least 15 percent, Wang noted. In cases where there are only one or two people in a large room, its not cost-effective to heat or cool the entire room, said Wang. If you can do it locally, like you can in a car by heating just the car seat instead of the entire car, then you can save a lot of energy. The smart fabric will be designed to regulate the temperature of the wearers skinkeeping it at 93° Fby adapting to temperature changes in the room. When the room gets cooler, the fabric will become thicker. When the room gets hotter, the fabric will become thinner. To accomplish this feat, the researchers will insert polymers that expand in the cold and shrink in the heat inside the smart fabric. Regardless if the surrounding temperature increases or decreases, the user will still feel the same without having to adjust the thermostat, said Wang. 93° F is the average comfortable skin temperature for most people, added Renkun Chen, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UC San Diego, and one of the collaborators on this project. Chens contribution to ATTACH is to develop supplemental heating and cooling devices, called thermoelectrics, that are printable and will be incorporated into specific spots of the smart fabric. The thermoelectrics will regulate the temperature on hot spotssuch as areas on the back and underneath the feetthat tend to get hotter than other parts of the body when a person is active. This is like a personalized air-conditioner and heater, said Chen. Saving energy With the smart fabric, you wont need to heat the room as much in the winter, and you wont need to cool the room down as much in the summer. That means less energy is consumed. Plus, you will still feel comfortable within a wider temperature range, said Chen. The researchers are also designing the smart fabric to power itself. The fabric will include rechargeable batteries, which will power the thermoelectrics, as well as biofuel cells that can harvest electrical power from human sweat. Plus, all of these partsbatteries, thermoelectrics and biofuel cellswill be printed using the technology developed in Wangs lab to make printable wearable devices. These parts will also be thin, stretchable and flexible to ensure that the smart fabric is not bulky or heavy. We are aiming to make the smart clothing look and feel as much like the clothes that people regularly wear. It will be washable, stretchable, bendable and lightweight. We also hope to make it look attractive and fashionable to wear, said Wang. In terms of price, the team has not yet concluded how much the smart clothing will cost. This will depend on the scale of production, but the printing technology in Wangs lab will offer a low-cost method to produce the parts. Keeping the costs down is a major goal, the researchers said. The research team Professor Joseph Wang, Department of NanoEngineering Wang, the lead principal investigator of ATTACH, has pioneered the development of wearable printable devices, such as electrochemical sensors and temporary tattoo-based biofuel cells. He is the chair of the nanoengineering department and the director for the Center for Wearable Sensors (http://www.jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/wearablesensors/) at UC San Diego. His extensive expertise in printable, stretchable and wearable devices will be used here to make the proposed flexible biofuel cells, batteries and thermoelectrics. Assistant Professor Renkun Chen, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Chen specializes in heat transfer and thermoelectrics. His research group works on physics, materials and devices related to thermal energy transport, conversion and management. His specialty in these areas will be used to develop the thermal models and the thermoelectric devices. Associate Professor Shirley Meng, Department of NanoEngineering Mengs research focuses on energy storage and conversion, particularly on battery cell design and testing. At UC San Diego, she established the Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion (http://smeng.ucsd.edu/) and is the inaugural director for the Sustainable Power and Energy Center (http://www.jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/sustainablepower/). Meng will develop the rechargeable batteries and will work on power integration throughout the smart fabric system. Professor Sungho Jin, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Jin specializes in functional materials for applications in nanotechnology, magnetism, energy and biomedicine. He will design the self-responsive polymers that change in thickness based on changes in the surrounding temperature. Dr. Joshua Windmiller, CEO of Electrozyme LLC Windmiller, former Ph.D. student and postdoc in Wangs nanoengineering lab, is an expert in printed biosensors, bioelectronics and biofuel cells. He co-founded Electrozyme LLC (http://electrozyme.com/), a startup devoted to the development of novel biosensors for application in the personal wellness and healthcare domains. Electrozyme will serve as the industrial partner for ATTACH and will lead the efforts to test the smart fabric prototype and bring the technology into the market. Source: UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering (http://www.jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/news/news_releases/release.sfe?id=1753)
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MIT team has measured how far phonons travel in a material using ultrafast optical spectroscopy.
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Magnetic resonance tomography (MRT) images are an important diagnostic tool. The achievable contrast depends on how well the nuclear spins that form the basis of the imaging signals can be controlled...
How to cut a vortex into slices: A group of physicists, lead by Olga Vinogradova, professor at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, came up with a way to stir up a liquid in the microchannel
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An inexpensive rival to graphene aerogels: Researchers in China have created a new 3-dimensional polypyrrole aerogel-based electromagnetic absorber material that can serve as an inexpensive alternative to costly graphene aerogels
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QLEDs meet wearable devices: Korean scientists develop ultra-thin deformable QLEDs in the wearable platform
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Centre for Process Innovation pilots Beneqs breakthrough roll-to-roll ALD system for moisture barrier films
The UK-based Centre for Process Innovation is piloting Beneqs groundbreaking roll-to-roll ALD system. Acquired in 2014 as CPIs thin-film moisture barrier film development platform, the piloting acti...
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MEMS Industry Group Hosts Its First MEMS/Sensors Conference Session at Transducers 2015: MIG Speakers Will Explore Technology Transfer, Emerging MEMS/Sensors, Manufacturing Infrastructure and Process Technology, June 23 in Anchorage
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Highest rectification ratio ever measured for such a device.
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Oxford Instruments welcomes Dr Masamitsu Hayashi, the winner of the Sir Martin Wood Science Prize for Japan, to UK
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