December 12, 2011
Microscopic water droplets jumping between surfaces that repel and attract moisture could hold the key to a wide array of more energy efficient products, ranging from large solar panels to compact laptop computers.
November 29, 2011
A materials genome repository developed by Duke University engineers will allow scientists to stop using trial-and-error methods for combining different elements to create the most efficient alloys for a promising method of producing electricity.These thermoelectric materials produce electricity by...
November 09, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. –- Duke University engineers have developed a novel “nozzle” that permits a decades-old technology to detect tiny particles such as cells or viruses to process even smaller samples without clogging.In use in different forms since the 1950s, Coulter counters measure tiny particles...
October 25, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. – Just as a corset improves the appearance of its wearer by keeping everything tightly together, rigidly constraining insulating materials in electrical components can increase their energy density and decrease their rates of failure.
September 08, 2011
Recognizing that some of the leading scientists and engineers involved in the field of soft matter research are located in the Research Triangle Park area, the National Science Foundation has provided a six-year, $13.6 million grant to establish a multi-university center to investigate aspects of...
August 09, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. – While roofs across the world sport photovoltaic solar panels to convert sunlight into electricity, a Duke University engineer believes a novel hybrid system can wring even more useful energy out of the sun's rays.