Archive for the ‘Materials’ Category
February 18, 2014 — A research collaboration has demonstrated the world’s fastest silicon-based device to date. The investigators operated a silicon-germanium (SiGe) transistor at 798 gigahertz (GHz) fMAX, exceeding the previous speed record for silicon-germanium chips by about 200 GHz.
February 16, 2014 — One factor that makes glioblastoma cancers so difficult to treat is that malignant cells from the tumors spread throughout the brain by following nerve fibers and blood vessels to invade new locations. Now, researchers have learned to hijack this migratory mechanism, turning it against the cancer by using a film of nanofibers thinner than human hair to lure tumor cells away.
February 10, 2014 — GT STRUDL, a structural engineering software system developed at Georgia Tech, has been acquired by Intergraph®, a leading producer of engineering enterprise software.
February 5, 2014 — Using electrons more like photons could provide the foundation for a new type of electronic device that would capitalize on the ability of graphene to carry electrons with almost no resistance even at room temperature – a property known as ballistic transport.
January 22, 2014 — Georgia Tech was one of the first nodes in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) I-Corps program, which helps faculty members commercialize research discoveries. Twelve teams of researchers have now gone through the program.
December 12, 2013 — Researchers are taking advantage of the unique properties of graphene to design tiny antennas that may open the possibility for networks of nanometer-scale machines. Graphene could generate a type of electronic surface wave that would allow antennas just one micron long and 10 to 100 nanometers wide to do the work of much larger antennas.
December 9, 2013 — Researchers are developing a family of generators that provide power for portable electronic devices and sensors by harnessing the triboelectric effect to capture mechanical energy that would otherwise be wasted.
November 21, 2013 — Researchers have created magnetic replicas of sunflower pollen grains using a wet chemical, layer-by-layer process that applies highly conformal iron oxide coatings. The replicas possess natural adhesion properties inherited from the spiky pollen particles while gaining magnetic behavior, allowing for tailored adhesion to surfaces.
November 14, 2013 — A pair of carbon nanotube arrays will be flying in space by the end of the year to test technology that could provide more efficient micro-propulsion for future generations of spacecraft. The devices will be part of a Cube Satellite (CubeSat) developed by the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT).
November, 13, 2013 – The phonon, like the photon or electron, is a physical particle that travels like waves, representing mechanical vibration. Phonons transmit everyday sound and heat. Recent progress in phononics has led to the development of new ideas and devices that are using phononic properties to control sound and heat, according to a new review in Nature.