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Research Bits: Oct. 10


Disposable water-activated battery Researchers at Empa developed a water-activated disposable paper battery that could be used in low-power, single-use disposable electronics such as smart labels for tracking objects, environmental sensors, and medical diagnostic devices. The battery is made of at least one cell measuring one centimeter squared and consisting of three inks printed onto a re... » read more

Authenticating Batteries Before Rapid And Fast Charging


If asked, most consumers will complain about the battery life of their smartphone. In reality, this is more a charging issue since, with traditional charging solutions, even a couple of hours of charging can result in a minimal improvement in charge on some handsets. Smartphone manufacturers are differentiating their offering by providing fast or rapid charging solutions. However, this places t... » read more

Where Are The Autonomous Cars?


Are we there yet? Governments, consumers, and engineers alike want to know how close the automotive world is to producing a fully autonomous Level 5 vehicle. While some experts say such vehicles could hit the road in the next few years, they're a shrinking minority. Most forecasts say a truly self-driving car is at least a decade away — and maybe much longer, because it requires disruptive... » read more

All-Solid-State Batteries: Substantial Deterioration of ASSBs Can Occur After High-Temperature Storage


New technical paper titled "Detrimental effect of high-temperature storage on sulfide-based all-solid-state batteries" was just published by researchers at Seoul National University, National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center (Taiwan), and Battery Material Lab at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology. According to this AIP article, "The team found storage as low as 70 degrees Cels... » read more

Quantum Batteries Constructed of a Microcavity Enclosing a Molecular Dye


Research paper titled "Superabsorption in an organic microcavity: Toward a quantum battery" from researchers at University of Adelaide (Australia), University of Sheffield (UK), Politecnico di Milano (Italy), University of St Andrews (UK), and Heriot-Watt University. Abstract (Partial) "Here, we implement experimentally a paradigmatic model of a quantum battery, constructed of a microcavity... » read more

What Quantum Batteries Have in Store


Quantum battery technology is approaching an inflection point similar to the one quantum computing crossed a decade or so ago, escalating it from a theoretical curiosity to an engineering challenge worth solving. Quantum batteries exploit the strange physical laws of the very small — the quantum world — to gain performance advantages over classical batteries. Recent research on charging ... » read more

More Robust Solid-State Lithium-Ion Batteries


New research paper titled "Xenon Ion Implantation Induced Surface Compressive Stress for Preventing Dendrite Penetration in Solid-State Electrolytes" from University of Surrey. Abstract "Solid-state electrolytes (SSEs) have been thrust into the limelight for the revival of energy-dense lithium metal batteries, but still face the challenge of failure caused by the dendrite penetration. Mou... » read more

Research Bits: May 17


Magnetic storage structures Researchers from The Ohio State University and Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico investigated a new material that could potentially increase the capacity of magnetic storage devices. They identified manganese germanide, an unusual magnetic material in which the magnetism follows helices, similar to the structure of DNA. The structure gives rise to a number ... » read more

Research Bits: May 9


Optical oscilloscope Researchers from the University of Central Florida developed an optical oscilloscope to measure the electric field of light. The high speed at which light oscillates has made reading its electric field challenging, with current instruments able to resolve an average signal associated with a pulse of light rather than individual peaks and valleys within the pulse. “... » read more

Research Bits: April 19


Processor power prediction Researchers from Duke University, Arm Research, and Texas A&M University developed an AI method for predicting the power consumption of a processor, returning results more than a trillion times per second while consuming very little power itself. “This is an intensively studied problem that has traditionally relied on extra circuitry to address,” said Zhiy... » read more

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