Materials Science and Engineering

Student Research Spotlight: Zhibin Wu

Boosting battery performance with a new composite electrode Our developing technology is highly-reliant on efficient, powerful batteries – from your mobile phone and computer through to electric and hybrid vehicles. Most portable electronics and electric cars today use lithium-ion (Li-ion) rechargeable batteries. While Li-ion batteries have served us well, they are not without their drawbacks. …

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Student Research Spotlight: Rebecca Auchettl

Unveiling the complex chemistry of Titan’s atmosphere If you’re searching for other places in our solar system that might be hospitable for some form of life, there may be no better place to look than Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. The Cassini-Huygens space probe, which visited Titan from 2005-2006, demonstrated that Titan has a dense atmosphere …

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Student Research Spotlight: Ben Humphreys

Intelligent coatings: creating surfaces that respond to their surroundings Stimuli-responsive surface coatings are becoming increasingly popular due to their wide range of possible applications. These are materials that can reversibly change their properties, such as thickness, in response to signals from the outside world, such as temperature or light. These seemingly-intelligent materials can be used …

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