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Art-inspired solar cells

Kirigami could be the key to flat, lightweight solar cells that can track the sun across the sky.|Medium Read
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Kirigami art could enable stretchable plasma screens

The art of paper cutting may slice through a roadblock on the way to flexible, stretchable electronics, a team of engineers and an artist at the University of Michigan has found.|Short Read
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‘Supercool’ material glows when you write on it

A new material developed at the University of Michigan stays liquid more than 200 degrees Fahrenheit below its expected freezing point, but a light touch can cause it to form yellow crystals that glow under ultraviolet light. |Short Read
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Liquid bonding a super plastic

A new 'super plastic' that can direct heat away from its source opens up a wide range of possibilities for making more efficient electronic devices.|Short Read
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Cheng Zhang awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for research on nanophotonic materials and devices

Cheng works with Prof. L. Jay Guo on research projects in the field of micro/nano-scale optical device physics and fabrication.|Medium Read
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Spintronics: Beyond Silicon

A groundbreaking new semiconductor compound may lead to smaller, faster, less power-hungry electronics.|Short Read

Beyond silicon: New semiconductor moves “spintronics” toward reality

A groundbreaking semiconductor compound is bringing fresh momentum to the field of spintronics, a new breed of computing device that may lead to smaller, faster, less power-hungry electronics.|Medium Read
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Spiky “hedgehog particles” for safer paints, fewer VOC emissions

Made by a team of University of Michigan engineers, the “hedgehog particles” are named for their bushy appearance under the microscope. |Medium Read

‘Bulletproof’ battery: Kevlar membrane for safer, thinner lithium rechargeables

New battery technology from the University of Michigan might be able to prevent the kind of fires that grounded Boeing 787s in 2013. The innovation is an advanced barrier between the electrodes in a lithium-ion battery.|Medium Read
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World’s most complex crystal simulated at U-Michigan

The most complicated crystal structure ever produced in a computer simulation has been achieved by researchers at the University of Michigan. |Short Read
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Engineering with elasticity

Flexible mechanical structures require fewer parts, which reduces the chance for pieces to break and things to go wrong.|Short Read
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Shrinking the size of optical systems, exponentially

The researchers believe that metasurfaces could one day be used to completely control the phase, amplitude, and polarization of light. |Short Read