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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
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New lightweight metals institute to base headquarters in Detroit

The new $148 million lightweight metals manufacturing institute announced in February by President Obama will locate in the city of Detroit, officials from the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute and the city have announced.|Medium Read
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Shape-shifting clusters move beyond ‘hardware’

A Rubik’s Cube-like arrangement of nanoparticles could lead to a form of wet information storage, a team of Michigan engineers and collaborators at New York University have shown.|Medium Read
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Nanowires for greener LEDs

Shrinking semiconductors down to wires a few atoms across could lead to efficient, color-adjustable LED lights, according to work led by Manos Kioupakis of materials science and engineering.|Medium Read
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Shape shifting materials

Ron Larson, A.H. White Distinguished Professor at U-M, talks about how since prehistorical times the ability to shape materials into useful forms has undergirded mankind’s technological developments.|Short Read