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A transparent aerogel could reduce the energy loss in absorbers for solar thermal power plants by 67 percent. Credit: Lenert Lab, Michigan Engineering

$1.6M for solar cell windows and high-temperature solar power

New sustainability research garners support from Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office. |Medium Read

U-M researchers develop small device that bends light to generate new radiation

This device, the size of a match head, can bend light inside a crystal to generate synchrotron radiation in a lab.|Medium Read
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How recycling more steel and aluminum could slash imports without a trade war

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Bendable concrete, with a design inspired by seashells, can make US infrastructure safer and more durable

Bendable concrete makes infrastructure safer, extends its service life and reduces maintenance costs and resource use.|Short Read
Student pours liquids over plastic slides

“Everything-repellent” coating could kid-proof phones, homes

Clear surface repels all liquids|Short Read
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The rapidly expanding world of atomically thin layered materials

A Q&A with UM’s Wei Lu on ATMLs and research aimed at finding the best ways to make them.|Short Read
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Microscale 3D printing for medicine

New “jet writing” technique can make detailed 3D structures with clinically relevant materials for future implants and cancer studies.|Medium Read
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Nicholas Kotov wins gold in inaugural global academic technology award

World's largest mobile technology event to showcase Kotov's research demonstrating a new way to make hard materials survive repeated vibrations.|Short Read

Outlaw alloys

Metals that court chaos could be the future of computing.|Short Read
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Ph.D. student Tim Brooks optimizes composite manufacturing to enable lighter aircraft

Aerospace doctoral student Tim Brooks has been implementing computational methods that are helping to make new optimized processes of composite manufacturing a reality, enabling lighter and more fuel-efficient aircraft. |Medium Read
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Roads and bridges would last longer, save money with new concrete formula

U-M researchers to offer non-proprietary concrete formula free of charge.|Medium Read

Artificial cartilage made from Kevlar mimics the magic of the real thing

In spite of being 80 percent water, cartilage is tough stuff. Now, a synthetic material can pack even more H2O without compromising on strength.|Medium Read