Industry News

March 2019
Mathematics Brings Star Trek's Holodeck Closer to Reality
For many years we have been hearing that holographic technology is one step closer to realizing Star Trek's famous Holodeck, a virtual reality stage that simulates any object in 3D as if they are real. Sadly, 3D holographic projection has never been realized. A team of scientists from Bilkent University, Turkey,
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03/26/2019
Catalyst Advance Removes Pollutants at Low Temperatures

Yong Wang, Voiland Distinguished Professor, Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering.

PULLMAN, Wash. - Researchers at Washington State University, University of New Mexico, Eindhoven University of Technology, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a catalyst that can both withstand high temperatures and convert pollutants at near room temperature - an important advance for reducing
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03/25/2019
Researchers get Humans to Think Like Computers
Computers, like those that power self-driving cars, can be tricked into mistaking random scribbles for trains, fences and even school busses. People aren't supposed to be able to see how those images trip up computers but in a new study, Johns Hopkins University researchers show most people actually can. The
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03/22/2019

The Story of Nanotechnology and how Size Really Does Matter

Cover for "Size Really Does Matter."

Nanotechnology is a buzz word many of us have heard but are uncertain as to what it really means. It is an area of research that generated an enormous amount of hype in the early 2000s, and since then has touched on many aspects of our everyday lives without our even realizing. It is a field that brings together
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03/22/2019
Little motors power everything from small comforts, such as desk fans, to larger safety systems, like oven exhaust systems - but they could be more precise, according to a research team from Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories. An international collaboration from Japan and Massachusetts unveiled
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03/20/2019
Brain-Inspired AI Inspires Insights About the Brain

Context length preference across cortex. An index of context length preference is computed for each voxel in one subject and projected onto that subject's cortical surface. Voxels shown in blue are best modeled using short context, while red voxels are best modeled with long context.

Can artificial intelligence (AI) help us understand how the brain understands language? Can neuroscience help us understand why AI and neural networks are effective at predicting human perception? Research from Alexander Huth and Shailee Jain from The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) suggests
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03/20/2019
Scientists Create Reprogrammable Molecular Computing System

Artist's representation of a DNA computing system.

Computer scientists at Caltech have designed DNA molecules that can carry out reprogrammable computations, for the first time creating so-called algorithmic self-assembly in which the same "hardware" can be configured to run different "software." In a paper published in Nature
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03/20/2019
Cree to Sell Lighting Business to IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC.
DURHAM, N.C. - Cree, Inc. announces the execution of a definitive agreement to sell its Lighting Products business unit (“Cree Lighting”), which includes the LED lighting fixtures, lamps and corporate lighting solutions business for commercial, industrial and consumer applications, to IDEAL INDUSTRIES,
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03/20/2019
PEIC Launches New Power Electronics Industry Career Portal
ANAHEIM, CA – The Power Electronics Industry Collaborative (PEIC), an industry consortium whose members include power electronics OEMs, research organizations, educational institutions, and other industry stakeholders working to further its mission to cultivate an ever more diverse, skilled, and innovative
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03/20/2019
> 16% Efficiency for Single-Junction Organic Solar Cells

The J-V characteristics for OSCs based on P2F-EHp:BTPT-4F and P2F-EHp:BTPTT-4F; the chemical structures of active layer components.

As a promising technology for renewable energy, organic solar cells (OSCs) have attracted particular interest from both industrial and academic communities. One of the main challenges to promote practical applications of OSCs is their less competitive power conversion efficiency than that of the counterpart
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03/18/2019
Advances Point the Way to Smaller, Safer Batteries
ITHACA, N.Y.- People don't ask too much from batteries: Deliver energy when it's needed and for as long as it is wanted, recharge quickly and don't burst into flames. A rash of cell phone fires in 2016 jolted consumer confidence in lithium-ion batteries, a technology that helped usher in modern portable
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03/18/2019
DOE Extends University PPPL Contract

On March 15, representatives of the US Department of Energy, the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Princeton University gathered in Nassau Hall on the University campus to sign contracts extending the lease and the primary contract. David McComas, second from right, vice president of PPPL and professor of astrophysical sciences, signed for the University, while Kim Tafe, far right, contracting officer for the DOE-Princeton business management office, signed for the Department of Energy. Also shown, from left: Curt Emmich with the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce; Lou Sadler, assistant chief counsel with DOE; Mike McCann, assistant chief counsel with DOE; Debbie Prentice, Princeton's provost; Kristin Muenzen, Office of the General Counsel, Princeton; Pete Johnson, DOE site office manager at PPPL; Chelle Reno, assistant vice president for operations at PPPL; Laura Troche with the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information; Brian Bozarth, a financial specialist with DOE-Princeton; Marla Larson Williams, a realty specialist with the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information.

The U.S. Department of Energy announced March 15 that Princeton University will continue to manage and operate the DOE's#pl Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, located on Princeton University's Forrestal Campus in Plainsboro, New Jersey. The extended contract, which runs through March 31, 2022, also highlights
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03/18/2019
UnitedSiC announces strategic investment by Analog Devices

Chris Dries, President and CEO at UnitedSiC

March 18, 2019, Princeton, New Jersey and Norwood, Massachusetts: UnitedSiC, a manufacturer of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors, today announced a strategic investment and long-term supply agreement from Analog Devices, Inc.
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03/18/2019
Listening to Quantum Radio

This quantum chip (1x1 cm big) allows the researchers to listen to the smallest radio signal allowed by quantum mechanics.

Researchers at Delft University of Technology have created a quantum circuit that enables them to listen to the weakest radio signal allowed by quantum mechanics. This new quantum circuit opens the door to possible future applications in areas such as radio astronomy and medicine (MRI). It also enables researchers
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03/08/2019
Accelerating GaN-on-Silicon Support for 5G Wireless Networks
MACOM and STMicroelectronics today announced the 2019 expansion of 150mm GaN-on-Silicon production capacity in ST’s fabs, and 200mm as demand requires. The expansion is designed to service the worldwide 5G Telecom buildout. This builds upon the broad GaN-on-Silicon
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03/06/2019
Tackling Dark Matter, Dark Energy Mysteries With New Grant
LAWRENCE -- Can't find your house keys? Frustrated by that sock that seemed to disappear during laundry? Don't feel so bad. It turns out scientists have a hard time detecting some 95 percent of the matter and energy that make up the universe, according to NASA. Indeed, the nature of "dark
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03/06/2019
New Reactor-Liner Alloy Material Offers Strength, Resilience

This is Osman El Atwani (left) and Enrique Martinez at the transmission electron microscope.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M.--A new tungsten-based alloy developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory can withstand unprecedented amounts of radiation without damage. Essential for extreme irradiation environments such as the interiors of magnetic fusion reactors, previously explored materials have thus far been hobbled
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03/06/2019
Nanotechnology and Sunlight for Better Visibility

In the ETH lab, shining a light through the center of a transparent pane coated with nanoparticles prevents the lit area from fogging.

Anyone who skis, wears glasses, uses a camera or drives a car is familiar with the problem: if you come into a humid environment from the cold, your eyewear, camera lens or windshield can quickly fog up. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now developed a new transparent material coating that greatly reduces this
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03/06/2019
Nanoparticles Help Realize 'Spintronic' Devices

Transmission electron microscope images of MnAs nanoparticles in GaAs.

For the first time researchers have demonstrated a new way to perform functions essential to future computation three orders of magnitude faster than current commercial devices. The team lead by Associate Professor Shinobu Ohya, created a nanoscale spintronic semiconductor device that can partially switch between
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03/05/2019
Technology Analyzes Colorless and Transparent Biomaterials

Professor Jae Eun Jang in the Department of Information and Communication Engineering (left) and Seung-wook Kim, a student in the M.S.-Ph.D. integrated program at DGIST

DGIST announced that Professor Jae Eun Jang's team in the Department of Information and Communication Engineering developed a biosensor that expresses biomaterials' colors using nano structure and applies a new image signal processing technique. Active R&D has been underway on clarifying relationship
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03/05/2019
Discovering the Next Generation of Catalysts
The use of solar and wind energy must be doubled to meet the world's demand for clean energy over the next 30 years. Catalysts that can ensure the storage of solar and wind energy in fuels and chemicals will therefore play an increasingly important role. The catalysts that are used today are, however, often
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03/05/2019
Emerson 2019 ASCO Engineering Scholarship Program
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Emerson will begin accepting applications for its 2019 ASCO Engineering Scholarship program, which rewards students who have potential for leadership and contributions to the engineering profession. The program awards two $5,000 scholarships to U.S. engineering students, provides
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03/05/2019