Industry News

May 2021
Megger Donates $10,000 to Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation

Pictured left to right: Kelsey Dean, Phoenix Children’s Hospital representative; Tyler Danner, daughter of David Danner; David Danner, director, Americas distribution, Megger; Steven Danner, David Danner’s grandson; Mike Palmer, Western regional US sales manager for Megger; and Julie Romero, Phoenix Children’s Hospital representative

Megger recently donated $10,000 to Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. This foundation is dedicated to providing the philanthropic funding for vital, life-saving care to children in Arizona and across the country. Each year, since 2001, Megger holds its Annual Distributor Golf Outing in support of Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. This year, due to the covid-19 pandemic, the outing was cancelled; however, Megger still made a donation to the Foundation.   “Our customers and distributors were upset that this year’s event was canc
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05/25/2021

Plasma Jets Reveal Magnetic Fields Far, Far Away

A black hole (marked by the red x) at the centre of galaxy MRC 0600-399 emits a jet of particles that bends into a "double-scythe" T-shape that follows the magnetic field lines at the galaxy subcluster's boundary.

For the first time, researchers have observed plasma jets interacting with magnetic fields in a massive galaxy cluster 600 million light years away, thanks to the help of radio telescopes and supercomputer simulations. The findings, published in the journal Nature, can help clarify how such galaxy clusters evolve.
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05/24/2021
New Quantum Material Discovered

A compound of cerium, ruthenium and tin -- with surprising properties.

In everyday life, phase transitions usually have to do with temperature changes - for example, when an ice cube gets warmer and melts. But there are also different kinds of phase transitions, depending on other parameters such as magnetic field. In order to understand the quantum properties of materials, phase tr
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05/24/2021
ROHM Launches
ROHM Semiconductor announced its “Environmental Vision 2050” program, which will contribute to achieving a sustainable society by 2050. In addition to pursuing zero carbon emissions (zero CO2 emissions), ROHM will promote business activities in harmony with the natural cycle to protect biodiversity ba
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05/21/2021
Ionization Energy of Atoms for Chemical Synthesis Advancements

Dispersion relations for TM Bloch modes in one-dimensional PC for different values of the refractive index (a) nh?=?2, (b) nh?=?3, (c) nh?=?5, (d) nh?=?7. The number of bands n in dispersion relations linearly increases with the refractive index of PC material host.

Ionization energy is one of the most important physicochemical parameters. It is defined in terms of the amount of energy required to rip an electron from an atom. The dependence of the ionization energy on the atomic number determines the periodic law of chemical elements, which is assumed to be fundamentally co
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05/21/2021
Advanced Model to Improve Safety of Next-Generation Reactors

Pebble-bed reactors use passive natural circulation to cool down, making it theoretically impossible for a core meltdown to occur.

When one of the largest modern earthquakes struck Japan on March 11, 2011, the nuclear reactors at Fukushima-Daiichi automatically shut down, as designed. The emergency systems, which would have helped maintain the necessary cooling of the core, were destroyed by the subsequent tsunami. Because the reactor could no
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05/21/2021
Seeing Graphene Growing Using a Standard Electron Microscope
Researchers from the University of Surrey have revealed a new method that enables common laboratory scanning electron microscopes to see graphene growing over a microchip surface in real time. This discovery, published in ACS Applied Nano Materials, could create a path to control the growth of graphene in pro
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05/21/2021
Nondestructive Broadband Imager: Next Step to Advanced Tech

The robot-assisted photo-source and imager built-in multi-axis movable PTE monitor arm, which represents a consolidation of functionality, led to the non-destructive unmanned remote high-speed omnidirectional photo-monitoring of a miniature aerial defective winding road-bridge.

One of the key aspects of academic and industrial research today is non-destructive imaging, a technique in which an object or sample is imaged (using light) without causing any damage to it. Often, such imaging techniques are crucial to ensuring safety and quality of industrial products, subsequently leading to
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05/21/2021
Building the Workforce for the Quantum Age
The Stone Age. The Bronze Age. The Iron Age. The Industrial Revolution. Eras tend to be defined by their technology, and humans may be headed for a new one: the Quantum Age. As the Digital Revolution ushered in an era of computer scientists, software engineers and electrical engineers, the evolution of quantu
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05/17/2021
High-Performance Solid Electrolyte for Solid-State Batteries
Natrion announced a new high-performance, flexible, and durable solid electrolyte thin film for the production of all-solid-state batteries (ASSBs). Called the Lithium Solid Ionic Composite (LISIC), this technology has been designed as a "plug and play" component that can be rapidly implemented by li
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05/17/2021
Building a Foundation for High-Power Tech

Brandon Grainger (left) and Paul Ohodnicki received $820,000 from the Office of Naval Research to create new materials and manufacturing processes for ultra-wide bandgap semiconductors.

As electrification advancement accelerates and more renewables are integrated into the electric grid, improved power electronics systems are needed to convert AC or DC power into a usable form. New semiconductor device materials and advanced magnetic materials can enable an unprecedented combination of voltage le
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05/16/2021
Above the Noise

Deep learning helps researchers to find hidden features in resistive pulse signals in nanopore sensing of nanoscale objects.

Scientists from the Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research at Osaka University used machine learning methods to enhance the signal-to-noise ratio in data collected when tiny spheres are passed through microscopic nanopores cut into silicon substrates. This work may lead to much more sensitive data collection wh
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05/16/2021
Ecology-Inspired Mathematical Models for Social Networks
The ease with which anyone can create online content for free, especially on social media, has led to superabundance of information being one of the defining characteristics of today's communication systems. This situation has resulted in increasingly intense competition for attention, which has become a scarce goo
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05/16/2021
Study: Renewable Energy will Enhance Power Grid's Resilience

Image created by Dakota Thompson using the electric grid energy resources GIS data from S&P Global Platts. (2017) Platts Energy Map Data Pro.

A new Dartmouth Engineering study shows that integrating renewable energy into the American Electric Power System (AEPS) would enhance the grid's resilience, meaning a highly resilient and decarbonized energy system is possible. The researchers' analysis is based upon the incremental incorporation of architectural chan
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05/11/2021
Electromagnetic Levitation Whips Nanomaterials into Shape
In order for metal nanomaterials to deliver on their promise to energy and electronics, they need to shape up -- literally. To deliver reliable mechanical and electric properties, nanomaterials must have consistent, predictable shapes and surfaces, as well as scalable production techniques. UC Riverside engineers
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05/11/2021
Advanced Solar Tech Runs Cooler and Lasts Longer
Australian photovoltaics researchers have made a 'cool' discovery: Singlet fission and tandem solar cells - two innovative ways to generate solar power more efficiently - also help to lower operating temperatures and keep devices running for longer. Tandem cells can be made from a combination of silicon - the most
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05/10/2021
Light Meets Superconducting Circuits

A cryogenic dilution refrigerator. The base temperature is 10 milli Kelvin.

In the last few years, several technology companies including Google, Microsoft, and IBM, have massively invested in quantum computing systems based on microwave superconducting circuit platforms in an effort to scale them up from small research-oriented systems to commercialized computing platforms. But fulfilling th
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05/10/2021
Magnetic Nanoparticles Pull Valuable Elements from Water

Potential lithium sources from water produced in mining and petroleum operations, expressed as concentration (parts per million). Data from US Geological Survey, Produced Water Database.

A clever idea to use magnetic nanoparticles to capture valuable materials from brines has blossomed into industrial-scale pilot projects that could help make the U.S. a producer of critical minerals used in electronics and energy production. Today, most of these minerals are obtained from international sources, ma
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05/10/2021
Perovskite Solar: High Efficiency on a Large Surface Area

An innovative combination of processes enables the interconnection of cells to form modules with nearly no losses. (Photo: Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT)

From cell to module without loss of efficiency: This is one of the main challenges of perovskite photovoltaics. Researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now managed to produce perovskite solar modules with minimum scaling loss. For this purpose, they combined laser-based series interconnections wi
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05/07/2021
3D Printing Using Electron Beams
Prof. Dr. Carolin Körner, Chair of Materials Science and Engineering for Metals at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant, which is not only extraordinary funding, but also recognition of Erlangen and Nuremberg as an exceptional location for science an
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05/07/2021
Synthesis of Perovskite Visible-Light-Absorbing Semiconductors

A cheaper perovskite-based semiconductor material that is free of toxic lead and can absorb a wide range of visible light with potential photofunctional applications.

Narrow-gap semiconductors with the ability to use visible light have garnered significant interest thanks to their versatility. Now, scientists in Japan have developed and characterized a new semiconductor material for application in process components stimulated by light. The findings have, for the first time, su
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05/07/2021
Dead Lithium Batteries Could Undergo Unique Recycling Process

American Resources Corp. and Purdue University have teamed to advance an environmentally safer method that recycles rare-earth metals to advance clean energy electronic technologies used in hard disk drives, electric vehicles, wind turbines and other electronics.

American Resources Corp., a socially responsible supplier of high-quality raw materials, announced Thursday (May 6) an expansion of its existing sponsored research program with Purdue University. The agreement will focus on advancing the purification of critical and rare-earth elements ("REEs"). The partnership builds on
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05/07/2021
Closing in on State-of-the-Art Semiconductor Solar Cells
A synthetic approach that improves absorber layers in perovskite solar cells could help them achieve their full potential and draw closer to the performance of leading gallium arsenide devices. Solar cells that rely on perovskite thin films to capture sunlight are the fastest growing photovoltaic technolog
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05/05/2021
Complex Shapes of Photons to Boost Future Quantum Technologies

Conceptual image of the used method for manipulating the spatial structures of photons using multiple consecutive lossless modulations.

As the digital revolution has now become mainstream, quantum computing and quantum communication are rising in the consciousness of the field. The enhanced measurement technologies enabled by quantum phenomena, and the possibility of scientific progress using new methods, are of particular interest to researchers ar
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05/05/2021
Tri Global Energy Advances 175 MW West Texas Wind Project
Tri Global Energy, an independent renewable energy originator and developer, announced the sale of its 175 MW West Texas wind project, Appaloosa Run, in southeast Upton County near the county seat of Rankin, Texas. Comprised of approximately 12,300 leased acres, the project's land is privately owned by a single lan
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Date:
05/04/2021
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