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April 29, 2016
Making electronics out of coal
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 26, 2016
Jeffrey Grossman thinks we've been looking at coal all wrong. Instead of just setting it afire, thus ignoring the molecular complexity of this highly varied material, he says, we should be harnessing the real value of that diversity and complex chemistry. Coal could become the basis for solar panels, batteries, or electronic devices, he and his research team say. As a first demonstration of what they see as a broad range of potential high-tech uses for this traditionally low-tech material, Grossma ... read more

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Penn engineers develop first transistors made entirely of nanocrystal 'inks'
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Oregon researchers use light and sound waves to control electron states
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Second quantum revolution a reality with chip-based atomic physics
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Hybrid pixel array detectors enter the low-noise regime
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Taiwan's TSMC signs deal for $3 bn plant in China
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Unlocking the gates to quantum computing
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