Materials Science and Engineering
Taking a cue from plants, researchers figure out how to use the sun's energy to combine CO2 with H2O to create benign chemical products, as part of a futuristic technology called artificial photosynthesis.
Stanford engineers have developed solar cells that can function under water. Instead of pumping electricity into the grid, though, the power these cells produce would be used to spur chemical reactions to convert captured greenhouse gases into fuel.
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By slipping springy polystyrene molecules between layers of tough yet brittle composites, researchers made materials stronger and more flexible, in the process demonstrating the theoretical limits of how far this toughening technique could go.
In the future, the wings of jets could be as light as balsa wood, yet stronger than the toughest metal alloys. That's the promise of nanocomposite materials.
Nanocomposites are a true example of nanotechnology. They are a special class of materials made from components smaller than one-thousandth of the thickness of a human hair. Controlling these nanometer-sized components offers countless possibilities for developing materials with unique properties.
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Arctan, a solar-powered car built by undergraduate members of the Stanford Solar Car Project, placed sixth in the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, a nearly 2,000-mile race across the Australian outback.
Stanford was among 30 teams from around the world that competed in the Challenger Class, single-passenger cars built for sustained endurance and total energy efficiency. Other U.S. competitors came from MIT, the University of Michigan and Principia College.
Here are the top six finalists:
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CS547 Human-Computer Interaction Seminars (Seminar on People, Computers, and Design)
Fridays 12:30-2:20 pm
Gates Building, Rm B01
Open to the public
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A Stanford PhD student guides an undergraduate through two years of tests that confound two decades of assumptions on lithium-ion battery design. The findings could lead to better batteries, while the research process works hand-in-glove with teaching.
A Stanford undergraduate has contributed to a discovery that confounds the conventional wisdom in lithium-ion battery design, pointing the way toward storage devices with more power, greater capacity, and faster charge and discharge capabilities.
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Building on the success of its first year, the Innovation Transfer Program at the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy is financially supporting 11 new teams composed mostly of Stanford students and recent graduates trying to put university research to work.
Miniature ultrasound sensors embedded in windmill blades could help avoid catastrophic failures and reduce wind power costs by replacing field inspections with online monitoring.
Stanford Engineering students Alex Guo and Kevin Zheng have set out to show that their sensor system, developed in the laboratory of electrical engineering Associate Professor Boris Murmann, can be commercialized. Then they plan to develop applications for monitoring pipelines, trains, planes and other critical infrastructure.
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Associate Professor Yi Cui's team has developed a stable cobalt-nickel-iron oxide catalyst that splits water continuously for more than 100 hours.
Hydrogen fuel cells promise clean cars that emit only water. Several major car manufacturers have recently announced their investments to increase the availability of fueling stations, while others are currently rolling out new models and prototypes. However, challenges remain, including the chemistry to produce and use hydrogen and oxygen gas efficiently.
In the July 15 edition of ACS Central Science, two research teams report advances on chemical reactions essential to fuel cell technology in separate papers.
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Stanford scientists have developed a cheap and efficient way to extract clean-burning hydrogen fuel from water 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Stanford University scientists have invented a low-cost water splitter that uses a single catalyst to produce both hydrogen and oxygen gas 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The device, described in a study published June 23 in Nature Communications, could provide a renewable source of clean-burning hydrogen fuel for transportation and industry.
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Professor Tina Seelig says entrepreneurship can be taught, learned and practiced through a rigorous approach that she calls the Invention Cycle.
With the right set of tools and techniques, people can gain the necessary skills to achieve entrepreneurial success, a Stanford innovation expert says.
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Packard Atrium, Stanford University
4 - 6 pm
The Art of Science Competition is a campus wide event to celebrate the aesthetic beauty of science. Last year we received over 80 submissions representing more than 20 department across the university, encompassing the schools of Medicine, Earth, Energy, & Environmental Sciences, Humanities and Sciences, and Engineering.
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