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Rice U. chemists create 3-D printed graphene foamRice U. chemists create 3-D printed graphene foam
Nanotechnologists from Rice University and China’s Tianjin University have used 3-D laser printing to fabricate centimeter-sized objects of atomically thin graphene. (June 21, 2017)


Freshwater from salt water using only solar energyFreshwater from salt water using only solar energy
Freshwater from salt water using only solar energy
A federally funded research effort to revolutionize water treatment has yielded an off-grid technology that uses energy from sunlight alone to turn salt water into fresh drinking water. The desalination system, which uses a combination of membrane distillation technology and light-harvesting nanophotonics, is the first major innovation from the Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT), a multi-institutional engineering research center based at Rice University.  (June 19, 2017)


Mussels add muscle to biocompatible fibersMussels add muscle to biocompatible fibers
Rice chemists develop hydrogel strings using compound found in sea creatures
Rice University chemists can thank the mussel for putting the muscle into their new macroscale scaffold fibers. (June 9, 2017)


Making vessels leaky on demand could aid drug deliveryMaking vessels leaky on demand could aid drug delivery
Rice scientists use magnets and nanoparticles to open, close gaps in blood vessels
The endothelial cells that line blood vessels are packed tightly to keep blood inside and flowing, but scientists at Rice University and their colleagues have discovered it may be possible to selectively open gaps in those barriers just enough to let large molecules through — and then close them again.  (June 8, 2017)


Rice lab creates tough, but tender, cancer fightersRice lab creates tough, but tender, cancer fighters
Variations of anti-tumor agents prove effective in the lab against even drug-resistant cancers
Rice University scientists have developed and evaluated analogs of potent anti-tumor agents known as epothilones using designs and methods that both improve their biological properties and simplify their manufacture.  (May 30, 2017)


Graphene-nanotube hybrid boosts lithium metal batteriesGraphene-nanotube hybrid boosts lithium metal batteries
Rice prototypes store 3 times the energy of lithium-ion batteries
Rice University scientists have created a rechargeable lithium metal battery with three times the capacity of commercial lithium-ion batteries by resolving something that has long stumped researchers: the dendrite problem.  (May 18, 2017)


Gas gives laser-induced graphene super propertiesGas gives laser-induced graphene super properties
Rice study shows inexpensive material can be superhydrophilic or superhydrophobic
Rice University scientists who invented laser-induced graphene (LIG) for applications like supercapacitors have now figured out a way to make the spongy graphene either superhydrophobic or superhydrophilic.  (May 15, 2017)


Naomi Halas wins Weizmann Women and Science AwardNaomi Halas wins Weizmann Women and Science Award
Israeli institute: Rice plasmonics pioneer ‘profoundly influenced modern optics’
Rice University plasmonics pioneer Naomi Halas has won a 2017 Weizmann Women and Science Award from the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel. (May 15, 2017)

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