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Defects are perfect in laser-induced grapheneDefects are perfect in laser-induced graphene
Rice University lab discovers simple way to make material for energy storage, electronics
Researchers at Rice University have created flexible, patterned sheets of multilayer graphene from a cheap polymer by burning it with a computer-controlled laser.  (December 10, 2014)

 

Buckyballs enhance carbon captureBuckyballs enhance carbon capture
Environmentally friendly material created at Rice University targets flue gases, wells
Rice University scientists have discovered an environmentally friendly carbon-capture method that could be equally adept at drawing carbon dioxide emissions from industrial flue gases and natural gas wells.  (December 3, 2014)

 

Microbullet hits confirm graphene’s strengthMicrobullet hits confirm graphene’s strength
Rice University lab test material for suitability in body armor, spacecraft protection
Graphene’s great strength appears to be determined by how well it stretches before it breaks, according to Rice University scientists who tested the material’s properties by peppering it with microbullets.  (December 1, 2014)

 

Cell’s skeleton is never stillCell’s skeleton is never still
Rice University scientists model dynamic instability of microtubules
New computer models that show how microtubules age are the first to match experimental results and help explain the dynamic processes behind an essential component of every living cell, according to Rice University scientists.  (November 24, 2014)

 

Graphene&nanotube hybrid benefits flexible solar cellsGraphene&nanotube hybrid benefits flexible solar cells
Rice University labs create novel electrode for dye-sensitized cells
Rice University scientists have invented a novel cathode that may make cheap, flexible dye-sensitized solar cells practical.  (November 17, 2014)

 

Rice chemists gain edge in next-gen energyRice chemists gain edge in next-gen energy
Rice University scientists create dual-purpose film for energy storage, hydrogen catalysis
The Rice lab of chemist James Tour has turned molybdenum disulfide’s two-dimensional form into a nanoporous film that can catalyze the production of hydrogen or be used for energy storage.  (November 3, 2014)

 

‘Sticky’ ends start synthetic collagen growth‘Sticky’ ends start synthetic collagen growth
Rice chemists advance understanding, control of collagen formation
The Rice lab of Jeffrey Hartgerink has been studying synthetic collagen for a decade, teasing out the details of how it starts as three distinct peptides that twist into characteristic triple helices.His lab has now delivered a scientific one-two punch with a pair of papers that detail how synthetic collagen fibers self-assemble via their sticky ends. (October 27, 2014)

 

Rice-born startup wins Goradia grand prizeRice-born startup wins Goradia grand prize
Three companies with Rice ties earn honors for innovation with commercial potential
Three new companies born at Rice University (and all affiliated with the Chemistry Department) have won recognition in this year’s Goradia Innovation Prize competition run by the Houston Technology Center (HTC).  (October 13, 2014)

 
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