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Research by Asssociate Professor Li Tan and a team of international scientists was featured in the Nov. 13 edition of the journal Advanced Materials. Tan focused on metal–organic frameworks (MOFs), such as copper-based Cu (MOF)s, and applied lower temperatures to let the crystalline solids overcome their instability. Specifically, temperature altering of the materials’ lattice structures yields more organized pores to trap small molecules of gases for energy storage or drug delivery. Tan found even at low temperature of -56 degrees Celsius these hard solids can still be patched at their defects, and the mended crystal structures then show significant improvement in strength and resilience. The reformed structures allow for dense packing that aids the toughness of the solid, facilitating multiple cycles of loading and unloading as carrier structures. This could help material scientists design future crystalline solids or ordered structures that can be assembled, repaired, or healed in various engineering applications.
The Sunday with a Scientist program at the University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History featured the research of Jinsong Huang, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering, Nov. 18 at Morrill Hall. Huang's presentation included hands-on activities related to cutting-edge solar technology that could someday cover clothing or backpacks to power electronic devices. Visitors explored flexible solar panels and learned how a flexible solar cell is made. Huang displayed a solar cell that can be wrapped around a human hair, plus solar cells' use in charging a cell phone, laptop and toys. MORE ...