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Nature inspires faster battery charging

By Damir Beciri
18 October 2011

kit-battery-researchA multidisciplinary team of researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has been inspired by the way water is transported in trees and they used the same physicochemical effect to develop a faster way to fill the porous electrodes of lithium-ion batteries with liquid electrolyte. Aside lowering the time needed for battery consumption, the… »

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Simple templating technology allows stamping of biomimetic gecko toes

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments6 September 2011

geckoThe adhesive surface of gecko’s toes has inspired many research groups to try to mimic this ability in an artificial material. Researchers at the A*STAR Institute of Materials Research and Engineering and co-workers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore claim that they came up with the closest biomimicry yet, and that their synthetic gecko toe… »


New polymer enables cheaper plastic solar cells and electronics

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments19 August 2011

astar-pod2t-dtbt-plastic-solar-cells-1Researchers from Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) have created a new polymer that can be used in both new age plastic electronics as well as plastic solar cells. The new polymer enables thinner and  lighter electronic components and organic solar cells which can be produced… »