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Self-Assessing Mechanochromic Materials

 

Polymer materials are ubiquitous in everyday life and are used in various applications (medical, automobile, electronics, structural, etc.). These materials...

Water Resistant Metal-Organic Frameworks

 

The construction of nanoporous metal-organic frameworks (MOF) by copolymerization of organic molecules with metal ions has received widespread attention in recent...

Nano Vacuum Tube Arrays as Rechargeable Batteries

 

Methods and apparatus for storing information or energy. An array of nano vacuum tubes is evacuated to a pressure below 10.sup.-6 Torr, where each nano vacuum tube...

Gas Purification Device with Liquefaction of Dilute Gas Components

 

Many manufacturing processes currently emit large quantities of gas effluent into the atmosphere or dispose of by techniques such as thermal oxidation or bio-...

Microvascular Networks and Composite Materials Using Sacrificial Fibers

 

This technology is a biologically inspired 3D microvascular networks within composite materials provide damage management and active temperature regulation. 

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Visual Indication of Mechanical Damage Using Microcapsule Systems

 

A self-indicating material system may include a solid polymer matrix having a first color, a first plurality of capsules in the matrix, and a plurality of...

High Strength Carbon Nanofibers with Modulated Surfaces

 

Carbon fiber technology is predominantly focused on microfibers in the range of X to Yum. Such fibers have been optimized heavily over the past decades and are now...

Thermal Swing Adsorption Based on Electrical Properties of the Adsorbent

 

A method for indirectly monitoring and controlling an electrically resistive adsorption system. Adsorption of a predetermined adsorbate is conducted while...

Parallel Interleaved Inverters for Efficient DC-AC Power Conversion and Low Distortion Current Output

 

Researchers from the University of Illinois have developed a new method to reduce the distortion in the output c urrent of multiple inverters used in DC to AC...

High Efficiency Photocatalytic Systems

 

Researchers from the University of Illinois have developed a high efficiency photocatalytic system using novel oxide materials that allow absorption of a broader...

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