‘Self-driving’ lab speeds up analysis, synthesis of energy materials

Journal Reference: Fazel Bateni, Robert W. Epps, Kameel Antami, Rokas Dargis, Jeffery A. Bennett, Kristofer G. Reyes, Milad Abolhasani. Autonomous Nanocrystal Doping by Self‐Driving Fluidic Micro‐Processors. Advanced Intelligent Systems, 2022; 2200017 DOI: 10.1002/aisy.202200017 “We’ve created a self-driving laboratory that can be used to advance both fundamental nanoscience and applied engineering,” says Milad Abolhasani, corresponding author … Read more

A new, inexpensive catalyst speeds the production of oxygen from water

Journal Reference: Shuai Yuan, Jiayu Peng, Bin Cai, Zhehao Huang, Angel T. Garcia-Esparza, Dimosthenis Sokaras, Yirui Zhang, Livia Giordano, Karthik Akkiraju, Yun Guang Zhu, René Hübner, Xiaodong Zou, Yuriy Román-Leshkov, Yang Shao-Horn. Tunable metal hydroxide–organic frameworks for catalysing oxygen evolution. Nature Materials, 2022; DOI: 10.1038/s41563-022-01199-0 Now, researchers at MIT and elsewhere have developed an entirely … Read more

Technique speeds up thermal actuation for soft robotics

Journal Reference: Shuang Wu, Gregory Langston Baker, Jie Yin, Yong Zhu. Fast Thermal Actuators for Soft Robotics. Soft Robotics, 2021; DOI: 10.1089/soro.2021.0080 “Using thermal actuation is not new for soft robots, but the biggest challenge for soft thermal actuators was that they were relatively slow — and we’ve made them fast,” says Yong Zhu, corresponding … Read more