Innovative solution for thermal energy storage

Journal Reference: Wuchen Fu, Xiao Yan, Yashraj Gurumukhi, Vivek S. Garimella, William P. King, Nenad Miljkovic. High power and energy density dynamic phase change materials using pressure-enhanced close contact melting. Nature Energy, 2022; DOI: 10.1038/s41560-022-00986-y Experimental apparatus showing the piston used to apply pressure to the PCM within the container; the heat source (heating pads) … 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