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    • Wrinkles give heat a jolt in pillared graphene (Phys.org) - November 3, 2017
    • Heat transport through pillared graphene could be made faster by manipulating the junctions between sheets of graphene and the nanotubes that connect them, according to Rice University researchers. Credit: Lei Tao/Rice University. Pillared graphene would transfer heat better if the theoretical material ... More ...
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    • Hunting for the finest droplet (Science Daily) - November 23, 2017
    • Research concentrates on cooling, sealing, and combustion chamber technologies of future aircraft engines. "Work at UTC is characterized by permanent interaction of practice, simulation, and experiment," says Hans-Jörg Bauer, Head of ITS. Engineers define the problems to be studied, scientists develop ... More ...
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    • Researchers developed an initial prototype of a solid sodium battery (Phys.org) - November 23, 2017
    • Researchers developed an initial prototype of a solid sodium battery with the potential to store extra energy ... "But we still had to find a suitable solid ionic conductor that, as well as being non-toxic, was chemically and thermally stable, and that would allow the sodium to move easily between the anode and ... More ...
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    • An extreme close-up on heat transfer (MIT News) - November 24, 2017
    • At the nanoscale, however, evanescent waves can play a large role in heat transfer, tunneling between objects and essentially releasing trapped energy in the form of extra heat. Only in the last few years have Johnson and others at MIT, including Homer Reid, an applied mathematics instructor; Gang Chen ... More ...
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    • Fast flowing heat in graphene heterostructures (Phys.Org) - November 30, 2017
    • In a study published in Nature Nanotechnology titled "Out-of-plane heat transfer in van der Waals stacks through electron-hyperbolic phonon coupling," ICFO researchers, in collaboration with researchers from The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, and United Kingdom, have identified a highly surprisingly effect: ... More ...