Iowa State University professor Vladimir Tsukruk developed a unique polymer coating for micro-electromechanical systems. He uses an electrostatic process that forms a "self-assembling" coating measuring less than ten nm thick that contains both flexible and hard layers. Tsukruk says the coating has low friction and a longer life span than existing single-layer polymers. For more information, contact Tsukruk at (515) 294-6904.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
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