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Meet Drexel's New 10 Foot Tall Teaching Tool

October 18, 2017


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To build their freestanding, solid-state supercapacitor, Drexel researchers electrospin a mat of carbon nanofibers and coat them with an ion-rich gel. This eliminates the need for a flammable electrolyte solution, which has been the cause of dangerous leaks and meltdowns in the batteries of mobile devices.

Drexel Researchers Make a Carbon Nanofiber Supercapacitor (Without The Flammable Ingredients)

September 26, 2017

A group of Drexel University researchers have created a fabric-like material electrode that could help make energy storage devices — batteries and sup ...

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Researchers in professor Mitra Taheri's Dynamic Characterization Group are combining a new direct detection camera with electron-loss spectroscopy to get a detailed look at composition and structure of materials.

New Microscope Technology Gives Drexel Researchers a Detailed Look at Structure and Composition of Materials

September 21, 2017

At their core, electron microscopes work a lot like a movie projectors. A high-powered beam passes through a material and it projects something — usua ...

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Just Squeeze In — Drexel Researchers Discover When Spaces Are Tight, Nature Loosens Its Laws

September 18, 2017

It turns out that when they’re in a hurry and space is limited, ions, like people, will find a way to cram in — even if that means defying nature’s no ...

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Snow melting on road.

Wax On, Melt Off

September 15, 2017

In a paper recently published in journal “Cement and Concrete Composites” researchers, led by Yaghoob Farnam, PhD, an assistant professor in Drexel’s ...

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Media Watch: Could Design Decisions Plaguing Houston Also Cause Persistent Flooding in Parts of Philly?

September 12, 2017

Could Philadelphia one day experience catastrophic flooding like Houston’s? Franco Montalto, PhD, a professor in Drexel’s College of Engineering who s ...

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Drexel researchers have reported that adding nanodiamonds to the electrolyte solution in lithium batteries can prevent the formation of dendrites, the tendril-like deposits of ions that can grow inside a battery over time and cause hazardous malfunctions.

Recipe for Safer Batteries — Just Add Diamonds

August 28, 2017

Yury Gogotsi, PhD, Distinguished University and Bach professor in the College of Engineering, and his research team from the Department of Materials S ...

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Vladislavis Sautkulis Hopes to Build Iron Man Style Suit

August 24, 2017

Imagine Iron Man’s strong suit of armor. That’s what Vladislavis Sautkulis ’19 is working to create, minus the weapons and flight capabilities, of cou ...

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Water Testing

Media Watch: Want to know what's in your water?

August 15, 2017

Charles Haas, PhD, LD Betz Professor of Environmental Engineering and head of the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department in the ...

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Peace Engineering 3

Teaching Engineers How to Build Peace

July 13, 2017

When it comes to answering tough questions like “How do we supply electricity to a village without exacerbating tensions with their neighbors?” “How c ...

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