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'Chemical Net' Could Be Key to Capturing Pure Hydrogen

Hydrogen is one of the most abundant elements on Earth and an exceptionally clean fuel source. While it is making its way into the fuel cells of electric cars, busses and heavy equipment, its widespread use is hampered by the expensive gas-separation process required to produce pure hydrogen. But that process could soon become more efficient and cost-effective thanks to a discovery by an international team of researchers, led in the U.S. by Drexel University. The group has uncovered exceptionally efficient gas separation properties in a nanomaterial called MXene that could be incorporated into the membranes used to purify hydrogen.
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A Drexel University PhD Reflects on Five Years in the Lab and on the Board

Katie Van Aken, vice president of the Graduate Student Association, turned her dissertation defense into a celebration earlier this month, and she’s currently preparing to speak at the biggest one of all for students — commencement. 
From left to right: Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs M. Brian Blake, PhD; Yury Gogotsi, PhD, the newly installed Charles T. and Ruth M. Bach Professor in the College of Engineering; and Giuseppe R. Palmese, PhD, interim dean and professor in the College of Engineering.

Nanomaterials Researcher Yury Gogotsi Receives $2.2M Endowed Professorship

Yury Gogotsi, PhD, the founder and director of the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute, was installed May 1 as the inaugural Charles T. and Ruth M. Bach Professor at Drexel University.
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Heard Around Campus – May

With Commencement right around the corner, May is time for getting deserved recognition and finishing up lingering projects before the heat of summer kicks in.
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Drexel Materials Scientists Aid Australian Institution in Developing Super-Absorbent Material That Can Soak Up Oil Spills

In hopes of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, Materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in oils and organic solvents—a trait that could make it an important technology for quickly mitigating these costly accidents. 
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Drexel Establishes Co-op Research Center With Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Quality materials, reliable tools and talented artisan are the key ingredients of any successful workshop. When it comes to making electronics components and energy storage devices, discoveries emerge when new materials are used in advanced fabrication techniques. Students from Drexel University and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology will soon be in the presence of both. A co-op partnership with Korea’s National Research Foundation will give the students a chance to apply their talents in the nanofabrication center frequented by companies like Samsung and Hyundai, using the latest nanomaterials developed by Drexel’s materials scientists.

Drexel researchers have created layered MXene materials by using acid to etch a MAX phase block containing molybdenum.

Drexel Engineers' Recipe For 'Sandwiching' Atomic Layers Expands Possibilities For Making Materials That Store Energy

The scientists whose job it is to test the limits of what nature—specifically chemistry— will allow to exist, just set up shop on some new real estate on the Periodic Table. Using a method they invented for joining disparate elemental layers into a stable material with uniform, predictable properties, Drexel University researchers are testing an array of new combinations that may vastly expand the options available to create faster, smaller, more efficient energy storage, advanced electronics and wear-resistant materials. 
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Putting a New Spin on Computing Memory

Ever since computers have been small enough to be fixtures on desks and laps, their central processing has functioned something like an atomic Etch A Sketch, with electromagnetic fields pushing data bits into place to encode data. Unfortunately, the same drawbacks and perils of the mechanical sketch board have been just as pervasive in computing: making a change often requires starting from the beginning, and dropping the device could wipe out the memory altogether. As computers continue to shrink—moving from desks and laps to hands and wrists—memory has to become smaller, stable and more energy conscious. A group of researchers from Drexel University’s College of Engineering is trying to do just that with help from a new class of materials, whose magnetism can essentially be controlled by the flick of a switch.
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Holding Energy By The Threads

A Drexel doctorate student is leading the charge on researching conductive yarns that have the flexibility of a cotton T-shirt but the energy storage that would make the Energizer Bunny proud.
Drexel student Jing Chen demonstrates fiber optics to a young participant at the 5th annual Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day.

In Photos: 2015 Philly Materials Day

For the fifth celebration of the study of materials, Drexel hosted an event featuring hands-on demonstrations that mystified attendees of all ages.
Current Drexel post-doctoral researcher, then PhD candidate Babak Anasori gives a one-on-one materials science demonstration to an interested young boy.

Drexel Hosts 5th Hands-On Philly Materials Day

Hoping to inspire the next generation and better inform this one, Drexel's hosting an event designed to get everyone better acquainted with what makes up everything we see, taste and touch.
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Shaping the Future of Energy Storage With Conductive Clay

University scientists developed an improved, efficient method of creating the MXene material first invented at Drexel which will allow for increased energy storage and open possibilities for its use.