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capacitive yarn

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.
conductive clay

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.
MXene-polymer airplane

Bending -But Not Breaking- In Search of New Materials

Making a paper airplane in school used to mean trouble. Today it signals a promising discovery in materials science research that could help next-generation technology –like wearable energy storage devices- get off the ground. Researchers at Drexel University and Dalian University of Technology in China have chemically engineered a new, electrically conductive nanomaterial that is flexible enough to fold, but strong enough to support many times its own weight. They believe it can be used to improve electrical energy storage, water filtration and radiofrequency shielding in technology from portable electronics to coaxial cables.

Three Drexel Faculty Members on Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers List

Three Drexel University faculty members earned the distinction of being ranked among the most cited researchers in their respective fields according to Thomson Reuters’ “Highly Cited Researchers 2014” list. Gordon Richards, PhD, a professor in theCollege of Arts and Sciences, Yury Gogotsi, PhD, Distinguished University and Trustee Chair professor in the College of Engineering, and Peter DeCarlo, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences, were included on the list of 3,215 distinguished researchers compiled by the international media and information company.
Polar metal oxide

Drexel Researcher Open Path to Finding Rare, Polarized Metals

Drexel University researchers are turning some of the basic tenets of chemistry and physics upside down to cut a trail toward the discovery of a new set of materials. They’re called “polar metals” and, according to many of the scientific principles that govern the behavior of atoms, they probably shouldn’t exist.

How-To Meets High-Tech In Drexel Engineers' Award-Winning Graphic

The team of Drexel University engineers who came up with a way to knit an energy storage device have now been recognized by the National Science Foundation for their skill in showing how they did it.
solar panel

Drexel and Penn Team Exploring New Paradigm For Solar Cell Construction

For solar panels, wringing every drop of energy from as many photons as possible is imperative.  This goal has sent chemistry, materials science and electronic engineering researchers on a quest to boost the energy-absorption efficiency of photovoltaic devices, but existing techniques are now running up against limits set by the laws of physics. 

MXene layers

Researchers Uncovering More and More Possibilities for MXenes

About three years after discovering a new two-dimensional material just one atom thick, Drexel researchers are finding more capabilities for the sheets they’ve dubbed “MXenes.” Possibilities include the storage of huge amounts of energy and use in flexible, wearable devices.

MXene intercalation

Expanding MXene Materials Research

Drexel University researchers are continuing to expand the capabilities and functionalities of a family of two-dimensional materials they discovered that are just a few atoms thick, but have the potential to store massive amounts of energy. Their latest achievement has pushed the materials storage capacities to new levels while also allowing for their use in flexible devices.
electron band gap

Using Lasers to Measure Electron Band Gaps

Engineers working in the nanoscale will have a new tool at their disposal thanks to an international group of researchers led by Drexel University’s College of Engineering. This innovative procedure could alleviate the persistent challenge of measuring key features of electron behavior while designing the ever-shrinking components that allow cell phones, laptops and tablets to get increasingly thinner and more energy efficient.