That is what we do at Rice – apply unconventional wisdom to solve today’s problems and deliver tomorrow’s solutions. This leads to discovering batteries that spray on like paint and a super string that bends like thread, supports like steel and conducts like copper.
Unconventional? Not at Rice.
Rice is a university inspired by the pursuit of the unknown. Our mission is to pursue pathbreaking research and to provide unsurpassed teaching and contribute to the betterment of the world. We work together to achieve what some think unachievable. This is unconventional wisdom. This is Rice University.
And that is what this campaign will highlight, some of the many exciting, inventive and sometimes unexpected developments at Rice.
We like turning conventional wisdom on its head
Sprays on like paint, powers like a battery.
Researchers at Rice University have developed a lithium-ion battery that can be painted on virtually any surface. The rechargeable battery created in the lab of Rice materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan consists of spray-painted layers, each representing the components in a traditional battery. The research appears in Nature’s online, open-access journal Scientific Reports.“This means traditional packaging for batteries has given way to a much more flexible approach that allows all kinds of new design and integration possibilities for storage devices,” said Ajayan, Rice’s Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and of chemistry. “There has been lot of interest in recent times in creating power sources with an improved form factor, and this is a big step forward in that direction.”
For more details: http://news.rice.edu/2012/06/28/rice-researchers-develop-paintable-battery-2/
Bends like thread, supports like steel, conducts like copper
Nanotube fibers have unmatched combination of strength, conductivity, flexibility.
Rice University’s latest nanotechnology breakthrough was more than 10 years in the making, but it still came with a shock. Scientists from Rice, the Dutch firm Teijin Aramid, the U.S. Air Force and Israel’s Technion Institute unveiled a new carbon nanotube (CNT) fiber in January that looks and acts like textile thread and conducts electricity and heat like a metal wire. In the Jan. 11, 2013, issue of Science, the researchers describe an industrially scalable process for making the threadlike fibers, which outperform commercially available high-performance materials in a number of ways.
“We finally have a nanotube fiber with properties that don’t exist in any other material,” said lead researcher Matteo Pasquali, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and chemistry at Rice. “It looks like black cotton thread but behaves like both metal wires and strong carbon fibers.”
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