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Self-assembling polymer/clay nanocomposites applied to fruit for shelf life extension

Researchers at Texas State University examine how self-assembling polymer/clay nanocomposites can be applied to fruit for longer shelf life.

Using Iron with Oxide Nanosheets to Enhance Electrochemical Lithium-Ion Charge Storage

Research at Texas State University (MSI) and MSREC partner NC State demonstrated that iron oxide (g-Fe2O3) could be synthesized as a nanosheet architecture which resulted in significantly higher Li-ion capacities than nanoparticles.

3D Printing of Multifunctional Composites

Piezoelectric materials have long been investigated due to their unique characteristic of converting mechanical stress into electrical charges or vice versa. However they are fragile, difficult to fabricate, and requires post processing.

Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM)

Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM)

The objective of PREM is to enhance diversity in materials research and education by stimulating the development of formal, long-term, collaborative materials research and education partnerships between minority-serving institutions and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Materials Research (DMR) supported groups, centers, and facilities. [read more]

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