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Catalyzing Commercialization: Cold Sintering Creates New Avenues for Advanced Composites Manufacture

Engineers often want to combine many types of materials into a composite architecture to achieve specific performances in devices, from electronics to biomedical implants. However, material compatibility issues that arise during manufacturing can limit practical realization of these composites.

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Catalyzing Commercialization: A New Generation of Bio-Based Adhesives from Bioadvantaged Monomers

Biopolymers, produced at least partially from renewable resources, have gained attention as society, industry, and governments realize the need to move away from petroleum-based materials. There are two main types of biopolymers — bioreplacement polymers and bioadvantaged polymers. Bioreplacement polymers are produced using tools like synthetic biology and catalysis. In this approach, the polymers differ from their petroleum-based competitors only in the age of their carbon.However, achieving cost parity is extremely difficult.

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Catalyzing Commercialization: A Closed-Loop Process for Li-Ion Battery Recycling

As the demand for mobile electronics and electric vehicles (EVs) increases, so does the demand for lithium-ion batteries. Recovering the value of these batteries once the devices they power reach their end of life is a challenge. In North America, most used batteries pile up in landfills and only 5% are recycled.

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Uncovering the Life Cycle of the Ocean Quahog Can Balance Economic and Ecologic Goals

Polished section of the valve of a 170 year old ocean quahaog (Arctica islandica) with inset expansion of the hinge region. 2015 collection, offshore New Jersey. Credit: Sara Pace, University of Southern Mississippi and Chase Long, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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Smartphone App Detects Risk of Fall

Credit: Lia Koltyrina/Shutterstock.com. Healthcare wearables are a booming industry, and many devices have been developed for the elderly to detect falls. But identifying a fall after it has occurred could be too late.

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