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Best Materials Engineering Programs Ranking by U.S.News (2016 - 2018)

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US News & World Report just publishes its 2018 ranking of the best graduate schools and programs in the U.S. (ranked in 2017).  Among the materials engineering programs, what are the changes from the 2016 to 2018 rankings? MSE Supplies (www.msesupplies.com) has compiled the ranking data in the most recent 3 years and noticed some interesting movement of ranking spots of some schools. Among the top 10 schools, CalTech has advanced the most on the rankings over the last 3 years, jumping from No. 8 to No. 5. University of Washington and Drexel University also showed positive movement in ranking.  Both schools moved up 6...

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A New Breakthrough Glass Electrolyte-based All-Solid-State Battery, Holds 3X Charge, Safer, and Last Longer

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MSE Supplies: Electric car sales posted an estimated 60% growth rate in 2016. They’re poised for rapid adoption by 2022, when the cost of EVs is projected be same as internal combustion cars. However, the rapid adoption of EVs is dependent on the development of better performance and lower cost and safe batteries.  In addition to EVs, the ubiquitous handheld electronic devices and wearables are all hungry for longer life and safe batteries that are yet to be developed.   The good news is that a breakthrough new glass electrolyte-based all solid-state battery has been developed by UT Austin researchers, led by the Li-ion battery inventor...

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[Science] New research enables large-scale manufacture of low-cost, printable perovskite solar cells

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  The new perovskite solar cells have achieved an efficiency of 20.1 per cent and can be manufactured at low temperatures, which reduces the cost and expands the number of possible applications. Credit: Kevin Soobrian   A U of T Engineering innovation could make printing solar cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper. Dr. Hairen Tan and his team have cleared a critical manufacturing hurdle in the development of a relatively new class of solar devices called perovskite solar cells. This alternative solar technology could lead to low-cost, printable solar panels capable of turning nearly any surface into a power...

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Smart windows startup, View, gets $100M megafunding. Smart Windows Market Expected To Grow to More Than $5.8 Billion by 2020

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Milpitas, CA based smart windows startup, View, gets $100M megafunding, which adds to the total funding of View to half a billion dollars so far. The smart windows that companies like View has been developing is far more expensive than traditional architectural glass but tints automatically, and is considered to be less costly in the long run. According to IndustryARC, the global smart glass market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 20% to reach more than $5.8 billion in revenue by 2020.  But what are the driving forces for the rapid growth of the smart windows market?   Disruptive technologies...

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3D ReRAM, a promising candidate for high density high speed non-volatile memory (NVM)

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With the progress in network virtualization, efficient data center operation raises the high demand for faster memory technology with higher density. 3D Resistance RAM (ReRAM) arrays, a likely candidate for replacing NAND Flash, have the potential for the next generation high density non-volatile memory (NVM). Crossbar, a six year-old start-up with ReRAM expertise, recently announced embedded 40nm ReRAM with CMOS process sampling from SMIC (Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. Shanghai, China).  Crossbar says the technology will scale to 16nm and 10nm. Comparing to NAND, the 3D ReRAM technology can deliver 20X faster write/read performance, 20x lower power consumption and 10x endurance...

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