Technology & Engineering

Technology and Engineering bridge the gap between what the mind can imagine and what the laws of nature allow. While scientists seek to discover what is not yet known, engineers apply fundamental science to design and develop new devices and systems—technology—to solve societal problems. Technological and engineering innovations then return the favor by affecting human—as well as other animal species'—the ability to control and adapt to their natural environments.

Cracked particles in lithium-ion batteries

A multi-institute team of researchers has developed the most comprehensive view yet of lithium-ion battery electrodes, where most damage typically occurs from charging them repeatedly

New ice-shedding coating for large surfaces

A spray-on coating developed by University of Michigan researchers causes ice to fall away from large surfaces with just the force of a light breeze, or often from the weight of the ice itself

A new periodic table classifies droplet motions

Scientists have created a periodic table of droplet motions, inspired in part by parallels between the symmetries of atomic orbitals, which determine elements' positions on the classic periodic table, and the energies that determine droplet shapes

Delaying ice-frost formation using phase-switching liquids

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Engineering have described for the first time several unique properties of materials known as phase-switching liquids, or PSLs, that hold promise as next-generation anti-icing materials