Year: 2019

Nanocomposite cathode for Li-ion batteries

One-pot method could overcome the limits of spinel-based electrodes Lithium ion-batteries (Li-ion) have become the battery of choice across a range of industries, and in consumer electronics like mobile phones, they have almost entirely replaced nickel-cadmium and nickel metal hydride batteries. And it’s not all that surprising – as well as being...


#NerdWedding: The Readings

Back in December, in the midst of my end-of-year review blog post, I promised to share details of the readings we had at our wedding. I’ve had a few messages and Twitter DMs since, asking me to get on with it, so here you are. More details of the wedding are available in the post linked above: 1. Excerpt from ‘The Amber Spyglass’ by Philip Pullman Very...


Living glues, inspired by marine animals

Chinese researchers develop the world’s first ‘living biofilm’ adhesive with tuneable behaviour Image taken by Thomas Quine, and shared on Flickr The remarkable properties of natural marine adhesives, such as those used by mussels, have long been studied by researchers. Over millennia, these organisms have harnessed diverse proteins, so that they can grip...


Could tomorrow’s silk be self-cleaning and sun-proof?

Textile researchers have found a simple process for coating silk with ZnO Silk fibre being spun. Image taken from a YouTube video of Sara Lamb There’s nothing quite like the feeling of cool, smooth silk on your skin. It’s perhaps one reason why the luxury fabric has retained its popularity many thousands of years after it was first developed. It does have...