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This Wearable Device Camouflages Its Wearer No Matter the Weather

March 2, 2020

Researchers at the University of California San Diego developed a wearable technology that can hide its wearer from heat-detecting sensors such as night vision goggles, even when the ambient temperature changes—a feat that current state of the art technology cannot match.

Say Hello to Biodegradable Microplastics

March 21, 2024

Finding viable alternatives to traditional petroleum-based plastics and microplastics has never been more important. New research from scientists at UC San Diego and Algenesis shows that their plant-based polymers biodegrade — even at the microplastic level — in under seven months.

Vanishing Viscosity

July 28, 2014

An elusive state of matter called superconductivity could be realized in stacks of sheetlike crystals just a few atoms thick, a trio of physicists has determined.

UC San Diego Receives $7.5 Million to Develop Innovative Uses for Melanin

April 27, 2017

A team of scientists from UC San Diego and two other universities has received a five year, $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to unravel the fundamental properties of melanins, a family of natural pigments found in skin, hair, eyes and even the plumage of brightly colored…

Smart, Self-healing Hydrogels Open Far-reaching Possibilities in Medicine, Engineering

March 5, 2012

University of California, San Diego bioengineers have developed a self-healing hydrogel that binds in seconds, as easily as Velcro, and forms a bond strong enough to withstand repeated stretching.

Watching Atoms Move in Hybrid Perovskite Crystals Reveals Clues to Improving Solar Cells

November 21, 2017

…ions in hybrid perovskites causes certain regions within the material to become better solar cells than other parts.

Electron-rich Metals Make Ceramics Tough to Crack

October 19, 2023

UC San Diego engineers have developed a recipe to make a certain class of ceramics tougher and more resistant to cracking. The newfound toughness of these ceramics paves the way for their use in extreme applications, such as spacecraft and other hypersonic vehicles.

New Material is Next Step Toward Stable High-voltage Long-life Solid-state Sodium-ion Batteries

February 23, 2021

A team of researchers designed and manufactured a new sodium-ion conductor for solid-state sodium-ion batteries that is stable when incorporated into higher-voltage oxide cathodes. This new solid electrolyte could dramatically improve the efficiency and lifespan of this class of batteries.

Thin, Flexible, Light-absorbent Material for Energy and Stealth Applications

February 2, 2017

Transparent window coatings that keep buildings and cars cool on sunny days. Devices that could more than triple solar cell efficiencies. Thin, lightweight shields that block thermal detection. These are potential applications for a thin, flexible, light-absorbing material developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego.

How to Simulate Softness

August 30, 2019

UC San Diego researchers discovered clever tricks to design materials that replicate different levels of perceived softness. The findings provide fundamental insights into designing tactile materials and haptic interfaces that can recreate realistic touch sensations.

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