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Modeling of silicon nanoparticles for solar energy

Silicon nanoparticles embedded in a zinc sulfide matrix are a promising material for new types of solar cell. Computational modeling by Stefan Wipperman, Gergely Zimanyi, Francois Gygi and Giulia Galli at UC Davis and colleagues shows how such a material …
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New materials microscope is a first in the U.S.

Researchers at UC Davis will soon have a new and very special tool to examine the structure and composition of materials at an atomic scale. The new Focused Ion Beam microscope, or dual-beam FIB, now being installed in the College …
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Under pressure: new insights in superconductors

Recent work on a superconducting material first discovered at UC Davis is helping reveal the behavior of “unconventional” superconductors, and that physical pressure has a different type of effect on these materials than chemical doping. The material, cerium cobalt indium-5 …
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A new look at heat transfer: Entransy

Is there a different way to think about heat transfer? For about 150 years, scientists and engineers have used the concept of entropy to understand transfer of heat into mechanical work or between materials systems. Now a UC Davis professor …
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Six elected as Fellows of the American Physical Society

Congratulations to six faculty members from the Department of Physics have been elected as Fellows of the American Physical Society. They are: Professor Nemanja Kaloper: For numerous and imaginative contributions to theoretical cosmology, particularly for his pioneering work in the …
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Synchrotron gives insight into green energy enzymes

UC Davis chemists have been using a Japanese synchrotron to get a detailed look at enzymes that could help power the green economy. The work was published online Nov. 8 by the journal Angewandte Chemie and is featured on the …
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Semiconductor pioneer Jerry Woodall to join UC Davis

If you can’t imagine life without a TV remote — and if you are under a certain age, you probably can’t — thank Jerry Woodall, soon to join the faculty of the UC Davis College of Engineering. Woodall invented the …
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Learn about superconductivity at Emergent Universe

The online exhibit Emergent Universe has opened a new virtual wing, on ‘Superconductivity.’ Opened in 2009, Emergent Universe aims to encourage young people to learn about “emergence,” complex behaviors that arise from interactions of simple parts, and develop an “emergent …
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Wrapping sorts carbon nanotubes

Carbon nanotubes – sheets of carbon atoms rolled up into tiny cylinders or tubes – have many interesting properties and potential uses, for example in flexible display screens or printed circuits. Some act like conducting metals, and others are semiconductors. …
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Career Achievement Award for Zuhair Munir

The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) has selected UC Davis College of Engineering professor emeritus Zuhair A. Munir as recipient of the 2011 ACerS W. David Kingery Award. The annual award recognizes a candidate’s career achievements in multidisciplinary and global contributions …
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