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Researchers have found that a solid oxide protective coating for metals can, when applied in sufficiently thin layers, deform as if it were a liquid, filling any cracks and gaps as they form. Image: Christine Daniloff/MIT

Self-healing metal oxides could protect against corrosion

MIT scientists have recently discovered that a strong oxide defensive covering for metals can, when connected inadequately thin layers, disfigure as though it were a...
Thousands of hours of calculations on Rice University’s two fastest supercomputers found that the optimal architecture for packing hydrogen into “white graphene” involves making skyscraper-like frameworks of vertical columns and one-dimensional floors that are about 5.2 angstroms apart. In this illustration, hydrogen molecules (white) sit between sheet-like floors of graphene (gray) that are supported by boron-nitride pillars (pink and blue). Researchers found that identical structures made wholly of boron-nitride had unprecedented capacity for storing readily available hydrogen. (Credit: Lei Tao/Rice University)

‘Sweet spot’ in sweet material for hydrogen storage

Rice University engineers have focused in on the ideal engineering for putting away hydrogen in "white graphene" nanomaterials — an outline like a Lilliputian...