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MXene Symposium at Drexel

On February 18, 2019, 70 researchers from across the University, ranging rom high school students to professors, to partake in engaging presentations and research discussions on MXenes. Faculty led presentations on MXene research at Drexel, including fundamental and applied aspects of the material, and including applications in energy storage, biomedical uses, and wearables.


Right electrolyte doubles novel two-dimensional material’s ability to store energy

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Drexel University and their partners have discovered a way to improve the energy density of promising energy-storage materials, conductive two-dimensional ceramics called MXenes. The findings are published in Nature Energy.

Today’s batteries, which rely on charge stored in the bulk of their electrodes, offer high energy-storage capacity, but slow charging speeds limit their application in consumer electronics and electric vehicles. Tomorrow’s energy-storage mainstays may be electrochemical capacitors, known as supercapacitors, which store charge at the surface of their electrode material for fast charging and discharging. However, at present supercapacitors lack the charge-storage capacity, or energy density, of batteries.

View the full press release here.

Controlling MXenes’ electronic properties through surface chemistry changes

Controlling What Goes on ‘Between the Sheets’ is Key to Optimizing MXenes’ Abilities

Read the full paper, published in Nature Communications, detailing the changes in surface chemistry and electronic properties of Ti3C2, Ti3CN, and Mo2TiC2 here: https://www-nature-com/articles/s41467-018-08169-8

2019 A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute

The full calendar and the year-end summary letter from Prof. Yury Gogotsi can be found here.

Opening of NanoArtography exhibit

The opening reception for the newly installed NanoArtography exhibit was a big hit! The event and exhibit were organized by Babak Anasori in partnership with the A. J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute. The images mostly originated from submissions to the NanoArtography competition established by Babak in 2016. The exhibit will be available from now until March 15th in the 3rd floor of Drexel main building and is freely open to the public.

MXene as a Shrinkable Alternative for Capacitors

Addressing the Elephant in the Circuit — Finally, a Shrinkable Alternative for Capacitors

Read the full paper in Joule detailing MXene/Polymer hybrid materials for flexible AC-filtering electrochemical capacitors here.

Council Rock H.S. North Features Trip to Drexel

CR North Honors Experimental Research in STEM students had the opportunity to visit the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute at Drexel University on Tuesday. Drexel University doctoral students and professors discussed their research and toured the students through the cutting edge labs. The students also enjoyed demos and did experiments to explore the properties of various materials. Several North students worked last year in Drexel’s research labs, and this relationship will continue this year.

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Drexel’s Spray-On Antennas Could Be the Tech Connector of the Future

The promise of wearables, functional fabrics, the Internet of Things, and their “next-generation” technological cohort seems tantalizingly within reach. But researchers in the field will tell you a prime reason for their delayed “arrival” is the problem of seamlessly integrating connection technology — namely, antennas — with shape-shifting and flexible “things.”

But a breakthrough by researchers in Drexel’s College of Engineering, could now make installing an antenna as easy as applying some bug spray.

In research recently published in Science Advances, the group reports on a method for spraying invisibly thin antennas, made from a type of two-dimensional, metallic material called MXene, that perform as well as those being used in mobile devices, wireless routers and portable transducers.

Read the full press release here.

Drexel Areas of Research Excellence (DARE) Videos

Check out two new videos of Drexel DARE programs featuring faculty, students, and staff from the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute.