The Future of Superalloys: Superalloy Nanoparticles

Nanoparticles unlock the future of superalloy metals. ‘Sandia National Laboratories is pioneering the future of superalloy materials by advancing the science behind how those superalloys are made. As part of Sandia’s nanoscale research, a group of experts specializing in inorganic synthesis and characterization, modeling, and radiation science have designed a radical system of experiments to […]

Generating Hydrogen With a Liquid Aluminum-Gallium Alloy

New process generates hydrogen from aluminum alloy to run engines, fuel cells. ‘A Purdue University engineer has developed a method that uses an aluminum alloy to extract hydrogen from water for running fuel cells or internal combustion engines, and the technique could be used to replace gasoline. The method makes it unnecessary to store or […]

Plutonium Puzzle Solved

The Plutonium Conundrum. ‘Scientists have gone a long way to solving a question about the nature of plutonium that has remained a mystery since the Manhattan Project. Plutonium behaves like no other element in nature. The bonding of its electrons causes its crystal structure to be uneven, similar to a mineral, and the nucleus is […]

Superconducting Metal Sandwich: Lithium Monoboride (LiB)

New ‘metal sandwich’ may break superconductor record, theory suggests< /a>. ‘After an exhaustive data search for new compounds, researchers at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering have discovered a theoretical “metal sandwich” that is expected to be a good superconductor. Superconductive materials have no resistance to the flow of electric current. The new lithium monoboride […]

Soft Metals: The Importance of Impurities

Metallurgists’ models predict alloy applications. ‘Impurities could make soft metals the next-generation materials for jet-engine and nuclear-power plant turbines, claim US scientists.’