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Replicating Hardest Known Biomaterial Could Improve Solar Cells and Batteries 28

cylonlover writes "Inspired by the tough teeth of a marine snail and the remarkable process by which they form, assistant professor David Kisailus at the University of California, Riverside is working toward building cheaper, more efficient nanomaterials. By achieving greater control over the low-temperature growth of nanocrystals (abstract), his research could improve the performance of solar cells and lithium-ion batteries, lead to higher-performance materials for car and airplane frames, and help develop abrasion-resistant materials that could be used for anything from specialized clothing to dental drills."
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Replicating Hardest Known Biomaterial Could Improve Solar Cells and Batteries

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  • overhyped nano stuff (Score:5, Informative)

    by Goldsmith (561202) on Friday January 18, 2013 @11:45PM (#42631945)

    What are these guys really doing? Are these materials even close to as good as "high performance" materials used in car and airplane frames? Are these coatings close to as hard and uniform as those used on drills? What is it about a study on millimeter scale crystallization that leads us to make these claims about macro scale properties?

    Some of us in nanotechnology are scientifically comparing nanomaterials to their bulk counterparts. When we sit down and do measurements in realistic conditions, the kind of hyperbolic statements made here are a big problem. Think of it like the solid state physics version of the dot com bubble.

    The work described here is good and it is important, but we shouldn't be projecting the results forward with such unfounded certainty.

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