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  • Static-Aligned Piezoelectric Poly (Vinylidene Fluoride) Electrospun Nanofibers/MWCNT Composite Membrane: Facile Method 

    Shehata, Nader; Elnabawy, Eman; Abdelkader, Mohamed; Hassanin, Ahmed H.; Salah, Mohamed; Nair, Remya; Ahmad Bhat, Sameer (MDPI, 2018-09-01)
    Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) piezoelectric electrospun nanofibers have been intensively used for sensing and actuation applications in the last decade. However, in most cases, random PVDF piezoelectric nanofiber mats ...
  • Efficiency Enhancement of Perovskite Solar Cells with Plasmonic Nanoparticles: A Simulation Study 

    Hajjiah, Ali; Kandas, Ishac; Shehata, Nader (MDPI, 2018-09-05)
    Recently, hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites have been extensively studied due to their promising optical properties with relatively low-cost and simple processing. However, the perovskite solar cells have some low optical ...
  • Boosting the Power-Generation Performance of Micro-Sized Al-H2O2 Fuel Cells by Using Silver Nanowires as the Cathode 

    Zhang, Heng; Yang, Yang; Liu, Tianyu; Chang, Honglong (MDPI, 2018-09-03)
    Micro-sized fuel cells represent one of the pollution-free devices available to power portable electronics. However, the insufficient power output limits the possibility of micro-sized fuel cells competing with other power ...
  • Combinatory Finite Element and Artificial Neural Network Model for Predicting Performance of Thermoelectric Generator 

    Kishore, Ravi Anant; Mahajan, Roop L.; Priya, Shashank (MDPI, 2018-08-24)
    Thermoelectric generators (TEGs) are rapidly becoming the mainstream technology for converting thermal energy into electrical energy. The rise in the continuous deployment of TEGs is related to advancements in materials, ...
  • Prediction of Young’s Modulus for Injection Molded Long Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics 

    Chen, Hongyu; Baird, Donald G. (MDPI, 2018-08-06)
    In this article, the elastic properties of long-fiber injection-molded thermoplastics (LFTs) are investigated by micro-mechanical approaches including the Halpin-Tsai (HT) model and the Mori-Tanaka model based on Eshelby’s ...
  • Stereoselective photoredox ring-opening polymerization of O -carboxyanhydrides 

    Feng, Quanyou; Yang, Lei; Zhong, Yongliang; Guo, Dong; Liu, Guoliang; Xie, Linghai; Huang, Wei; Tong, Rong (Springer Nature, 2018-04-19)
    Biodegradable polyesters with various tacticities have been synthesized by means of stereoselective ring-opening polymerization of racemic lactide and β-lactones but with limited side-chain groups. However, stereoselective ...
  • Nature-Inspired Hierarchical Steels 

    Cao, Shan Cecilia; Liu, Jiabin; Zhu, Linli; Li, Ling; Dao, Ming; Lu, Jian; Ritchie, Robert O. (Nature Publishing Group, 2018-03-23)
    Materials can be made strong, but as such they are often brittle and prone to fracture when under stress. Inspired by the exceptionally strong and ductile structure of byssal threads found in certain mussels, we have ...
  • A Review on Low-Grade Thermal Energy Harvesting: Materials, Methods and Devices 

    Kishore, Ravi Anant; Priya, Shashank (MDPI, 2018-08-14)
    Combined rejected and naturally available heat constitute an enormous energy resource that remains mostly untapped. Thermal energy harvesting can provide a cost-effective and reliable way to convert available heat into ...
  • Piezoresponse, Mechanical, and Electrical Characteristics of Synthetic Spider Silk Nanofibers 

    Shehata, Nader; Kandas, Ishac; Hassounah, Ibrahim; Sobolčiak, Patrik; Krupa, Igor; Mrlik, Miroslav; Popelka, Anton; Steadman, Jesse; Lewis, Randolph (MDPI, 2018-08-01)
    This work presents electrospun nanofibers from synthetic spider silk protein, and their application as both a mechanical vibration and humidity sensor. Spider silk solution was synthesized from minor ampullate silk protein ...
  • Additive manufacturing of complex micro-architected graphene aerogels 

    Hensleigh, Ryan M.; Cui, Huachen; Oakdale, James S.; Ye, Jianchao C.; Campbell, Patrick G.; Duoss, Eric B.; Spadaccini, Christopher M.; Zheng, Xiaoyu; Worsley, Marcus A. (Royal Society of Chemistry, 2018-08-13)
    3D graphene foams exhibit immense degradation of mechanical properties. Micro-architecture can alleviate this problem, but no current technique meets the manufacturing requirements. Herein we developed a light-based 3D ...
  • Utilization of Lignin in Biopolymeric Packaging Films 

    Zadeh, Elham Mohammad; O’Keefe, Sean F.; Kim, Young-Teck (ACS Publications, 2018-07-06)
    Lignin is a byproduct of agricultural industries and only has limited applications. In this study, lignin was investigated for use in sustainable biopolymeric packaging film. Alkali lignin (AL) and lignosulfonate (LSS) ...
  • Structure and Dynamics of Polymeric Canopies in Nanoscale Ionic Materials: An Electrical Double Layer Perspective 

    Yu, Zhou; Yang, Fenchang; Dai, Sheng; Qiao, Rui (Nature, 2018-03-26)
    Nanoscale ionic materials (NIMs) are an emerging class of materials consisting of charged nanoparticles and polymeric canopies attaching to them dynamically by electrostatic interactions. Using molecular simulations, we ...
  • Food Digest: 2018 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2018)
    This is the annual spring newsletter for Virginia Tech's Department of Food Science and Technology.
  • Skateboards as a Sustainable Recyclable Material 

    Willard, Dylan T.; Loferski, Joseph R. (MDPI, 2018-05-15)
    The exact number of skateboards manufactured every year is unknown, but it is estimated to be in the millions. Most skateboard decks are made from a high grade of maple (Acer spp.) veneer plywood and typically last only a ...
  • The State of the Art: Application of Green Technology in Sustainable Pavement 

    Sun, Wenjuan; Lu, Guoyang; Ye, Cheng; Chen, Shiwu; Hou, Yue; Wang, Dawei; Wang, Linbing; Oeser, Markus (Hindawi, 2018-06-03)
    A wide range of literature on predominant green technologies for sustainable pavements is summarized in this paper. It covers two major aspects: energy harvesting technologies and permeable pavement systems. Fundamental ...
  • SBIO Newsletter, Winter 2018 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2018-02-27)
    This is the intradepartmental newsletter for Virginia Tech’s Department of Sustainable Biomaterials. In this issue: recycling skateboards, new employees, WEI update.
  • Stereoselective photoredox ring-opening polymerization of O-carboxyanhydrides 

    Feng, Quanyou; Yang, Lei; Zhong, Yongliang; Guo, Dong; Liu, Guoliang; Xie, Linghai; Huang, Wei; Tong, Rong (Nature, 2018-04-19)
    Biodegradable polyesters with various tacticities have been synthesized by means of stereoselective ring-opening polymerization of racemic lactide and β-lactones but with limited side-chain groups. However, stereoselective ...
  • Rheology of transgenic switchgrass reveals practical aspects of biomass processing 

    Wan, Guigui; Frazier, Taylor; Jorgensen, Julianne; Zhao, Bingyu; Frazier, Charles E (2018-03-01)
    Abstract Background Mechanical properties of transgenic switchgrass have practical implications for biorefinery technologies. Presented are fundamentals for simple (thermo)mechanical ...
  • Efficient Direct-Drive Small-Scale Low-Speed Wind Turbine 

    Kishore, Ravi Anant; Marin, Anthony; Priya, Shashank (De Gruyter, 2014)
    There is growing need for the green, reliable, and cost-effective power solution for the expanding wireless microelectronic devices. In many scenarios, these needs can be met through a small-scale wind energy portable ...
  • The CEHMS Chronicle, February 2013 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2013-02)
    This is the quarterly newsletter for the Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems.

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