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3D printing of metamaterials for structural applications

Additive manufacturing, or 3D metal printing, allows to build ultralight and resistant structures with geometries that are impossible to achieve using conventional machining and processing techniques, including complex structures named “lattice”. These are three-dimensional constructions, topologically ordered, formed by the

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Printable Carbon-based conducting cables

IMDEA Materials has developed a method to produce highly conducting nanostructured fibres for use as lightweight conductors (see Fig. 1). On a mass basis, these conductors have superior electrical/thermal conductivity and higher ampacity (maximum current density) than most metals. Their

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Jose Manuel Torralba appointed new Director

On the 27th of April, after an international open selection process was concluded, Prof. Jose Manuel Torralba was appointed Director of IMDEA Materials Institute by the Board of Trustees. Prof. Torralba takes over from Prof. Ignacio Romero, who has been

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Materials for high altitude pseudo-satellites

We will soon start collaborating with the Madrid-based start-up SmartHAPS to investigate materials for High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites (HAPS). The work will be lead by Dr. De-Yi Wang, head of our research group on High Performance Polymers and Fire Retardants. More

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Fire retardant reprocessable epoxy-based composites

IMDEA Materials has developed a technology to produce Reprocessable Epoxy Resin (REP) composites with excellent fire retardancy and re-processability. Compared with pure epoxy resin with a Limited Oxygen Index (LOI) of 21.7 % and no rating in vertical burning test

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Defect-engineered electrodes

Although secondary Li-ion batteries are widely used for electrochemical energy storage, low energy (100-300 Wh kg-1) and power density (250-400 W kg-1) are limiting their applications in several areas including long-range electric vehicles. This is mainly due to the use

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In-situ studies of defect-engineered electrodes

Diffusion independent pseudocapacitive ion storage is one of the recently investigated mechanisms for achieving ultrafast Li and Na-ion storage. It usually involves surface/ near surface charge-transfer reactions. Nevertheless, intrinsic pseudocapacitance of transition metal oxide anodes is not sufficient to deliver

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