A promising new solar-powered path to hydrogen fuel production

Lehigh engineers are the first to utilize a single enzyme biomineralization process to create a catalyst that uses the energy of captured sunlight to split water molecules to produce hydrogen. The synthesis process is performed at room temperature and under ambient pressure, overcoming the sustainability and scalability challenges of previously reported methods.

Martin Takac: Big Data and artificial intelligence

ISE Assistant Professor Martin Takáč recently gave a talk on current trends in Big Data and artificial intelligence at the Center for Scientific and Technical Information in Bratislava, Slovakia. In addition to the talk, Takac was interviewed by national TV stations about AI and its impact on the future.

Materials informatics reveals new class of super-hard alloys

EDS mapA new method of discovering materials using data analytics and electron microscopy has found a new class of extremely hard alloys. Such materials could potentially withstand severe impact from projectiles, providing better protection of soldiers in combat.

Engineers reveal reversible superglue inspired by snail mucus

Snails secrete a mucus that acts like superglue, allowing them to adhere to rough surfaces like rocks.

Inspired by this aspect of snail biology, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania, Lehigh University and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology have created a superglue-like material that is “intrinsically reversible.” In other words, it can easily come unglued.