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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has released a new report detailing a research agenda for the future of separation science. The memo outlines major recommendations to help chemical engineers and chemists develop novel separations technologies.

Like many graduate students, Gaoxiang Wu’s desk was often in disarray. When he finally got around to sifting through the clutter in his desk drawer at the Univ. of Pennsylvania (UPenn), he unearthed a hydrogel sample sandwiched between two glass slides. For months, Wu had been studying the material’s mechanical stability and structure as part of his graduate engineering research. When he tried to unstick the slides by pulling them apart, the glass cracked and then shattered.

Researchers at the Univ. of Chicago (UC) have created a unique metal-hydride material that achieves superconductivity at the highest temperatures ever recorded: 250 K (–23°C), 50 K more than the previous record.

To help diagnose common crop infections, chemical engineers at North Carolina State Univ. (NCSU) have developed a unique microneedle patch that can quickly extract plant DNA for analysis.

Researchers at the Ohio State Univ. (OSU) have developed a potassium-oxygen battery that is both long-lasting and inexpensive. The device has the potential for efficient renewable energy storage, possibly making the widespread adoption of solar and wind energy more feasible.

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