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Tech Front: A New Way to Extract Hydrogen from Water

Edited by Senior Editors Patrick Waurzyniak and Ellen Kehoe


Hydrogen is considered an important source of clean energy, and the cleanest way to produce hydrogen gas is to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. But scientists have struggled to develop cost-effective water-splitting techniques. Now, researchers at NC State University (Raleigh, NC) have created a technique using a new catalyst for converting methane and water into hydrogen and a fuel feedstock, called syngas, with the assistance of solar power. Full Article

Tech Front: New Method Creates Precise Graphene Nanoribbons

Edited by Senior Editors Patrick Waurzyniak and Ellen Kehoe


A team of researchers from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California, Berkeley, has designed a new precision method of synthesizing graphene nanoribbons from molecular building blocks. The research, which created nanoribbons with enhanced properties, could be used in future electronic circuitry. Full Article

SME Journal of Manufacturing Systems Top Downloads

Senior Editor Ellen Kehoe


Just announced are the top five downloaded articles published in 2014 in SME’s Journal of Manufacturing Systems (JMS). Elsevier also publishes SME’s Journal of Manufacturing Processes and Manufacturing Letters. Full Article

Forming and Fabricating Research Roundup

Senior Editor Ellen Kehoe


As one of the three original topic areas (with material removal and manufacturing systems) for the North American Metalworking (later Manufacturing) Research Conference (NAMRC), and as a perennial focus that continues to evolve, material forming has a solid foundation at SME. Forming and fabricating as a segment of the SME Technical Paper library is nearly 800 papers from 1951 to present. Full Article

More of the Hole Story

Senior Editor Ellen Kehoe


As the saying goes, you can always build a better mousetrap. Likewise, you can make a good hole better, according to the author of SME Technical PaperTP79PUB215, in this case by ball microfinishing. SME papers cover a range of topics and developments in holemaking, such as location methods, coolant types and delivery, drill geometry, combo tools (such as the "Rotabroach"), hole quality and other techniques such as punching, oscillatory boring and helical milling. Full Article

Tech Front: New Carbon Nanotubes May Boost Battery Life

Edited by Senior Editors Patrick Waurzyniak and Ellen Kehoe


A team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin have discovered high-performing carbon nanotubes that may lead to the development of improved battery life for flexible electronics and also for military and industrial applications. The research team, led by materials science Associate Professor Michael Arnold and Professor Padma Gopalan, recently released their results in a paper published in the journal ACS Nano. Full Article

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