2006 - 2012 News

Below are the articles published in 2012 and earlier.

Transparent memory chips are coming

March 28th, 2012

Want a see-through cellphone you can wrap around your wrist? Such a thing may be possible before long, according to Rice University chemist James Tour, whose lab has developed transparent, flexible memories using silicon oxide as the active component. A flexible, transparent memory chip created by researchers at Rice University. Courtesy Tour Lab/Rice University Tour Graphene: Oil industry’s rising starDecember 16th, 2011

RICE (US) — Graphene’s strength, light weight, and solubility may ultimately make it the answer to the efficient, environmentally sound production of oil, a new study shows. http://www.futurity.org/science-technology/graphene-oil-industrys-rising-star/


A starring role for graphene

December 9th, 2011

Rice University’s functionalized graphene oxide plays part in next-generation oil-well drilling fluids Graphene’s star is rising as a material that could become essential to efficient, environmentally sound oil production. Rice University researchers are taking advantage of graphene’s outstanding strength, light weight and solubility to enhance fluids used to drill oil wells. The Rice University lab Graphene lights up with new possibilitiesDecember 2nd, 2011

Rice researchers’ two-step technique makes graphene suitable for organic chemistry BY MIKE WILLIAMS Rice News staff The future brightened for organic chemistry when researchers at Rice University found a highly controllable way to attach organic molecules to pristine graphene and make the miracle material suitable for a range of new applications. The Rice lab of Graphene pushes popularity of Rice papersNovember 29th, 2011

FROM RICE NEWS STAFF REPORTS A decade ago, nobody had ever heard of graphene. Now the single-atom-thick sheet of carbon is the focus of intense research at labs all over the world, nowhere more than at Rice University. The Rice lab of Professor James Tour finds itself among the most highly regarded graphene labs in  Nano bundles pack a powerful punchSeptember 12th, 2011

Nano bundles pack a powerful punch Solid-state energy storage takes a leap forward at Rice University Rice University researchers have created a solid-state, nanotube-based supercapacitor that promises to combine the best qualities of high-energy batteries and fast-charging capacitors in a device suitable for extreme environments. A paper from the Rice lab of chemist Robert Hauge, […]

Rice-made memory chips lost in cargo launch failure

September 12th, 2011

Rice-made memory chips lost in cargo launch failure FROM RICE NEWS STAFF REPORTS A Russian cargo ship carrying an experiment from Rice University was lost after launch from Kazakhstan Aug. 24. On the eve of Rice NASAversary, silicon oxide memory chips developed at the university were bound for the International Space Station (ISS). According to Sugar and spice, and even things not so nice: Graphene synthesisSeptember 12th, 2011

Our research was featured on MaterialsViews.com: Sugar and spice, and even things not so nice: Graphene synthesis

Highlight in Nature Nanotechnology–Graphene from waste materials

September 6th, 2011

Our paper on the synthesis of graphene from food and waste materials was highlighted in Nature Nanotechnology: Graphene from waste materials

One box of Girl Scout Cookies worth $15 billion

August 8th, 2011

Rice University lab shows troop how any carbon source can become valuable graphene Scientists can make graphene out of just about anything with carbon — even Girl Scout Cookies. Graduate students in the Rice University lab of chemist James Tour proved it when they invited a troop of Houston Girl Scouts to their lab to Dream screens from grapheneAugust 2nd, 2011

Technology developed at Rice could revolutionize touch-screen displays BY MIKE WILLIAMS Rice News staff Flexible, transparent electronics are closer to reality with the creation of graphene-based electrodes at Rice University. The lab of Rice chemist James Tour lab has created thin films that could revolutionize touch-screen displays, solar panels and LED lighting. The research was Nano-based RFID tag, you’re itJanuary 18th, 2010

Long lines at store checkouts could be history if a new technology created in part at Rice University comes to pass. Rice researchers, in collaboration with a team led by Gyou-jin Cho at Sunchon National University in Korea, have come up with an inexpensive, printable transmitter that can be invisibly embedded in packaging. It would Nanodragsters hit the streetJanuary 8th, 2010

Rice professors are new AAAS fellows

December 17th, 2009

Tiny owls take flight

December 17th, 2009

Tour a top-10 chemist

December 11th, 2009

Ranked one of the Top 10 chemists in the world over the past decade, by a Thomson Reuters citations per publication index survey, 2009

Good to grow

November 13th, 2009

A little nano, a lot of oil

October 27th, 2009

Rice cuts deal to research graphene-infused drilling fluids BY MIKE WILLIAMS Rice News staff A wall of graphene a single nanometer wide could be the difference between an oil well that merely pays for itself and one that returns great profit. Rice University and Houston-based M-I SWACO, the world’s largest producer of drilling fluids for Rice opens Cure for Needy on the WebOctober 20th, 2009

Students invite chemists everywhere to help with orphaned drugs, diseases Suppose you had a disease for which there’s a proven cure, but nobody makes the drug. Where do you turn? That’s a question many around the world face every day and one Rice University students hope to answer by reaching out through the Internet. The Graphitic memory techniques advance at RiceSeptember 9th, 2009

Researchers simplify fabrication of nano storage, chip-design tools Advances by the Rice University lab of James Tour have brought graphite’s potential as a mass data storage medium a step closer to reality and created the potential for reprogrammable gate arrays that could bring about a revolution in integrated circuit logic design. In a paper published Graphite’s good tidingsSeptember 4th, 2009

Tour group advances fabrication of nanoscale memory, chip-design tools BY MIKE WILLIAMS Rice News staff Advances by the Rice University lab of James Tour have brought graphite’s potential as a mass data storage medium a step closer to reality and created the potential for reprogrammable gate arrays that could bring about a revolution in integrated Molecules mean more MooreJuly 14th, 2009

‘Silicon with afterburners’ developed at Rice could be boon to electronics manufacturers BY MIKE WILLIAMS Rice News staff Silicon is at the heart of an electronics revolution that has buoyed the civilized world for decades. But as time goes on and technology advances, it’s becoming apparent that silicon could use a little help. A Rice Nobel opportunityJune 17th, 2009

BY MIKE WILLIAMS Rice News staff Any young scientist will tell you it’s a thrill to talk shop with a Nobel Prize laureate. So what must it be like to encounter 20 of them at once? In less than a month, Andria Denmon and Ashley Leonard (Tour group member) will have the answer. For more  Hellooo down there!May 21st, 2009

Rice labs hope tiny clusters will find new oil in old wells BY MIKE WILLIAMS Rice News staff Laboratories at Rice University are collaborating on a new way to detect oil deposits in wells once thought to be tapped out. Groups led by Rice professors James Tour, Michael Wong and Mason Tomson and Rice researcher  Tour honored by Houston Technology CenterMay 12th, 2009

BY MIKE WILLIAMS Rice News staff Rice Professor James Tour was one of six high-profile Houstonians honored at the 10th anniversary celebration of the Houston Technology Center (HTC) this week, earning a special achievement award for his advances in nanotechnology. For more see http://www.media.rice.edu/media/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=12570&SnID=1331289734

Rice researchers unzip the future

April 15th, 2009

Simple process makes thin, conductive nanoribbons BY MIKE WILLIAMS Rice News staff Scientists at Rice University have found a simple way to create basic elements for aircraft, flat-screen TVs, electronics and other products that incorporate sheets of tough, electrically conductive material. For more see http://www.media.rice.edu/media/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=12443&SnID=1331289734


Science rocks at Rice

February 5th, 2009

Rice researchers get hip, use video games to teach kids BY MIKE WILLIAMS Rice News staff You wouldn’t expect to hear the words “James Tour” and “Guitar Hero” in the same sentence. Until now. The much-honored Rice University professor and a team of students have been working away on a set of songs for the  Rice rolls out new nanocarsJanuary 30th, 2009

Fluorescent imaging shows models operate at room temperature This year’s model isn’t your father’s nanocar. It runs cool. The drivers of Rice University’s nanocars were surprised to find modified versions of their creation have the ability to roll at room temperature. While practical applications for the tiny machines may be years away, the breakthrough suggests Rice’s James Tour wins Feynman PrizeDecember 17th, 2008

Foresight Institute honors professor for nanotechnology breakthroughs BY MIKE WILLIAMS Rice News staff James Tour, the inventor of the nanocar at Rice University, has been awarded the prestigious Foresight Institute Feynman Prize for experimental nanotechnology for 2008 by the California think tank dedicated to the beneficial implementation of nanotechnology. For more see http://www.media.rice.edu/media/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=11898&SnID=1331289734

Nanocars get into top gear

January 24th, 2006

In 2005, James Tour and colleagues at Rice University, Texas, US, made headlines when they reported nanocars with fullerenes for wheels and a chassis of fused aromatic rings.1 The vehicles, three nanometres in size, rolled across gold surfaces observed by scanning tunnelling microscopy. Read more here.

Small Times names Rice chemist top nanotech innovator

January 15th, 2006

Rice University chemist and nanocar inventor James Tour has been selected Innovator of the Year in Small Times magazine’s Best of Small Tech Research Award competition. The awards recognize the best people, products and companies in nanotechnology, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and microsystems.

Hear Dr. Tour in a Podcast

January 5th, 2006

From May 10, 2006. Click here for a direct link to the podcast. Each week, SCIENCE AND SOCIETY presents interviews with trendsetting and groundbreaking researchers, industry-leading executives, and senior government officials, providing in-depth coverage of our core areas. SCIENCE AND SOCIETY is made possible in part by the generous support of the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

Rice scientists attach motor to single-molecule car

January 4th, 2006

In follow-on work to last year’s groundbreaking invention of the world’s first single-molecule car, chemists at Rice University have produced the first motorized version of their tiny nanocar. The research is published in the April 13 issue of the journal Organic Letters.

Rice scientists build world’s first single-molecule car

January 1st, 2006

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