How quantum cryptography could bolster secure online communications
AUTHOR : Kouta Ibukuro

How nature inspires the development of safety-first carbon nanotube structures
AUTHOR : Hugo de Luca

How a polymer nanocomposite-based material could shield spacecraft against radiation
AUTHOR : Elahe Cheraghi

How aluminium batteries could be a cheaper alternative for smartphones and electric cars
AUTHOR : Ben Craig

How an additive-manufacturing process could aid energy harvesting and reduce CO2 emissions
AUTHOR : Anuradha Herath

ICoN student, Anuradha Herath, outlines how his research aims to optimise the harvesting of waste heat energy from an engine, to improve efficiency and enhance environmental sustainability.

How a nanowired temperature sensor could keep overheated devices cool
AUTHOR : Ali Hamid

Mobile phones and computers can overheat when they are used for a long time or when heavy­ duty software is running. Frequent heating of these devices may reduce their performance or life span - but a nanowire based device could significantly mitigate this issue. 

How optical sensors could quickly detect infrastructures at risk of collapse
AUTHOR : Peng Adam Li

Peng Adam Li describes his research which aims to demonstrate why fast, responsive, lightweight and small optical sensors are ideal for monitoring large structures in challenging environments.

Structural health monitoring with graphene-silicone strain sensors

ICoN student, Alize Gaumet, discusses why she chose her PhD in structural health monitoring and why it matters.

Graphene Hackathon

ICON student, Alexander Fordham, was a member of the organising team for the world's first hackathon.  

Graphene’s potential propels forward magnetic imagers
AUTHOR : David Collomb

As humans we have greatly benefited from our five natural senses, which have supported us in overcoming major barriers pertaining to our survival in the past from lighting our first fires to navigating vast expanses such as the oceans and deserts. However, as our needs and wants expanded we have lacked further senses such as a magnetic sense to satiate our exploratory nature.