Mike Williams

Mike Williams is a senior media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.


Discrete Manufacturing December 18, 2022

Asphaltene turned into graphene for composites

Rice University scientists are working on converting asphaltene, a carbon-rich resource, into useful graphene.

By Mike Williams
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Wireless September 19, 2022

NSF grants support future of wireless

Rice University researchers received three grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of a larger effort to make wireless systems more intelligent and resilient.

By Mike Williams
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Process Instrumentation and Sensors August 19, 2022

2D boundaries could create electricity

Rice lab leads effort to generate thickness-independent piezoelectricity in atom-thick materials. 2D boundaries could be the key.

By Mike Williams
Robotics July 31, 2022

Spiders used as mechanical grippers for soft robotics

Researchers are showing how to repurpose deceased spiders as mechanical grippers that can pick up objects, which can be used for soft robotics.

By Mike Williams
Vision and Discrete Sensors July 15, 2022

Strain-sensing smart skin developed for monitoring large structures

Rice University researchers have developed strain-sensing smart skin that uses very small structures, carbon nanotubes, to monitor and detect damage in large structures.

By Mike Williams
Courtesy: Yakobson Research Group, Rice University
Mechanical June 12, 2022

Bumps could smooth quantum investigations

Rice University models show unique properties of 2D materials stressed by contoured substrates.

By Mike Williams
Rice University engineers have designed a catalyst of ruthenium atoms in a copper mesh to extract ammonia and fertilizer from wastewater. The process would also reduce carbon dioxide emissions from traditional industrial production of ammonia. Photo by Jeff Fitlow. Courtesy: Rice University.
Sustainability May 22, 2022

Process strips ammonia from wastewater

Researchers have developed a catalyst that can pull ammonia from low levels of nitrates that are widespread in industrial wastewater and polluted groundwater.

By Mike Williams
Power Quality April 29, 2022

Lithium’s narrow paths limit batteries

Rice University study suggests stress among misaligned particles in typical cathodes limits flow.

By Mike Williams
creating 2D electron optics or valleytronics devices. Courtesy of: Henry Yu
Electrical March 31, 2022

Graphene on textured surface allows for 2D electron optics

Rice University scientists put forth the idea that graphene on a gently textured surface turns it into “pseudo-electromagnetic” devices.

By Mike Williams
Courtesy: Jeff Fitlow, Rice University
AI and Machine Learning February 2, 2022

Machine learning fine-tunes flash graphene

Rice University scientists are using machine-learning techniques to streamline the process of synthesizing graphene from waste through flash Joule heating. 

By Mike Williams
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