The advanced materials and green technology team at Brooks Kushman is focused on investigating and sharing the latest news and evolving developments in the materials science and “green” spaces, as well as contemplating the related intellectual property implications that may impact these industries.

Content for this blog is regularly updated by: Tiffany Fidler Ph.D., Isheeta Patel, Alena Marconi

Recent Blog Posts

  • Solar Energy Applications Far Beyond Electricity Generation
    Monday, April 27, 2020

    Though solar energy may seem to many like a relatively recent technology, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued the first patent for solar-powered devices in 1879 to inventor Edward Weston. 40 years earlier, French physicist Edmond Becquerel discovered the photovoltaic effect—the phenomenon where exposure to light can create voltage and electrical current in […]

    • Amid Rising COVID-19 Infection Numbers, A Race for the Cure Is On the Way
      Friday, March 20, 2020

      The world, now more than ever, needs inventive and creative minds and international co-operation crossing borders to address the novel coronavirus pandemic. With COVID-19 pneumonia, caused by SARS-CoV-2, having more than 237,000 confirmed cases and deaths at almost 10,000 worldwide (as of 3/19/2020), the race to find working drug therapies and to create a safe […]

      • “Unsinkable Metal” Has a Number of Practical Industrial Applications
        Thursday, January 2, 2020

        Scientific breakthroughs are not often marked by one defining moment. Rather, a “breakthrough” typically comes at the end of a long, sequential process of experimentation, discovery, and refinement that builds upon itself. Bit by bit, scientists make incremental progress on solving a problem, and the results only look like a sudden breakthrough in the moment. […]

        • Marine-Friendly Materials Gaining Traction as Plastic Ocean Pollution Controversy Washes Ashore
          Monday, December 2, 2019

          On the remote Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean, researchers recently made a stunning discovery. Despite the fact that the islands are marketed as “Australia’s last unspoilt paradise,” a study in the journal Scientific Reports explained that more than 414 million pieces of plastic—including almost 1 million shoes and 370,000 toothbrushes—were washed up on the […]

          • Advanced Materials are Driving Innovation in the Automotive Industry
            Monday, November 25, 2019

            Given increasingly stringent legal and regulatory demands on fuel economy, emission control, and vehicle safety, automakers have responded by building lighter, more efficient, and more technologically-sophisticated vehicles over the last few decades. To accomplish this feat, automakers have focused on incorporating more advanced materials, such as high strength steels, lightweight plastics, and non-ferrous alloys into their products.