Dateline Rice for June 29, 2012


Scientists create new paint-on battery
Researchers at Rice University have developed a lithium-ion battery that can be painted on virtually any surface. Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and of chemistry, and Neelam Singh, a graduate student in mechanical engineering and materials science, are quoted. A Rice-produced video is featured. A link to Rice’s news release was featured on the homepage of Ajayan is also quoted in an article about using nanotechnology to purify water.

A Rice brainstorm: Spray-on batteries

Houston Chronicle (This front-page article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News,, and
Researchers develop paintable battery
Cover charge: New spray-on battery could convert any object into an electricity storage device
Scientific American
Scientists develop spray-on battery
Reuters (This article also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Globe and Mail, the International Business Times, the Toronto Sun, the Canberra Times, the Brisbane Times, Western Australia Today, the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Stabroek News, the Columbus Republic, the Orlando Sentinel, the Winnipeg Sun, the Calgary Sun, the London Free Press, the Edmonton Sun, the Hampton Roads Daily Press,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, [Kalamazoo, Mich.], [Holland, Mich.], [Denver], [Duluth, Minn.], [Wichita, Kan.], [Wausau, Wis.], [Green Bay, Wis.] and
New battery is spray-painted onto surfaces
United Press International (This article also appeared on and
Electric spray paint could turn any surface into a battery
Popular Science
Researchers develop spray-on batteries
Christian Science Monitor
High-tech paint turns any surface into a battery
Scientists create ‘paint on’ batteries
First spray-on battery could change home electronics forever — and might even make solar power work properly
Daily Mail (This article also appeared on, and
Weird but true
New York Post
Spray-on batteries could turn graffiti into power (This article also appeared on and
Rice University researchers create spray-on battery, powered bathroom tiles
Research team unveils spray-on battery
IndustryWeek (This article also appeared in the Sydney Daily Telegraph, the Western Australia Sunday Times, the Brisbane Courier-Mail, the Adelaide Advertiser, the Australian, the Melbourne Herald-Sun, the Oman Daily Observer, the Vancouver Sun, the Straits Times,,,,,,,, and
Graffiti battery lets you spray paint power supply
New Scientist (This article also appeared on
High-tech paint turns any surface into a battery
Scientists develop spray-on battery, turns any object into electrical storage
New paint can store and deliver electrical power like battery
Paint that acts as a battery invented by researchers in the US
Spray-on batteries to transform any surface into a power source
Paint that mimics battery
Spray-on battery could slip power into tighter spaces
Rice cooks up spray-paintable battery
Spray on batteries
Paintable battery can be sprayed onto almost any surface
Turn your beer mug into a paint-on solar charged battery
Paint with power
US researchers develop paintable battery
Spray, instead of charging, to power devices
Scientists come up with spray on battery
Spray-on battery makes power paintable
Scientists develop lithium spray-on battery
In the labs: Batteries that spray on and can grow (This article also appeared on [Durham, N.C.].)
High-tech spray paint could turn any surface into a battery
Spray on lithium ion battery technology unveiled
Scientists develop paintable future batteries

Paintable battery could end traditional packaging for storage devices (This Asian News International article also appeared on,,, and
Special paint turns any surface into a battery


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Paint-on batteries demonstrated

Spray-on battery developed

‘Nanotech for clean water’
Asian Age (This article also appeared in the Deccan Chronicle.)

A vindication, with a legacy still unwritten
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in articles about the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act and President Barack Obama’s legacy. The New York Times article appeared on the front page of the print edition. Brinkley is also quoted in an article about population growth in New Orleans.
New York Times

Obama’s Supreme Court win may help now more than November (This article also appeared in Businessweek and the New Orleans Times-Picayune.)
New Orleans tops list of fastest-growing US cities

Boston Globe (This article also appeared in the Washington Post.)

HIV in the mountain kingdom
Alumna Jordan Schermerhorn ’12 authored this column about her travels in southern Africa with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.
New York Times


China’s manned space mission marks ‘great first step’
Carolyn Sumners, adjunct professor of physics and astronomy, discusses China’s recent manned space mission. (This article also appeared on,, and

Life and work of late Desrey Fox hailed
The life and work of alumna Desrey Caesar-Fox ’03 was honored by the Guyana Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport.
Guyana Chronicle


Forget the ruling, Houston professionals happy to talk about health care issues
Elena Marks, scholar in health policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in news items about the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act. Marks appeared in the KPRC-TV studio for an online chat about the decision with viewers.
Houston Business Journal



Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act


Eight of nation’s 15 fastest-growing big cities in Texas
Texas had eight of the 15 fastest-growing large cities in the country, according to census figures. Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted. Murdock is also quoted in an article about Oklahoma’s rising Hispanic population.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Oklahoma: Hispanic population surging

Texas leads US with eight of the fastest-growing cities

Texas cities dominated the latest population projections from the U.S. Census Bureau, with eight of the 15 fastest-growing cities in the country located in the Lone Star State. Michael Cline, research scientist at the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, is quoted.
Dallas Morning News (subscription required)

UTSA scholar honored by peers
Alumna Heather Shipley ’06 was awarded the American Society of Civil Engineers New Faculty in Teaching Award. (San Antonio)

Tyson Miller of Belton graduates from Rice University
A news brief reports that Tyson Miller ’12 graduated from Rice May 12.
Belton Journal


Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, is quoted in news items about the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act.

US Supreme Court paves way for health reform

Lancet Oncology

Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared three times on KRIV-TV to discuss the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act. Jones is also quoted in an article about factors which will influence Hispanic voting. An English translation of that article is not available.

Immigration or the economy, which is the most important for the Hispanic vote?

La Voz (Houston)

KIAH-TV(This story also appeared on and [Dallas].)
Daniel Cohan, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted in a story about ozone levels in Houston.


Palladium outshines iron in TCE cleanup tests
In the first side-by-side tests of palladium- and iron-based catalysts, palladium destroyed the carcinogen TCE up to a billion times faster than iron, a new Rice study shows. Michael Wong, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of chemistry, is quoted.
Platinum Today

First UK solo exhibition of accomplished international artist Jacob Hashimoto opens at Ronchini Gallery
Rice is mentioned in an article about an exhibition by artist Jacob Hashimoto.


James Turrell: ‘Twilight Epiphany’ Skyspace at Rice University
Articles discuss the James Turrell “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace at Rice.

‘Twilight Epiphany’ by James Turrell

Natural gas gold rush: Is your state next?
Vicki Colvin, the Kenneth S. Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor of Chemistry, professor in chemical and biomedical engineering and director of the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology, is quoted in an article about America’s shale gas boom.
Hattiesburg American (Miss.)

Cost of college a burden for children of divorce
A study shows that children of divorced parents can have difficulty affording college. Rice research is cited.
Naples News (Fla.) (This article also appeared in the Marco Eagle.)


Cingrani makes like Sale in throwing a gem
Former Rice baseball player Tony Cingrani is featured in an article recapping a baseball game between the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and the Jackson Generals.
South Town Star (Ill.)

El Campo seniors commit to play football at Rice
Two El Campo, Texas, high school seniors have committed to play football at Rice.
Victoria Advocate (Texas)

Student-athletes’ deaths prompt new workout guidelines
Health and sports professionals are trying to make conditioning sessions safer for student-athletes by collaborating to create the first consensus guidelines on preventing sudden deaths during workouts. The 2006 death of Rice football player Dale Lloyd II is mentioned. (This Associate Press article appeared on and nearly 70 other media outlets.)


Rice expert available to discuss Amazon’s shift on sales tax
Utpal Dholakia, a professor of management at Rice University, is available to comment on the shift by’s attitude toward sales tax and anticipated consumer reactions.

Centennial video series: Herzstein Hall arcade
Working with Centennial Historian Melissa Kean, video producer Brandon Martin takes a look at the Herzstein Hall arcade.

Rice University experts available to comment on Mexican elections
Two newly appointed experts at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy can speak about the Mexican elections from a variety of perspectives.

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