Hybrid materials could smash the solar efficiency ceiling
(Phys.org) —A new method for transferring energy from organic to inorganic semiconductors could boost the efficiency of widely used inorganic solar cells.
The origins of handedness in life
No need for water, enzymes are doing it for themselves
New research by scientists at the University of Bristol has challenged one of the key axioms in biology - that enzymes need water to function. The breakthrough could eventually lead to the development of ...
Why plants don't get sunburn
Plants rely on sunlight to make their food, but they also need protection from its harmful rays, just like humans do. Recently, scientists discovered a group of molecules in plants that shields them from ...
Two Americans, one German win Chemistry Nobel for giving microscope sharper vision
Chemists tackle battery overcharge problem
Research from the University of Kentucky Department of Chemistry will help batteries resist overcharging, improving the safety of electronics from cell phones to airplanes.
An up-close look at what air pollution is doing to your body
We are all aware that air pollution can be bad for our health – the World Health Organisation estimated that ambient air pollution caused 3.7 million premature deaths worldwide in 2012 – yet what exactly ...
Chemists achieve new technique with profound implications for drug development
Breaking carbon-hydrogen (C-H) bonds to alter existing molecules to create new ones is an increasingly important avenue for drug development. Of particular interest is mirror-image or "one-handed" compounds, ...
New technique to make foams could lead to lightweight, sustainable materials
Anyone who has blown a bubble and seen how quickly it pops has first-hand experience on the major challenge in creating stable foams.
NASA is catalyst for hydrogen technology
NASA answered a call to help the world's largest aerospace company develop a better way to generate electricity for its aircraft. Instead, it wound up helping a very small technology company to thrive.
Olive oil more stable and healthful than seed oils for frying food
Frying is one of the world's most popular ways to prepare food—think fried chicken and french fries. Even candy bars and whole turkeys have joined the list. But before dunking your favorite food in a vat ...
Water purification at the molecular level
(Phys.org) —Fracking for oil and gas is a dirty business. The process uses millions of gallons of water laced with chemicals and sand. Most of the contaminated water is trucked to treatment plants to be ...
Electrically conductive plastics promising for batteries, solar cells
(Phys.org) —An emerging class of electrically conductive plastics called "radical polymers" may bring low-cost, transparent solar cells, flexible and lightweight batteries and ultrathin antistatic coatings ...