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Researchers boost solar cell efficiency

(PhysOrg.com) -- New ways of squeezing out greater efficiency from solar photovoltaic cells are emerging from computer simulations and lab tests conducted by a team of physicists and engineers at MIT.

Nov 24, 2008
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Mollusc shells inspire super-glass

Engineers intrigued by the toughness of mollusc shells, which are composed of brittle minerals, have found inspiration in their structure to make glass 200 times stronger than a standard pane.

Jan 28, 2014
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Mimicking Nature Creates Self-Cleaning Coatings

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are mimicking one of Nature’s best non-stick surfaces to help create more reliable electric transmission systems, photovoltaic arrays that retain their efficiency, ...

Oct 13, 2006
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Silicon photonic crystals key to optical cloaking

In computer simulations, the researchers have demonstrated an approximate cloaking effect created by concentric rings of silicon photonic crystals. The mathematical proof brings scientists a step closer to a practical solution ...

Jun 25, 2008
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Could Graphene Replace Semiconductors?

(PhysOrg.com) -- “People want a faster computer chip,” Philip Kim tells PhysOrg.com. “And it needs to be smaller. But in order to increase the speed of the chip, or to get it smaller, we are approaching a point where ...

Sep 08, 2008 feature
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