'Superstructured' solar cells achieve record efficiency of 10.9%
Gold nanorods provide whole new way of harvesting energy from the sun
A new method of harvesting the Sun's energy is emerging, thanks to scientists at UC Santa Barbara's Departments of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Materials. Though still in its infancy, the research promises to convert ...
Carbon-capture breakthrough: Porous material polymerizes carbon dioxide at natural gas wellheads
Rice University scientists have created an Earth-friendly way to separate carbon dioxide from natural gas at wellheads.
Researchers report first fully integrated artificial photosynthesis nanosystem
(Phys.org) —In the wake of the sobering news that atmospheric carbon dioxide is now at its highest level in at least three million years, an important advance in the race to develop carbon-neutral renewable ...
Manganese dioxide nanorod technology could lead to a better capacitor
(Phys.org) —A new process for growing forests of manganese dioxide nanorods may lead to the next generation of high-performance capacitors.
'Tunable' metal nanostructures for fuel cells, batteries and solar energy
(PhysOrg.com) -- For catalysts in fuel cells and electrodes in batteries, engineers would like to manufacture metal films that are porous, to make more surface area available for chemical reactions, and highly ...
Lab study suggests small layer of water, CO2 and silicate lies beneath tectonic plates
The self-improvement of lithium-ion batteries
(Phys.org)—The search for clean and green energy in the 21st century requires a better and more efficient battery technology. The key to attaining that goal may lie in designing and building batteries not ...
Batteries get a quick charge with new anode technology
(PhysOrg.com) -- A breakthrough in components for next-generation batteries could come from special materials that transform their structure to perform better over time.
Computer model used to pinpoint prime materials for efficient carbon capture
When power plants begin capturing their carbon emissions to reduce greenhouse gases and to most in the electric power industry, it's a question of when, not if it will be an expensive undertaking.
Scientists find simple way to produce graphene
(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists at Northern Illinois University say they have discovered a simple method for producing high yields of graphene, a highly touted carbon nanostructure that some believe could replace ...
Synthetic cells used to bioengineer new forms of silica
Stanford team devises a better solar-powered water splitter (w/ video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- The process of splitting water into pure oxygen and clean-burning hydrogen fuel has long been the Holy Grail for clean-energy advocates as a method of large-scale energy storage, but the idea faces technical ...
Boron nitride is a promising path to practical graphene devices
(PhysOrg.com) -- Graphene is a two-dimensional honeycomb of carbon, just one atom thick, whose intriguing electronic properties include very high electron mobility and very low resistivity. Graphene is so ...