Evolution inspires more efficient solar cell design: Geometric pattern maximizes time light is trapped in solar cell
(Phys.org)—The sun's energy is virtually limitless, but harnessing its electricity with today's single-crystal silicon solar cells is extremely expensive—10 times pricier than coal, according to some ...
Understanding graphene's electrical properties on an atomic level
(Phys.org) —Graphene, a material that consists of a lattice of carbon atoms, one atom thick, is widely touted as being the most electrically conductive material ever studied. However, not all graphene is ...
Prediction of superconductivity in compounds based on iridium oxide opens a new chapter for superconductors
High-temperature superconductors are some of the most widely studied materials in physics, where the discovery of new compounds often provides insight into the complex physics that underlies them, as well ...
High magnetic fields coax new discoveries from topological insulators
(PhysOrg.com) -- Using one of the most powerful magnets in the world, a small group of researchers has successfully isolated signs of electrical current flowing along the surface of a topological insulator, ...
Densest array of carbon nanotubes paves way toward post-silicon technology
Radically simple technique developed to grow conducting polymer thin films
(PhysOrg.com) -- Oil and water don't mix, but add in some nanofibers and all bets are off.
Particle-free silver ink prints small, high-performance electronics
University of Illinois materials scientists have developed a new reactive silver ink for printing high-performance electronics on ubiquitous, low-cost materials such as flexible plastic, paper or fabric substrates.
New material promises better solar cells
Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology show that a recently discovered class of materials can be used to create a new kind of solar cell.
Speeding up electronics to light frequencies
(Phys.org)—Modern information processing allows for breathtaking switching rates of about a 100 billion cycles per second. New results from the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (LAP) of Prof. Ferenc Krausz ...
New spintronics material could help usher in next generation of microelectronics
(PhysOrg.com) -- As the electronics industry works toward developing smaller and more compact devices, the need to create new types of scaled-down semiconductors that are more efficient and use less power has become essential.
New solar cell self-repairs like natural plant systems
(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers are creating a new type of solar cell designed to self-repair like natural photosynthetic systems in plants by using carbon nanotubes and DNA, an approach aimed at increasing service ...
Butterfly wings + carbon nanotubes = new 'nanobiocomposite' material
Leveraging the amazing natural properties of the Morpho butterfly's wings, scientists have developed a nanobiocomposite material that shows promise for wearable electronic devices, highly sensitive light ...
Electric cars: put a battery in your roof
A nanoscale material developed in Britain could one day yield wafer-thin cellphones and light-weight, long-range electric cars powered by the roof, boot and doors, researchers have reported.
Beyond flash -- memories are made of this
(PhysOrg.com) -- The race is on for a successor to the popular 'flash' memory used in portable devices. European researchers think they have found a candidate in novel materials combined with a simple, easily ...