Self-healing solar cells 'channel' natural processes
To understand how solar cells heal themselves, look no further than the nearest tree leaf or the back of your hand.
Recipe for more environmentally friendly batteries
Norwegian scientists want to develop greener and more vigorous batteries, using inexpensive raw materials that are plentiful in Norway.
Researchers create 'soft robotic' devices using water-based gels
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new technique for creating devices out of a water-based hydrogel material that can be patterned, folded and used to manipulate objects. The ...
Elucidation of spin state of conduction electrons in graphene
Using a spin-polarized metastable helium beam, a group headed by Dr. Shiro Entani, who is a limited-term researcher at the Advanced Science Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (President: Shojiro ...
SDSU graduate student generates electricity from windows
Windows may one day generate electricity to heat and cool buildings, thanks to research done at the South Dakota State University Center for Advanced Photovoltaics.
For perfect nano-crystals, just add water
A simplified technique to fabricate nano-crystals of cerium dioxide (CeO2), which have wide-ranging technological and industrial applications, has been "unexpectedly" demonstrated by a UNSW chemist.
New analytical methodology can guide electrode optimization
Using a new analytical methodology—a coupled micro-computed X-ray tomography (MicroCT) and microfluidic-based electrochemical analysis—researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are ...
Eavesdropping on lithium ions
(Phys.org) —Lithium ion batteries are at the energetic heart of almost all things tech, from cell phones to tablets to electric vehicles. That's because they are a proven technology, light, long-lasting ...
Champion nano-rust for producing solar hydrogen
EPFL and Technion researchers have figured out the "champion" nanostructures able to produce hydrogen in the most environmentally friendly and cheap manner, by simply using daylight.
Toward tinier transistors
(Phys.org) —The foundation of many, many modern electronic devices – including computers, smart phones, and televisions – is the silicon transistor. However, the shrinking of consumer electronics is ...
Hybrid nanostructure with extreme light absorption looks promising for photovoltaics
New low-cost, transparent electrodes
Indium tin oxide (ITO) has become a standard material in light-emitting diodes, flat panel plasma displays, electronic ink and other applications because of its high performance, moisture resistance, and capacity for being ...
No more leakage of explosive electrolytes in batteries
(Phys.org) —A research team at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), S. Korea, found a new physical organogel electrolyte with two unique characteristics: an irreversible thermal gelation ...
Drinking water from the sea: Electrochemically mediated seawater desalination in microfluidic systems
(Phys.org) —A new method for the desalination of sea water has been reported by a team of American and German researchers in the journal Angewandte Chemie. In contrast to conventional methods, this techni ...