New test reveals purity of graphene: Terahertz waves used to spot contaminants
Graphene may be tough, but those who handle it had better be tender. The environment surrounding the atom-thick carbon material can influence its electronic performance, according to researchers at Rice and ...
Stronger, better solar cells: Graphene research on the cusp of new energy capabilities
(Phys.org) —There remains a lot to learn on the frontiers of solar power research, particularly when it comes to new advanced materials which could change how we harness energy.
Shatterproof screens that save smartphones
University of Akron polymer scientists have developed a transparent electrode that could change the face of smartphones, literally, by making their displays shatterproof.
Probing dopant distribution: Study opens door to better doping of semiconductor nanocrystals
(Phys.org) —The icing on the cake for semiconductor nanocrystals that provide a non-damped optoelectronic effect may exist as a layer of tin that segregates near the surface.
Chameleon crystals could enable active camouflage (w/ video)
(Phys.org) —The ability to control crystals with light and chemistry could lead to chameleon-style color-changing camouflage for vehicle bodies and other surfaces.
Energy breakthrough uses sun to create solar energy materials
In a recent advance in solar energy, researchers have discovered a way to tap the sun not only as a source of power, but also to directly produce the solar energy materials that make this possible.
Brain process takes paper shape
A paper-based device that mimics the electrochemical signalling in the human brain has been created by a group of researchers from China.
3D-stacked hybrid SRAM cell to be built by European scientists
European scientists from both academia and industry have begun an ambitious new research project focused on an alternative approach to extend Moore's Law. The goal is to reduce costs and improve the energy ...
3M teams with Cambrios to produce silver nanowire ink for touch displays
Graphene sheets could make effective transparent electrodes in certain types of photovoltaic cells
Graphene, a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon that is extremely strong and conducts electricity well, is the thinnest material ever made. Researchers believe that it could be used as a transparent electrode ...
Copper nanowires offer an efficient, inexpensive approach to solar energy harvesting
Copper adorns the Statue of Liberty, makes sturdy, affordable wiring, and helps our bodies absorb iron. Now, researchers at Duke University would like to use copper to transform sunlight and water into a ...
Next-generation semiconductors synthesis
Although silicon semiconductors are nearly universal in modern electronics, devices made from silicon have limitations—including that they cease to function properly at very high temperatures. One promising alternative ...
More transparency: Optically transparent water oxidation catalyst made from copper nanowires
(Phys.org) —Hydrogen is used as an energy source in fuel cells and can be produced from water by using sunlight and a suitable catalyst. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, American researchers have now introduced a new ...
Researchers develop thin film semiconductor that will drive production of next-generation displays
Researchers at the National Institute for Materials Science have developed a pixel switching semiconductor, which will be the key to driving next-generation displays, by using an oxide film with a new elemental ...