News tagged with metallic materials

Are we independent of rare metals?

Numerous metallic elements are regarded as "critical": on one hand, they play an ever more important role in so-called future technologies and on the other, there is a high risk of supply bottlenecks. Small and medium-sized ...

Feb 24, 2015
4.5 / 5 (2) 0

Tech reliant on finite metal sources

(Phys.org) —Many of the metals needed to feed the surging global demand for high-tech products, from smart phones to solar panels, cannot be replaced, leaving some markets vulnerable if resources become ...

Dec 03, 2013
4.4 / 5 (14) 1 | with audio podcast

Photovoltaics from any semiconductor

A technology that would enable low-cost, high efficiency solar cells to be made from virtually any semiconductor material has been developed by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence ...

Jul 26, 2012
4.9 / 5 (17) 16 | with audio podcast