Polish team claims leap for wonder material graphene
It's billed as the wonder material of the 21st century with the power to revolutionise micro-electronics, and won its pioneers the 2010 Nobel Physics Prize.
Major advance in understanding how nanowires form
New insights into why and how nanowires take the form they do will have profound implications for the development of future electronic components. PhD student Peter Krogstrup from the Nano-Science Center at ...
Solar power systems could lighten the load for British soldiers
A revolutionary type of personal power pack now in development could help our troops when they are engaged on the battlefield.
Laser pulses crystallize amorphous silicon, create nanostructured surface ideal for solar-cell applications
The importance of silicon for almost every element in modern-day electronic devices and computers is due largely to its crystalline atomic structure. Crystalline silicon, however, is much more expensive to ...
Shining light on graphene sensors
National Physical Laboratory, together with an international team of scientists, have published research showing how light can be used to control graphene's electrical properties. This advance is an important ...
Microreactor speeds nanotech particle production by 500 times
Engineers at Oregon State University have discovered a new method to speed the production rate of nanoparticles by 500 times, an advance that could play an important role in making nanotechnology products more commercially ...
In Brief: 'Multiple exciton collection' could result in more efficient solar cells
(PhysOrg.com) -- A University of Wyoming professor's findings, published today in the journal Science may open the door to new designs for inexpensive and higher efficiency solar cells.
Quantum physicists turn waste heat into power
(PhysOrg.com) -- University of Arizona physicists have discovered a new way of harvesting waste heat and turning it into electrical power. Taking advantage of quantum effects, the technology holds great promise ...
Simpler method for building varieties of nanocrystal superlattices
Collaboration by chemists, physicists and materials scientists at the University of Pennsylvania has created a simple and inexpensive method to rapidly grow centimeter-scale membranes of binary nanocrystal ...
Samsung outlines $20.6 billion investment plan
(AP) -- Samsung said Tuesday it plans to invest 23.3 trillion won ($20.6 billion) over the next decade in technologies including solar cells and medical devices, aiming to boost sales and increase its work force by tens ...
NREL Finds a Way to Give LEDs the Green Light
(PhysOrg.com) -- Light bulbs that last 100 years and fill rooms with brilliant ambiance may become a reality sooner rather than later, thanks to a National Renewable Energy Laboratory discovery.
Plastic electronics could slash the cost of solar panels
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new technique developed by Princeton University engineers for producing electricity-conducting plastics could dramatically lower the cost of manufacturing solar panels.
New Path To Solar Energy Via Solid-State Photovoltaics
(PhysOrg.com) -- Berkeley Lab researchers have found a new mechanism by which the photovoltaic effect can take place in semiconductor thin-films. This new path to energy production brightens the future for ...
University of Oklahoma 'clean energy' technology promises gains in efficiency
A "clean energy" technology under development at the University of Oklahoma promises transformational advances with products that convert heat directly to useful electrical power.