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.
Researchers find new high-efficiency thermoelectric material
University of Houston physicists have discovered a new thermoelectric material offering high performance at temperatures ranging from room temperature up to 300 degrees Celsius, or about 573 degrees Fahrenheit.
Environmentally friendly solar cell pushes forward the 'next big thing in photovoltaics'
Northwestern University researchers are the first to develop a new solar cell with good efficiency that uses tin instead of lead perovskite as the harvester of light. The low-cost, environmentally friendly ...
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.
Researchers find tin selenide shows promise for efficiently converting waste heat into electrical 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 ...
Test magnet reaches 13.5 tesla – a new CERN record
The Short Model Coil (SMC) programme tests new magnet technologies with magnets about 30 centimetres long. The technology developed in the SMC will eventually help engineers build more powerful magnets for ...
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 make flexible, transparent e-paper from silicon
Research brings unbreakable phones one step closer
Breakthrough research at RMIT University is advancing transparent bendable electronics, bringing science fiction gadgets – such as unbreakable rubber-like phones, rollable tablets and even functional clothing – closer ...