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Rechargeable lithium-sulfur batteries

Keeping Tabs on Polysulfides in Batteries

The Science In the future, lithium-sulfur (Li-S) rechargeable batteries could hold more energy and cost less than lithium-ion batteries if they can be made to...
Magnetized Plasma

Magnetized Plasmas That “Twist Light” Can Produce Powerful Microscopes and More

The Science To get the extremely high-resolution images vital to study new materials, microbes, and more, scientists often build microscopes based on optical vortices. Forming...
water-based battery

Researchers Have Developed a Water-Based Battery to Store Solar and Wind...

Stanford researchers have developed a water-based battery that could provide a cheap way to store wind or solar energy generated when the sun is...
dataset, Race to Zero competition

Prairie View A&M University Team Grand Winner at Race to Zero...

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced winners of its fifth annual Race to Zero Student Design Competition, a competition that challenges collegiate teams to...
dataset, Race to Zero competition

U.S. Department of Energy and Geological Survey Release Online Public Dataset...

Today, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the American...
Magnesium ions

Getting Magnesium Ions to Pick Up the Pace

The Science Magnesium ions are doubly charged compared to singly charged lithium ions, so these batteries have the potential for storing more energy. In this...
Atomic Vibrations

How to Turn Light Into Atomic Vibrations

The Science Sheet-like materials can have intriguing properties that could benefit devices from flexible electronics to solar cells. Researchers think they can customize the properties...
crystal

Small Poke—Huge Unexpected Response

The Science No earlier theory had envisioned that the responses would be so large! Scientists “poked” three crystals with pulses of light. Unexpectedly, the crystals...
catalysts

Catalysts: High Performance Lies on the Edge

The Science Platinum is not an abundant element, but it is a popular catalyst. Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory synthesized a catalyst made from...
Quantum Materials

The Shape of Things to Come for Quantum Materials?

The Science For the first time, researchers isolated and characterized atomically thin 2-D crystals of pentagons bonded together in palladium diselenide (PdSe2). The research confirmed...
graphene

Buckyball Marries Graphene

The Science Scientists combined buckyballs, which resemble tiny soccer balls made from 60 carbon atoms, with graphene, a single layer of carbon, on an underlying...
Perovskite Solar Cells

Atomic Movies Explain Why Perovskite Solar Cells Are More Efficient

The Science Sunlight causes large changes to the underlying network of atoms that make up perovskites, a promising material for solar cells. Before being hit...
perovskite nanocrystals

Nanocrystals Lock-In the Correct Phase

The Science The physical and chemical properties of some materials change when they are confined to fit into the miniscule volume of a nanoparticle. Researchers...
Arctic

Sunlight Stimulates Microbial Respiration of Carbon in Surface Waters

The Science Sunlight and microbes found in Arctic waters interact to degrade dissolved organic carbon (DOC) that is flushed from thawing Arctic permafrost soils into...
nano cages

Single Atoms in Nano-Cages

The Science Tiny cages shaped like honeycombs, but ten million times smaller in size than actual honeycombs, are effective at reversibly trapping and releasing single...
electrons

Unwavering Juggler With Three Extra Electrons

The Science Typically, when molecules in the gas phase have three extra electrons, they are unstable. They either decompose or eject the extra electrons. However,...
batteries

Defects and Surface Reactions Boost Batteries

The Science The science behind the operation of a lithium-ion battery is extraordinarily complex. In batteries, electric charge is carried by positive lithium ions. During...
Engines and Fuels

Co-Optimization of Engines & Fuels: Breakthrough Research in Engine and Fuel...

The Energy Department today released two studies from the Co-Optimization of Engines & Fuels initiative (Co-Optima). The study, Fuel Blendstocks with the Potential to Optimize...
solar energy, Manufacturing

Department of Energy Announces $35 Million for Emerging Research Projects to...

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $35 million for 24 projects to support early-stage, innovative technologies and solutions in advanced manufacturing. These...
solar energy

Taking Solar Energy to the Edge

The Science At the Center for Integrated Nanotechnology (CINT), researchers discovered an efficient way to make combined solar panels and light-emitting devices. Rather than using...