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organic solar cells

How to Build Efficient Organic Solar Cells

Twenty-five researchers from seven research institutes have put their heads together to draw up rules for designing high-efficiency organic solar cells. The research is...
catalytic converter

Cleaner Emissions Thanks to Sponge-Like Structure

Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI in Villigen, Switzerland, have developed a new catalytic converter for cleaning emissions from natural gas engines. In...
solar cells

New Solar Technology for the Energy Transition

It is crucial that we prevent the Earth from warming by more than two degrees Celsius compared with the pre-industrial era. This is a...
Thin-film transistor

Research Charts the Way to More Reliable Carbon-based Microelectronics

Carbon nanotubes – cylindrical formations of carbon atoms with incredible strength and electrical conductivity – hold great promise for creating new micron-scale low-power electronic...
robot vision

Robot Vision Makes Solar Cell Manufacture More Efficient

“The price of solar-generated electricity continues to plummet, and the technology is taking over as the least expensive form of energy in more and...
oxygen photosynthesis

Making the Oxygen We Breathe, a Photosynthesis Mechanism Exposed

Arguably, the greatest fueler of life on our planet is photosynthesis, but understanding its labyrinthine chemistry, powered by sunlight, is challenging. Researchers recently illuminated...
lithium battery

Turbocharger for the Lithium Battery

A team of material researchers from Jülich, Munich and Prague succeeded in producing a composite material that is particularly well-suited to electrodes in lithium...
silicon photonics

NAU Scientist Contributes to Significant Advance in Silicon Photonics

Northern Arizona University assistant professor Ryan Behunin collaborated with a team of physicists from Yale and the University of Texas at Austin in discovering an innovative...
colloidal photonic crystalsvideo

New Material Reveals Hidden Message When You Breathe on It

Our clothes, food and everyday devices get their colour from dye or pigments that absorb light. These colours fade over time, as laundry detergent ads never fail...
silicon nanoparticles

Researchers Use Silicon Nanoparticles For Bioimaging and Drug Delivery

An international research team has studied a new cell visualisation and drug delivery system based on nanoparticles coated with luminescent dye molecules. Scientists have...
liquid crystals

Researchers Explore New Applications for “Smart” Material

Research led by scientists from the University of Luxembourg has shown the potential of liquid crystal shells as enabling material for a vast array...
diabetes

“Living Drug Factories” May One Day Replace Injections

Patients with diabetes generally rely on constant injections of insulin to control their disease. But MIT spinout Sigilon Therapeutics is developing an implantable, insulin-producing...
quantum computingvideo

Primed for a Quantum Leap in Research

Since being proposed a half-century ago, quantum computing has been confined to science fiction and the daydreams of physicists. Then that all changed. “In the last...
AutoBarSizer

Math Puzzle for Better Material Utilization

Companies that process steel usually require customized cutting of steel bars for their products. As a result, steel traders are faced with the challenge...
quantum materials

The Apparent Inner Calm of Quantum Materials

The transitions between different phases of matter are part of our everyday life: the freezing water thus passes from the liquid state to the...
Organic printing inks

Organic Printing Inks May Restore Sight to Blind People

Researchers led by Eric Glowacki, principal investigator of the organic nanocrystals subgroup in the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Linköping University, have developed a tiny,...
recyclable polymer

‘Infinitely’ Recyclable Polymer Shows Practical Properties of Plastics

The world fell in love with plastics because they’re cheap, convenient, lightweight and long-lasting. For these same reasons, plastics are now trashing the Earth. Colorado...
metallic glass

Artificial Intelligence Accelerates Discovery of Metallic Glass

If you combine two or three metals together, you will get an alloy that usually looks and acts like a metal, with its atoms...
batteries

Seeing How Next-Generation Batteries Power-Up

The Science Next-generation batteries based on magnesium rather than lithium ions hold promise to be more efficient, safer, and cheaper. One electrode is metallic magnesium....
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...