Tuesday, October 15, 2019
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NREL, SLAC Scientists Pinpoint Solar Cell Manufacturing Process

Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have been able to pinpoint for the first time...

Soft and Small Imaging Breakthrough

Molecular Foundry users develop breakthrough technique for non-invasive electron microscopy for soft materials.

Reacting Protactinium with Ubiquitous Water Explains an Elemental Oddity

Reactions with this extremely rare element could reveal previously unknown trends, benefitting studies of new nuclear reactor fuels.
solar cells

Problem Turned Into Performance for Solar Cells

Boundaries between crystalline grains - usually detrimental - can also boost charge collection in hybrid solar cells.

New Microwave Synthesis Technique Produces More – Affordable Hydrogen

Scientists synthesize what could be a low-cost, earth-abundant material that splits water to make hydrogen fuel.
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Artificial Moth Eyes Enhance Silicon Solar Cells

A novel approach to design and assembly of nanotextured surfaces on photovoltaic devices could improve energy collection.

Argonne continues to pave way to improved battery performance testing

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have demonstrated that the design and placement of a tiny measurement device called a...
solar cells

Wooden windows? New material could replace glass in solar cells and buildings

Windows and solar panels in the future could be made from one of the best — and cheapest — construction materials known: wood. Researchers...

Flat boron is a superconductor

Rice University scientists predict 2-D material – no longer theoretical – has unique properties 
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PV’s Role in Energy Prosperity and Climate Change Mitigation

Scientists from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), along with their counterparts from solar energy research institutes in Germany and Japan, gathered...

Five U of T Engineering innovations making the future greener

The University of Toronto today unveiled its plan for taking action on climate change in a bold report, Beyond Divestment: Taking Decisive Action on Climate...
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Clean liquid fuel could reduce our reliance on non-renewable energy

For the first time, scientists have overcome the challenge of breaking down raw biomass without the need for chemical pre-treatment, and have produced record...

Stanford researchers show fracking’s impact to drinking water sources

A case study of a small Wyoming town reveals that practices common in the fracking industry may have widespread impacts on drinking water resources.

ORNL scientists show charged salts can extract specific central lanthanide elements 

Rare earth elements are metals used in technologies from wind turbines and magnetic resonance imaging agents to industrial catalysts and high-definition televisions. Most are...

Researchers Move One Step Closer to Sustainable Hydrogen Production

Splitting water into its hydrogen and oxygen parts may sound like science fiction, but it’s the end goal of chemists and chemical engineers like Christopher...

Quantum effects at work in the world’s smelliest superconductor 

Researchers have found that quantum effects are the reason that hydrogen sulphide – which has the distinct smell of rotten eggs –behaves as a...
metal alloys

How to make metal alloys that stand up to hydrogen

New approach to preventing embrittlement could be useful in nuclear reactors.
nuclear fission

How complex is the nuclear fission barrier? A challenge for nuclear fission theory

The investigation of fission fragment properties as a function of nuclear temperature shows that fragment mass and total kinetic energy depend on the angle...
Iron nitride

Iron nitride transformers could boost energy storage options

A Sandia-led team has developed a way to make a magnetic material that could lead to lighter and smaller, cheaper and better-performing high-frequency transformers,...
carbon nanomaterials

Novel water-removal technique boosts performance of carbon nanomaterials

This research provides the first comprehensive understanding of water’s role within graphene oxide nanosheets (functionalized graphene sheets).