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July 26, 2016
Battery with a Built-in Bouncer
Only the Good Shall Pass: Battery with a Built-in Bouncer
The membrane separators in-between the electrodes of a redox-flow battery must allow the working ion to shuttle between the electrodes while
July 26, 2016
More Efficient Conversion of Water to Hydrogen Fuels
More Efficient Conversion of Water to Hydrogen Fuels
Biology assembles and uses discrete spaces such as organelles and protein-based compartments to localize and exquisitely control chemical processes
July 26, 2016
“Electrolyte Balloons” Make Rechargeable Batteries Safer
“Electrolyte Balloons” Make Rechargeable Batteries Safer
A common failure mechanism in lithium-metal batteries is the growth of tree-like lithium metal dendrites, resulting in short-circuiting. The growth
July 26, 2016
Graphene Rewrites the Rules of Engagement
Graphene Rewrites the Rules of Engagement
Silicon has been successful because it is an electronically tunable semiconductor material that can be used in electronic devices. Graphene has
July 26, 2016
Novel Porous Materials
Novel Porous Materials Made from Flexible “Spaghetti-like” Molecules
It was believed that the scaffolding nature of MOFs could only be prepared from rigid starting materials. The preparation of such porous materials
July 26, 2016
Getting Light in Shape with Metamaterials
Getting Light in Shape with Metamaterials
This new concept involves arrays of optical nano-cavities called metamaterials, which are added to thin-layered semiconductors (heterostructures)
July 26, 2016
Atomic Blimp Stretches a Crystal
Atomic Blimp Stretches a Crystal
Scientists believed that changing only one dimension of the crystal lattice structure was impossible. Now researchers led by scientists from Oak
July 26, 2016
Next-Generation Electric Switches
Moving Beyond Semiconductors for Next-Generation Electric Switches
In the quantum mechanical phenomenon called resonant tunneling, electrons that are in a well-defined quantum well (or quantum state) can move to an
July 25, 2016
Modeling Sunlight Harvesting in Nanostructures
Modeling Sunlight Harvesting in Nanostructures
Scientists reviewed electronic structure calculations of light-driven processes in organic and semiconductor nanostructures. They also reviewed how
July 25, 2016
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It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Super-ion Building Blocks
Solar cell performance of hybrid perovskites has improved from under 4% efficiency in 2009 to over 20% efficiency today. However, perovskite
July 25, 2016
Superacid treatment of semiconductors
Coming to a Monitor near You: Notorious “Perfection”
The photoluminescence efficiency is characterized by the ratio of light emitted to the amount of energy deposited into the system. For advanced
July 25, 2016
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Soft and Small Imaging Breakthrough
Soft matter encompasses a broad swath of materials, including liquids, polymers, gels, foam and—most importantly—biomolecules. At the
July 20, 2016
Invisible Elements
New Imaging Technique Sees Elements that Are “Invisible” to Common Methods
To address the damage caused by scanning transmission electron microscopy, or STEM, a team at the Molecular Foundry developed a new imaging
July 20, 2016
Flexible DNA
Revealing the Fluctuations of Flexible DNA in 3D
Working at the Molecular Foundry using a cutting-edge electron microscope technique coupled with a protein-staining process and sophisticated
July 20, 2016
Quantum Computing
New Device Steps Us Towards Quantum Computing
While isolated electrons in a vacuum can store quantum information nearly perfectly, in real materials, the movements of surrounding atoms disturbs
July 20, 2016
CFN
Something Deep Within: Nanocrystals Grown in Nanowires
Semiconducting nanowires have a wide range of existing and potential applications in optoelectronic materials, from single-electron transistors and
July 20, 2016
Boron Boost
Boron Boosts Graphene’s Sensitivity to Noxious Gases
Theory predicts that graphene could be much better at detecting noxious gases if impurities, or dopants, were incorporated into its rigid framework
July 1, 2016
Separation of  Electron’s Intrinsic Properties Revealed
Separation of Electron’s Intrinsic Properties Revealed
An electron in an atom has three intrinsic properties: charge, spin and orbital angular momentum; the latter characterizes how the electron orbits
July 1, 2016
New Molecule Predicted  that Could Make Safer Batteries
New Molecule Predicted that Could Make Safer Batteries
Powered by the state-of-the art computational tools and inspired by nature, researchers investigated the stability of ionic molecules for their
July 1, 2016
LED Lighting May Now Shine  Brighter
LED Lighting May Now Shine Brighter
The presence of defects in semiconductor materials, such as the missing gallium atoms in the image, were known to drastically decrease the light
June 20, 2016
Water Gunks Up Biofuels Production from Bio-Oils
Water Gunks Up Biofuels Production from Bio-Oils
Various catalysts can be used in the hydrodeoxygenation process, which removes oxygen-containing compounds or oxygenates, but the best catalysts
June 10, 2016
Keeping Cool with a Black Semiconductor
Keeping Cool with a Black Semiconductor
Black phosphorus is a natural layered semiconductor and is a promising candidate for electronic, optical, and optoelectronic applications.
June 10, 2016
Working Better Together: Two Materials Defining the Future of High-Speed Electronics
Working Better Together: Two Materials Defining the Future of High-Speed Electronics
Towards the development of high-speed electronic devices that are usually constrained to conventional semiconductors, researchers led by Michigan
June 9, 2016
The Gold Standard of Cracking Tests
The Gold Standard of Cracking Tests
Corrosive environments, such as those found inside nuclear power plants and other sites, can cause stainless steel, brass, or other metallic alloys
June 9, 2016
Combining Electrons and Lasers to Create Designer Beams for Materials Research
Combining Electrons and Lasers to Create Designer Beams for Materials Research
After a material is excited, the first electronic motions are fundamental processes that enable transport of energy and information. Snapshots of