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October 19, 2017
Designer Binders Protect Silicon Battery Electrodes
Lithium-ion batteries with silicon anodes have a theoretical capacity 10 times higher than the most commonly used anodes. However, silicon
October 19, 2017
Nanoribbons Enable “On–Off” Switch for Graphene
A new way to grow narrow ribbons of graphene, a lightweight and strong structure made of a layer — just a single atom thick — of carbon
October 19, 2017
On-Demand 3-D Printing of Tiny Magic Wands
Structures on the scale of nanometers—much smaller than wavelengths of light—may improve transmission of plasmons, or small waves of
October 19, 2017
Watching Catalysts Evolve in 3-D
Because bimetallic catalysts are widely employed in batteries and fuel cells, a full understanding of their oxidation (electron loss) mechanisms is
October 19, 2017
Hybrid Material Glows Like Jellyfish
Improving the efficiency of nanoscale energy transfer in quantum dot or quantum rod based systems requires the ability to fine tune variables
October 2, 2017
Bringing Visual “Magic” to Light
Scientists from mixed reality technology company Magic Leap Inc., working with researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley
October 2, 2017
Speeding Materials Discovery Puts Solar Fuels on the Fast Track to Commercial Viability
Pure hydrogen is highly flammable, making it an ideal fuel. If you could find a way to extract that hydrogen from water using sunlight, then, you
October 2, 2017
Water in One Dimension
While scientists have known that molecules confined within single-walled nanotubes behave differently than their bulk counterparts, it has
October 2, 2017
Adding Stress Boosts Performance, Stability for Fuel Cells
Electric vehicles powered by proton exchange membrane fuel cells, which use hydrogen gas as fuel and produce water as exhaust, have entered
October 2, 2017
Drawing at the One-Nanometer Length Scale
The ability to pattern materials at ever-smaller sizes — using electron-beam lithography, in which an electron-sensitive material is exposed
October 2, 2017
Blurring the Line between Animate and Inanimate: “Active” Matter Drives Self-Propelled Fluid
Many technologies require expensive external energy to move fluids. In contrast, cells and other microscopic biological materials move fluids using
October 2, 2017
The Road Less Traveled: How to Switch Assembly Pathways
Bioinspired assembly of complex building blocks that vary in structure and properties form ordered 2-D and 3-D structures. These assembly pathways
August 31, 2017
Crystals Grow by Twisting, Aligning and Snapping Together
Scientists who study crystal formation and growth have long known that nanosize crystals suspended in a liquid medium often aggregate to form large
August 29, 2017
Two for the Price of One: Exceeding 100 Percent Efficiency in Solar Fuel Production
In conventional semiconductor-based energy harvesting of photons from the sun, excess photon energy above the semiconductor bandgap is wasted.
August 29, 2017
The Tricky Trifecta of Solar Cells
Three-dimensional (3-D) organic–inorganic perovskites have emerged as one of the most promising thin-film solar cell materials owing to a
August 18, 2017
A New Oxidation State for Plutonium
The researchers synthesized a Pu(III) starting material, PuCp”3 (Cp” = the substituted anionic cyclopentadienyl ring [C
August 18, 2017
A Traffic Cop for Molecules
Materials with rigid ultra small micropores provide selectivity that controls the motion of individual molecules to improve separation between
August 18, 2017
Creating a Molecular Super Sponge, from the Ground Up
The structure of NU-1301 represents a new three-dimensional net, named Northwestern University Net (nun), which has been added to the reticular
August 3, 2017
Making an Ultra-small Silicon “Chip”
Rational synthesis is the strategic choice of a sequence of chemical reactions leading to a desired chemical target. The application of rational
August 3, 2017
When Strontium is Away, Iridium Comes Out to Play
Water splitting, which generates hydrogen and oxygen gas, plays a key role in renewable energy technologies by producing molecules that can be used
July 21, 2017
Quantum Computing Building Blocks
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created a wholly suitable pathway for the large-scale production of quantum logic gates.
July 21, 2017
On Track towards a Zika Virus Vaccine
The research team from the Rockefeller University and Caltech, along with collaborators working in Pau da Lima, Brazil and Santa Maria Mixtequilla,
July 11, 2017
Speeding Up Catalysts for Energy Storage
Nature uses catalysts to generate fuels to store energy in chemical bonds. Scientists have struggled to design fuel-producing catalysts based on
June 23, 2017
Magnetic Curve Balls
Magnetic skyrmions are stable magnetic objects that are a few nanometers to microns in size with an atom-sized core surrounded by an axially
June 23, 2017
New “Gold Standard” for Flexible Electronics
Researchers developed a simple and inexpensive new process for making single crystalline, wafer-size, flexible, transparent, and conductive gold