Scientists at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (NTU) have developed a next-generation sunlight to electricity solar cell material which can also emit light. The solar cell is built from Perovskite, a promising material (also see this link) that could hold the key to creating high-efficiency, inexpensive solar cells. The new cells not only glow when […]






Mother-of-pearl, which covers the shells of abalone and some bivalves has recently inspired a new ceramic material (A pdf link).  Whether traditional or derived from high technology, ceramics all have the same flaw: they are fragile. Yet this characteristic may soon be a thing of the past. A team of researchers led by the Laboratoire […]






Nobuyuki Imanishi, Ph.D. at Mie University in Japan reports progress on a “breathing” battery that has the potential to one day replace the lithium-ion technology of today’s electric vehicles. The main difference between lithium-ion and lithium-air batteries is that the latter replaces the traditional cathode, a key battery component involved in the flow of electric […]






Georgia Tech scientists working on a miniature generator based on an electrical energy generating phenomenon called the piezoelectric effect produced more power than expected – with a new idea called the triboelectric effect.  That makes imagining powering your cell phone by simply walking around your office or rubbing it with the palm of your hand […]






ETH Zürich researchers have succeeded in producing uniform antimony nanocrystals and testing them as components of laboratory batteries.  The nanocrystals are able to store a large number of both lithium and sodium ions, operate at high rates and may eventually be used as alternative anode materials in future high energy-density batteries. The materials hunt is […]






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