University of Waterloo researchers have developed an innovative technology using silicon to improve lithium-ion battery anodes. Zhongwei Chen, a chemical engineering professor at Waterloo, and a team of graduate students have created a low-cost battery using silicon that boosts the performance and life of lithium-ion batteries. Substantially smaller and longer-lasting batteries for everything from portable […]






University of California at Berkeley chemists have developed an innovative new storage material for methane that could lessen the complexity of filling up with natural gas, and extend the range of such vehicles. The material is a flexible metal organic framework that expands when methane is pumped in. The UC Berkeley chemists and colleagues at […]






Rice University researchers report cobalt atoms on nitrogen-doped graphene are a robust solid-state catalyst for hydrogen production. The discovery may be an effective replacement for more expensive platinum-activated catalysts in fuel cells and other energy applications. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour and colleagues at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the University of Texas […]






Brown University researchers report a method for making perovskite cells larger while maintaining efficiency. Perovskite solar cells are cheaper to make than traditional silicon cells and their electricity conversion efficiency is improving rapidly. To be commercially viable, perovskite cells need to scale up from lab size. Researchers have reported efficiency in perovskite cells of higher […]






The U.S. is estimated to lose more than half of the energy it generates – mostly because it escapes as waste heat. Scientists are now developing a new type of system to efficiently capture some of that lost heat. They have designed a surface that enhances low frequency thermal radiation, which is easier than higher […]






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