Argonne National Laboratory Center for Nanoscale Materials scientists have built a lubrication system with virtually no friction. Friction hampers the movement of all mechanical parts, including engines for transportation.  The new system wraps graphene flakes around nanodiamonds that then roll between a diamond-like carbon-surface and graphene on silica. Friction hampers the movement of all mechanical […]






Purdue University researchers have published a study of supplemental lighting experiments in HortScience noting that light-emitting diodes are becoming a viable alternative to high-pressure sodium supplementation. The Purdue team collected physicochemical and sensory data in studies investigating the effect of supplemental light quantity and quality on greenhouse-grown tomatoes. The supplemental intracanopy LED lighting at the […]






Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced advances have been made toward affordable photoelectrochemical (PEC) production of hydrogen. PEC is solar energy driving a semiconductor coated with a catalyst that for this example chemically splits hydrogen from water. The NREL work shows that molecular catalysts can be as highly active as […]






Scientists from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have discovered that a metabolic pathway previously only suggested to be functional in photosynthetic organisms is actually a major pathway and can enable efficient conversion of carbon dioxide to organic compounds. The discovery shines new light on the complex metabolic network for carbon utilization in […]






Solid-state electrolytes designed for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are emerging as a safer alternative to their more prevalent and sometimes flammable liquid-electrolyte counterparts. The problem in research is they don’t currently have as much conductivity. A new study has revealed promising results that could drastically boost the performance of solid-state electrolytes, and could potentially lead to […]






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