A University of Bristol team of physicists and chemists have grown a man-made diamond that when placed in a radioactive field, is able to generate a small electrical current. The new technology is a development that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery. The development could solve some of the problems of […]






Stanford University researchers have found that squeezing a platinum catalyst a fraction of a nanometer nearly doubles its catalytic activity. The finding could lead to better fuel cells and other clean energy technologies. It does suggest it may be possible to halve the platinum expense in devices. That alone is a huge improvement. The team […]






Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) researchers have developed a new insulation from materials known as aerogel composites. The new foam insulates against heat 2.6 times better than conventional insulation foam. The new material can make vehicles and buildings cooler and quieter compared the current insulation materials in the market. When compared to traditional materials used […]






Could a glow-in-the-dark dye be the next advancement in energy storage technology? University at Buffalo scientists think so. They have identified a fluorescent dye called BODIPY as an ideal material for stockpiling energy in rechargeable, liquid-based batteries that could one day power cars and homes. BODIPY – short for boron-dipyrromethene – shines brightly in the […]






University of Houston researchers are reporting that they have demonstrated a step forward in converting waste heat – from industrial smokestacks, power generating plants or even automobile tailpipes – into electricity. With energy conservation expected to play a growing role in managing global demand, materials and methods that make better use of existing sources of […]






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