Michigan Technological University scientists ran tests on sodium-embedded carbon and it performed better than graphene in dye-sensitized solar cells and supercapacitors. Noted as a new material, the material has embedded sodium metal in carbon that could improve electrode performance in energy devices. The team noted a little sodium goes a long way. They are showing […]






University of California, Irvine (UCI) molecular biologists have discovered an effective way to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) to carbon monoxide (CO). They use a novel approach involving a key enzyme that helps regulate global nitrogen that can be adapted for commercial applications like biofuel synthesis or synfuels. Led by Yilin Hu, UCI assistant professor of […]






Ohio State University researchers have figured out how to convert heat into electricity in a form more suitable for industry. This is the research group that pioneered the use of a quantum mechanical effect to convert heat into electricity. The engineers describe in Nature Communications how they used magnetism on a composite of nickel and […]






A new and different low cost proton exchange membrane material has been developed by 3M Company’s Fuel Cell Components Group. The new PFIA (Perfluoroimide acid) is already widely applied, but much less understood than NAFIONTM.  3M’s new understanding of the material comes from Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB) and is leading to some […]






Researchers at the University of Maryland (UM) have announced a lithium ion battery design that effectively solves the lithium metal-solid electrolyte interface resistance problem that has been a major barrier to the development of a robust solid-state battery technology. The researchers at the UM Energy Research Center and A. James Clark School of Engineering have […]






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