Rice University scientists are using defects for high performance lithium ion batteries while Berkeley Lab scientists can make up disordered materials for better lithium ion cathodes. Rice materials scientist Ming Tang and chemists Song Jin at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Linsen Li at Wisconsin and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology led a study that […]

Michigan State University (MSU) scientists report a design for see-through solar materials that can be applied to windows representing a massive source of untapped energy and could harvest as much power as bigger, bulkier rooftop solar units. The team reporting in Nature Energy suggest the see-through solar materials can be applied to windows that represent […]

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab scientists have discovered a surprising set of chemical reactions involving magnesium that degrade battery performance even before the battery can be charged up. The findings could steer the design of next generation batteries. Rechargeable batteries based on magnesium, rather than lithium, have the potential to extend electric vehicle range by packing […]

Technical University of Munich (TUM) researchers have developed a process that allows a fast, simple, and cost-effective production of the promising cathode material lithium cobalt phosphate in high quality. The new process suggests higher lithium ion battery capacity enabling longer ranges of electric cars and longer the operating times of cell phones and laptops. The […]

Argonne National Lab scientists have found a new way to produce solar fuels by developing “synthetic purple membranes.” These membranes involve an assembly of lipid nanodiscs, man-made proteins, and semiconducting nanoparticles that, when taken together, can transform sunlight into hydrogen fuel. Elena Rozhkova and fellow Argonne researchers have found a new way to produce solar […]

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