Researchers at the University at Buffalo are developing a technology of slowing and absorbing certain wavelengths of light offering new possibilities in solar power, thermal energy recycling and stealth technology more efficient photovoltaic cells and improved radar and stealth technology. That’s a big bite, but also add a new way to recycle waste heat generated [...]

Mother-of-pearl, which covers the shells of abalone and some bivalves has recently inspired a new ceramic material (A pdf link).  Whether traditional or derived from high technology, ceramics all have the same flaw: they are fragile. Yet this characteristic may soon be a thing of the past. A team of researchers led by the Laboratoire [...]

Three research papers with LED and/or for solar cell progress all published in the past few days.  The three are based on one material.  MIT, TU Vienna, and University of Washington (UW) researchers have all made recent advances on PV cells, LEDs, and other optoelectronic components made possible using an ultrathin tungsten diselenide film. There [...]

The European Union has begun to gather concern about the availability of rare earth elements.  The rare earth elements are important components in green energy products such as wind turbines and efficient automobiles. The demand for metals such as neodymium (Nd) and dysprosium (Dy) is increasing much faster than production. These metals are used in [...]

Researchers have developed a low-temperature process converting plastic waste into liquid fuel as a way to re-use discarded plastic bags and other products.  The most common waste we all see world wide is the common polymer, low-density polyethylene (LDPE), which is used to make many types of containers, medical and laboratory equipment, computer components and, [...]

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