Scientists researching superconductors at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) have discovered a previously unknown phase in a class of superconductors called iron arsenides. The discovery offers new information on a debate over the interactions between atoms and electrons that are responsible for their unusual superconductivity. Ray Osborn, an Argonne physicist and [...]

Scientists at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have used lasers to determine for the first time how specific vibrations in a water molecule affect its ability to dissociate into its atomic components. Many chemical reactions are assisted with catalysts. Natural gas (methane) can be converted using water and a nickel catalyst being reduced into [...]

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 [...]

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