University of Waterloo scientists have created an ‘artificial leaf’ by inexpensively recycling and converting harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) into a useful alternative fuel. The new technology, outlined in a paper published in the journal Nature Energy, was inspired by the way plants use energy from sunlight to turn carbon dioxide into food. Yimin Wu, an […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… University of Oregon researchers used an atomic-force microscope fitted with an electrode tip 1,000 times smaller than a human hair to identify in real time how nanoscale catalysts collect charges that are excited by light in semiconductors. It’s a discovery that could help efforts to design devices that can store solar power for later […]

A Tokyo Institute of Technology research team has developed an eco-friendly device that uses solar energy to catalyze an electrochemical oxidation reaction with high efficiency. Green energy sources constitute a hot research field globally because of the current environmental impetus and the pressure to avoid non-renewable energy (fossil fuels). Researchers have been seeking ways to […]

Swedish and Chinese scientists have developed organic solar cells optimized to convert ambient indoor light to electricity. The power they produce is low, but is probably enough to feed the millions of products that the internet of things will bring online. As the internet of things expands, it is expected that we will need to […]

Columbia University scientists have designed organic molecules capable of generating two excitons per photon of light. The process is called singlet fission. Of importance is the excitons can live for much longer than those generated from their inorganic counterparts, which leads to an amplification of electricity generated per photon that is absorbed by a solar […]

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