Texas A&M University scientists have developed a new single-step strategy for recycling used nuclear fuel. A typical nuclear reactor uses only a very small fraction of its fuel rod to produce power before the energy-generating reaction naturally terminates. What is left behind is an assortment of radioactive elements, including unused fuel, that are disposed of […]

Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers have developed new quantum dot solar cells that match the efficiency of existing quantum-dot based devices, but without lead or other toxic elements relied on by most solar cells of this type. Victor Klimov, a physicist specializing in semiconductor nanocrystals at Los Alamos and lead author of the report featured […]

Rice University researchers have integrated high-efficiency perovskite solar cells and electrode catalysts into an efficient, low-cost device that splits water to produce hydrogen fuel. The platform developed by the Brown School of Engineering lab of Rice materials scientist Jun Lou integrates catalytic electrodes and perovskite solar cells that, when triggered by sunlight, produce electricity. The […]

Argonne National Laboratory scientists have created and tested a single-crystal electrode that promises to yield pivotal discoveries for advanced batteries under development worldwide. Such advanced batteries are under development worldwide for electric vehicles, consumer electronics and other applications. Collaborating on the project were researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The […]

DOE/Idaho National Laboratory’s researchers have developed a new electrode material for an electrochemical cell that can efficiently convert excess electricity and water into hydrogen. When demand for electricity increases, the electrochemical cell is reversible, converting hydrogen back into electricity for the grid. The hydrogen could also be used as fuel for heat, vehicles or other […]

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