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Lightweight Lithium Batteries through Nanotechnology

Lightweight Lithium Batteries through Nanotechnology

Zhaolin Liu from the A*STAR Institute of Materials Research and Engineering in Singapore, in collaboration with Aishui Yu and co-workers from Fudan University in China, has developed a carbon nanotube electrode that can alleviate recharging problems in lithium-oxygen batteries, thanks to a support made from three-dimensional nickel foam. Lithium-oxygen batteries are innovative devices that generate power


Improving Solar Cells with Quantum-Dot Microscopy

Researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new microscopy technique that uses a process similar to how an old tube television produces a picture—cathodoluminescence—to image nanoscale features. Combining the best features of optical and scanning electron microscopy, the fast, versatile, and high-resolution technique allows scientists to view surface


FUTUREWATCH: Self Assembling PV Cells

Newly published research from Rice University and Penn State show that some polymer-based organic PV devices can self-assemble. The research could make producing organic PV far easier and cost effective in the future. The research, led by Rice’s Rafael Verduzco and Penn State’s Enrique Gomez—both chemical engineers, was recently published in the American Chemical Society’s


Nanowires: Making Quantum Dot Solar Cells Better

While potentially much more efficient, than conventional photovoltaic systems, quantum dot solar cells are still at a pre-commercialization stage. In a new paper, to be published in the journal Advanced Materials, researchers propose to improve quantum dot solar cell design with nanowires. To put it simply, quantum dot is a portion of matter that has

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FUTUREWATCH: Self Assembling Plastic Nanofibers

A research team under the collective leadership of Nicolas Giuseppone and Bernard Doudin, successful created highly conductive plastic nanofibers that can self assemble. Giuseppone and his colleagues propelled the discovery by first determining the structure of nanowires. The team chemically altered triarylamines (synthetic molecules commonly used in Xerox processes) and observed some fascinating reactions. The


Nanowires= More Efficient/Less Expensive Solar?

Nano remains one of the most scintillating words in the whole of photovoltaics research. The idea engineering materials at a near atomic scale to create more efficient, less expensive photovoltaics has created numerous types of new solar cells, using everything from quantum wells to nanoantennas, nanowires and other nano-scale technologies. Most recently, the Lawrence Berkeley