Nanoenergy News

Researchers Observe Light-Induced Lossless Electricity Transmission in Fullerenes

Researchers Observe Light-Induced Lossless Electricity Transmission in Fullerenes

The general belief is that superconductors can only be used in a few applications as the finest of these materials tend to lose their resistance at -70°C. These days they are predominantly used in magnets for fusion devices, particle accelerators, and nuclear magnetic resonance tomographs.

Nanowires Made from Multiple Metal Oxides Enable Efficient Solar Energy Storage

Nanowires Made from Multiple Metal Oxides Enable Efficient Solar Energy Storage

By 2020, California aims to use 33% of energy from renewable sources. With the deadline nearing, researchers from all over the state are trying to identify new variable options. Solar energy is an attractive source, but it has to be converted into a storable form for widespread adoption. In a new study published in ACS Central Science, researchers have described the development of nanowires from multiple metal oxides that could address the problem.

Scientists Explore Potential of Using Modified Nanocarbons to Solve World’s Most Critical Problems

Scientists Explore Potential of Using Modified Nanocarbons to Solve World’s Most Critical Problems

A team of University of Arkansas at Little Rock researchers is exploring ways to change the world with the help of tiny, incredibly strong materials.

Nanostructured Membranes Could Help Stop Growth of Dendrites in Lithium Batteries

Nanostructured Membranes Could Help Stop Growth of Dendrites in Lithium Batteries

Rechargeable lithium metal batteries have been known for four decades to offer energy storage capabilities far superior to today’s workhorse lithium-ion technology that powers our smartphones and laptops. But these batteries are not in common use today because, when recharged, they spontaneously grow treelike bumps called dendrites on the surface of the negative electrode.

New Analysis Reveals Nanoscale Structure of Pore Spaces in Kerogen

New Analysis Reveals Nanoscale Structure of Pore Spaces in Kerogen

Kerogen is a dark-colored hydrocarbon solid that develops the fuels used for many daily activities. The main source of diesel fuels and gasoline is petroleum, and natural gas is utilized mainly for producing electricity, and also for heating and cooking. Despite this, the basic internal structure of kerogen is poorly understood.

Wrapping Silicon Sawdust in a Graphene Cage Improves Lithium-Ion Battery Performance

Wrapping Silicon Sawdust in a Graphene Cage Improves Lithium-Ion Battery Performance

For years, scientists have been trying to use silicon to produce a lithium-ion battery anode capable of storing 10 times more energy than the existing commercial anodes, and making smaller and lighter batteries with superior performance. Previously there had been two major issues; silicon particles swell in size, and crack and break during the charging stage; and when they react with the electrolyte, they form a coating that decreases their performance.

Silk Fibroin Proven to be Promising Material to Build Transparent Triboelectric Generator

Silk Fibroin Proven to be Promising Material to Build Transparent Triboelectric Generator

Congratulation to Xiaosheng Zhang, who just published his paper on silk TENG in Nano Energy.

MIT Researchers Develop Nanophotonic Technology that Makes Incandescent Bulbs More Efficient

MIT Researchers Develop Nanophotonic Technology that Makes Incandescent Bulbs More Efficient

A team of scientists from MIT and Purdue University has developed a novel technology that combines the warm look of conventional incandescent light bulbs with improved energy efficiency. This latest breakthrough could potentially revive the century-old incandescent bulbs.

Two-Stage Power Management and Storage System Helps Improve Efficiency of Triboelectric Nanogenerators

Two-Stage Power Management and Storage System Helps Improve Efficiency of Triboelectric Nanogenerators

A two-stage power management and storage system could dramatically improve the efficiency of triboelectric generators that harvest energy from irregular human motion such as walking, running or finger tapping.

Research on Nanodevices that Transform Heat Loss into Electricity Accelerated

Research on Nanodevices that Transform Heat Loss into Electricity Accelerated

A research grant worth $225,000 has been awarded for research into nanowire devices that exploit the pyroelectric effect to generate energy from the heat lost from buildings to the environment.