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Ultrathin Solar Cells Sculpted with Photovoltaic Nanostructures Act as Molecular Hall of Mirrors

Ultrathin Solar Cells Sculpted with Photovoltaic Nanostructures Act as Molecular Hall of Mirrors

In the quest to make sun power more competitive, researchers are designing ultrathin solar cells that cut material costs. At the same time they're keeping these thin cells efficient by sculpting their surfaces with photovoltaic nanostructures that behave like a molecular hall of mirrors. [More]
Bio-Organic Nanodots Can Charge Smartphones in 30 Seconds

Bio-Organic Nanodots Can Charge Smartphones in 30 Seconds

Nanotechnology pioneer StoreDot Ltd unveiled today a ground-breaking battery capable of charging your smartphone and other devices in just 30 seconds. [More]
Major Middle East Energy Company Certifies Industrial Nanotech’s Nansulate Coatings for Building Envelopes

Major Middle East Energy Company Certifies Industrial Nanotech’s Nansulate Coatings for Building Envelopes

Industrial Nanotech, Inc., an emerging global leader in nanotechnology based energy saving solutions, today announced that the Company’s patented Nansulate(R) coatings formulated for use on building envelopes for energy efficiency, including on roofs, walls, ceilings and windows, have been officially certified for use on buildings by a major energy company in the Middle East. [More]
New Method for Producing Nanoporous Silicon Anodes Holds Promise for Lithium-Ion Batteries

New Method for Producing Nanoporous Silicon Anodes Holds Promise for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering have improved the performance and capacity of lithium batteries by developing better-performing, cheaper materials for use in anodes and cathodes (negative and positive electrodes, respectively). [More]
Research Reveals Solar Cell Efficiency Based on Balance Between Size and Purity of Domains

Research Reveals Solar Cell Efficiency Based on Balance Between Size and Purity of Domains

Research from North Carolina State University reveals that solar cell efficiency is based upon a delicate balance between the size and purity of the interior layers, or domains. These findings may lead to better designs and improved performance in organic solar cells. [More]
Rice Research Papers Ranked Among Top 10 Most Read in ACS Nano

Rice Research Papers Ranked Among Top 10 Most Read in ACS Nano

Papers by two Rice University professors ranked among the top 10 most read in the American Chemical Society’s journal, ACS Nano. [More]
Engineers Create Nano-baskets to Hold Hydrogen Atoms

Engineers Create Nano-baskets to Hold Hydrogen Atoms

If you think your origami skills can't be beat – try this: (1) use the world's thinnest material, (2) make the origami fold and unfold itself, and (3) pack into your miniscule origami box enough hydrogen atoms to exceed future U.S. goals for hydrogen energy storage devices. Researchers from the University of Maryland have done all three. [More]
Nanoscale Physics for Harvesting Renewable Energy

Nanoscale Physics for Harvesting Renewable Energy

When the sun sets on a remote desert outpost and solar panels shut down, what energy source will provide power through the night? A battery, perhaps, or an old diesel generator? Perhaps something strange and new. [More]
Nanogenerator Harvests and Converts Vibration Energy into Power

Nanogenerator Harvests and Converts Vibration Energy into Power

A multi-university team of engineers has developed what could be a promising solution for charging smartphone batteries on the go — without the need for an electrical cord. [More]
Yissum Unveils Novel Anode Based on Nanomaterials for Sodium-Ion Batteries

Yissum Unveils Novel Anode Based on Nanomaterials for Sodium-Ion Batteries

One of the most pressing problems of modern society is how to convert and store energy. Lithium ion batteries have been the main energy storage medium for mobile applications for the past 20 years. But there are significant drawbacks for using lithium ion batteries, in particular the low availability and high cost of lithium, coupled with the environmental impact of extracting and disposing of this highly reactive ion. [More]
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