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Key achievements and challenges in STM and AFM

Sergei Kalinin describes the impact of developing data-controlled scanning probe microscopy and future big data approaches.

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A look at how nanotechnology benefits solar cells, water treatment, wind turbines and other clean energy applications

Technology update

Organic solar cells stand the heat

A new organic conjugated polymer fares better under thermal stress than PCDTBT – one of the most stable polymers used for solar cells.

Quinones and graphite make green battery

Device could be used to store energy from renewable sources.

Infiltrated water weakens catalysts

Fuel-cell catalysts and other nanomaterial applications may benefit from solvent processes that remove intercalated water.

Simple solution foils lithium-battery freeze

A thin metallic foil that heats batteries from the inside provides a cheap solution to battery power loss at subzero temperatures.

Lab talk

Nearly ideal solar-cell characteristics revealed in organo-metal halide perovskites

The overall power conversion efficiency (PCE) of organo-metal halide perovskite solar cells have shot up from 9.6% to 19.3% prompting a frenzy of excitement in the community.

Nanosheet arrays provide on-chip supercapacitors

High performance On-chip supercapacitors can be fabricated by electrochemically co-deposited CuO/polypyrrole nanosheet arrays.

InAs nanowires for heat conversion

Low thermal conductivity of nanowires enhances thermoelectric performance

Tackling challenges in computer-based screening of battery electrolytes

Researchers from the US Army Research Laboratory have designed a distributed multi-scale computing framework that allows quantum chemistry computations to screen multiple distributed computational resources for promising battery materials.