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Key achievements and challenges in STM and AFM

Peter Grütter talks about progress in identifying structure-function relations at the atomic scale using atomic force microscopy.

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Cleantech

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

Technology update

Biohybrids combine the best of both worlds

Work combining biological systems in artificial devices is making great progress for sensing, computing and energy harvesting devices, as discussed at Nano Korea 2016.

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.

Lab talk

Multilayered structure improves Li-O2 batteries

Researchers have developed an easy thermal casting method to fabricate multilayered Fe2O3/GNS composites with sandwich structure delivering a better reversibility, lower overpotential for oxygen evolution, and good stability and rate capability.

Simple synthesis produces hierarchical hollow spheres for lithium-ion batteries

Hollow cobalt silicate nanostructures with high surface area as promising anode in li-ion batteries.

Research into hollow sphere-based electrodes for high performance supercapacitors progresses

A rare review on sphere-based electrodes by researchers at Jiangsu University and Fudan University focuses on recent progress for hugh-performance supercapacitors.

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.