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

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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.

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.

Artificial protein-directed synthesis of solar-cell material

Using mutant proteins to enhance the performance of a dye-sensitized solar cell.

Big data materials science for safer nuclear reactors

Reducing the possibility of hydrogen explosions during nuclear meltdowns with new iron-based coatings.

Polarizing colour filters for power-saving display

Developing more efficient liquid crystal display technology.

Nanostructuration: increasing the thermoelectric properties of thin films

Improving thermoelectric applications with Ti-based silicide quantum dot superlattices.

Etched holes increase speed of graphene electrodes

Reducing ionic impedance with reactive ion etching for improved supercapacitor performance.

Nanostructuring film for improved oxygen intake

Understanding thin film microstructure for higher efficiency solid oxide fuel cells.

Can we build a computing device that works without any energy input?

Researchers review the prospect of zero-power ICT.

Measuring thin-film thermal conductivity

Employing the laser flash method to determine the in-plane thermal conductivity of thin films.

Integrating nanoarchitectures for highly efficient electrocatalysts

Interconnecting small alloy nanoparticles provides long-term durability.

Tailoring nanowire diameter and density for improved light absorption

Accurately designing high efficiency photovoltaic devices without complicated fabrication steps.

An anisotropic self-powered directional sensor

Fabricating flexible nanogenerators with zinc oxide nanowires.

Highly active sea urchin-like catalysts

Constructing magnetic double-shelled Au catalysts with high stability and reusability.

Small molecules make big differences to phosphorene

Molecular doping effectively tunes the electrical and optical properties of phosphorene.