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Apr 4, 2016
Device could be used to store energy from renewable sources.
Jan 21, 2016
A thin metallic foil that heats batteries from the inside provides a cheap solution to battery power loss at subzero temperatures.
Nov 26, 2015
First principle calculations highlight a distinction between phonons that carry heat, and phonons that ‘drag’ electrons, allowing improvements to thermoelectric devices.
Nov 12, 2015
(with audio) Quantum capacitance measurements reveal unique characteristics in the transport properties of black phosphorous.
Aug 24, 2015
Scanning tunnelling luminescence studies reveal mechanisms behind efficiency losses in gallium arsenide devices.
Aug 21, 2015
New work might help in the future commercialization of these low-cost, efficient devices.
Aug 4, 2015
(with audio) First definition of figures of merit for piezoelectric nanomaterials enables comparison between different studies.
Aug 3, 2015
New flexible devices work very well at elevated temperatures.
Jul 7, 2015
The capacity of a lithium-ion battery can be nearly doubled by using an anode made from tiny nanoparticles of silicon wrapped in several layers of graphene.
May 28, 2015
New energy storage device bridges the gap between batteries and capacitors.
May 14, 2015
Researchers make new high storage capacity 3D composite from reduced graphene oxide loaded with lithium iron phosphate nanoparticles.
Mar 2, 2015
(with audio) The observation of the magnetocaloric effect in readily fabricated thin films suggests nanostructures may be exploited in refrigeration.
Jan 30, 2015
(with audio) A hot-casting solution-processing technique produces perovskite crystals with millimetre size grain cells.
Nov 27, 2014
Although theory suggests graphene is impermeable to protons, recent experiments show proton conductance of a single layer may be high.
Jul 7, 2014
New theory could help enhance solar-energy conversion in photovoltaic devices and make better photocatalysts.
May 7, 2014
First observations of an induced "waving potential" when graphene is dipped into an ionic solution suggests possible applications in self-powered sensors and monitors, as well as in remote ocean devices.
Mar 22, 2014
The enhanced light absorption in single silicon nanowires does prevail when scaled up into nanowire arrays
Mar 3, 2014
Semiconducting or metallic? SWCNT electronic type affects lithiation