A look at how nanotechnology benefits solar cells, water treatment, wind turbines and other clean energy applications
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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
Feb 26, 2014
Technique separates semiconducting tubes from metallic ones, and smaller-diameter tubes from bigger ones
Dec 16, 2013
Thermoelectric generator could be used in mobile phones, laptops, biomedical sensors and other portable devices
Nov 18, 2013
A new corrosion-resistant electrode for use in photoelectrochemical cells could help in the development of large-scale hydrogen generators in the future
Sep 30, 2013
Perovskite-based devices have better than 15% light-conversion efficiency
Sep 11, 2013
Semiconducting nanocrystals are promising candidates for efficient solar cells
Aug 8, 2013
Single-step process could make life easier for manufacturers of catalytic converters and other products requiring hierarchically porous structures
Jul 26, 2013
2D tungstenite might give platinum catalysts a run for their money
Jul 18, 2013
2D molybdenum and tungsten selenide on curved surfaces appear to be active electrocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction
Jul 11, 2013
Approach boosts sensitivity to light
Dec 14, 2012
Find out which nanotechnology breakthroughs made it into our review of the year.
Nov 23, 2012
New quantum-dot device dispenses with conventional thin-film architecture.
Nov 7, 2012
2D material could rival graphene in optoelectronics applications.