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Engineers create tandem polymer solar cells that set record for energy-conversion

Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and UCLA's California Nanosystems Institute report that they have significantly enhanced polymer solar cells' performance by building a device with a new "tandem" structure that combines multiple cells with different absorption bands. The device had a certified power-conversion efficiency of 8.62 percent and set a world record in July 2011.

Posted: Feb 13th, 2012

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Microscopic analysis explores nanowires' weakest link

Individual atoms can make or break electronic properties in one of the world's smallest known conductors - quantum nanowires. Microscopic analysis is delivering a rare glimpse into how the atomic structure of the conducting nanowires affects their electronic behavior.

Posted: Feb 13th, 2012

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Nanostructured electrodes for rechargeable sodium-Ion batteries

Highly efficient 3V cathodes for rechargeable sodium-ion batteries have been developed. With a near-theoretical capacity of 250 mAh/g, excellent rate capability and cycle life, and high energy and power densities of 760 Wh/kg and 1200 W/kg, respectively, these bilayered V2O5 systems can be used in applications at ambient temperature.

Posted: Feb 13th, 2012

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A new, single-step method of fabricating microcapsules

A new, single-step method of fabricating microcapsules, which have potential commercial applications in industries including medicine, agriculture and diagnostics, has been developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge.

Posted: Feb 13th, 2012

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Nanotechnology research could impact flexible electronic devices

A discovery by a research team at North Dakota State University, Fargo, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), shows that the flexibility and durability of carbon nanotube films and coatings are intimately linked to their electronic properties. The research could one day impact flexible electronic devices such as solar cells and wearable sensors.

Posted: Feb 13th, 2012

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Ordered planar polymers created for the first time

Scientists under the direction of ETH Zurich have created a minor sensation in synthetic chemistry. They succeeded for the first time in producing regularly ordered planar polymers that form a kind of "molecular carpet" on a nanoscale.

Posted: Feb 13th, 2012

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