A research team of Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology developed a 'wormlike' hematite photoanode that can convert sunlight and water to clean hydrogen energy with a record-breaking high efficiency of 5.3 percent.
The innovative nanotechnology uses non-biodegradable plastic grocery bags to make carbon nanotube membranes - highly sophisticated and expensive materials with a variety of potential advanced applications including filtration, sensing, energy storage and a range of biomedical innovations.
Researchers have found a way to 'feel' the surface of silicon molecules at the molecular level. This new 'sense of touch' could mean a solution to the long-standing problem of producing clear images of silicon surfaces with a scanning tunnelling microscope.
Researchers used a range of complementary in situ techniques to reveal the highly dynamic nature of monolayer graphene - copper interactions throughout the entirety of the graphene CVD process on polycrystalline copper catalysts.
By employing state-of-art materials design methods, researchers have recently predicted that the oxide compound BaBiO3 combines two required properties, i.e., topological insulator and superconductivity.
Researchers are developing testing procedures and a European framework to assess the safety of nanomaterials. These should ensure that the benefits and innovations to be gained from the use of nanotechnologies can be realised safely without damage to human health and the environment.
Researchers are developing new nanomaterials that could allow solar cells to overcome current existing efficiency limits. This would allow clean energy from the Sun to compete with traditional, environmentally unfriendly energy sources.