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Refined materials provide booster shot for solar energy conversion.

An interdisciplinary team of Engineering at Illinois researchers has set its sights on improving the materials that make solar energy conversion/photocatalysis possible. Together, they have developed a new form of high-performance solar photocatalyst based on the combination of the titanium dioxide and other "metallic" oxides that greatly enhance the visible light absorption and promote more efficient utilization of the solar spectrum for energy applications.

Posted: Nov 18th, 2013

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New lab for top research into solar cells

A new test facility from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) for breakthrough research into thin-film solar cells will be opened on Wednesday 27 November 2013. The new lab is part of the Solliance alliance, and includes a high-resolution transmission electron microscope that will allow atom-by-atom study of the components of solar cells.

Posted: Nov 18th, 2013

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Graphene used to make world's smallest FM radio transmitter

A team of Columbia Engineering researchers has taken advantage of graphene's special properties - its mechanical strength and electrical conduction - and created a nano-mechanical system that can create FM signals, in effect the world's smallest FM radio transmitter.

Posted: Nov 18th, 2013

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2 for 1 in solar power

A process that could revolutionize solar energy harvesting has been efficiently demonstrated in solution for the first time.

Posted: Nov 17th, 2013

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The first battery electrode that heals itself

Researchers have made the first battery electrode that heals itself, opening a new and potentially commercially viable path for making the next generation of lithium ion batteries for electric cars, cell phones and other devices. The secret is a stretchy polymer that coats the electrode, binds it together and spontaneously heals tiny cracks that develop during battery operation.

Posted: Nov 17th, 2013

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