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.
Technology Research Association for Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes (TASC) - a consortium of nine companies and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology - is developing voluntary safety management techniques for carbon nanotubes.
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.
In support of Governor Andrew Cuomo's blueprint to prepare students for educational and career opportunities in New York's growing nanotechnology economy, more than 60 Capital Region school superintendents and other academic leaders took part in an educational forum at the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering on Monday, November 18.
Sometimes big change comes from small beginnings. That's especially true in the research of Anatoly Frenkel, a professor of physics at Yeshiva University, who is working to reinvent the way we use and produce energy by unlocking the potential of some of the world's tiniest structures: nanoparticles.
Although certain liquid crystals mainly comprise water, a spontaneous alignment of electrical dipoles could incur in them and consequently a spontaneous electrical polarisation could occur macroscopically.
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.
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.