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Energy news, September 2015

Environmental impact of green composites based on nanocellulose-reinforced epoxy composites.

A non-toxic, inexpensive cathode material for sodium-ion batteries is more stable than previous versions.

A novel microscopy technique for determining the 3D position of individual atoms can identify point defects in a material.

A novel transparent material improves the performance of solar cells by shunting away heat while still letting through visible light.

Hydrogen-making catalyst using cheaper and more abundant materials.

Learning about photosynthesis with 2D HYSCORE spectroscopy

Scientists have developed a unique model for the fast and accurate prediction of novel metal alloy materials for catalysis.

A new catalyst could help fuel-efficient automobile engines to run more cleanly and efficiently.

Simple, new technique creates tiny hollow cages of Pt with walls just a few atoms thick that could be used in catalysis.

Scientists have announced the first observation of a dynamic Mott transition in a superconductor.

A novel catalyst made from cheap, abundant materials is almost as effective as platinum at splitting water to produce hydrogen.

Understanding exciton behavior in photovoltaic materials

A novel material is able to split water by using gold nanoparticles to produce hot electrons.

A new one-step process can make carbon-based nanomaterials that possess superior physical properties in three dimensions.

A new way to study nanoparticles one at a time has revealed that seemingly identical particles can have very different properties.

Working with Nissan, a team of researchers have successfully developed a platinum-free catalyst, for use in fuel cells for the car's of tomorrow.

Theoretical calculations suggest that the properties of atom-thick sheets of boron depend on where those atoms are deposited.

By finding a way to get metal-organic frameworks to melt, scientists have developed a novel type of glass.

A novel molecular system can both absorb carbon dioxide and selectively reduce it to carbon monoxide.

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