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Energy news, October 2015

An innovative redox-flow battery utilizes a liquid electrolyte made from organic polymers and water.

A simple solvent can replace the annealing step currently used in the production of bulk heterojunction solar cells.

Scientists have discovered why silver electrodes in perovskite solar cells are prone to corrosion.

Circular nanohoops containing both carbon and nitrogen atoms represent a new class of organic semiconductor.

Dispersing individual platinum atoms on a copper surface can produce a highly effective hydrogenation catalyst.

Scientists have experimentally confirmed that black phosphorous nanoribbons have a strong in-plane anisotropy in thermal conductivity.

A new tri-lab consortium in the US will aim to design new solid-state materials for storing hydrogen gas.

Using a new concept for designing catalysts, scientists have developed a more effective platinum-based catalyst for fuel cells.

Bimetallic catalysts don't always need a core-shell structure but can be produced by covering the core in distinct patches of metal.

improving solar cells performance by cooling in sunlight

A newly-developed fabrication method can produce large perovskite solar cells with a 15% energy conversion efficiency.

Scientists have discovered that the electronic properties of organic semiconductors differ where they interface with other materials.

A unique and novel type of nanoribbon could enhance the efficiency of organic solar cells.

A new polymeric fuel additive for jet engines can reduce the intensity of post-impact explosions.

A new paper from the inventor of the dye sensitized solar cell suggests that inkjet printing may be the key to improving their performance.

A speedy way to produce graphene aerogels for use in energy applications, catalysis and environmental clean-up could be one step closer....

problem dendrites in batteries dealt with by heat

Optical invisibility cloaks could increase the efficiency of solar cells by guiding sunlight around objects that cast a shadow on the cells.

A new electrode material could allow micro-supercapacitors to match the energy-storage ability of batteries.

A new type of anode made from mushrooms could lead to lithium-ion batteries that increase capacity with repeated charging.

Materials Today now invites researchers to propose projects that fit within the scope of the Grand Challenge.

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