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Energy news, December 2015

Top 5 news items of 2015 from Materials Today.

A new anti-reflection coating made up of metal nanopillars lets light through without hampering the flow of electricity in optoelectronic devices.

Scientists have have produced highly durable and active platinum-iron nanoparticles with a carbon shell for use as fuel cell catalysts.

Metal powders could provide a more viable long-term replacement for fossil fuels than hydrogen, biofuels or batteries.

A new germanium nanofilm not only shimmers like an opal but is hard as a crystal, exceptionally thin and highly porous.

Adding minuscule silicon pillars to the surface of a solar cell can more than double the amount of energy it produces.

Scientists have used graphene produced by heating plastic sheets with a laser to create flexible, solid-state micro-supercapacitors.

Could oceans be cleaned using entirely self-powered systems? A group of Chinese researchers believes so...

A new material consisting of nanocellulose and a conductive polymer boasts an outstanding ability to store energy.

A newly-developed polymer can minimize energy loss when converting sunlight to electricity in a solar cell.

Scientists have discovered that doping tin selenide with sodium boosts its performance as a thermoelectric material.

Using an organic superacid to fix defects in molybdenum disulphide produced a 100-fold increase in its photoluminescence quantum yield.

Researchers have produced tandem solar cells from polycrystalline thin films, using a method that is suitable for mass production.

Scientists have used scanning transmission electron microscopy to track atomic reconfigurations in individual platinum-cobalt nanoparticle catalysts.

A novel ‘water-in-salt’ aqueous lithium-ion battery is able to produce double the voltage of other aqueous batteries.

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