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Energy news, January 2016

A novel plastic material containing spiky nanoparticles of graphene-coated nickel can prevent lithium-ion batteries from overheating.

New carbon materials are finding a plethora of new applications in environmental and other key technology sectors.

manipulating electrons in thin semiconductors by confining them in device made from 2D material

Encoding images in infrared signals.

The editors of Current Applied Physics give recommendations for recently published articles.

optoelectronic microprocessors using light to move information

Congratulations to our editors listed in Thomson Reuters 'World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015'.

By encasing a hydrogen-producing enzyme within a viral protein shell, scientists have developed a novel fuel cell catalyst.

Trapped, laser cooled metal ions display two-phonon quantum interference

A new way to produce solid-state lithium-ion batteries involves melting the solid electrolyte and then coating it onto the battery electrodes.

A novel solid electrolyte for lithium batteries made from polymer and glass overcomes many of the problems that plague other solid electrolytes.

Through its use of low-cost materials, a new flow battery technology is projected to cost 60% less than today's standard flow batteries.

Scientists have developed a new process that can produce silica compounds from the hulls left over from processing rice.

Simple synthesis strategy could enable carbon nanomaterials to retain their unique properties in three-dimensions.

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