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Energy news, February 2016

Scientists have shown that carbon films can allow microchips to house their own power sources.

Eight-armed nanoparticles of Au and Pd, which combine the catalytic and plasmonic capabilities of each element, could speed up chemical reactions.

Scientists have created carbon anodes for lithium-ion batteries from pollen.

Scientists have uncovered evidence of electronic nematicity as a universal feature in cuprate high-temperature superconductors.

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Adding a plasticizer into electrostrictive polymers offers an efficient way to improve their energy harvesting performance.

Scientists have worked out the precise arrangement of nitrogen and carbon atoms that allow nitrogen-doped carbon to act as a fuel cell catalyst.

A new hole-transporting material costs only a fifth of existing versions while still producing solar cells with efficiencies above 20%.

Lithium-ion battery cathodes made from novel metal particles don't develop a crusty coating that can degrade the battery's performance.

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