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Energy news, July 2016

Recipients of the 2015 Acta student awards

Tungsten-based nanoparticles promise more efficient and greener lubricants.

Scientists have unveiled a new method for uniting light-capturing photonic nanomaterials and high-efficiency metal catalysts.

A new 3D printing process can produce lightweight, strong and super-elastic metallic nanostructured materials with unprecedented scalability.

cleaner fuel for transportation using hydrogen fuel from water and better energy storage from zinc batteries

Lanthanides bring color and white light properties to responsive hydrogels.

3D paper-based MFC that uses capillary action and so does not need an external power source

Stretched out photovoltaic materials based on polymers rather than silicon

An atom-thick membrane made of molybdenum disulphide has helped produce the most effective osmotic power system yet.

Thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) used to generate light

Scientists have reported a record thermoelectric performance in rarely-studied bismuth-based Zintl phases.

Professor Jeff Dahn is the 2016 Energy Storage Materials Lecture Award winner.

Gaining a better understanding of microscopic mechanisms of glass.

Treating lithium-rich cathode materials with carbon dioxide to create surface oxygen vacancies can improve their energy storage capacity.

Scientists have developed a new method for determining how well artificial photosynthesis materials will weather harsh environments.

A new 2D layered perovskite has outstanding stability and more than triple the power conversion efficiency of previous versions.

New Editor-in-Chief for Materials Today's sister title

Scientists have found a huge difference in energy conversion efficiency between different facets on individual perovskite crystal grains.

Scientists have discovered the cause of a ‘traffic jam’ of ions that can slow down the charging and discharging of lithium-ion batteries.

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