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Energy news, June 2017

Perovskites for semi-transparent solar panels and windows.

A novel 'green' method uses organic molecules and mechanochemistry, rather than toxic chemicals, to process metals.

A new microporous material made from crosslinked organic molecules can scrub radioactive iodine from water.

Researchers have discovered a technique for electrically manipulating light via atomically-thin semiconductors.

Computer simulations have revealed how a new electrocatalyst comprising nickel nano-islands on platinum can be both active and stable.

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The efficiency of a perovskite solar cell with water-repelling layers increases when it self-organizes to stand on edge.

Find out more about the collaboration between HardwareX and Materials and Design journals.

A new nanocatalyst made from an alloy of platinum and yttrium can greatly reduce the amount of platinum required in fuel cells.

In an unexpected finding, scientists have discovered that the atomic disorder seen in irradiated materials is different to that seen in glass.

Electrodes consisting of nanoparticles tethered to the surface of a charge collector using short organic conductors could revolutionize energy storage.

An anode made of graphene and carbon nanotubes can prevent the formation of dendrites in lithium-metal batteries.

A material comprising titanium oxide molecules on a porous spherical surface can improve the efficiency of sulphur-based cathodes.

Oxide materials that can both bend and 'breathe' in high temperatures.

A novel silicon nanoparticle composite material for battery anodes could lead to more reliable and longer-lasting batteries.

Understanding the behavior of metal nanoparticles when undergoing oxidation.

Transparent thin film oxide semiconductor material has highest recorded conductivity for its class.

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