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Energy news, October 2017

Low cost energy storage with readily available materials

A new, inexpensive battery powered by sulfur, air, water and salt can store twice as much energy as a lead-acid battery.

Flaky technique provides window on catalytic activity of 2D materials

A new technique that uses an electron beam to burn tiny windows into a polymer can measure the catalytic activity of 2D materials.

Coating paper with gold nanoparticles produces a flexible supercapacitor that could be used to help power wearable devices.

Researchers have come up with a new hybrid nanomaterial that can harness solar energy to generate hydrogen from seawater.

By finding a way to sprinkle the surface of lead-sulphide quantum dots with extra sulphur, scientists have enhanced their charge transport properties.

A novel perovskite solar cell retains more than 95% of its 20% conversion efficiency under full sunlight illumination for more than 1000 hours.

A new 2D film made of polymers and nanoparticles can direct two different non-mixing liquids into a variety of exotic architectures.

Scientists have uncovered a strategy for using surface tension to grow perovskites into centimeter-scale, highly pure crystals.

Next-generation batteries may be inspired by biology.

A novel fabric-like material electrode could help make batteries and supercapacitors faster and less susceptible to leaks or meltdowns.

Two new energy storage technologies, comprising a novel electrode and catalyst, could enhance lithium-ion batteries or replace them entirely.

Biomass used to make carbon microspheres for energy storage.

Introducing holes for storing magnesium and aluminum into titanium dioxide produces an effective electrode for multivalent batteries.

Scientists have boosted the performance of thermoelectric materials by tuning the carrier scattering mechanism to improve carrier mobility.

New research shows the potential of using nickel-based coatings to mitigate corrosion by molten salts in concentrating solar power plants.

Glycol ethers can significantly improve the structure and alignment of perovskite grains in the thin films used in solar cells.

Using light and humidity to heal the defects in perovskites for solar cells.

A thin layer of oxidation on graphene-wrapped magnesium nanoparticles can enhance rather than hinder their hydrogen storage.

New light-emitting diode that offers purest green light.

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