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Energy news, January 2018

The development of a new lithium-ion conducting ceramic textile could get us a step closer to practical solid-state lithium metal batteries.

Tin-based perovskite solar cells can hold on to hot electrons

A new tin-based perovskite solar cell allows 'hot' electrons to retain their high energy levels for longer than usual, which could help produce more power.

Scientists have witnessed the concentration of lithium inside individual nanoparticles in a battery electrode reverse during power generation.

Cleaning nanotubes through heat and ion bombardment.

Using carbon nanotubes and modified graphene nano ribbons in fuel cells.

Photocatalyst based on titanium dioxide can turn carbon dioxide into usable fuel and reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide.

An innovative platinum and copper alloy catalyst can convert methane from shale gas into hydrocarbon fuels without becoming coated in carbon.

Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes or modified graphene nanoribbons could replace the platinum cathodes that currently reduce oxygen in fuel cells.

The topological insulator trisodium bismuthide can be as electronically smooth as the highest-quality graphene-based devices.

The transfer of energy from nanomaterials to molecules can go both ways, causing the nanomaterials to photoluminesce over long timescales.

Lithium-ion batteries designed to be safer in an accident.

Read our latest series and find out about materials science researchers in New Zealand and Australia.

Jellyfish-inspired triboelectric nanogenerator can harvest energy from waves and power sensors that can detect fluctuations in the water surface.

Comparing the results reported in thousands of papers about the properties of MOFs revealed that replicability could be a problem in material science.

Adding water to asphalt-derived porous carbon produces a material that can adsorb more than two times its weight of carbon dioxide.

Electric eel inspires energy system for wearables.

Quick, split and make hydrogen from water.

Flexible stretchable bacterial bio-batteries.

Solar power device like a double-glazed window offers new approach.

First technique capable of determining lithium metal plating during lithium ion battery charging reported in Materials Today.

A new method based on vaporizing a frozen solution with a laser can create hybrid thin-film materials that would otherwise be impossible to make.

Batteries powered by sweat made completely from fabric

Using analytical techniques, scientists have discovered how the atomic structure of lithium-rich battery cathodes evolves during charging and discharging.

Scientists have developed an entirely textile-based, bacteria-powered bio-battery that could one day be integrated into wearable electronics.

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