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Energy news, March 2018

Chemists have found a sodium-based material that offers a cheap and non-toxic alternative to lead-containing perovskites for use in solar cells.

Evolution under wind yields continuous single crystal graphene films

“Self-selection” method for growing large single-crystal-like graphene films.

Computer models suggest that a material comprising floors of boron nitride separated by boron nitride pillars could store a large amount of hydrogen.

By observing atomic vibrations with a new electron microscope, scientists have been able to measure the nanoscale temperature of hexagonal boron nitride.

Energy efficient windows through solution-based deposition.

Sewing patches of crystals seamlessly together at the atomic level to produce atomically thin fabrics.

Environmentally friendly energy storage devices could be made using plants.

Scientists used advanced electron microscopy techniques to study the atomic structure of the surface and interior of a lithium-ion battery electrode.

Solar sandwich breaks efficiency barrier.

Organic lithium ion battery will work in outer space.

Using a 3D layer of silicone as the substrate for a lithium metal anode can mitigate dendrite formation and dramatically extend battery life.

Researchers have discovered more details about the way certain materials hold a static electric charge even after two surfaces separate.

Adding a small molecule to act as an electron donor and enhance the absorption of the active layer can improve the efficiency of an organic solar cell.

NiOx-based perovskite materials promise low-cost, highly efficient, flexible solar photovoltaic devices.

A new technique can pinpoint the location of chemical reactions happening inside lithium-ion battery electrodes in three dimensions at the nanoscale level.

Carbon nanotubes and graphene in a branch-and-leaves design produce a super-efficient and long-lasting electrode for supercapacitors.

Using advanced computational methods, scientists have discovered new materials that could enhance the efficiency and lifetime of solid oxide fuel cells.

Hybrid energy harvester from Kwangwoon University shows promise as a wearable charger for portable electronic devices.

Nanoparticle-decorated bioactive glass provides a scaffold for bone regrowth and the capacity for photothermal treatment to target tumor cells.

Researchers have shown that films of pencil graphite and a conductive co-polymer paint can produce a novel, cheap thermoelectric device.

High-intensity infrared laser pulses have revealed a hidden state of electronic order in a cuprate comprising lanthanum, barium, copper and oxygen.

Hybrid electrode material enables fast ion conduction through continuous ceramic fibers, flexibility, and ability to use polymer roll-to-roll processing.

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