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Energy news, September 2018

Researchers have trained an artificial neural network to predict stable materials in two classes of crystals known as garnets and perovskites.

Polystyrene makes an impact under fire

Polystyrene thin films are twice as good as absorbing impact energy as other leading materials such as graphene.

Rechargeable vanadium-hydrogen (V-H2) flow battery could be simplest option for renewable energy storage.

Replacing metallic nanoantennas with silicon ones for perovskites in solar cells.

X-ray studies have revealed that the pathways lithium ions take through a common battery material are more complex than previously thought.

inexpensive catalyst for water splitting could support a future hydrogen economy by enabling hydrogen to be produced readily and inexpensively

Boride nanowires deposited on carbon fiber cloth could form the basis of high capacity, stable supercapacitors for energy storage devices.

N-doped titania photocatalysts on oxidised carbon nanotube support show different properties and performance depending on the synthesis route that is used.

New approach uses hydrogen to overcome hydrogen-embrittlement problem in alloys for applications in extreme conditions.

Scientists have synthesized a novel organic/inorganic hybrid 2D material with promising electrical and magnetic properties.

A novel, nature-inspired, microtextured surface can help to decrease frictional drag at the interface between liquids and solids.

The efficiency of perovskite solar cells can be improved by adding silicon nanoparticles with better light absorption properties.

Researchers have developed a new method for 'printing' large-scale sheets of the 2D piezoelectric material gallium phosphate.

Novel composite membrane floats on top of the surface of water, absorbs sunlight, and produces vapor for clean water or to produce electricity.

Iron-based metal-organic framework (MOF) has microwave-absorbing properties.

Finding new electrode materials for next-generation batteries is essential for energy research.

Scientists have induced a two-dimensional material to cannibalize itself for atomic ‘building blocks’ that go on to form stable structures.

A new boron nitride lift-off technique could be used to produce tandem solar cells that combine indium gallium nitride and silicon.

Scientists have developed a new electron microscopy method that allows them to observe the crystallization process for 2D materials.

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