Specialty Chemicals

Changes in production lower costs of perovskite solar panels

Friday, 18 July 2014 10:27

Perovskite, a calcium-titanium-based mineral, has recently been making waves as a conductor of solar electricity, and new research from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne may make solar panels made from this humble compound more affordable than ever.

New applications for carbon dioxide could lead to new sustainable fuel source

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 08:26

Scientists at UCLA and Princeton have created processes which transform carbon dioxide into liquid fuel. 

3D-printed carbon composite inspired by balsa wood

Thursday, 26 June 2014 08:29

Drawing inspiration from nature, material scientists have developed a method for fabricating objects out of cellular composite materials using a 3D printer. Their muse: the humble balsa tree.

New graphene nanoyarn is conductive and as strong as Kevlar

Tuesday, 24 June 2014 08:58

New research from Penn State and Shinshu University in Japan allows for improved usage of graphene thanks to the ancient craft of yarn-making.

Cost-efficient nanoengineered silicon improves solar cell efficiency

Monday, 23 June 2014 04:17

Scientists at Rice University, the University of Central Florida and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have made significant advances toward improving the efficiency of solar cells while also lowering the cost of production.

Nanoengineers improve material weight to strength ratio

Friday, 20 June 2014 07:16

In the 21st century, scientists are not only beginning to unravel the mysteries of how nanotechnology works, they are also devising real world applications that will forever change how and what we can build.

Flexible electronics could lead to synthetic skin

Thursday, 19 June 2014 08:28

Flexible electronics will be essential to the next generation of mobile technologies.

New insight into water molecules and ice density

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 11:35

This week, researchers at Princeton and the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory shed some new light on two of these characteristics of water, namely the fact that ice floats and that it can remain a liquid below its freezing point under certain conditions.

Researchers find the Goldilocks zone for metal 3D printers

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 11:16

3D printers have been making plastic figurines, machine parts and other knick-knacks for years, but a device that prints with metal may soon be a reality.

Advances in lithium-ion battery research improve lifespan and charge time

Monday, 16 June 2014 07:33

Research at University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering has yielded two significant advances for lithium-ion batteries within the past two months.
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