Credit: Daria Sokol/MIPT Press Office Dotty graphene and doping: Whatever it takes for Russia’s record plasmonics to shine. Physicists from MIPT and Vladimir State University, Russia, have achieved a nearly 90% efficiency converting light energy into surface waves on graphene. They relied on a laser-like energy conversion scheme and collective resonances. The […]

ANIMATION New anode for aqueous batteries allows use of cheap, plentiful seawater as an electrolyte. Lithium-ion batteries are critical for modern life, from powering our laptops and cell phones to those new holiday toys. But there is a safety risk – the batteries can catch fire. Zinc-based aqueous batteries avoid […]

Among the report’s case studies: Africa’s Kariba Dam, the world’s largest man-made reservoir, impounding 181 km³ of water. Almost $300 million was loaned in 2014 to repair the dam, with completion expected by 2023. The report says “Dams like Kariba will likely continue to operate much longer with recurring investments […]

A thermally modulated battery for mass-market electric vehicles without range anxiety and with unsurpassed safety, low cost, and containing no cobalt, is being developed by a team of Penn State engineers. Credit: Chao-Yang Wang’s lab, Penn State Range anxiety, the fear of running out of power before being able to […]

The basis of the innovative battery chemistry for the zinc-air batteryis a non-alkaline, aqueous electrolyte. Credit: WWU – MEET (Judith Kraft) International Research Cooperation for Sustainable Batteries of the Future High-performance, eco-friendly, safe and at the same time cost-effective: the zinc-air battery is an attractive energy storage technology of the […]

An integrated biorefinery approach utilizing agriculture waste biomass to produce renewable biomethane along with other co-products (for soil amendment, nutrient recovery, and transportation biofuels). Credit: Nazih Kassem, with images from Cornell University, Department of Energy University considers proposal to convert cattle manure to methane and use it in combination with […]

This InEnTec plant in Oregon will receive feedstock materials, such as medical and industrial waste, and — using InEnTec’s plasma gasification process — will convert them into high-purity hydrogen for use in industry and fuel cell vehicles. Credit: Jeffrey E. Surma/InEnTec Climate goals expand impact of MIT waste-processing spinoff that capitalizes on […]

The solar cell created by the team is transparent, allowing its use in a wide range of applications. Credit: Joondong Kim from Incheon National University A new study led by scientists from Incheon National University in Korea shows how to make a fully transparent solar cell. In a new study […]

Graphene hybrid made from metal organic frameworks (MOF) and graphenic acid make an excellent positive electrode for supercapacitors, which thus achieve an energy density similar to that of nickel-metal hydride batteries. Credit: Prof. Dr. J. Kolleboyina / IITJ A team working with Roland Fischer, Professor of Inorganic and Metal-Organic Chemistry […]