Alexander Kuchmizhak, a senior researcher at the Institute of Automation and Control Processes (FEB RAS), at FEFU lab. Credit: FEFU press office Titanium dioxide nanoparticles decorated by gold absorb about 96% of the solar spectrum and turn it into heat. The material can accelerate the evaporation in desalination plants up […]

This prototype device creates a warm white light without the blue hues that can cause health problems. Credit: Jakoah Brgoch To be more energy efficient, many people have replaced their incandescent lights with light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. However, those currently on the market emit a lot of blue light, which […]

Cubic silicon carbide in water. Credit: Thor Balkhed/LiU One prospective source of renewable energy is hydrogen gas produced from water with the aid of sunlight. Researchers at LiU have developed a material, nanoporous cubic silicon carbide, that exhibits promising properties to capture solar energy and split water for hydrogen gas […]

Nacre, or mother-of-pearl, found in red abalone and other mollusks, is extremely fracture-resistant. That’s one reason researchers are interested in the natural material, and why UW–Madison scientists wanted to find a method to measure its thickness without harming the nacre. Credit: Courtesy of Kats Lab / UW–Madison Most people know […]

ANIMATION Physicists on the hunt for a rarely seen magnetic spin texture have discovered another object that bears its hallmarks, hidden in the structure of ultra-thin magnetic films, that they have called an incommensurate spin crystal. University of Warwick physicists set out to find Skyrmions, only to find near-identical object with […]

The startup Transaera is using a class of materials called metal organic frameworks, or MOFs, to create air conditioners that could have five times less impact on the climate when compared to traditional ACs. The startup Transaera is using a class of materials, advanced by MITProfessor Mircea Dinca for over a […]

Superconductivity is a complete loss of electrical resistance. Superconductors are not merely very good metals: it is a fundamentally different electronic state. In normal metals, electrons move individually, and they collide with defects and vibrations in the lattice. In superconductors, electrons are bound together by an attractive force, which allows […]

Rice University engineers designed and built windowpanes that redirect sunlight or illumination from indoors to edge-band solar cells. The central layer is a conjugated polymer that serves as a waveguide. Credit: Yilin Li/Rice University Rice engineers develop polymer cores that redirect light from any source to solar cells. Rice University […]

Scientists used both computers and microscopes to come up with a way to potentially boost the performance of devices to use the sun to split water and create hydrogen as a sustainable fuel. Credit: Illustration by Peter Allen Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering research could help make hydrogen useful, sustainable […]

Levitation of a magnet on top of a superconductor. Credit: Jubobroff, Fbouquet, LPS CC BY-SA 3.0 A new theory that could explain how unconventional superconductivity arises in a diverse set of compounds might never have happened if physicists Qimiao Si and Emilian Nica had chosen a different name for their […]