Enhanced Light Harvesting in Polymer Solar Cells

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Enhanced light harvesting for polymer solar cells via ladder-type polymer donors.

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Carbonaceous Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

New work explores efforts using carbonaceous materials to develop highly efficient DSSCs.

CO2: Conflict or Harmony?

Figure 2. Peace -> War -> Peace with O2 again enabled by the endeavors of chemists and chemical engineers- Image courtesy of Chenxi Qian.

Professor Ozin asks the question; do we want war or peace with CO2?

International Year of Light: Black Silicon Photovoltaics

This month’s International Year of Light article reviews the optoelectronic properties of black silicon and gives guidelines how to optimize the relevant physical parameters.

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Na1.1V3O7.9 nanobelts as cathode material for Na-ion batteries

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Pure single crystalline nanostructures investigated by Chinese research team.

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Paper-Based electrocatalysts for enhanced oxygen evolution reactions

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A novel electrocatalyst system with long-term stability, based on cellulose paper and graphene, has been developed by for the oxygen reduction reaction.

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Advanced anode material for lithium-ion batteries

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A facile two-step synthesis for the fabriaction of advanced anode materials based on graphene oxide-supported ZnCo2O4 for lithium-ion batteries is reported.

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Solar Refinery: Can we have our carbon cake and eat it too?

Scheme Futuristic ‘solar refinery’ for making fuels and chemicals from CO2, H2O and sunlight, Reproduced from A general framework for the assessment of solar fuel technologies, Energy & Environmental Science, DOI:  (or Ref XX) with permission of The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Professor Ozin explores the feasability of a solar refinery for making fuels and chemicals from CO2, H2O and sunlight.

A promising anode candidate for the next generation lithium-ion batteries

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Researchers from Pennsylvania State University report on a red phosphorus-graphene nanosheet hybrid as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries.

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Light to work to electricity: photopiezoelectric polymer composites

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Light is transduced to electrical energy in photopiezoelectric polymer composites based on azobenzene-functionalized polyimides and polyvinylidene fluoride

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