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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Charge of the Sunlight Brigade

Figure 1 Concept of a sustainable solar fuels earth founded upon the light-assisted photo-conversion of CO2 and H2O to solar fuels such as CH4.

Professor Ozin pays tribute to the materials scientists and engineers working to counteract the effects of fossil fuel induced climate change.

New processing methods for flexible perovskite solar cells

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Newly published research describes the development and combination of low temperature deposition and processing techniques for perovskite devices.

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Spectral concentration improves solar cell efficiency

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A research consortium from the UK, Spain, France and Germany is using photonic crystals to improve silicon photovoltaic performance.

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DSSC counter electrodes from domestic waste

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Professor Manthiram’s group at the University of Texas at Austin develops a naturally derived carbonaceous material for use in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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CIGS solar cells reach new record efficiency

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ZSW Stuttgart, Germany, has recently presented CIGS solar cells with conversion efficiencies up to 21.7%.

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Laser testing solar cells

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Scientists NPL have developed a new method for detecting defects in solar cells using a technique called ‘compressed sensing’.

Carbon dioxide: from pollution to solution

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Researchers show that nanoparticles sputtered onto black silicon nanowire supports activate conversion in a hydrogen atmosphere under solar-simulated light.

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