Ultralight aerogels conduct electricity

Researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have created soft polymer materials capable of thermoelectric energy generation.

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ZSW Sets New World Record for Thin-film Solar Cells

The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) has nudged up the performance bar for thin-film solar cells yet another notch.

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Highly efficient ORR electrocatalysts derived from MOFs

A NUS team has reported a highly efficient ORR electrocatalyst derived from an iron-based metal–organic framework (MOF).

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Demonstration of polycrystalline thin film coatings on glass for spin Seebeck energy harvesting

A newly discovered phenomena enables the separation of the key physical parameters that limit the efficiency of conventional thermoelectrics.

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A New Solar Cell with a CdS Layer for Improved Efficiency

A new solar cell is described that relies on a thin layer of clean CdS in which a high-field domain extracts holes from p-type emitters without having pn-junctions involved. This design is highly advantageous for increasing the efficiency of the solar cell significantly, by avoiding junction leakage and by increasing the open circuit voltage to its theoretical value approaching the band gap at T = 0 K.

High-Performance Supercapacitors from Nickel Foam

Researchers from Singapore have grown nanoporous nickel sulfide on nickel foam to generate promising electrodes for supercapacitors.

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A biomass-derived porous carbon matrix with carbon nanotubes for enhanced Li-S battery performance

Researchers from the Hefei University of Technology and University of Science and Technology of China have improved the cathode performance in lithium-sulfur batteries by embedding carbon nanotube networks within porous carbon.

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Electrolytes for improved safety of Li-Ion batteries

Renjie Chen and co-workers developed a nanogelator-based solid electrolyte that improves the safety of Li-ion batteries.

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