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Building better batteries by borrowing from biology

30/11/2018

Using knowledge of biological ion channels, Osaka University researchers developed a new crystalline material containing potassium that may one day replace the lithium-based technology currently used in rechargeable batteries. Such cheaper and safer batteries would be welcome additions to electric cars and other environmentally friendly technologies.
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The shape of things to come: Flexible, foldable supercapacitors for energy storage

30/11/2018

A team of researchers from the Plasma Physics Research Centre, Science and Research Branch of Islamic Azad University in Tehran, Iran, have discovered a way of making paper supercapacitors for electricity storage.
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Solution for next generation nanochips comes out of thin air

29/11/2018

The secret ingredient for the next generation of more powerful electronics could be air, rather than silicon, according to new research. Researchers at RMIT University have engineered a new type of transistor, the building block for all electronics. Instead of sending electrical currents through silicon, these transistors send ...
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Stretchy solar cells a step closer

29/11/2018

Rice University scientists develop flexible organic photovoltaics with a chemical additive that mitigates the material's brittle qualities. At the right concentration, thiol-ene molecules infiltrate the polymer material and form a mesh that makes the entire material stretchable without losing efficiency.
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Ultra-thin transparent silver films for solar cells

28/11/2018

A new fabrication process for transparent ultra-thin silver films has been developed by researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the University of Wuppertal. The material may help build highly efficient solar cells and light-emitting diodes. However, traditional chemical methods have not been able to produce ultra-thin and pure silver films.
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New anisotropic conductive film for ultra-fine pitch assembly applications

28/11/2018

Researchers have moved to one step closer to realizing ultra-fine resolution for displays with a novel thermoplastic anchoring polymer layer structure. This new structure can significantly improve the ultra-fine pitch interconnection by effectively suppressing the movement of conductive particles. This film is expected to be applied to various mobile devices, large-sized OLED panels, ...
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Nano-scale process may speed arrival of cheaper hi-tech products

27/11/2018

Researchers have developed an inexpensive way to make products incorporating nanoparticles - such as high-performance energy devices or sophisticated diagnostic tests - which could speed the commercial development of devices, materials and technologies.
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Graphene on the way to superconductivity

27/11/2018

Scientists at HZB have found evidence that double layers of graphene have a property that may let them conduct current completely without resistance. They probed the band structure at BESSY II with extremely high resolution ARPES and could identify a flat area at a surprising location.
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A burst of 'synchronous' light

26/11/2018

Excited photo-emitters can cooperate and radiate simultaneously, a phenomenon called superfluorescence. Researchers from Empa and ETH Zurich, together with colleagues from IBM Research Zurich, have recently been able to create this effect with long-range ordered nanocrystal superlattices. This discovery could ...
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Materials scientist creates fabric alternative to batteries for wearable devices

26/11/2018

A major factor holding back development of wearable biosensors for health monitoring is the lack of a lightweight, long-lasting power supply. Now scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst led by materials chemist Trisha L. Andrew report that they have developed a method for making a charge-storing system ...
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