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Competition for graphene: Researchers demonstrate ultrafast charge transfer in new family of 2-D semiconductors

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:25:37 EDT

The first experimental observation of ultrafast charge transfer in photo-excited MX2 materials, the graphene-like two-dimensional semiconductors, has been conducted. Charge transfer time clocked in at under 50 femtoseconds, comparable to the fastest times recorded for organic photovoltaics.

A semi-artificial leaf faster than 'natural' photosynthesis

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:16:07 EDT

Cooperation between chemists and biologists has resulted in a new method for the very efficient integration of photosynthetic proteins in photovoltaics. Their research offers a new immobilization strategy that yields electron transfer rates exceeding for the first time rates observed in natural photosynthesis. This discovery opens the possibility for the construction of semi-artificial leaves functioning as photovoltaic devices with drastically increased performance.

Solar energy that doesn't block the view

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:02:19 EDT

Researchers have developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a flat, clear surface.

Organic photovoltaic cells of the future: Using charge formation efficiency to screen materials for future devices

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:29:56 EDT

Organic photovoltaic cells -- a type of solar cell that uses polymeric materials to capture sunlight -- show tremendous promise as energy conversion devices, thanks to key attributes such as flexibility and low-cost production, but have complex power conversion processes. To maneuver around this problem, researchers have developed a method to determine the absolute value of the charge formation efficiency. The secret of their method is the combination of two types of spectroscopy.

Recycling old car batteries into solar cells: Environmental twofer could recycle lead batteries to make solar cells

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:34:28 EDT

This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers recycles materials from discarded car batteries -- a potential source of lead pollution -- into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free power.

Wheelies: The Papal Soul Edition

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400

Pope Francis greets people in South Korea from the back seat of a Kia Soul; Ford announces a seamless sliding rear window for the new F-150.

Insights into a new class of semiconducting materials

Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:35:29 EDT

A new paper describes investigations of the fundamental optical properties of a new class of semiconducting materials known as organic-inorganic 'hybrid' perovskites.

Making eco-friendly 'pre-fab nanoparticles': Versatile, water-soluble nano-modules

Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:33:20 EDT

Materials chemists, polymer scientists and device physicists have reported on a breakthrough technique for controlling assembly of nanoparticles over multiple length scales that may allow cheaper, ecologically friendly manufacture of organic photovoltaics and other electronic devices.

Greening the Gilded Age

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400

Can an old house really be energy efficient? Polly Guth is determined to prove it can, if it’s the last thing she does.

Russia May Be Losing Influence Over European Energy Markets

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400

With the economy already poised for decline, Moscow is unlikely to want to cut supplies to Europe, despite tensions over Ukraine.

Simulation models optimize water power

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 09:47:10 EDT

The Columbia River basin in the Pacific Northwest offers great potential for water power; hydroelectric power stations there generate over 20,000 megawatts already. Now a simulation model will help optimize the operation of the extensive dam system.

LEDs made from 'wonder material' perovskite

Tue, 05 Aug 2014 13:21:40 EDT

Colourful LEDs made from a material known as perovskite could lead to LED displays which are both cheaper and easier to manufacture in future. A hybrid form of perovskite -- the same type of material which has recently been found to make highly efficient solar cells that could one day replace silicon -- has been used to make low-cost, easily manufactured LEDs, potentially opening up a wide range of commercial applications in future, such as flexible color displays.

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