22 Jan 2020
Finalists Announced for 2019 R&D 100 Awards
Finalists for the venerable R&D 100 Awards have been announced by R&D World magazine and its new parent company, WTWH Media, LLC.
15 Nov 2018
Manganese may finally solve hydrogen fuel cells' catalyst problem
Manganese is known for making stainless steel and aluminum soda cans. Now, researchers say the metal could advance one of the most promising sources of renewable energy: hydrogen fuel cells.
10 Sep 2018
Catalyst advance could lead to economical fuel cells
Researchers have developed a new way to make low-cost, single-atom catalysts for fuel cells — an advance that could make important clean energy technology more economically viable.
31 Jan 2018
Applying machine learning to the universe's mysteries
Computers can beat chess champions, simulate star explosions, and forecast global climate. We are even teaching them to be infallible problem-solvers and fast learners.
15 Jan 2018
Surprising discovery could lead to better batteries
Scientists have observed how lithium moves inside individual nanoparticles that make up batteries. The finding could help companies develop batteries that charge faster and last longer
16 Oct 2017
Forget about it: A material that mimics the brain
Inspired by human forgetfulness - how our brains discard unnecessary data to make room for new information - scientists conducted a recent study that combined supercomputer simulation and X-ray characterization of a material that gradually 'forgets.' This could one day be used for advanced bio-inspired computing.
9 Oct 2017
Efficient catalyst for key step in artificial photosynthesis
Chemists have designed a new catalyst that speeds up the rate of a key step in "artificial photosynthesis" -- an effort to mimic how plants, algae, and some bacteria harness sunlight to convert water and carbon dioxide into energy-rich fuels.
29 May 2017
A wearable brain scanner
The scanner can be "worn" like a helmet, allowing research subjects to stand and make movements as the device scans.
16 Aug 2016
Images reveal battery materials' chemical reactions in five dimensions
Researchers have created a new imaging technique that allows scientists to probe the internal makeup of a battery during charging and discharging using different x-ray energies while rotating the battery cell.
29 Jun 2016
Trapped electrons to blame for lack of battery efficiency
Research has the potential to create more efficient batteries by shedding light on the cause of one of their biggest problems -- a "traffic jam" of ions that slows down their charging and discharging process.
6 May 2016
New catalyst offers efficient storage of alternative energies
Researchers have designed the most efficient catalyst for storing energy in chemical form, by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen, just like plants do during photosynthesis.
12 Apr 2016
Quantum dots enhance light-to-current conversion
Harnessing the power of the sun and creating light-harvesting or light-sensing devices requires a material that both absorbs light efficiently and converts the energy to highly mobile electrical current.
18 Feb 2016
Graphene leans on glass to advance electronics
Despite being heralded as a breakthrough "wonder material," graphene has been slow to leap into commercial and industrial products and processes.
2 Feb 2016
New chip fabrication approach
Researchers report the first chip-fabrication technique that enables significantly different materials to be deposited in the same layer.
17 Aug 2015
Study explores nanoscale structure of thin films
The world's newest and brightest synchrotron light source has produced one of the first publications resulting from work done during the facility's science commissioning phase.
24 Jul 2015
Solving mysteries of conductivity in polymers
Materials known as conjugated polymers have been seen as very promising candidates for electronics applications, including capacitors, photodiodes, sensors, organic light-emitting diodes, and thermoelectric devices.
1 Jun 2015
Engineering phase changes in nanoparticle arrays
Scientists have just taken a big step toward the goal of engineering dynamic nanomaterials whose structure and associated properties can be switched on demand.
29 Apr 2015
Better battery imaging paves way for renewable energy future
In a move that could improve the energy storage of everything from portable electronics to electric microgrids, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Brookhaven National Laboratory researchers have developed a novel X-ray imaging technique to visualize and study the electrochemical reactions in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries containing a new type of material, iron fluoride.
14 Apr 2015
New material could boost batteries' power, help power plants
A team of researchers has developed a material that acts as a superhighway for ions. The material could make batteries more powerful, change how gaseous fuel is turned into liquid fuel and help power plants burn coal and natural gas more efficiently.
8 Apr 2015
Battery bounce test often bounces off target
Researchers conclude that the bounces increase because the zinc oxide forms tiny bridges within the zinc material, which decreases the mechanical damping of the battery.