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25 Jul 2022

Highly Transparent Solar Cell with 2D Atomic Sheet Fabricated

Solar panels often get a bad rap for spoiling the appearance of homes and businesses. Yet, this may be about to change. A research group has fabricated a highly transparent solar cell with a 2D atomic sheet. These near-invisible solar cells achieved an average visible transparency of 79%, meaning they can, in theory, be placed everywhere - building windows, the front panel of cars, and even human skin.
2 May 2022

Potential Means to Reduce Li-Ion Batteries Reliance on Rare Metals

A research group, utilizing inexpensive elements, has demonstrated the feasibility of synthesizing electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries. If explored further, this method could reduce industrial reliance on rare metals such as cobalt and nickel.
9 Aug 2021

Neural Network Shows People with Autism Read Expressions Differently

People with autism spectrum disorder have difficulty interpreting facial expressions. Using a neural network model that reproduces the brain on a computer, a group of researchers have unraveled how this comes to be.
20 Jul 2021

Thermoelectric Cooling, Heating, Harvesting: 90 Companies Appraised, Market, Roadmap 2022-2042

IDTechEx Report: Dr James Edmondson
25 Jun 2021

Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting and Other Zero-Emission Electricity from Heat 2022-2042

IDTechEx Report:
10 Jun 2021

Solid-State and Polymer Batteries 2021-2031: Technology, Forecasts, Players

IDTechEx Report: Dr Xiaoxi He
21 May 2021

Wireless and Battery Free Spintronic Energy Harvester

Researchers have demonstrated that an array of electrically connected spintronic devices can harvest a 2.4 GHz wireless signal, which can be used to power and charge small electronic devices and sensors.
4 Mar 2021

World's Fastest Supercomputer and AI for Real Time Tsunami Prediction

Researchers have announced the successful development of an AI model that will empower disaster management teams with the ability to predict tsunami flooding in coastal areas in near real-time, harnessing the computational power of the world's fastest supercomputer.
13 Aug 2020

Putting the Spring-cam Back Into Stroke Patients Steps

A research group has developed a new, lightweight and motor-less device that can be easily attached to an ankle support device - otherwise known as an ankle foot orthosis. The new device will aid stroke patients in their rehabilitation, improving their walking and preventing falls.
4 May 2020

Supercapacitor Materials and Formats 2020-2040

IDTechEx Report: Dr Richard Collins
28 Jan 2020

Self-Moisturising Smart Contact Lenses

Researchers have developed a new type of smart contact lenses that can prevent dry eyes. The self-moisturising system, maintains a layer of fluid between the contact lens and the eye using a novel mechanism.
23 Jan 2020


Nanosys is the leading player in QDs. They were founded in 2001 (historical overview in next slides). It has raised some $160M over the last 15 years.
23 Jul 2019

New laws of attraction: Scientists print magnetic liquid droplets

Scientists have made a new material that is both liquid and magnetic, opening the door to a new area of science in magnetic soft matter. Their findings could lead to a revolutionary class of printable liquid devices for a variety of applications from artificial cells that deliver targeted cancer therapies to flexible liquid robots that can change their shape to adapt to their surroundings.
11 Jul 2019

Researchers can finally modify plant mitochondrial DNA

Researchers in Japan have edited plant mitochondrial DNA for the first time, which could lead to a more secure food supply.
8 Feb 2019

Quantum Dot Materials and Technologies 2020-2030: Trends, Markets, Players

IDTechEx Report:
7 Dec 2018

Out of the fog: honeycomb films

Research into porous films made via the condensation of humid air could lead to materials with applications ranging from medicine to photovoltaics.
13 Feb 2018

Stacking on the graphene

Researchers have found a way to form two materials, each made of three layers of graphene. Each material's graphene is stacked differently and has unique electrical properties. Their work has implications for the development of novel electronic devices.
18 Dec 2017

New generation robots able to adapt to physical damage

Researchers have, for the first time, succeeded in developing a robot capable of immediately adapting to unexpected physical damage.
28 Sep 2017

Semitransparent and flexible solar cells

Researchers have developed an innovative method for fabricating semitransparent and flexible solar cells with atomically thin 2D materials.
6 Mar 2017

Shape-shifting molecular robots respond to DNA signals

A research group has developed a molecular robot consisting of biomolecules, such as DNA and protein.