22 Jul 2020
Photo-Rechargable Zinc-Ion Devices Merge Solar Cell and Battery Tech
Scientists have made a battery that can be directly charged in sunlight without needing an external solar panel. Clever design of the battery electrodes facilitates photo-rechargeable zinc-ion batteries that could find applications as cheap devices for off-grid solar farms.
12 Feb 2020
Warning That 3D Printing Pills Can Stop Drugs Working
3D printing drugs can cause unexpected and undesirable reactions that prevent their release, scientists have found. The work is one of the first studies of its kind to reveal problems when producing 3D printed pills.
20 Dec 2019
Large, High-Quality Perovskite Films Created at Record Speed
Large perovskite films for solar cells can now be rapidly manufactured. The new approach, which combines the right amounts of volatile and less volatile solvents in a blade-coating process, could be an important step towards the commercialisation of perovskite solar cells.
11 Dec 2019
Technology to Wirelessly Charge Smart Contact Lenses
A smart contact lens with a rechargeable supercapacitor power source that can be charged up wirelessly could be used to track a wearer's health, without compromising on comfort.
2 Aug 2019
Electric car research boosted by cobalt-free battery
The elimination of cobalt -- an expensive chemical component currently required to power our smartphones and laptops -- from lithium-ion batteries has been the goal of Texas Engineer Arumugam Manthiram for much of his career.
16 Jul 2019
Slipping between the (battery) sheets
Our lives are increasingly battery-powered. From fuelling our mobile phones and electric cars to storing energy for entire households: we need to make more and bigger batteries than ever.
9 Jul 2019
Microgel supports 3D printing of organs from stem cells
Scientists have developed a platform that prints bioink into 3D tissues using a supporting slurry of alginate microgel beads. The technique overcomes limitations of conventional bioprinted scaffolds and holds promise for tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, drug screening and developmental biology.
22 Jan 2019
Multitasking graphene ink printed into tiny flexible supercapacitors
Researchers have developed an easy way to make complicated arrays of microsupercapacitors that involves screen-printing them out of graphene ink. The simplicity and freedom offered by the approach will aid the development of new approaches to electronics and flexible devices.
24 Dec 2018
Disordered crystals are promising for future battery technology
Tiny, disordered particles of magnesium chromium oxide may hold the key to new magnesium battery energy storage technology, which could possess increased capacity compared to conventional lithium-ion batteries.
3 Dec 2018
AI to crack unloved murder cases
Some of history's most notorious unsolved murder crimes could be laid bare thanks to new forensic research.
21 May 2018
Battery-in-screen paves way to ultra-thin smartphones
Scientists in Hong Kong and China have combined a semi-transparent arrangement of anodes and cathodes with a transparent electrolyte to make the first ever photoluminescent microbattery that can simultaneously act as a power supply and a full-colour display.
6 Apr 2018
Jelly implant keeps an eye on body oxygen levels
Although smaller than a grain of rice, a phosphorescent hydrogel implant that monitors tissue oxygen could end amputations in people with blocked blood vessels or help athletes design better training programmes. The first of these tiny but durable devices has survived more than four years - implanted in the foot of the researchers who created it.
20 Feb 2018
Compound could transform energy storage for large grids
In order to power entire communities with clean energy, such as solar and wind power, a reliable backup storage system is needed to provide energy when the sun isn't shining and the wind doesn't blow.
9 Jan 2018
Study boosts hope for cheaper fuel cells
Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes or modified graphene nanoribbons may be suitable replacements for platinum for fast oxygen reduction, the key reaction in fuel cells that transform chemical energy into electricity, according to Rice University researchers.
21 Aug 2017
Polystyrene makes solar panels cheaper
Researchers are using polystyrene particles rather than expensive polymers to make the next generation of solar cells, which are used to make solar panels, more stable and even cheaper.
8 Aug 2017
Molecular movie exposes perovskite solar cell's inner workings
A 'molecular movie' has revealed how perovskite solar cells respond to light. The work could help to explain why these structures are so adept at converting light into electricity.
14 Jun 2017
Lab on a chip could monitor health, germs and pollutants
Imagine wearing a device that continuously analyzes your sweat or blood for different types of biomarkers, such as proteins that show you may have breast cancer or lung cancer.
1 May 2017
Pac-Man meets biotechnology
Scientists increasingly use miniscule robots to solve a range of problems, from cancer treatment to water purification.
28 Oct 2016
Environmental risks in 'green' material
Researchers have undertaken the first comparative life cycle analysis of piezoelectric materials as part of an EPSRC project.
26 Aug 2016
Researchers invent novel materials for better batteries
Inventors are paving the way for the future with energy-efficient batteries for sensors, portable devices and electric cars.