University of Alberta

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The National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) is an integrated, multi-disciplinary institution involving researchers in physics, chemistry, engineering, biology, informatics, pharmacy and medicine. Established in 2001, it is operated as a partnership between the National Research Council Canada and the University of Alberta, and is jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta and the university. The organic photovoltaics group at NINT is focused on the development of new materials, architectures and interfaces for photovoltaics cells including polymers, small molecules, inorganic nanostructures, and inorganic/organic hybrids. The group is operated as an interdisciplinary collaboration headed by Dr. Jillian M. Buriak and Dr. Michael J. Brett.
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2019
19 Mar

Implantable 'tea bag' releases insulin for children with diabetes

Children with Type 1 diabetes have only one option to control their blood sugar: insulin treatment. Ravaged by an autoimmune disease that attacks their own pancreas and islets -- microscopic clusters of cells that sense blood sugar and produce insulin -- patients are forced to rely on insulin from an external source.
2018
4 Sep

Better particle tracking software using AI

Scientists have created a new method of particle tracking based on machine learning that is far more accurate and provides better automation than techniques currently in use.
19 Jul

Synthetic Biology 2018

IDTechEx Report: Dr Nadia Tsao and Dr Bryony Core
25 Apr

Gene-editing medicine one step closer to patient applications

Imagine a future where a guided biomachine put into your body seeks out defective gene sequences in each cell and edits in the correct information with precision accuracy.
2017
28 Dec

Inner workings of victorious AI

Libratus, an artificial intelligence that defeated four top professional poker players in no-limit Texas Hold'em earlier this year, uses a three-pronged approach to master a game with more decision points than atoms in the universe, researchers report.
2016
4 Oct

Thermal metamaterial innovation

An international research team has used a "thermal metamaterial" to control the emission of radiation at high temperatures, an advance that could bring devices able to efficiently harvest waste heat from power plants and factories.
2014
18 Dec

From nutshell to supercapattery

Scientists have created a hybrid sodium ion capacitor from peanut shells in a pioneering study bridging the gap between conventional ion batteries and supercapacitors.
20 Aug

Carbon dioxide consuming fuel cell project awarded development grant

Can a fuel cell consume rather than produce CO2 to create energy?
18 Aug

Could hemp nanosheets topple graphene for making supercapacitors?

Scientists are reporting that fibers from the plant can pack as much energy and power as graphene, long-touted as the model material for supercapacitors.
7 Jul

Researchers develop next-generation battery

A research team has used carbon nanomaterials to develop next-generation batteries capable of charging faster and lasting longer than today's standard lithium-ion batteries.
2013
3 Sep

Discovery could make solar power cheaper, more accessible

University of Alberta researchers have found that abundant materials in the Earth's crust can be used to make inexpensive and easily manufactured nanoparticle-based solar cells.
2 Sep

Discovery could make solar power cheaper, more accessible

Researchers have found that abundant materials in the Earth's crust can be used to make inexpensive and easily manufactured nanoparticle-based solar cells.
2012
29 Aug

Functional Materials for Future Electronics: Metals, Inorganic & Organic Compounds, Graphene, CNT

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop and Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh
2010
1 Dec

Inverted-mode Organic Photovoltaics with Long Term Stability

University of Alberta, Canada
27 Aug

New world record with efficient CIGS solar cell

The new record-breaking solar cells from ZSW are made of extremely thin layers of copper, indium, gallium and diselenide (CIGS for short).
6 Jul

Longer life for plastic solar cells

A team of researchers from the University of Alberta and the National Institute for Nanotechnology has extended the operating life of an unsealed plastic solar cell from mere hours to eight months.
28 Jun

Life of plastic solar cells jumps from hours to eight months

A team of researchers from the University of Alberta and the National Institute for Nanotechnology has extended the operating life of an unsealed plastic solar cell from mere hours to eight months.
2009
9 Oct

Carbon nanotubes could make efficient solar cells

In a carbon nanotube-based photodiode, electrons (blue) and holes (red) - the positively charged areas where electrons used to be before becoming excited - release their excess energy to efficiently create more electron-hole pairs when light is shined on the device.
30 Sep

Carbon nanotubes could make efficient solar cells

In a carbon nanotube-based photodiode, electrons (blue) and holes (red) - the positively charged areas where electrons used to be before becoming excited - release their excess energy to efficiently create more electron-hole pairs when light is shined on the device.