Exciton Surfing…

Topics: Alternate Energy, Applied Physics, Materials Science, Nanotechnology, Solar Power Organic solar cells (OSCs) are fascinating devices where layers of organic molecules or polymers carry out light absorption and subsequent transport of energy – the tasks that make a solar cell work. Until now, the efficiency of OSCs has been thought to be constrained byContinue reading “Exciton Surfing…”

Thorium…

Topics: Alternate Energy, Climate Change, Nuclear Power, Thorium The Royal Society of Chemistry: Thorium (named for a certain Marvel character). If China’s experimental reactor is a success it could lead to commercialization and help the nation meet its climate goals. Scientists are excited about an experimental nuclear reactor using thorium as fuel, which is aboutContinue reading “Thorium…”

Power Density…

Topics: Alternate Energy, Climate Change, Existentialism, Global Warming, Green Tech, Thermodynamics Optimizing the placement of turbines within a wind farm can significantly increase energy extraction – but only until the installation reaches a certain size, researchers in the US conclude. This is just one finding of a computational study on wind turbines’ effects on theContinue reading “Power Density…”

The Power of ASM…

Topics: Alternate Energy, Applied Physics, Atomic-Scale Microscopy, Nanotechnology When Ondrej Krivanek first considered building a device to boost the resolution of electron microscopes, he asked about funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. “The response was not positive,” he says, laughing. He heard through the grapevine that the administrator who held the purse strings declaredContinue reading “The Power of ASM…”

Black Phosphorous…

Topics: Alternative Energy, Applied Physics, Battery, Nanotechnology, Research A new electrode material could make it possible to construct lithium-ion batteries with a high charging rate and storage capacity. If scaled up, the anode material developed by researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) and colleagues in the US might be usedContinue reading “Black Phosphorous…”