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CCNY researchers overcome barriers to functionalization of bio-inspired solar energy harvesting materials

Inspired by nature, researchers at The City College of New York (CCNY) can demonstrate a synthetic strategy to stabilize bio-inspired solar energy harvesting materials. Their findings, published in the latest issue of  “Nature Chemistry,” could be a significant breakthrough in functionalizing molecular assemblies for future solar energy conversion technologies. In almost every corner of the […]

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Materials developed at Sandia help extinguish solar panel fires before they ignite

Local company uses special polymer within flame prevention device As solar panels become popular and their voltages increase, there is a need to have built-in capabilities to extinguish fires caused by arc-faults, which are high-power discharges of electricity that can create explosions or flash events due to damaged wires. Sandia National Laboratories researcher Kenny Armijo […]

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Materials developed at Sandia help extinguish solar panel fires before they ignite

Local company uses special polymer within flame prevention device As solar panels become popular and their voltages increase, there is a need to have built-in capabilities to extinguish fires caused by arc-faults, which are high-power discharges of electricity that can create explosions or flash events due to damaged wires. Sandia National Laboratories researcher Kenny Armijo […]

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Shear Force—How Good Materials are Made Better

Researchers demonstrate improvements at the atomic level Finding new, low-cost ways to make better metal alloys and composites is one of the holy grails of the materials research world. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are finding a lot of success using solid phase processing approaches to create materials with improved […]

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Machine Learning Advances Materials for Separations, Adsorption, and Catalysis

An artificial intelligence technique — machine learning — is helping accelerate the development of highly tunable materials known as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) that have important applications in chemical separations, adsorption, catalysis, and sensing. Utilizing data about the properties of more than 200 existing MOFs, the machine learning platform was trained to help guide the development […]

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Stanford materials scientists borrow solar panel tech to create new ultrahigh-res OLED display

By expanding on existing designs for electrodes of ultra-thin solar panels, Stanford researchers and collaborators in Korea have developed a new architecture for OLED – organic light-emitting diode – displays that could enable televisions, smartphones and virtual or augmented reality devices with resolutions of up to 10,000 pixels per inch (PPI). (For comparison, the resolutions […]

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Stanford materials scientists borrow solar panel tech to create new ultrahigh-res OLED display

By expanding on existing designs for electrodes of ultra-thin solar panels, Stanford researchers and collaborators in Korea have developed a new architecture for OLED – organic light-emitting diode – displays that could enable televisions, smartphones and virtual or augmented reality devices with resolutions of up to 10,000 pixels per inch (PPI). (For comparison, the resolutions […]