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Diagram showing the properties of a material as temperature and chemical composition (phosphorus level in this study) are varied.March 2013Science Highlights

What Causes High-temperature Superconductivity?

A phase change at absolute zero temperature may provide key insights into the decades-old mystery of high-temperature superconductivity. Read More »

Recent experimental and theoretical studies of heat transport through a periodic stack of thin films known as a superlattice show that a portion of the thermal energy carriers maintain wave-like properties while traversing through the nanostructure.February 2013Science Highlights

An Unexpected Heat Wave

Observation of wavelike heat conduction reveals new possibilities for tailoring thermal transport through wave effects. Read More »

Illustration of multiple exciton generation (MEG) with a singlet exciton (S1)...February 2013Science Highlights

Double the Charge from One Photon in Organic Photovoltaics

First observation of key intermediate state in the conversion of one photon to two electrons. Read More »

An electrolyte molecule (ethylene carbonate: C3H4O3) weakly binds (dashed line) to the positive electrode surface (Li0.6Mn2O4)...February 2013Science Highlights

Understanding Nature’s Choreography in Batteries

Charge-discharge chemistry for lithium ion batteries elucidated by theoretical calculations. Read More »

Scanning electron microscopy of conductive carbon fibers coated with metal oxide nanowires...February 2013Science Highlights

Nano-Composite Designs for Energy Storage

Nano-porous metal oxide coatings on carbon fiber dramatically enhance the electrical storage capacity for supercapacitors. Read More »

Crystal structure of CoSb3(1-x)Ge1.5xTe1.5xFebruary 2013Science Highlights

Making the Right Substitution for Better Thermoelectrics

Exploiting the self-organizing nature of atoms to block heat transfer and improve thermal-to-electrical energy conversion. Read More »

New conjugated polymers absorb the rainbow of sunlight.January 2013Science Highlights

Absorbing More of the Rainbow with Polymer-Based Organic Photovoltaics

Using newly synthesized polymers results in enhanced light harvesting capabilities and an unprecedented generation of photocurrent. Read More »

High resolution inverted seismic images of CO2 migration at the Cranfield, Mississippi field injection site.January 2013Science Highlights

Mapping Subsurface CO2 Migration

New computational technique creates high resolution maps of subsurface CO2 after geologic sequestration. Read More »

Electrochemical cell for splitting carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide and oxygen.December 2012Science Highlights

Two for the Price of One: Water and Carbon Dioxide Splitting via a Single Catalyst

A simple, robust catalyst is capable of both water oxidation and carbon dioxide splitting, two difficult yet key reactions for solar energy conversion. Read More »

Array of gallium nitride (GaN) nanowires fabricated by Sandia-developed top-down method.November 2012Science Highlights

Fabricating Nanowire Lasers

Precise control of nanowire geometry and optical environment enables tuning of lasing properties. Read More »