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Laser-Light Creates Nanostructured Thermoelectric Material

High intensity laser-light may improve the heat-to-electricity conversion efficiency of Sb2Te3, a key material used in thermoelectric devices, by inducing the crystallization of nm-scaled particles in the Sb2Te3 film. Read More »

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Fast Electrocatalyst Oxidizes Hydrogen

The world’s fastest synthetic molecular electrocatalyst for hydrogen oxidation has been designed, synthesized, and tested by researchers at the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, a multi-institutional Energy Frontier Research Center led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Read More »

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Redesigned Protein-Protein Interface Yields Fastest Recorded Electron Transfer Rate

Professor Michael R. Wasielewski and researchers at the Argonne-Northwestern Solar Research (ANSER) Center, a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center, in collaboration with Professor Brian M. Hoffman of Northwestern University have designed a protein-protein complex with the fastest recorded interprotein electron transfer rate constant.

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Simple Synthesis of Electroactive Block Copolymers for Solar Cells

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin-based DOE Energy Frontier Research Center for Understanding Charge Separation and Transfer at Interfaces in Energy Materials have developed a simple synthetic method to produce highly pure block copolymers that may find applications in organic photovoltaic (solar cell) devices. Read More »

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New Catalyst Selectively Converts Biomass Derived Sugars to Chemicals

Engineers at the California Institute of Technology, part of the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center led by the University of Delaware) have developed a novel Tin-Beta zeolite catalyst that efficiently converts biomass derived sugars. Read More »

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New Mechanism for Design of Radiation Damage Resistant Materials

A new mechanism has been discovered that holds promise for reducing the damage experienced by materials in fission or fusion reactors by enhancing the "healing" of the point defects (interstitials and vacancy) created by the exposure to energetic neutrons in these environments. Read More »

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Inexpensive Solar Cell with Near Perfect Quantum Efficiency

Researchers at the DOE Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) led by the California Institute of Technology have demonstrated for the first time that the conventional light-trapping limit for absorbing materials can be surpassed.

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