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Flexible solar module.07.01.12Science Highlight

Cutting the Costs of Solar Power with Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Solar Cells

High-efficiency compound semiconductor solar cells can now be printed on flexible, plastics. Read More »

The Modular Caustic Side Solvent Extraction (CSSX) Unit nearing completion at the Savannah River Site.06.01.12Science Highlight

Improved Method to Clean-Up Legacy Radioactive Waste

Chemistry provides a route to selective binding and extraction of radioactive cesium. Read More »

High magnification microscopy images of silica bubbles.06.01.12Science Highlight

Directed Evolution: Semiconductors Emulating Biology

Enzymes originating from marine sponges were intentionally altered to create a new enzyme that can make semiconductors in artificial cells. Read More »

Sheets of zeolite catalysts form an open pore structure like a “house-of-cards”06.01.12Science Highlight

Simple Synthesis of Pore Highways Inside of Catalysts

House-of-Cards structure leads to improved zeolite catalyst. Read More »

In the EFC, a slurry of activated carbon spheres in a non-toxic electrolyte (water with dissolved sodium sulfate) is pumped from reservoirs into the electrode-contact cell (inset), where the spheres acquire surface charge.05.01.12Science Highlight

Electrical Energy Storage Using Carbon Slurries

New scalable, high power energy storage possible with carbon-electrolyte slurries. Read More »

STM-measured anisotropy of energy gaps...05.01.12Science Highlight

Can Magnetism Explain High Temperature Superconductivity?

Visualization of electron pair binding confirms predictions about how high temperature superconductivity works. Read More »

Distorted three-dimensional perovskite structure of cesium tin iodide (CsSnI3) at room temperature...05.01.12Science Highlight

Low-Cost, Third Generation Solar Cells on Solid Ground

Novel, liquid-less design promises to improve long-term stability and durability of dye-sensitized solar cells while hitting high efficiency marks. Read More »

Fig 1 Angular-resolved measurement of the output of a double embedded photonic crystal LED at a wavelength of 455 nm (emission in the blue).04.01.12Science Highlight

Enhancing the Output of LED Lighting

Adding nanostructured regions to boost LED light output. Read More »

Depiction of the new thermal transport mechanism.04.01.12Science Highlight

Discovery of a New Mechanism of Thermal Transport

Current-carrying nanotubes heat up nearby materials but not themselves, indicating a new path to energy-efficient electronics. Read More »

Four different color lasers being combined to create white light.04.01.12Science Highlight

New Tools to Manufacture Higher-Efficiency Lighting

Understanding how chemical vapors interact leads to better production equipment and increased lighting efficiency. Read More »