Science Highlights

Picture of newly-devised frequency comb.Science Highlight

Toward Powerful and Compact Terahertz Spectrometers

A new, dime-sized light source will lead to novel spectrometers for the next generation of scientific discoveries. Read More »

Visualized model of a superlubricity (low-friction) system: gold = nanodiamond particles; red = graphene nanoscroll; green = underlying graphene on silica; black = diamond-like carbon surface.Science Highlight

Near Zero Friction from Nanoscale Lubricants

Researchers have attained superlubricity, the near absence of friction, at a carbon-silica interface using nanodiamonds wrapped in graphene flakes. Read More »

Schematic of a “solar flow battery” with the three-electrode configuration: lithium anode electrode, counter electrode (CE), and photo-electrode (PE).Science Highlight

Eco-friendly Battery and Solar Cell All-in-One

Keeping the lights on: Solving the intermittency shortcomings of renewable solar energy. Read More »

Rotary engine (top) harnesses energy from evaporation to drive a miniature car.Science Highlight

Evaporation-powered Motor and Light

Bacterial spore-polymer composites harness energy from evaporation to power locomotion and generate electricity. Read More »

Resonant inelastic x-ray scattering data show the existence of a new quasiparticle in strontium iridate (Sr2IrO4).Science Highlight

X-ray Induced Quasiparticles: New Window on Unconventional Superconductivity

Creation of new neutral-charge, long-life quasiparticles may help explain high-temperature superconductivity. Read More »

A liquid mixture solidifies to different solid phases upon cooling (left) and heating (right). At low temperature, colloidal spherical particles form crystals due to pressure from collisions with the surrounding polymer.Science Highlight

Shape Shifters: Demonstrating Tunable Phase Shifting

Reversible self-assembled structures balance two competing attractions to enable stimuli-responsive materials. Read More »

A novel technique allows new insight into the barriers to fuel evolution.Science Highlight

Solar Water Splitting: Putting an Extra “Eye” on Surface Reactions that Store Sunlight as Fuel

A novel technique allows new insight into the barriers to fuel evolution. Read More »

The newly-proposed structure of ceric ammonium nitrate, with an oxygen bridge, may explain why this popular industrial reagent is so versatile.Science Highlight

What CAN It Be?

Elucidating Cerium Solution Chemistry Read More »

On the left: Fluorescent microscope image shows artificial bioreactors composed of sugar-based dextran polymer solution (blue) encapsulated within a shell of lipid vesicles (red). On the right: schematic illustration of what the vesicles look like at the aqueous/aqueous interface. Blue and yellow shading indicate the interior and exterior solutions.Science Highlight

New Artificial Cells Mimic Nature’s Tiny Reactors

A new approach creates microscale bioreactors for studying complex reactions for energy production and storage. Read More »

A novel catalyst transforms carbon dioxide and hydrogen into formic acid (HCOOH) via a two-step (yellow arrows) reaction.Science Highlight

Capturing and Converting CO2 in a Single Step

Researchers computationally design a cheap, efficient catalyst that captures carbon dioxide and creates a chemical building block. Read More »

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