Science Highlights

Structural and atomic models of mesoporous platinum...

Improving Catalysis by Putting the Best Face Forward

New catalyst structures for fuel cells in vehicles improve activity and stability compared to commercial platinum counterparts. Read More »

The first all-polymeric “plastic” organic solar cell on a flexible substrate...

There’s a Great Future in Plastic Solar Cells

Researchers have created an environmentally-friendly plastic coating that converts a wide range of electrical conductors into air-stable components for flexible, less expensive electronics. Read More »

Used fuel in a Fukushima cooling pond after the earthquake.

Lessons from Fukushima

Experts look at past nuclear accidents and potential scenarios to identify gaps in understanding nuclear fuel behavior. Read More »

Schematic of synthesis of flexible, binder-free high performance electrodes.

Novel Electrodes for High Performance Batteries

New nanostructured electrodes have 10 times the charging speed and higher battery power. Read More »

Crystal structure of the gas-separating MOF Fe2(dobdc).

Cutting the Cost for Commercial Gas Purification – Theory Leads the Way for a Materials Solution

Novel material for purifying gases could significantly lower industrial energy costs. Read More »

Electric field amplitude for terahertz light transmitted through bismuth selenide (Bi2Se3).

Showing that Surfaces Alone Can Conduct Electricity

Short pulses of light reveal an intrinsic conducting surface that is different from the bulk. Read More »

In the thermoelectric alloy copper antimony selenide (Cu3SbSe4, left), Sb atoms are bonded to four neighbors and are in the pentavalent (+5) charge state.

Being Uncoordinated Can Improve Thermoelectric Performance

Antimony atoms with uncoordinated electrons block flow of heat in thermoelectric materials. Read More »

Chemical Shift Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of a lithium battery after charging.

Brains, Knees, . . . and now Batteries

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) method non-destructively images the chemical and structural changes in a lithium ion battery. Read More »

Unique catalyst is also capable of driving the reaction and then reversing it – converting electricity to hydrogen for storage and then converting it back to electricity for use.

Hydrogen Production Forwards and Backwards

A single reversible catalyst enables energy to be both stored and released on demand. Read More »

Polymeric sugars called Xyloglucans (black lines) were thought to tether cellulose microfibrils (red lines) in primary cell walls (top panel).

Tether No More: A Revised Model for Plant Cell Walls

Biomechanical studies challenge current depictions of plant primary cell wall architecture. Read More »

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