Science Highlights

Four different color lasers being combined to create white light.

New Tools to Manufacture Higher-Efficiency Lighting

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

Illustration of self-healing in a fractured polymer via dynamic hydrogen bond interchange.

Spontaneously Self-healing Polymers

Overcoming a fundamental dilemma in making polymers that combine strength and toughness with spontaneous healing capability. Read More »

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 »

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