Science Highlights

Tuning topology and adhesion of metal nanomeshes has led to super stretchable, transparent electrodes that don’t wear out.06.09.16Science Highlight

Nano-stiltskin: Turning Gold into … See-through Rubber

New metal nanomesh leads to super stretchable and transparent gold electrodes that don’t wear out. Read More »

A versatile two-step process allows for the controlled synthesis of new materials for energy technology.06.09.16Science Highlight

New Approach to Room-Temperature Materials Synthesis - Low Cost, Simple, and Controlled Composition

Templates allow for materials with deliberate sizes and shapes for solar cells and electricity generation from waste heat. Read More »

This artistically enhanced depiction shows an atom being hit by a strong rosette-shaped laser field (purple), ripping an electron (green) from the parent atom that then re-collides with the atom.06.09.16Science Highlight

Combining Electrons and Lasers to Create Designer Beams for Materials Research

Tabletop laser systems generate extreme ultraviolet probes will advance research towards a new generation of energy-conserving electronics. Read More »

Absorption of sunlight in silicon solar cells results in losses due to heat from “hot” photo-excited electrons.06.09.16Science Highlight

Taking on the Heat in Solar Cells: New Calculations Show Atomic Vibrations Hurt Efficiency

Theoretical modeling of energy loss in solar cells may lead to more efficient materials to convert sunlight to electricity. Read More »

The schematic shows protected edges that allow the propagation of these magnetic waves in a single direction along the edge of the crystal.06.09.16Science Highlight

Surf’s Up: Magnetic Waves on the Edge

First realization of a novel material that can conduct magnetic waves on its edge, but not within its bulk. Read More »

A liquid metal technique drives the transformation of uniform alloys into a nanoscale mixture of two materials with different compositions.06.09.16Science Highlight

Nano-Sculptures for Longer-Lasting Battery Electrodes

Liquid metal transforms solid alloy into pore-filled structure that could be used in future batteries. Read More »

Films integrated into the cell created an efficient solar-to-hydrogen cell using Earth-abundant cobalt rather than rare and expensive metals.06.08.16Science Highlight

Hydrogen Production from a Relative of Fool’s Gold

Affordable, Earth-abundant catalyst achieves efficient solar-driven hydrogen fuel production. Read More »

The cross-section shows key features of a new solar cell architecture.06.08.16Science Highlight

Keep it Simple: Low-Cost Solar Power

A simplified architecture leads to efficiencies rivaling conventional silicon solar cells. Read More »

Nanometer-sized junctions between two types of two-dimensional semiconductors could replace conventional wider three-dimensional junctions.06.08.16Science Highlight

Patterning Smaller Junctions for Ultrathin Devices

Patterned arrays of nanometer-sized connections in two-dimensional semiconductors could enable ultrathin integrated circuits for smartphones and solar cells. Read More »

Electrons have distinct energy levels where the energy is minimized, similar to a ball rolling down a mountain to a valley.06.08.16Science Highlight

Laser Manipulates Electronic Properties

Dressing electrons with a rotating field of laser light creates distinct, controllable states, opening the door for innovative electronics. Read More »