Science Highlights

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 »

The atomic force microscopy image of the junction between the graphene domains shows an electron-deficient region.06.08.16Science Highlight

This Message Will Self-Destruct

New electron-beam writing technique controls electronic properties for future on-demand re-configurable electronics. Read More »

Perovskite-based nanowire lasers are the most efficient known.06.07.16Science Highlight

World’s Most Efficient Nanowire Lasers

Materials with extraordinary performance in solar cells are discovered to be efficient, tunable lasers at room temperature. Read More »

When light is absorbed by solar cells to make electricity, electrons and “missing electrons” are generated that move through the layers of materials in typical solar cells.06.07.16Science Highlight

New See-Through Material for Electronics

A low-cost, stable oxide film is highly conductive and transparent, rivaling its predecessors. Read More »

The ring pattern from the new transmission X-ray diffraction analysis is from the polycrystalline nature of the alloy - in other words, it indicates that the atoms are arranged in small crystalline regions (called grains) that have many different orientations.06.07.16Science Highlight

Finding a Needle in a Crystalline Haystack

New X-ray technique reveals the presence of one-in-a-million large crystalline regions from metals fatiguing—stabilization schemes could lead to impervious metals. Read More »

The crystallized oxide (lighter regions) spelling the word “small” was “printed” on a non-crystallized layer (darker gray) by a well-controlled beam in an electron microscope.06.07.16Science Highlight

Atomic Sculpting with a Microscope

A new tool allows atomic 3D printing. Read More »