Science Highlights

An electrolyte molecule (ethylene carbonate: C3H4O3) weakly binds (dashed line) to the positive electrode surface (Li0.6Mn2O4)...

Understanding Nature’s Choreography in Batteries

Charge-discharge chemistry for lithium ion batteries elucidated by theoretical calculations. Read More »

Overall structure of 6-P-β-glucosidase and its comparison with 6-P-β-galactosidase.

Breaking Down Enzymes’ Role in Biofuel Production

Molecular structures provide insights into biomass deconstruction. Read More »

Scanning electron microscopy of conductive carbon fibers coated with metal oxide nanowires...

Nano-Composite Designs for Energy Storage

Nano-porous metal oxide coatings on carbon fiber dramatically enhance the electrical storage capacity for supercapacitors. Read More »

Crystal structure of CoSb3(1-x)Ge1.5xTe1.5x

Making the Right Substitution for Better Thermoelectrics

Exploiting the self-organizing nature of atoms to block heat transfer and improve thermal-to-electrical energy conversion. Read More »

New conjugated polymers absorb the rainbow of sunlight.

Absorbing More of the Rainbow with Polymer-Based Organic Photovoltaics

Using newly synthesized polymers results in enhanced light harvesting capabilities and an unprecedented generation of photocurrent. Read More »

Schematic figure of solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) layer formed during the first charging cycle illustrating a interphase layer comprised predominantly of a mixture of lithiumethylene dicarbonate (LEDC) and lithium fluoride (LiF).

Revealing the Illusive Interphase in Lithium Ion Batteries

Structure and composition of the Solid Electrolyte Interphase in lithium ion batteries was investigated via a unique combination of microscopy and spectroscopy. Read More »

Depiction of superionic phase of copper (blue) diffusing through the sulfur (yellow) sublattice.

Watching Ions Hop in Next Generation Battery Materials

Atomic-Scale, femtosecond time-scale measurements unravel the atomistic pathways and speed limits for copper migration through a nanocrystal. Read More »

Illustration of infinitely long one-dimensional microporous channels (blue arrow) within the metal-organic framework...

Notorious Insulators Are Made Conductive

New porous, electrically conductive materials have potential uses in full cells, batteries, and solar photovoltaics. Read More »

High resolution inverted seismic images of CO2 migration at the Cranfield, Mississippi field injection site.

Mapping Subsurface CO2 Migration

New computational technique creates high resolution maps of subsurface CO2 after geologic sequestration. Read More »

With increasing hydration within the interlayer space of the initially disordered lipid membranes, lateral layer-by-layer phase separation begins.

The Medium Matters

Long-range, three-dimensional alignment and stacking of multiple regions within biologically derived membranes. Read More »