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Scanning electron microscopy of conductive carbon fibers coated with metal oxide nanowires...February 2013Science Highlights

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)Ge1.5xTe1.5xFebruary 2013Science Highlights

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 »

A Hector cloud forms over the Tiwi Islands near Darwin, Australia.February 2013Science Highlights

Impact of Local Climate on Cloud Systems

Tropical atmospheric data used to test climate model accuracy. Read More »

Overall structure of 6-P-β-glucosidase and its comparison with 6-P-β-galactosidase.February 2013Science Highlights

Breaking Down Enzymes’ Role in Biofuel Production

Molecular structures provide insights into biomass deconstruction. Read More »

Increased nitrogen in forest soils decreases the diversity and expression of genes involved in carbon deconstruction by bacteria and fungi, including this species in the order Auriculariales.February 2013Science Highlights

Elevated Nitrogen Slows Carbon Decay in Forest Soils

New clues emerge about microbial decomposition mechanisms. Read More »

Bottomonium Mass SpectrumFebruary 2013Science Highlights

The Higgs: Not the Only Boson in Town

Another boson has been found at the LHC that could help refine our understanding of the strong force. Read More »

New conjugated polymers absorb the rainbow of sunlight.January 2013Science Highlights

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).January 2013Science Highlights

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.January 2013Science Highlights

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...January 2013Science Highlights

Notorious Insulators Are Made Conductive

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