Stories of Discovery & Innovation

2011

Microscopic image showing three-dimensional “gated” topological insulator device fabricated from (Bi0.50Sb0.50)2Te3 nanoplates.12.02.11Stories of Discovery & Innovation

The Strange Future of Electronics

New materials called "topological insulators" may help us chart a path beyond Moore's Law.
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Pamela Peralta-Yahya, Taek Soon Lee, and Mario Ouellet of the DOE Joint BioEnergy Institute team that used microbes to synthesize a bio-based drop-in substitute for diesel fuel.11.15.11Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Brewing Renewable Diesel

Researchers at a DOE Bioenergy Research Center use microbes to synthesize a drop-in replacement for standard diesel transportation fuel.
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Schematic of a GaAs 3D photonic crystal 10.12.11Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Beyond the Transistor

EFRC researchers fabricate a novel device for channeling light.
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Daniel Kraemer, lead author of the Nature Materials article, and Gang Chen, holding a prototype solar thermoelectric generator tube.09.19.11Stories of Discovery & Innovation

More Heat than Light?

Breakthrough solar cell harvests electricity from the sun's thermal energy.
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This illustration shows what happens in nitride-based LEDs. At left, an electron (negative) and electron hole (positive) recombine and release light (left). In Auger recombination (right) the electron and hole combine with a third carrier, releasing no photon in the process. In this case, the energy loss is also assisted by indirect processes, vibrations in the crystal lattice shown as squiggles.09.01.11Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Peering into a Quantum Well

Supercomputer simulation illuminates mysterious "droop" in solid-state lighting.
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A water droplet, a water molecule and an arrow08.24.11Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Beating Nature at her Own Game?

New catalyst speeds conversion of electricity to hydrogen fuel.
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Scientist working in the lab07.07.11Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Trapping the Light Fantastic

New solar cell design uses advanced optics and nanotechnology to maximize performance and minimize cost. Discovery moves from lab bench to initial commercial scale-up inside a year.
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GE's new 06.13.11Stories of Discovery & Innovation

GE Uses DOE Advanced Light Sources to Develop Revolutionary Battery Technology

Company is constructing a new battery factory in Upstate New York that is expected to create 300+ jobs.
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Illustration of 1s and 0s05.31.11Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Superfast Search Engine Speeds Past the Competition

Software developed for analyzing physics data finds powerful commercial applications.
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Image shows distortion of nanowire electrode during charging05.16.11Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Scientists Create World’s Smallest Battery

Effort yields insights that could improve battery performance.
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