Stories of Discovery & Innovation

2012

Microscopic image of heat-sensitive microspheres. 12.05.12Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Preventing Laptop Fires and “Thermal Runaway”

Researchers point to “self-healing” materials as a potential means of improving lithium ion battery safety. Read More »

An image of a sunsetting and a smokestack.10.31.12Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Profiting from Waste?

Researchers fashion a record-breaking material to recycle waste heat into electricity. Read More »

Using polymers to develop new low work function materials, EFRC researchers created the first completely plastic solar cell, where not just the cell itself but also its electrodes are made of plastic.09.24.12Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Just One Word—Plastics

A “universal” plastic coating could lead to lower cost, more flexible electronic devices. Read More »

Playing cards constructed as a house of cards08.06.12Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Could Cheaper Gasoline be "in the Cards"?

EFRC researchers develop ingenious house-of-card structures to improve catalyst performance. Read More »

Quantum effects in photosynthesis07.09.12Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Scientists Uncover a Photosynthetic Puzzle

Quantum effects are discovered at earliest stage of photosynthesis. Read More »

Portion of larger graphic: STEM/EELS microscope images revealing effects of aging to fuel cell catalyst nanoparticles. Color coding identifies elements in each nanoparticle.06.11.12Stories of Discovery & Innovation

A Nanoscale “Tune-Up” for Fuel Cells

Using sophisticated techniques, EFRC researchers are observing, at the molecular level, how hydrogen fuel cells degrade. Read More »

Scientist R. Morris Bullock standing in a laboratory with lab equipment in the background.04.26.12Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Mimicking Nature Backwards and Forwards

Using biology as their blueprint, EFRC researchers devise a reversible reaction for hydrogen energy storage. Read More »

Scientist in the lab surrounded by lab equipment03.26.12Stories of Discovery & Innovation

"Nano-Tweezers" Made of Light

Researchers devise a powerful new method for manipulating nanoscale objects.
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George Chuck and Sarah Hake, at the Plant Gene Expression Center, in a greenhouse, kneeling down, holding switchgrass02.27.12Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Softening Switchgrass

How a "juvenile" maize gene can help turn prairie grass into fuel. Read More »

Close up of solar panels with raindrops02.01.12Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Enhancing the Energy Harvest

EFRC researchers fashion solar cells with greater than 100% "Quantum Efficiency."
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