Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Image of a microsized pore and tunnel in an electrode02.27.13Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Out of Thin Air

Nanoscience helps pave the way toward next generation “lithium-air” batteries. Read More »

An image of a schematic diagram.01.14.13Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Follow the Atoms

Innovative computational approach accurately maps biochemical reactions at the atomic level. Read More »

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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