Stories of Discovery & Innovation

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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Electron microscopic tomogram of dividing cells of the green sulfur bacterium Chlorobaculum tepidum with chlorosomes rendered in false color. 01.06.12Stories of Discovery & Innovation

A Step Toward Artificial Photosynthesis

EFRC researchers construct an artificial version of a bacterium's light-absorbing "antenna." Read More »

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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