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Materials used for their mechanical strength employ a variety of toughening mechanisms.06.09.16Science Highlight

Can We Beat Mother Nature at Materials Design?

Scientists review how we are matching – or exceeding – nature’s ability to make strong, tough lightweight structural materials. Read More »

This artistically enhanced depiction shows an atom being hit by a strong rosette-shaped laser field (purple), ripping an electron (green) from the parent atom that then re-collides with the atom.06.09.16Science Highlight

Combining Electrons and Lasers to Create Designer Beams for Materials Research

Tabletop laser systems generate extreme ultraviolet probes will advance research towards a new generation of energy-conserving electronics. Read More »

Absorption of sunlight in silicon solar cells results in losses due to heat from “hot” photo-excited electrons.06.09.16Science Highlight

Taking on the Heat in Solar Cells: New Calculations Show Atomic Vibrations Hurt Efficiency

Theoretical modeling of energy loss in solar cells may lead to more efficient materials to convert sunlight to electricity. Read More »

Tuning topology and adhesion of metal nanomeshes has led to super stretchable, transparent electrodes that don’t wear out.06.09.16Science Highlight

Nano-stiltskin: Turning Gold into … See-through Rubber

New metal nanomesh leads to super stretchable and transparent gold electrodes that don’t wear out. Read More »

The schematic shows protected edges that allow the propagation of these magnetic waves in a single direction along the edge of the crystal.06.09.16Science Highlight

Surf’s Up: Magnetic Waves on the Edge

First realization of a novel material that can conduct magnetic waves on its edge, but not within its bulk. Read More »

06.09.16From the Labs

New Beginning at FAST: Research Accelerator Reaches Design Beam EnergyExternal link

Fermilab sent an electron beam with an energy of 50 million electronvolts, or MeV, through the photoinjector at the Fermilab Accelerator Science and Technology facility (FAST) on May 16, achieving a major design goal for the accelerator – and marking the beginning of a new accelerator science program at the laboratory. Read More »

06.09.16From the Labs

Massive Trove of Battery and Molecule Data Released to PublicExternal link

The Materials Project, a Google-like database of material properties aimed at accelerating innovation based at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), has released an enormous trove of data to the public, giving scientists working on fuel cells, photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, and a host of other advanced materials a powerful tool to explore new research avenues. Read More »

A versatile two-step process allows for the controlled synthesis of new materials for energy technology.06.09.16Science Highlight

New Approach to Room-Temperature Materials Synthesis - Low Cost, Simple, and Controlled Composition

Templates allow for materials with deliberate sizes and shapes for solar cells and electricity generation from waste heat. Read More »

A metal oxide nanoparticle gel when agitated with a force greater than the yield stress of the gel, which is the force necessary to make the gel flow.06.09.16Science Highlight

Understanding the Properties of High Tech Gels Used in 3-D Printing

Gels made up of nanoparticles hold together due to their electrostatic interactions and collapse with agitation. Read More »

Solar energy can be stored by using sunlight to split water (H2O) into hydrogen and oxygen.06.09.16Science Highlight

Simple Preparation for Affordable Solar Energy Storage

Inexpensive method allows synthesis of a tiny solar cell that pumps out fuel. Read More »

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