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Sodium-Based Metal Hydride Material Could Enhance Rechargeable Battery Performance

Sodium-Based Metal Hydride Material Could Enhance Rechargeable Battery Performance

An international team of scientists have discovered a safe sodium-based material which could be used as a cost-effective alternative to the lithium-based conductors currently used in rechargeable batteries. [More]
Nanoporous Molybdenum Disulfide Film for Hydrogen Catalysis and Energy Storage

Nanoporous Molybdenum Disulfide Film for Hydrogen Catalysis and Energy Storage

Scientists at chemist James Tour’s lab at Rice University have discovered a cost-effective method to create flexible films of molybdenum disulfide for hydrogen catalysis and energy storage applications. [More]
Ceria-Supported Catalysts for More Efficient Industrial Processes

Ceria-Supported Catalysts for More Efficient Industrial Processes

A team of researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) have discovered that atoms react differently depending on the characteristics of the catalyst that is used. [More]
Researchers Analyze Atomic-Scale Electronic and Structural Degradation in Lithium-Ion Batteries

Researchers Analyze Atomic-Scale Electronic and Structural Degradation in Lithium-Ion Batteries

Researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory have performed three studies on the electrochemical reactions that occur in nickel, cobalt, and aluminum (NCA) lithium-ion batteries. They studied average material morphologies as well as atomic-scale asymmetries to analyze the electronic and structural and degradations of these batteries. [More]
Researchers Observe Semiconductor-Metal Transition Using Ultrafast Electron Diffraction

Researchers Observe Semiconductor-Metal Transition Using Ultrafast Electron Diffraction

Researchers at McGill University have conducted ultrafast electron diffraction experiments to study the semiconductor-metal transition of vanadium dioxide (VO2), during which they observed the reorganizations of the atomic positions of the material and its electron distribution, simultaneously. This transformation occurs at femtosecond time scales, which is in the range of one millionth of a billionth of a second. [More]
Researchers Create Fullerene Dianions in Liquid Helium

Researchers Create Fullerene Dianions in Liquid Helium

Researchers from the University of Innsbruck and the University of Leicester have collaborated to develop a new method of forming charged molecules. [More]
Innovative Cubic Garnet Material Holds Promise for High-Energy Lithium Batteries

Innovative Cubic Garnet Material Holds Promise for High-Energy Lithium Batteries

Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered that a cubic garnet material (LLZO) could be used as a critical separator material in order to develop high-energy batteries. [More]
DNA-Brick Self-Assembly Technique Paves the Way for Breakthrough Nanodevices

DNA-Brick Self-Assembly Technique Paves the Way for Breakthrough Nanodevices

A group of researchers from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard have designed large DNA crystals with an accurately defined depth and sophisticated features, paving the way for new and advanced nanodevices. [More]
Scientists Develop Early-Warning System for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Scientists Develop Early-Warning System for Lithium-Ion Batteries

A “smart" lithium-ion battery developed by scientists at Stanford University has a warning system that alerts users in advance if the battery is getting overheated and may burst into flames. [More]
Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014 Awarded for Super-Resolved Fluorescence Microscopy

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014 Awarded for Super-Resolved Fluorescence Microscopy

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2014 to the inventors of Super-Resolved Fluorescence Microscopy. [More]