X-Rays Track Chemical Reactions in EV Battery Materials

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory are using a new method to track the electrochemical reactions in a common electric vehicle battery material under operating conditions. Continue reading X-Rays Track Chemical Reactions in EV Battery Materials

Graphene Framework Boosts Energy Density of Supercapacitors

Scientists at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), have used a holey graphene framework to significantly boost the energy density of electrochemical capacitors. Continue reading Graphene Framework Boosts Energy Density of Supercapacitors

Chemists Use MRI to Study Supercapacitors

Scientists at New York University and the University of Cambridge have developed a magnetic resonance imaging-based technique for monitoring and potentially enhancing the performance of supercapacitors. Continue reading Chemists Use MRI to Study Supercapacitors

Liquid Alloy Electrode Improves Sodium-Beta Battery Performance

A paper published in Nature Communications (see footnote) describes an electrode made of a liquid metal alloy that enables sodium-beta batteries to operate at significantly lower temperatures. Continue reading Liquid Alloy Electrode Improves Sodium-Beta Battery Performance

Catalyst Converts Waste Carbon Dioxide Into Syngas

Scientists from the University of Illinois at Chicago have created a new catalyst that improves their system for converting waste carbon dioxide into syngas. Continue reading Catalyst Converts Waste Carbon Dioxide Into Syngas

Exfoliating Method Makes Water-Splitting Catalysts More Efficient

Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a new method for improving the catalysis of water-splitting reactions. Continue reading Exfoliating Method Makes Water-Splitting Catalysts More Efficient

Scientists Take Snapshots of Photosynthetic Water Oxidation

An international collaboration of scientists led by researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has taken detailed “snapshots” of the four photon-step cycle for water oxidation in photosystem II, a large protein complex in green plants. Continue reading Scientists Take Snapshots of Photosynthetic Water Oxidation

Laser Helps Understand Inner Workings of Solar Panels

Believe it or not we don’t totally understand how solar cells work, particularly organic thin-film photovoltaics. But scientists Canada, London and Cyprus have recently used lasers to shed some light into the process, which could help make more efficient solar panels tomorrow. Continue reading Laser Helps Understand Inner Workings of Solar Panels