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    Organic Solar Cells More Efficient With Molecules Face-to-Face

    Organic Solar Cells More Efficient With Molecules Face-to-Face

    New research from North Carolina State University and UNC-Chapel Hill reveals that energy is transferred more efficiently inside of complex, three-dimensional organic solar cells when the donor molecules align face-on, rather than edge-on, relative to the acceptor.

    Engineered Bacteria Produce Biofuel Alternative for High-Energy Rocket Fuel

    Engineered Bacteria Produce Biofuel Alternative for High-Energy Rocket Fuel

    Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Joint BioEnergy Institute have engineered a bacterium to synthesize pinene, a hydrocarbon produced by trees that could potentially replace high-energy fuels, such as JP-10, in missiles and other aerospace applications.

    Researcher: Study on Element Could Change Ballgame on Radioactive Waste

    Researcher: Study on Element Could Change Ballgame on Radioactive Waste

    Groundbreaking work by a team of chemists on a fringe element of the periodic table could change how the world stores radioactive waste and recycles fuel.

    A Battery That 'Breathes' Could Power Next-Gen Electric Vehicles

    A Battery That 'Breathes' Could Power Next-Gen Electric Vehicles

    Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) nearly doubled in 2013, but most won't take you farther than 100 miles on one charge. To boost their range toward a tantalizing 300 miles or more, researchers are reporting progress on a "breathing" battery that has the potential to one day replace the lithium-ion technology of today's EVs. They presented their work at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

    Harnessing Everyday Motion to Power Mobile Devices (Video)

    Harnessing Everyday Motion to Power Mobile Devices (Video)

    Imagine powering your cell phone by simply walking around your office or rubbing it with the palm of your hand. Rather than plugging it into the wall, you become the power source. Researchers at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, presented these commercial possibilities and a unique vision for green energy. To see a video of the team's work, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVhJ4G-7na4.

    Scripps Florida Scientists Devise New, Lower Cost Method to Create More Usable Fuels

    Scripps Florida Scientists Devise New, Lower Cost Method to Create More Usable Fuels

    Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute have devised a new, more efficient method with the potential to convert the major components found in natural gas into useable fuels and chemicals--opening the door to cheaper, more abundant energy and materials with much lower emissions.

    Shale Could Be Long-Term Home for Problematic Nuclear Waste

    Shale Could Be Long-Term Home for Problematic Nuclear Waste

    Shale, the source of the United States' current natural gas boom, could help solve another energy problem: what to do with radioactive waste from nuclear power plants. The unique properties of the sedimentary rock and related clay-rich rocks make it ideal for storing the potentially dangerous spent fuel for millennia, according to a geologist studying possible storage sites. He presented his research today at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

    Toward 'Vanishing' Electronics and Unlocking Nanomaterials' Power Potential

    Toward 'Vanishing' Electronics and Unlocking Nanomaterials' Power Potential

    Brain sensors and electronic tags that dissolve. Boosting the potential of renewable energy sources. These are examples of the latest research from two pioneering scientists selected as this year's Kavli lecturers at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

    New Way to Make Biodiesel Creates Less Waste From Alligator, and Likely Other Animal Fats

    New Way to Make Biodiesel Creates Less Waste From Alligator, and Likely Other Animal Fats

    Animal fat from chicken, pork, beef and even alligators could give an economical, ecofriendly boost to the biofuel industry, according to researchers who reported a new method for biofuel production here today. The report, following up on their earlier study on the potential use of gator fat as a source of biodiesel fuel, was part of the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

    New, Inexpensive Production Materials Boost Promise of Hydrogen Fuel

    New, Inexpensive Production Materials Boost Promise of Hydrogen Fuel

    In a study published last week in the journal Science, Choi and postdoctoral researcher Tae Woo Kim combined cheap, oxide-based materials to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gases using solar energy with a solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency of 1.7 percent, the highest reported for any oxide-based photoelectrode system.

    ORNL Microscopy System Delivers Real-Time View of Battery Electrochemistry

    ORNL Microscopy System Delivers Real-Time View of Battery Electrochemistry

    Using a new microscopy method, researchers can image and measure electrochemical processes in batteries in real time and at nanoscale resolution.

    Artificial Leaf Jumps Developmental Hurdle

    Artificial Leaf Jumps Developmental Hurdle

    ‚ÄčIn a recent early online edition of Nature Chemistry, ASU scientists, along with colleagues at Argonne National Laboratory, report advances toward perfecting a functional artificial leaf.

    Solar-Induced Hybrid Fuel Cell Produces Electricity Directly from Biomass

    Solar-Induced Hybrid Fuel Cell Produces Electricity Directly from Biomass

    Researchers have developed a new type of low-temperature fuel cell that directly converts biomass to electricity with assistance from a catalyst activated by solar or thermal energy.

    Research Leads to 20 Percent Cuts in Energy Consumption in Buildings

    Research Leads to 20 Percent Cuts in Energy Consumption in Buildings

    OU researcher creates virtual sensors to detect unreliable heating, vent and air conditioning systems in buildings. The method is a low cost, reliable process to reduce a company's utilities bills and carbon footprint.

    Harvesting Light, the Single-Molecule Way

    Harvesting Light, the Single-Molecule Way

    New insights into one of the molecular mechanisms behind light harvesting, which enables photosynthetic organisms to thrive, even as weather conditions change from full sunlight to deep cloud cover, will be presented at the 58th Annual Biophysical Society Meeting. Researchers will describe how probing these natural systems is helping us understand the basic mechanisms of light harvesting -- work that could help improve the design and efficiency of devices like solar cells in the future.

    Superconductivity in Orbit: Scientists Find New Path to Loss-Free Electricity

    Superconductivity in Orbit: Scientists Find New Path to Loss-Free Electricity

    Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have combined atoms with multiple orbitals and precisely pinned down their electron distributions. Using advanced electron diffraction techniques, the scientists discovered that orbital fluctuations in iron-based compounds induce strongly coupled polarizations that can enhance electron pairing--the essential mechanism behind superconductivity.

    New Understanding Could Result in More Efficient Organic Solar Cells

    New Understanding Could Result in More Efficient Organic Solar Cells

    Designing more efficient organic solar cells should be easier with an explanation of how charge separation works.

    Helping a Greenhouse Gas Turn Over a New Leaf

    Helping a Greenhouse Gas Turn Over a New Leaf

    A team of researchers at the University of Delaware has developed a highly selective catalyst capable of electrochemically converting carbon dioxide -- a greenhouse gas -- to carbon monoxide with 92 percent efficiency. The carbon monoxide then can be used to develop useful chemicals. The researchers recently reported their findings in Nature Communications.

    Modeling Buildings by the Millions: Building Codes in China Tested for Energy Savings

    Modeling Buildings by the Millions: Building Codes in China Tested for Energy Savings

    PNNL scientists at the Joint Global Change Research Institute, a partnership with the University of Maryland in College Park, Md., have created a unique model that projects how much energy can be saved with changes to China's building energy codes.

    Sweet Science: Virginia Tech Researcher Develops Energy-Dense Sugar Battery

    Sweet Science: Virginia Tech Researcher Develops Energy-Dense Sugar Battery

    A Virginia Tech research team has developed a battery that runs on sugar and has an unmatched energy density, a development that could replace conventional batteries with ones that are cheaper, refillable, and biodegradable.

    Energy Storage in Miniaturized Capacitors May Boost Green Energy Technology

    Energy Storage in Miniaturized Capacitors May Boost Green Energy Technology

    "Supercapacitors" take the energy-storing abilities of capacitors (which store electrical charge that can be quickly dumped to power devices) a step further, storing a far greater charge in a much smaller package. In AIP Advances, researchers describe the possibility of fabricating a new class of high heat-tolerant electronics that would employ supercapacitors made from a material called calcium-copper-titanate, or CCTO, which the researchers have identified for the first time as a practical energy-storage material.

    Renewable Chemical Ready for Biofuels Scale-Up

    Renewable Chemical Ready for Biofuels Scale-Up

    Using a plant-derived chemical, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have developed a process for creating a concentrated stream of sugars that's ripe with possibility for biofuels.

    Hugging Hemes Help Electrons Hop

    Hugging Hemes Help Electrons Hop

    Researchers simulating how certain bacteria run electrical current through tiny molecular wires have discovered a secret Nature uses for electron travel. This is the first time scientists have seen this evolutionary design principle for electron transport,

    Battery Development May Extend Range of Electric Cars

    Battery Development May Extend Range of Electric Cars

    Electric cars could travel farther on a single charge and more renewable energy could be saved for a rainy day if lithium-sulfur batteries can last longer. PNNL has developed a novel anode that could quadruple the lifespan of these promising batteries.

    WUSTL Engineers Provide Free Code to Help Build Better Batteries

    WUSTL Engineers Provide Free Code to Help Build Better Batteries

    Lithium-ion batteries, such as those used in electric vehicles, are in high demand, with a global market value expected to reach $33.1 billion in 2019. But their high price and short life need to be addressed before they can be used in more consumer, energy and medical products. Venkat Subramanian, PhD, associate professor of energy, environmental & chemical engineering, and his team are working to solve this problem buy developing optimal charging profiles for the batteries.