Electronic, Magnetic & Photonic Materials
June 14, 2021
First nanoscale look at a reaction that limits the efficiency of generating clean hydrogen fuel
With a new suite of tools, scientists discovered exactly how tiny plate-like catalyst particles carry out a key step in that conversion – the evolution of oxygen in an electrocatal
May 05, 2021
First closeups of how a lithium-metal electrode ages
Scientists have documented a process that makes these next-gen batteries lose charge – and eventually some of their capacity for storing energy – even when a device is turned off.
March 22, 2021
A new approach to lithium-ion batteries could address two major goals
If adopted, the technology could extend the driving range of electric vehicles and reduce the danger that laptops, cell phones and other devices will burst into flames.
November 05, 2020
A team borrows solar panel tech to create ultrahigh-res OLED display
The display would feature brighter images with purer colors and more than 10,000 pixels per inch.
October 26, 2020
Researchers combine heat and humidity to disinfect N95 masks for reuse
Gently heating N95 masks at a relatively high humidity was found to inactivate any SARS-CoV-2 virus trapped within, without degrading the masks’ performance.
October 05, 2020
Engineers invent a way to store data without using silicon chips
Researchers have invented a way to slide atomically-thin layers of 2D materials over one another to store more data, in less space and using less energy.
June 30, 2020
A new battery electrolyte may boost the electric vehicles’ performance
Stanford researchers have designed a new electrolyte for lithium metal batteries that could increase the driving range of electric cars.
June 25, 2020
A team of researchers explore the defects in quantum materials
Their efforts may someday enable quantum-based technologies, such as quantum computers, quantum networks or engines that run on light.
February 26, 2020
New route to carbon-neutral fuels from carbon dioxide discovered by Stanford-DTU team
A new way to convert carbon dioxide into the building block for sustainable liquid fuels was very efficient in tests and did not have the reaction that destroys the conventional de
September 18, 2019
A battery that harnesses energy from mixing of freshwater and seawater
Made from affordable and durable materials, this technology could make coastal wastewater treatment plants energy-independent and carbon neutral.
August 09, 2019
Could light become the new electricity?
A new device called a nanoscale photon diode could eventually enable next-generation computing, communication and energy conversion technologies.
August 09, 2019
A new approach to cleaning heavy metals out of soil
To remove these dangerous toxins from the ground before they enter the food chain, researchers are testing a novel chemical process.
June 04, 2019
A microscopic movie reveals an unexpected photochemical reaction
Researchers retool an electron microscope to make the impossible task of studying a single nanoparticle possible.
November 12, 2018
How can we design electronic devices that don’t overheat?
A new thermal transistor could help conduct heat away from delicate electronic components and also insulate them against chip and circuit failure.
November 09, 2018
Richard H. Bube, expert in photoelectronic materials, dies at 90
Bube helped pave the way for today’s solar cells and was a prolific author and lecturer who tried to bridge the gap between science and religion.
September 28, 2018
September 17, 2018
How can we get ever brighter digital displays?
The discovery of a design trick that reflects more light could lead to new applications for screens on computers, smartphones and virtual reality headsets.
August 15, 2018
Wearable device measures cortisol levels
By drawing in a bit of sweat, a patch applied directly to the skin could reveal how stress hormones impact many important physiological functions.
July 20, 2018
A new battery could offer cost-effective storage for renewable power
The technology has the potential to deliver solar and wind energy quickly, affordably and at normal temperatures using a liquid metal made of sodium and potassium.
July 20, 2018