Energy

Women in Glass: Moving toward the energy of tomorrow

By Jonathon Foreman / June 30, 2020

The “Women in Glass” special issue of IJAGS contains 17 top-quality works led by women researchers. Take a closer look at some of the articles in today’s CTT—and read them all for free through the end of July!

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Unblock your learning potential: Jenga teaches students how lithium-ion batteries work

By Lisa McDonald / June 26, 2020

Lithium-ion batteries are abundant in many everyday devices, but the resources available to teach children how these batteries work and why they are important are limited. A team of researchers from the University of Birmingham’s School of Chemistry developed a unique and fun approach to explaining Li-ion battery operation using tower block games like Jenga.

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Butter-like ceramic interlayer may solve interface instability of solid-state batteries

By April Gocha / June 19, 2020

Scientists at Chalmers University of Technology and Xi’an Jiaotong University developed a new ceramic interlayer—a butter-like mixture of glass-ceramic nanoparticles within an ionic liquid—that provides adequately high ionic conductivity, high thermal stability, and low interfacial resistance to potentially make solid-state batteries a commercial reality.

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Light is the new heat—ultrafast heating system using photon energy

By Lisa McDonald / June 16, 2020

The idea of harnessing photons rather than electricity to produce heat has gained increasing attention in recent years. In a new research brief, ACerS Fellow Akio Ikesue and colleagues describe a photonic heating system based on transparent yttria alumina garnet ceramics.

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Video: Harvest solar energy from outer space

By Lisa McDonald / June 3, 2020

In their search for places to install PV infrastructure, solar companies have taken several creative approaches, including floating solar panels on reservoirs and co-locating them with crops. Space-based solar power is another concept studied since the 1970s, and this May, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory launched the first orbital experiment with space-based solar power.

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Coordination polymer glass may provide solid support for PEM fuel cells

By Lisa McDonald / June 2, 2020

Fuel cells are an alternative to batteries to power electric vehicles. Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells in particular are of high interest, and researchers in Japan have now developed a new glass material that could serve as an improved electrolyte in these cells.

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More than coffee cups—ceramic containers with advanced functionality

By Jonathon Foreman / May 19, 2020

Ceramic nanocontainers, known for their potential as drug carriers in medical applications, are being investigated in a variety of other fields as well. In two recent JACerS articles, George Kordas investigates the potential of ceramic nanocontainers in energy and anticorrosion applications.

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Toward commercial viability—tellurium stabilizes lithium deposition in Li-S batteries

By Lisa McDonald / May 12, 2020

Lithium-sulfur batteries could enable the next generation of high-energy-density rechargeable batteries—but only if lithium deposition is stabilized. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found adding elemental tellurium to the cathode may solve this challenge.

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Thin films shield PV glass, plus more inside May 2020 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / April 23, 2020

The May 2020 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring transparent thin films for PV modules and glass science and art—is now available online. Plus—Kreidl Award abstract

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Roadmap to commercialize all-solid-state batteries

By April Gocha / April 14, 2020

In a recent review article, nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego outline a research roadmap detailing four remaining challenges to address before all-solid-state batteries can reach their commercial potential.

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