The future of energy storage, plus more inside September 2019 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / August 22, 2019

The September 2019 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring articles on energy storage technologies and ceramics and glass education outreach—is now available online. Plus—ACerS Annual Meeting and awards.

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PV and produce combine—benefits of agrivoltaics

By Lisa McDonald / August 9, 2019

Many farmers believe agriculture and solar farms present an either-or situation. Research on agrivoltaics, or the practice of co-locating PV infrastructure and agriculture, suggests instead the two could be mutually beneficial.

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Rust: Another way to generate electricity

By Lisa McDonald / August 6, 2019

Rust is commonly considered a problem to be suppressed. Researchers from the California Institute of Technology and Northwestern University instead show rust can be beneficial when used to generate electricity.

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Hydrogen and its applications: Summary of Ohio Fuel Cell Symposium

By Jonathon Foreman / August 2, 2019

The 19th Annual Ohio Fuel Cell Symposium, which took place in June, focused on hydrogen and its applications in energy storage and power generation. Learn about the current successes and challenges in bringing the technology to fruition.

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More glass-ceramic photocatalysts and lead-free pyroelectric materials

By Jonathon Foreman / July 16, 2019

Last month, studies by researcher Rahul Vaish on glass-ceramic photocatalysts were featured in CTT. Today, two more studies by Vaish published in ACerS journals are highlighted—one on antibacterial TiO2-based glass-ceramics, and one on lead-free pyroelectric materials.

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Cathodoluminescent lamps: A clean and energy-efficient complement to LEDs

By Lisa McDonald / July 12, 2019

Cathodoluminescent lamps offer a clean and energy-efficient alternative to incandescents and compact fluorescent bulbs. Now, researchers have created cathodoluminescent lamps using specially-designed carbon fiber bundles.

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Improving water splitting efficiency of tantalum nitride photocatalysts

By Lisa McDonald / June 25, 2019

To improve overall water splitting capability of tantalum nitride photocatalysts, researchers in Japan investigated which tantalum precursors and nitridation times increase efficiency.

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Fluoride strengthens both teeth and solar cells

By Lisa McDonald / June 4, 2019

Researchers in the Netherlands and China found adding fluoride to perovskite solar cells helps stabilize the material’s structure, much like fluoride in toothpaste protects tooth enamel from decay.

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Improving Li-ion battery safety—Oxide ceramic films could replace polymeric separators

By Lisa McDonald / May 31, 2019

Researchers from Donghua University in Shangai showed separators made from oxide ceramic films could improve the safety of lithium-ion batteries, which tend to catch on fire when their polymeric separators fail.

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Color-tunable gallium nitride LEDs may light the future

By April Gocha / May 24, 2019

By controlling the emission states of europium ions in doped gallium nitride, scientists found they can emit various colors of light from a single LED.

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