Navy looks to use $6M to lure ideas for ‘bottom up’ building of carbon-based nanoelectronics

By / February 7, 2012

Graphene nanoribbon band structures for arm-chair type. Tightbinding calculations show that armchair type can be semiconducting or metallic depending on width (chirality). Credit: SR Mehrotra and G Klimeck; Wikipedia. The…

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Time to vote for ARPA-E’s ‘America’s Next Top Energy Innovator;’ 2012-13 competition also announced

By Eileen De Guire / January 31, 2012

Laser light table. Credit: NREL, DOE. Late last year we told you about the reality-TV-inspired event ARPA-E is conducting — “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator” — to accelerate tech transfer…

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Thinking small is big deal: DOE to push US manufacturing of small modular reactors

By / January 21, 2012

Samples of near-term small modular nuclear reactor designs. Credit: DOE SMR report. The concept of using small modular nuclear reactors is something we’ve written on several times in the past,…

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Video of the week: Cyrus Wadia outlines Materials Genome Initiative

By / January 17, 2012

The Materials Genome Initiative is a multi-stakeholder effort to develop an infrastructure that will accelerate materials discovery and deployment. President Barack Obama unveiled the MGI in July 2011 as a…

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DOE releases updated report, ‘Critical Materials Strategy’

By Eileen De Guire / January 16, 2012

The Department of Energy recently released its second “Critical Materials Strategy” report. Credit: DOE. In late December 2011, the Department of Energy released its 2011 update (pdf) to its report,…

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Why R&D did well in the federal FY12 budget and looking ahead to FY13

By Eileen De Guire / January 12, 2012

A general representation of how federal spending breaks down into categories. Credit: Congressional Budget Office. We’ve been following the FY12 budget process and its favorable outcome for the science R&D…

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Final FY12 budget reveals happy new year for federally supported R&D

By Eileen De Guire / January 11, 2012

In December, President Obama signed the 2012 budget bill, breathing life into the federal fiscal year before the continuing resolution flowed into the new calendar year. Credit: adapted from the…

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Federal budget 2012—Congress starts committing to R&D funding

By Eileen De Guire / December 19, 2011

Congress has finalized the first three of twelve parts of the FY’12 federal budget. So far, things look relatively promising for STEM R&D. Credit: Congressional Budget Office. In November Congress…

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The Energy Race: Will federal budget woes affect progress?

By Eileen De Guire / November 22, 2011

Thin film solar panels produced by General Electric’s PrimeStar in Arvada, Colo. Credit: Edelman; NREL. Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, was in Colorado last week, and after months of reeling…

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With low-temp SOFC gains like this . . . why stop now?

By / November 18, 2011

Low-temperature SOFCs: (A) Functionally graded bismuth oxide (Electrolyte 1) / ceria (Electrolyte 2) can allow use of hydrocarbon fuels at the anode at reduced temperatures. (B) Estimation of power output…

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