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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Eileen De Guire / April 9, 2013

MIT researchers improve efficiency of quantum-dot photovoltaic system by adding a forest of nanowires Photovoltaics based on tiny colloidal quantum dots have several potential advantages over other approaches to making solar cells. But there’s a tradeoff in designing such devices because of two contradictory needs for an effective PV: A solar cell’s absorbing layer needs…

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UWE Bristol’s video of ceramic 3D printing; ‘faience’ materials to eliminate a kiln step?

By / September 17, 2012

Gizmag has a new story by David Szondy about research on 3D rapid-prototype printing of ceramic objects at University of West England, Bristol and a new grant the school has received to explore the use of faience as a possible way to reduce manufacturing time of commercial ceramic products. A point needs to be clarified first.…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / March 20, 2012

Check ’em out: Ultrafast large-amplitude relocation of electronic charge in ionic crystals (pdf) (PNAS, Early Edition) We have demonstrated an ultrafast relocation of charge that is induced by electronic excitation and steered by coherent low-frequency motions of the ionic crystal lattice. Our results reveal the nonequilibrium charge dynamics in ionic materials on their intrinsic length…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / February 28, 2012

Check ’em out: CMOS-based carbon nanotube pass-transistor logic integrated circuits (Nature Communications) Field-effect transistors based on carbon nanotubes have been shown to be faster and less energy consuming than their silicon counterparts. However, ensuring these advantages are maintained for integrated circuits is a challenge. Here we demonstrate that a significant reduction in the use of…

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