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Better together: Perovskites paired with silicon could create higher-efficiency solar cells

By Stephanie Liverani / January 19, 2016

Researchers at the University of Oxford in England say perovskites are the class of materials that will change the solar cell game not by themselves, but when teamed up with our reliable standby material, silicon.

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New solar panel technology provides ‘clear’ cost-effective alternative to traditional photovoltaics

By Stephanie Liverani / November 24, 2015

Engineers at Michigan State University say there’s a ‘clear’ alternative to existing photovoltaic technology that can be retrofit to existing glass-covered buildings—and it’s scalable.

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Totally transparent concentrator offers a clear view of the power of solar

By Jessica McMathis / September 2, 2014

A team from Michigan State University has developed a new luminescent solar concentrator that offers greater efficiency with complete transparency.

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To tweet or retreat? Survey shows researchers aren’t tapping in to social media’s powers of dissemination

By Jessica McMathis / April 22, 2014

A new paper by a Michigan State University (MSU) researcher suggests that university scholars have all-but-ignored social networks in distributing scientific findings and connecting with their tweet-happy, tech-savvy students.

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Scientists work to develop ceramic conductors for Li-ion batteries

By Jim Destefani / July 31, 2013

Making the lithium-ion batteries that power everything from hybrid and all-electric vehicles to cell phones and other mobile electronic devices safer, longer lasting, and less expensive is a key goal for researchers in the field. Conventional Li-ion batteries use a liquid conducting medium to allow current to flow between the battery’s anode and cathode. Scientists…

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NSF-sponsored workshop on SOFC slated for July; participants sought

By Eileen De Guire / April 5, 2013

A workshop in July will consider the promise, progress, and funding priorities of solid oxide fuel cell technology. Credit: NETL. The National Science Foundation uses workshops as a mechanism to bring together the nation’s best minds and research leaders to wrap a scientific community’s collective mind around complex issues. These workshops are not advisory. As…

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Vesuvius Research Center in Pittsburgh hosts student tour during the MS&T’12

By Eileen De Guire / October 23, 2012

Duane DeBastiani gave a presentation about Vesuvius and its technologies. Credit: Zhu; Vesuvius. Editor’s note: The student tour to a local ceramics business has become a favorite tradition at MS&T. This year was the fifth consecutive year for the tour, and ACerS member Sumin Zhu, principal scientist at Vesuvius and a key organizer of this…

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Forget the landfill, head for the cement factory: Ground-up waste glass improves cement properties

By Eileen De Guire / February 28, 2012

Adding ground waste glass to cement mixes improves its durability, according to MSU researchers. Credit: G.L. Kohuth; MSU. An unlikely pairing of materials that are claimed under the umbrella of ceramic materials — glass and concrete — appears to be working out well on several levels. Both of these materials are staples of modern life…

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Three selected for national hypersonic centers

By / March 31, 2009

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate and the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Office of Scientific Research have tapped the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Texas A&M University in College Station and Teledyne Scientific & Imaging LLC of Thousand Oaks, Calif. to be the nation’s hypersonic science centers. The new centers will focus on Mach 5 aircraft…

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