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Video: Macro pop-up model makes it easier to fabricate micro shapes

By Stephanie Liverani / October 19, 2016

Yihui Zhang, a researcher from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, developed a 2-D to 3-D model solution to help engineers better fabricate shapes at a microscopic scale.

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Let there be light: Novel light-processing technique heals defects in perovskite solar cells to improve stability

By Stephanie Liverani / May 27, 2016

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other affiliated institutions in the U.S. and the U.K. say they’ve “made significant inroads toward understanding a process for improving perovskites’ performance, by modifying the material using intense light,” according to an MIT news article.

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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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Strong brew: Genetically engineered yeast could be key to cooking up tough, spider silk-like fibers

By Stephanie Liverani / September 30, 2015

Scientists at Bolt Threads in Emeryville, Calif., have been working to develop a scalable way to create synthetic spider silk-like fibers by using genetic engineering. And thanks to $40 million in funding, they’re close to delivering a solution.

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Ceramic materials, glut of silicon cells drive global solar markets

By Jim Destefani / August 13, 2013

Located in Northern New Mexico, the Cimarron solar facility uses 490,000 ground mounted Cd-Te thin-film solar cells from First Solar to produce up to 30 MW of power. (Credit: First Solar.) Driven by dramatically decreasing hardware costs, the installed cost of solar photovoltaic systems fell in 2012 and through the first half of this year,…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Eileen De Guire / November 20, 2012

In the spirit of the Thankgiving Day feast, we offer a wide sampling of interesting and perhaps unexpected stories to fill your intellectual palate. Mo-Sci breaks ground for new industrial glass company The Rolla Regional Economic Commission’s Glass for Good Initiative, which focuses on the growing bioactive glass industry in Rolla, just gained a stronger…

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MIT Tech Review’s top 10 emerging technologies

By Eileen De Guire / May 8, 2012

Semprius (Durham, N.C.) was named one the MIT Tech Review‘s top ten emerging technologies. The company uses glass lenses to concentrate light over gallium arsenide photovoltaic cells to gain energy conversion efficiencies as high as 34 percent. Credit: Semprius. Last week the editors of MIT’s Technology Review released their annual list of what they see…

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