Naomi Halas Archives | The American Ceramic Society

Naomi Halas

Scalable membrane distillation method uses sun’s heat to convert salt water to fresh water

By Faye Oney / June 30, 2017

Rice University researchers have developed an environmentally friendly membrane distillation system that harnesses solar energy for purifying water. The technology could soon be scaled to provide clean water to remote locations, including areas that lack clean water.

Read More

Video: Glass and hydrocarbon sandwich creates electrochromic windows in a rainbow of colors

By April Gocha / March 15, 2017

Rice University researchers have developed an inexpensive electrochromic glass—by sandwiching readily available, color-changing hydrocarbon molecules in between two panes of conductive glass, the researchers have created a chameleon-like window with a wider range of color choices than ever before.

Read More

From icy water to steam via SiO2/Au nanoshells and carbon nanoparticles

By / November 25, 2012

Researchers create solar steam using nanoparticles at Rice University. Credit: Rice Univ. From New technology that uses nanoparticles to convert solar energy directly into steam is so effective it even works with icy cold water. The solar steam method has an overall energy efficiency of 24 percent. Photovoltaic solar panels, by comparison, typically have…

Read More