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Set sail on the road to discovery: Chemical map charts course to hundreds of new nitrides

By Lisa McDonald / June 28, 2019

Exploratory synthesis of nitride materials can be a time-consuming and risky venture. A new map of ternary metal nitrides gives scientists a good idea of where to look for new nitrides.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / June 26, 2019

Graphene identifies stomach-cancer causing bacteria, continuous carbon fiber additive manufacturing, and other materials stories that may be of interest for June 26, 2019.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / May 22, 2019

Synthesizing microscopic diamonds, reliable potassium-oxygen battery, and other materials stories that may be of interest for May 22, 2019.

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Video: From rooftop to reservoir—benefits of floatovoltaics

By Lisa McDonald / February 20, 2019

A new National Renewable Energy Laboratory study outlines benefits of floating photovoltaic systems over land-based solar panels, but it cautions more research is needed to understand all potential impacts.

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New open-access materials database could save research time, spur material science advances

By Faye Oney / April 13, 2018

Researchers at the National Energy Renewable Laboratory have created a database of inorganic thin-film materials containing 10 years’ worth of research. This open-access database could accelerate research advances in advanced energy and beyond.

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Solar window changes from transparent to tinted while generating electricity

By Faye Oney / December 19, 2017

Researchers have developed a photovoltaic device that generates electricity from sunlight that passes through thermochromic windows. Their device could provide power to buildings, smartphone batteries, and other electronics.

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NREL study illustrates need for expanding EV charging infrastructure

By Faye Oney / October 10, 2017

A new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory claims the U.S. will need 8,000 fast-charging electric vehicle charging stations to accommodate the increasing number of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the coming decades.

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The solar eclipse: Effects on the grid, plus 10 pieces of eclipse trivia to impress your friends

By Faye Oney / August 18, 2017

Planning on watching the eclipse? Learn how it might affect the grid—plus some interesting geeky trivia to share with and impress your fellow eclipse watchers.

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Perovskite crystals ‘flip’ for better stability

By Stephanie Liverani / July 12, 2016

Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Northwestern University, and Rice University have developed a “new type of 2-D layered perovskite with outstanding stability and more than triple the material’s previous power conversion efficiency,” according to news from LANL.

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Researchers flip a ‘chemical switch’ to improve perovskite’s thermal stability

By Stephanie Liverani / May 31, 2016

Researchers from Brown University—in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology—are getting closer to making perovskite solar cells a mass-market reality. It’s all in the “flip of a switch.”

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