Ceramics Gordon Conference announced for July 20–25

By Eileen De Guire / April 9, 2014

The next installment of the long-running Gordon Research Conference on “Solid State Studies in Ceramics,” organized by Monika Backhaus, will be July 20–25, 2014, at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.

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High-density energy storage by intercalation of MXene phase layers

By Eileen De Guire / October 4, 2013

A DRexel University team has begun to explore the intercalation process by which MXenes incorporate ions between their layers.

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A promising way to make nanoporous molybdenum nitride supercapacitor electrodes

By Eileen De Guire / February 9, 2013

Molybdenum nitride made from molybdenum oxide shows promise as a supercapacitor electrode material. TEM image of MoO3 single crystal nanowires (top). TEM image of mesoporous, single crystal Mo3N2 (bottom). Credit: Lee et al., JACerS, Wiley. Supercapacitors (also called electrochemical double-layer capacitors or ultracapacitors) are an interesting class of devices because their energy density is much…

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Useful metrics for comparing new energy storage technologies

By Eileen De Guire / March 29, 2012

A typical mid-size family sedan carries a 200 hp engine. How meaningful is that metric for modern, non-agrarian drivers? Similarly, old ways of measuring battery utility might not be all that useful for comparing new energy storage technologies. Credit: Marchal: Wikipedia. I drive a 2005 Chevy Malibu LS, as do many thousands of other people.…

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