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Ultrathin aluminum oxide layer boosts performance of garnet ceramic solid-state batteries

By April Gocha / January 17, 2017

Researchers at the University of Maryland have designed a way to insert an ultrathin layer of aluminum oxide in between a garnet ceramic electrolyte and electrodes of solid-state batteries, decreasing impedance by 300-fold and allowing the energy to flow.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / November 19, 2014

Growing forests of carbon nanotubes, high-temperature superconductors explained, new crystalline order for thermoelectric applications, and other materials stories that may be of interest for November 19, 2014.

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Low-temperature fuel cell technology aims to go commercial

By Jim Destefani / August 27, 2013

UMD and Redox Power Systems LLC recently announced that they will work jointly to commercialize SOFCs using functionally graded ceria/bismuth oxide bilayered electrolyte technology.

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ARPA–E funds advanced battery technologies projects

By Jim Destefani / August 23, 2013

ARPA–E announced RANGE program funding awards to accelerate electric vehicle adoption by improving battery technology to boost driving range, safety, and reliability. (Credit: ARPA–E.) The US Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy has awarded $36 million to companies, universities, and national laboratories with an eye toward speeding development and commercialization of “transformational electric vehicle energy storage systems using…

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Metamaterial flat lens works at UV wavelengths

By Jim Destefani / May 28, 2013

Schematic of UV metamaterial flat lens showing alternating nanolayers of silver (green) and titanium dioxide (blue). Illuminated with UV light, a sample object placed on the slab is projected as a 3D image in free space on the other side of the slab. Credit: Lezec/NIST In what is being called a first at any frequency…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Eileen De Guire / April 9, 2013

MIT researchers improve efficiency of quantum-dot photovoltaic system by adding a forest of nanowires Photovoltaics based on tiny colloidal quantum dots have several potential advantages over other approaches to making solar cells. But there’s a tradeoff in designing such devices because of two contradictory needs for an effective PV: A solar cell’s absorbing layer needs…

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Video: Wachsman on ‘Role of solid oxide fuel cells in a balanced energy strategy’

By / March 15, 2013

[flash mode=1 f={image=}] Eric Wachsman been working with solid oxide fuel cells for nearly three decades and not just on the science and technology side. Wachsman also closely follows and writes on governmental policies insofar as these policies affect the development and deployment of SOFCs. In this video—an invited talk at the recent ICACC’13…

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DOE supporting seven SOFC projects aimed at better coal conversion

By / September 4, 2012

Credit: NETL. I flinch when I hear the term “clean coal” because there is more than a little hyperbole imbedded in it. But, cleaner coal seems to me to be a more reasonable goal and I have heard a lot of reasonable presentations on how major strides in that direction could be made, especially ones based…

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Other materials science stories that may be of interest

By / August 7, 2012

Check ’em out: Five years after I-35 collapse, big leap in bridge sensors (Futurity) Five years after the deadly I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis, advances in sensors are making warning systems more affordable and practical. A new generation of these devices is needed to adequately monitor the nearly 150,000 US highway bridges, about one-in-four listed…

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UMD creates new tech for complex microstructures for use in sensors and other applications

By / July 14, 2012

Credit: John Fourkas; Univ. of Maryland. (Editor’s note: Eileen and I are traveling and preparing for the International Ceramics Congress that begins this weekend, so we had to put our normal writing on hold for a little bit. In place of our usual posts, we are bringing you a variety of good stories and videos…

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