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Getting the lead out—New material for perovskite solar cells replaces lead with titanium

By Faye Oney / February 23, 2018

Researchers have created a material that replaces lead with titanium that could be used in inorganic thin-film perovskite solar cells. Their lead-free perovskite offers better stability and a more environmentally-friendly alternative for tandem solar cells.

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Conductive graphene coating offers new tunable solution for surface ice shedding

By Stephanie Liverani / May 24, 2016

Researchers at Rice University have built upon their novel conductive graphene composite coating for surface ice removal. The team now says the material has tunable capabilities that can keep large areas free of ice and snow in a wide range of temperature conditions.

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It’s electric: Conductive concrete cost-effectively heats up to melt away snow and ice

By April Gocha / February 15, 2016

Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have developed a winning recipe for electrically conductive concrete that can gently heat up to melt away icy accumulations, yet remain safe to the touch.

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In the fast lane—scientists drive development of the world’s tiniest robots

By Stephanie Liverani / October 23, 2015

Scientists are building nanomachines that will someday do miraculous things on a macro scale. But as the race continues to develop the world’s tiniest machines, focusing on efficiency will be key.

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Perovskites could be new key to developing highly efficient, low-cost solar fuel cells

By Stephanie Liverani / August 28, 2015

A team led by Brown University researchers has been awarded $4 million by the National Science Foundation to study a promising new type of solar cell—solar cells made from perovskites.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest: Solar edition

By April Gocha / July 28, 2015

New material for solar cells, non-stick pans improve solar efficiency, and other solar materials stories that may be of interest for July 28, 2015.

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Rare earth oxides found to produce superhydrophobic ceramics

By Eileen De Guire / May 3, 2013

Video of REO hydrophobic surfaces in action. Credit: MIT News Office; YouTube. I meant to write about this topic several months ago when the editors of Nature Materials published a remarkable paper about a relatively simple method to make a hydrophobic, which, in this case, are made from ceramic materials. The thrust of the paper…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Eileen De Guire / April 30, 2013

New LED streetlight design curbs light pollution Recent innovations in LEDs have improved the energy efficiency of streetlights, but, until now, their glow still wastefully radiated beyond the intended area. A team of researchers from Taiwan and Mexico has developed a new lighting system design that harnesses high-efficiency LEDs and ensures they shine only where…

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