Today’s Commercial Solar Panels. Almost all of commercially installed solar panels around the world are made from crystaline silicon. This material is then “doped” with various combination of rare earth metals. However the majority of the composition of solar cells is silicon.

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Advancements in Hydrogen Storage & Solar Photovoltaics. One of the hottest new materials is a class of porous solids known as metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs. These man-made materials were introduced in the 1990s, and researchers around the world are working on ways to use them as molecular sponges for applications such as hydrogen storage, carbon […]

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New Research Into Shape Shifting Allows. Materials that remember their shapes and be forced to return their original shape by applying some sort of stimulus such as electric current or light frequency could open up a completely new area for consumer devices such as smart phones that unroll and roll back up like the newspapers […]

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Achieving Superconductivity, especially at room temperatures would change the world as we know it. Superconductivity is best explained as a phenomenon of exactly zero electrical resistance and expulsion of magnetic flux fields occurring in certain materials when cooled below a characteristic critical temperature.

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Diamonds are prised the world over as a precious jem worth spending large amounts of money on.This is curious as diamonds are just a different form of carbon from the ones that we know as graphite or even coal.

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A team of the Lomonosov MSU researchers in collaboration with their German colleagues from the Institute of Polymer Research in Dresden (Leibniz Institute) managed to find a molecule that, to their opinion, could give the impetus to the development of organic electronics.

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A Cybersecurity Threat From Additive Manufacturing? A disruptive innovation is defined as an innovation that creates a new market and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network, displacing established market leaders and alliances. This disruption can have positive and negative impacts on society.

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Gold Nanoparticle Crystals Have Many Uses. A team of University of Florida researchers has figured out how gold can be used in crystals grown by light to create nanoparticles, a discovery that has major implications for industry and cancer treatment and could improve the function of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and solar panels.

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What To Do With Gold Nanoparticle Materials. Most of the time discoveries of new properties for elements or materials come well before we figure out a really good use for them. This seems to to be the case for what are knows as “hot electrons” in nanoparticle gold.

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Shape Shifting Materials Researchers Is Not A Term You Here Everyday. Materials that can change or remember their shape can be used to make devices that unfold and fold themselves (like solar panels on a spacecraft), without the use of a mechanical actuator. These nano-materials can be made to change shape using heat or wavelengths […]

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