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5 Ws: Materials
The invention could help solve the problem of providing clean water off the grid or where low-cost, non-powered water purification is needed.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
Learn about the benefits of SWIR imaging, from food inspection to surveillance.
Special Reports: Materials
Advanced Materials & Coatings - May 2021

New diamond super-material enhances military aircraft survivability…a gold film gives robots “chameleon skin”…shape-shifting nanomaterial offers exciting biotech...

Q&A: Electronics & Computers
Professor Qiaoqiang Gan of the University at Buffalo (NY) and his team developed a unique two-in-one system that uses solar energy for simultaneously cooling and heating — without electricity.
Briefs: Imaging
The micro-display could enable smartphones and televisions with resolutions of more than 10,000 pixels per inch.
INSIDER: Energy

Rice University engineers have suggested a colorful solution to next-generation energy collection: Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) in your windows. The team designed and...

Briefs: Transportation
Battery reuse systems could be profitable for both electric vehicle companies and grid-scale solar operations.
Q&A: Sensors/Data Acquisition
USC researchers found a way to use idle oil and gas wells for energy storage.
Application Briefs: Materials
See why Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc. is excited for the potential of additive manufacturing.
Briefs: Materials
Research demonstrates the potential of a solar unit that can hang on the outside of a structure.
Briefs: Energy
Membranes that remove salt from water help split sea water into fuel.
INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers working to maximize solar panel efficiency said layering advanced materials atop traditional silicon is a promising path to eke...

Question of the Week: Energy
Will Indoor Light Someday Power Our Smart Devices?

Our lead INSIDER story today looks at “perovskite-inspired” materials that can absorb indoor light at higher efficiencies than ever before.

Blog: Energy
A new material is especially effective at absorbing indoor light and converting it into usable energy.
INSIDER: Materials

Researchers at Empa and ETH Zurich succeeded in developing a material that works like a luminescent solar concentrator and can even be applied to textiles. This opens up numerous possibilities...

Briefs: Energy
A customizable smart window harnesses and manipulates solar power to save energy and cut costs.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Printable organic photodiodes can distinguish wavelengths and enable data transmission by light.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Adaptable automation reduces manufacturing time and costs.
Briefs: Materials
The material can be used in power electronics and power converters for solar energy power systems.
Briefs: Energy
An environmentally friendly method upcycles carbon dioxide emissions into polymers and other materials.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Taking a cue from birds and insects, the wing design helps drones fly more efficiently and makes them more robust to atmospheric turbulence.
Briefs: Energy
Perovskites could be the active ingredient that makes the next generation of low-cost, efficient, lightweight, and flexible solar cells.
INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Almost all satellites are powered by solar cells – but solar cells are heavy. While conventional high-performance cells reach up to three watts of electricity per gram,...

INSIDER: Imaging

University of North Texas professor Anupama Kaul straddles the line between electrical engineering and materials science, which puts her in the perfect place to develop...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

Researchers from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have created next-generation solar modules with high efficiency and good...

Briefs: Transportation
Additive manufacturing creates cooling solutions with sizes and shapes not previously possible.
Briefs: Internet of Things
Self-powering, color-changing humidity sensors are applicable to various fields including smart windows, health care, and safety management.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A new roll-to-roll production method could enable lightweight, flexible solar devices and a new generation of display screens.
INSIDER: Materials

A new way of making large sheets of high-quality, atomically thin graphene could lead to ultra-lightweight, flexible solar cells, and to new classes of...

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