Mohamed Ghonima (right) builds a Sky Imager with fellow students in the laboratory of professor Jan Klaissl.

CLEAN ENERGY PROGRAM ACCELERATES COMMERCIALIZATION OF UNIVERSITY TECHNOLOGIES TO MARKET

The Southern California Clean Energy Technology Acceleration Program (SoCal TAP) selected four revolutionary research teams from the University of California, San Diego and University of Southern California to receive $180,000 each in commercialization awards as part of a program overseen by the von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. SoCal More Info »

“A field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) image of 3D honeycomb-structured graphene. The novel material can replace platinum in dye-sensitized solar cells with virtually no loss of generating capacity.” Image Credit: Hui Wang

3-D GRAPHENE – THE FUTURE OF SOLAR CELLS?

3-D graphene can function as an effective — and very economical — substitute for the platinum that is commonly used in dye-sensitized solar cells, according to new research from Michigan Technological University. By substituting the newly created and relatively cheap material known as three-dimensional graphene for the very expensive and rare element of platinum the More Info »

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GRAPHENE SUPERCAPACITORS & NEXT-GENERATION ENERGY STORAGE

An entirely new strategy for engineering graphene-based supercapacitors has been developed by researchers at Monash University — potentially leading the way to powerful next-generation renewable energy storage systems. The new strategy also opens up the possibility of using graphene-based supercapacitors in electric vehicles and consumer electronics. Supercapacitors — which are typically composed of highly porous More Info »

The MIT team found that an effective solar cell could be made from a stack of two one-molecule-thick materials: Graphene (a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon atoms, shown at bottom in blue) and molybdenum disulfide (above, with molybdenum atoms shown in red and sulfur in yellow). The two sheets together are thousands of times thinner than conventional silicon solar cells. GRAPHIC: JEFFREY GROSSMAN AND MARCO BERNARDI

SOLAR HEADS IN A NEW DIRECTION – THINNER

(Image above: The MIT team found that an effective solar cell could be made from a stack of two one-molecule-thick materials: Graphene (a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon atoms, shown at bottom in blue) and molybdenum disulfide (above, with molybdenum atoms shown in red and sulfur in yellow). The two sheets together are thousands of times thinner More Info »

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UNZIP A CARBON NONOTUBE, FIND A GRAPHINE RIBBON, CREATE A “FLEXIBLE” LI-LION BATTERY

(The Following article was written by Tina Casey and originally published in Clean Technica) In what sounds like a solution in search of a problem, a few years ago researchers at Rice University figured out a way to create graphene ribbons by “unzipping” carbon nanotubes. Well, now it looks like a problem has been found, More Info »

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Graphene Is The Strongest Material In The World Even When It Has Defects, Research Finds

(The following article was written by Nathan and originally published on Clean Technica; Image Credit: Illustration by Andrew Shea for Columbia Engineering) Graphene is the strongest material in the world, even when it has notable defects, new research has found. Even when stitched together from numerous small crystalline grains, rather than being created directly in its More Info »

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Elusive Graphene Butterfly Finally Spreads Its Wings

(The following article was written by Tina Casey abnd originally published in Clean Technica; image above: Hofstadter butterfly courtesy of University of Manchester ) Graphene is an ultra-thin, ultra-conducting, ultra strong material that could spawn a whole new generation of ultra-efficient electronics, and hundreds if not thousands of researchers around the globe are racing to unlock the More Info »

Graphene Gets A New Superpower: Magnetism

Graphene Gets A New Superpower: Magnetism

(The following article was written by Tina Casey and reposted from Clean Technica; Image above: Magnetized graphene courtesy of IMDEA.) Graphene is a carbon material only one atom thick, but its superhero scale strength and other unique behaviors are beginning to make it look like its own mini-Justice League (or Avengers, for you Marvel fans). In More Info »