Monthly Archives: April 2014

New cell on the block: dopants and improved efficiency in perovskite halide solar cells

The solar cell industry has been looking for a hot new material to use for some time now.  Silicon solar cells are reaching the limits of their optimization and efficiency increases for traditional materials for thin film solar cells have … Continue reading

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Removal of crop residue for biofuels increases carbon dioxide emissions

Back in 2007, Congress passed the US Energy Independence and Security Act, which was intended to be a mechanism towards removing our country’s dependence on petroleum and promote renewable energies.  The Senate opposed the original bill’s attempt to cut oil … Continue reading

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Hold the drill! Fracking emitting more methane than previously thought

As politically divisive as hydraulic fracturing is, we still need much more data to determine its environmental effects before deciding if it can be major source of energy during our transition away from fossil fuels.  Unfortunately, this lack of data … Continue reading

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An unexpected actor: role of arid environments in terrestrial carbon uptake

Anthropogenic climate change has become a household phrase, spreading throughout our culture as more and more research describes the effect of fossil fuel emissions on both CO2 levels in the atmosphere and average global surface temperatures.  But our society’s CO2 emissions … Continue reading

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Nanoporous silicon a promising material for next-generation lithium-ion batteries

Tiny batteries for your cell phone or camera that can hold days of charge?  Although it may seem like fantasy, this is the goal for researchers looking into new materials for lithium (Li) – ion batteries.  Current state-of-the-art technology uses … Continue reading

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