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Tough New Super-repellent Coating

Written by , on April 11, 2017

University of Michigan scientists have developed a new superhydrophobic coating which repels almost any liquid, is extremely tough and can repair itself.  Read more »

Graphene Sieve Removes Salt from Seawater

Written by , on April 4, 2017

Scientists at The University of Manchester have created a graphene-based sieve capable of removing salt from seawater.  Read more »

Hydrogen Produced from Biomass Powered by Light

Written by , on March 17, 2017

A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has developed a way of using solar power to generate hydrogen from biomass.  Read more »

New Material Can Cool Buildings, Day and Night, with No Energy Consumption

Written by , on February 10, 2017

Engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder has developed a metamaterial – an engineered material not found in nature – which has the ability to cool objects even under direct sunlight with zero energy and water consumption.  Read more »

New Nonotech Supercapacitors Could Outperform Batteries

Written by , on November 24, 2016

Scientists at the University of Central Florida have developed a new process for creating flexible supercapacitors that can charged in seconds and be recharged more than 30,000 times without degrading.  Read more »

Solar Cell Produces Fuel from CO2 and Sunlight

Written by , on August 5, 2016

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have developed a solar cell that cheaply and efficiently converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into usable hydrocarbon fuel, using only sunlight for energy.  Read more »

Nano-Membrane Generates High Yield of Electricity from Salt & Water

Written by , on July 19, 2016

Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne have developed an osmotic power generation system that delivers high yields of electricity. Their innovation lies in a three atoms thick membrane used to separate salty and fresh water.   Read more »

The Return of the Incandescent Lightbulb?

Written by , on January 18, 2016

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found a way to modify old-fashioned tungsten-filament lightbulbs to potentially make them far more efficient than current LEDs.  Read more »

Coating Improves Solar Panels at Multiple Angle

Written by , on December 17, 2015

Engineers from King Abdullah University of Science & Technology in Saudi Arabia and Taiwan’s National Central University have developed a a glass coating which they say enables panels to absorb sunlight from multiple angles, significantly boosting the cell’s overall efficiency.  Read more »

New Roof Coating Keeps Roofs Much Cooler

Written by , on June 10, 2015

Scientists at the University of Technology Sydney have developed a coating which keeps roofs significantly cooler than the ambient air temperature, even under the most intense summer conditions. Dr Angus Gentle and Emeritus Professor Geoff Smith reported that a roof with a “coated polymer stack” – a combination of specially chosen polyesters on a silver […]  Read more »