Doping a quantum dot with manganese (right half of graphic) speeds the capture of energy from a hot electron to 0.15 picoseconds, outpacing losses to phonons in the crystal lattice.

Modified quantum dots capture more energy from light

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have synthesized magnetically-doped quantum dots that capture the kinetic energy of electrons created by ultraviolet light before it’s wasted...
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Ford and MacDonald’s collaborate to convert coffee bean skin into car parts

Ford Motor Company and McDonald’s USA will soon be giving vehicles a caffeine boost by using part of a familiar staple in the morning...

Diamonds in your devices: powering the next generation of energy storage

Using conductive nanodiamond as electrode material in a water-based cell significantly increases its energy storage capacity, scientists find supercapacitors, which have begun to stand...

New ‘hyper glue’ formula developed

With many of the products we use every day held together by adhesives, researchers from UBC’s Okanagan campus and the University of Victoria hope...
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This thermoplastic is learning a new trick: Walking

https://media.eurekalert.org/multimedia_prod/pub/media/218087_web.mp4 This video illustrates the role of the association process in devising a locomotive robot that ''learns'' to walk by irradiation. The LCN-based robot is...
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New Perovskite Nanocrystals Show Enhanced Durability

Perovskite nanocrystals hold promise for improving a wide variety of optoelectronic devices – from lasers to light emitting diodes (LEDs) – but problems with...

SABIC Expands Water Management Portfolio With NEW NORYL™ Resin

SABIC announced the launch of NORYL™ WM330G resin, the latest addition to its portfolio of high-performance thermoplastics for water management applications. The new product...

3D Printed Resistors From Electrically Conductive Filament

In a paper entitled “Characterization of resistors created by fused filament fabrication using electrically-conductive filament,” a pair of researchers 3D prints resistors using electrically...

Next-Generation Composites May Monitor Their Own Structural Health

Carbon fiber composites—lightweight and strong—are great structural materials for automobiles, aircraft and other transportation vehicles. They consist of a polymer matrix, such as epoxy,...

Graphene oxide ‘smart’ material with potential biomedical, environmental uses

Brown University researchers have shown a way to use graphene oxide (GO) to add some backbone to hydrogel materials made from alginate, a natural...