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Atoms-thick Post-It notes for solar cells and circuits

Atoms-thick Post-It notes for solar cells and circuits

Sep 25, 2017 United States
Over the past half-century, scientists have shaved silicon films down to just a wisp of atoms in pursuit of smaller, faster electronics. For the next set of breakthroughs, though, they'll need novel ways to build even tinier and more powerful devices.
A simple additive to improve film quality

A simple additive to improve film quality

Sep 22, 2017 Saudi Arabia
Thin films for use in solar cells are more effective when simple chemicals called glycol ethers are added to the film-forming mix.
A solar cell you can put in the wash

A solar cell you can put in the wash

Sep 21, 2017 Japan
Scientists have developed a new type of ultra-thin photovoltaic device, coated on both sides with stretchable and waterproof films, which can continue to provide electricity from sunlight even after being soaked in water or being stretched and compressed.
Solar cells can be healed with light

Solar cells can be healed with light

Sep 19, 2017 United Kingdom
Researchers have shown that defects in the molecular structure of perovskites - a material which could revolutionise the solar cell industry - can be "healed" by exposing it to light and just the right amount of humidity.
Solar powered e-paper panel display at San Diego airport

Solar powered e-paper panel display at San Diego airport

Sep 19, 2017 United States
Computer controls allow the e-paper panels to act as individual pixels that collectively display more than 15 unique, artist-designed animations.
Innovation could mean flexible batteries for pacemakers

Innovation could mean flexible batteries for pacemakers

Sep 14, 2017 1 Ireland
While the findings show that there are many advantages in the medical world, the organic storage device could also provide solutions in wearable electronics and portable electronic devices, making these more flexible.
A new way to print electrical circuits

A new way to print electrical circuits

Sep 11, 2017 United States
Graphene-based inks can be printed with traditional methods like inkjet printing. With the thickness of an atom, graphene is the thinnest material in the world — and one of its greatest potentials is its ability to be used as a conductor.
Low-cost wearables manufactured by hybrid 3D printing

Low-cost wearables manufactured by hybrid 3D printing

Sep 8, 2017 United States
A collaboration has created a new additive manufacturing technique for soft electronics, called hybrid 3D printing, that integrates soft, electrically conductive inks and matrix materials with rigid electronic components into a single, stretchable device.
Green light for ultra-fine display colours

Green light for ultra-fine display colours

Sep 7, 2017 Switzerland
Chemical engineers have succeeded in generating ultra-pure green light for the first time. The new light-emitting diode will pave the way for visibly improved colour quality in a new generation of ultra-high definition displays for TVs and smartphones.
Multi-material printed systems poised to shape consumer products

Multi-material printed systems poised to shape consumer products

Sep 5, 2017 United States
Product developers can print integrated electronics onto plastic, ceramic and metallic structures at extremely fine resolutions.