1. Perovskite Solar Cells – wonders never cease!

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    The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies (see below) has a tradition of naming the Top 10 Emerging Technologies to keep an eye on, and 2016 is no exception. Among this year’s Top 10: perovskite – a new photovoltaic material that offers three improvements over the classic silicon solar cell, with the new material being easier to make, useable virtually anywhere and, to date, generates power more efficiently. A perovskite solar cell is a type of solar cell...
  2. Materials database unleashes data deluge

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    Forty-plus years ago, when I was attending Met Engineering classes, I couldn’t imagine sitting with a laptop in hand, designing new materials to meet yet unseen performance expectations. Then again, at the time, I couldn’t even imagine a laptop, as back then the department’s magic WANG calculator was bolted down in the engineering lab… hey, it added, subtracted, multiplied and divided! As recently shared by April Gocha in CeramicsTechToday, “Data defines us these days” but “what good is all that...
  3. The Dyson Electric Car with Solid-State Battery

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    It has recently been reported that James Dyson, British innovator and entrepreneur, could bring a formidable electric car to the market. Dyson has already delivered brilliantly designed, market-applauded vacuum cleaners, washing machines, cooling and heating fans, hand blowers and more. Dyson’s company filed patents for a solid-state lithium battery that could stretch electric cars’ range to hundreds of miles and increase automobile battery safety. In March, a government document revealed funding to help Dyson develop ‘a new battery electric vehicle.’ Dyson...
  4. Dimming Windows! Bzzz…Windows Light, Bzzz…Windows Dark

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    A colleague of mine recently took his first flight on Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner the other week. On boarding, he immediately flipped me an e-mail touting the “really cool windows” – ones that did away with a pull-down plastic shade and replaced it with a larger, dimming window that can be adjusted to let in various amounts of light. And not to disappoint, he also asked “how do they do that…are there any advanced materials in the glass?!” In simple...
  5. Tin is finding growing role in new, efficient technologies

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    Tin is traditionally thought of as a material used in tinplating, solders, glass making and in alloys such as bronze and pewter. However, more recently, tin has established a higher-tech profile through its inclusion in the transparent metal indium tin oxide (ITO), which is often used in touchscreens and on airplane windows. “Traditional” no more…tin is now being used in a number of innovative, advanced technologies.   Indium tin oxide for future light-based electronics It has been proven that the...

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