1. Rubidium Raises Perovskite Solar Cells Efficiency

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    I’m a relative novice when it comes to perovskite solar cells (PSC), but they certainly have been hitting the material science media recently. We have even posted articles here on Rare Metals Matters previously, as PSC’s have many advanced materials connections. On October 11, I noted that PSCs were one of the World Economic Forum’s Top 10 Emerging Technologies for 2016 and in September of this year we posted a brief description on the connection of tin to PSC –...
  2. Moving People with Assistive Technology

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    We’ve shared numerous articles over the years that illustrate a wide range of advanced medical technologies that have been made possible through miniaturization, or increased sensing, communications and computing capacities…all enabled by advanced materials. This past October, two events clearly profiled some of these advances. The first saw a paralysed man shake hands with US President Barack Obama by using a mind-controlled robotic arm that is helping restore his sense of touch. Tiny chips implanted in Mr. Copeland’s brain let...
  3. World Economic Forum’s Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016

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    New technologies seem to be being announced faster than ever (and a lot of them I describe for you here each month!), holding promise of solving many of the world’s most pressing challenges, be it food and water security, energy sustainability or medical treatments. The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies recently noted that “in the past year alone, 3D printing has been used for medical purposes; lighter, cheaper and flexible electronics made from organic materials have found...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...

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