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Most simple solar cells handle the bluish hues of the electromagnetic spectrum inefficiently. This is because blue photons — incoming particles of light that strike the solar cell — actually have excess energy that a conventional solar cell can’t capture. Click to enlarge.
New solar cell technology captures high-energy photons more efficiently

Scientists at Argonne and the University of Texas at Austin have together developed a new, inexpensive material that has the potential to capture and convert solar energy — particularly from the bluer part of the spectrum — much more efficiently than ever before.

January 23, 2014
Argonne materials scientists announced a new technique to grow these little forests at the microscale (the scale shows 100 micrometers, which is about the diameter of a single human hair). Image by Arnaud Demortière, Alexey Snezhko and Igor Aronson. Click to enlarge.
Good hair day: New technique grows tiny 'hairy' materials at the microscale

Scientists at Argonne attacked a tangled problem by developing a new technique to grow tiny “hairy” materials that assemble themselves at the microscale.

January 31, 2014
Typically, the process of corrosion has been studied from the metal side of the equation. Click to enlarge.
The core of corrosion

Most times, the effects of corrosion are studied with regard to the metal surface. In a new study, researchers looked at the effects that corrosion has on the water and dissolved ions doing the corroding.

February 14, 2014
Atomic carbon (black spheres) is evaporated at over 2,300 degrees Celcius and deposited on a silver platform where flakes of graphene form. Lighter-colored regions correspond to graphene growth and silver is depicted in the darker regions. Click to enlarge.
Silver linings: Argonne scientists are first to grow graphene on silver

Researchers discover a new method to growing graphene on silver opening the door to new physics and device applications.

February 24, 2014
Argonne scientists in collaboration with researchers from Arizona State University have found a way to imitate Photosystem II, the first protein complex in the long chain of reactions that use energy from the sun to create usable fuel. Click to enlarge.
Photosynthesis, reimagined

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory in collaboration with researchers from Arizona State University have found a way to imitate Photosystem II, the first protein complex in the long chain of reactions that use energy from the sun to create usable fuel.

March 27, 2014