Stanford Institute for Materials & Energy Sciences (SIMES)
A tiny amount of squeezing or stretching can produce a big boost in catalytic performance, according to a new study led by scientists at Stanford and SLAC.
TIMES applies the power of theory to the search for novel materials with remarkable properties that could revolutionize technology.
Researchers, including from SIMES, say extracting uranium from seawater could help nuclear power play a larger role in a carbon-free energy future.
Computer simulations by SLAC physicists show how light pulses can create channels that conduct electricity with no resistance in some atomically thin semiconductors.
Scientists at Stanford and SLAC use diamondoids – the smallest possible bits of diamond – to assemble atoms into the thinnest possible electrical wires.
Squeezing a platinum catalyst a fraction of a nanometer nearly doubles its catalytic activity, a finding that could lead to better fuel cells and other clean energy technologies.
Focused X-rays reveal how rocks under high pressure transform into different materials.
Understanding how a material’s electrons interact with vibrations of its nuclear lattice could help design and control novel materials, from solar cells to high-temperature superconductors.
Researchers have engineered a low-cost plastic material that could become the basis for clothing that cools the wearer, reducing the need for energy-consuming air conditioning.
The discovery could make water splitting, a key step in a number of clean energy technologies, cheaper and more efficient.