The following is an edited and revised version of the talk I gave at the Global Catastrophic Risks conference that was held in conjunction with Convergence 08 (and which I reprised for Convergence). I’m posting it here because it seems to me that this is exactly the kind of thing Foresight was founded for: to [...]
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A nanostructure called a “gyroid” provides the basis for a more efficient, inexpensive nanotech solar cell.
The publication of a method to mass produce graphene has opened the way to further study of this remarkable nanomaterial.
By nearly eliminating the light lost to solar cells by reflection, a nanotech coating promises to increase solar cell efficiency.
Combining electrically conductive polymers, transition metal atoms, and spin-coating to form thin films could lead to solar cells with two major advantages that would make them more efficient at converting light to electricity.
Nanotech pathways to a sustainable energy economy are generating a great deal of interest in Europe.
Chemically modified graphene has found in manganese oxide nanoflower/carbon nanotube array a rival nanotech material to improve energy storage using ultracapacitors.
Chemically modified graphene (CMG) may lead to ultracapacitors that can store about twice as much electrical charge as is possible with current commercially available materials.
A very powerful electron microscope capable of resolving single gold atoms has revealed why some gold nanoparticles work and some don’t.
A web of single-crystalline titanium disilicide absorbs light efficiently and may be a useful catalyst to split water.
Two stories today in ScienceDaily point to different nanotech applications that could enable a solar solution to our energy problems.
A new nanotech catalyst now enables the efficient conversion of syngas to ethanol.
A role for nanotech applications can be seen in the responses to the US energy crisis made by both candidates for the US Presidency.
Chinese scientists have developed a nanotech solution to harvest energy from multiple electrons—something alternative approaches to artificial photosynthesis have not yet managed to do.
Carbon nanotubes with the proper imperfections were found to replace more problematic and expensive materials in dye-sensitized solar cells.
Researchers have developed a method of producing titanium oxide crystals with more reactive surfaces.
Nanowires of indium phosphide grown directly on an electrode greatly increase the flow of electrons through a polymer film to the electrode.
Phil McKenna at NewScientist.com news service describes a nanotechnology advance that turns radiation directly into electricity, leading us to wonder if it thus simultaneously provides a use for nuclear waste. This nanotech application appears to be in the early stages of development, so aside from questions of just how efficient and how expensive it would [...]
By combining more precise core-shell nanoparticle synthesis techniques with electronic structure theory to predict the properties of nanoparticles, nanotechnology researchers have produced a better catalysts for fuel cells.
An economical nanotech procedure—ball milling followed by hot pressing—recasts a commercially available material as a composite of random nanostructures that efficiently converts waste heat into electricity.