Researchers used materials with a complex crystalline structure and found that lithium ions move through them at rates that far exceed those of typical electrode materials, which equates to a much faster-charging battery
Fiona Macleod and Stephen Richardson ask: What went wrong on Piper Alpha? Why did it have such disastrous consequences? And what lessons can still be learned today?
Combined with nutrient runoff from fertilised cropland and manure-filled pastures, nanomaterials in agrochemicals like pesticides and fungicides could lead to more toxic algae outbreaks for nearby streams, lakes and wetlands, a study has found
MIT engineers develop a way to triple the survival time for swimmers in wetsuits, writes David L Chandler
Vanderbilt University researchers present a new method of extracting cheap carbon nanotubes from the CO₂ in the air, writes Maverick Baker
What if you could test for cocaine, opioids and marijuana as quickly as a breathalyser identifies alcohol?
Engineers have figured out a way to tackle plastic landfills while also improving batteries - by putting ink-free plastic soaked in sulfur-containing solvent into a microwave, and then into batteries as a carbon scaffold
Matt Smyth looks at the opportunity for advanced anaerobic digestion in Ireland, which, followed by reuse of the residual biosolids on land, has been evaluated to be the most sustainable solution for wastewater sludge treatment and disposal
Bioengineers have figured out a way to make noscapine, a non-narcotic cough suppressant that occurs naturally in opium poppies, in brewer's yeast
It defies conventional wisdom; it's baffling that it even works; it eludes physics models. This newly tested class of light-emitting semiconductors is so easy to produce from solution that it could be painted onto surfaces to light up our future in myriad colours shining from affordable lasers, LEDs, and even window glass
Microscopic, magnetic 'swimmers' may someday be used to carry cargoes in fluids, such as drugs that need precise placement to treat disease.
The battery could quickly and efficiently store and distribute energy produced by solar panels and wind turbines across the electrical grid
Researchers discover efficient and sustainable way to filter salt and metal ions from water
The same scientists who introduced laser-induced graphene have enhanced their technique to produce what may become a new class of edible electronics
Technology developed at MIT can harness temperature fluctuations of many kinds to produce electricity
TCD scientists have solved a decades-old challenge by working out how to craft functional residues onto a molecular cube. Cubane now has a plethora of additional applications in the fields of drug development, materials science and molecular engineering
Researchers are optimising nanostructures for energy devices such as solar cells