How Nanotechnologies Will Disrupt the Electrical Grid

April 8, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

Graphene has exciting application potential in energy harvesting, energy storage, and even energy consumption, specifically reductions in waste heat. It’s a rapidly innovating area of materials science research that will be the foundation for disruptive technologies integrated into the electric grid.[read more]

Crumpled Graphene Could Provide an Unconventional Energy Storage

October 8, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Graphene Storage Innovation

When someone crumples paper, that usually means it’s about to be thrown away. But researchers have now found that crumpling a piece of graphene “paper” can yield new properties that could be useful for creating extremely stretchable supercapacitors to store energy for flexible electronic devices.[read more]

A New Way to Make Sheets of Graphene

May 25, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Graphene Production Innovation

Graphene’s promise as a material has led researchers around the world to study the material in search of new applications. But one of the biggest limitations to wider use of the strong, lightweight, highly conductive material has been the hurdle of fabrication on an industrial scale.[read more]

New Material for Flat Semiconductors

May 2, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

New Materials from MIT

Researchers around the world have been working to harness the unusual properties of graphene, a two-dimensional sheet of carbon atoms. But graphene lacks one important characteristic: a property called a bandgap, which is essential for making devices such as computer chips and solar cells.[read more]

Advances in Graphene R&D Portend Significant Changes for Energy

March 18, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Gamechanging technologies don’t just happen overnight. There’s usually substantial time and money invested in basic research and development, a temporary lull as R&D moves into commercialization, and then an infusion of that technology in different product forms into existing infrastructure.[read more]

Graphene Heats Up Race For Cheap Organic Solar Cells

January 5, 2014 by Tina Casey

Cheaper Solar?

Graphene, the notoriously hard-to-handle nanomaterial that could turn out to be the material of the new millennium, has actually been domesticated to the point where it could, in the future, help to drive down the cost of solar energy cells.[read more]

Purdue U. Debuts New Green Wonder Material

December 21, 2013 by Tina Casey

Wonder Material

If you thought graphene was the wonder material of the new millennium, well then hold on to your hats because yet another wonder material has actually just ridden into town, and this one certainly promises to be just as interesting as the last.[read more]

Carbon is the Problem: Is Graphene the Solution?

October 30, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

Carbon emissions cause climate change. Intelligent policy in the public and private sectors works to reduce CO2 emissions through actions as varied as the recent EPA decision on pollution from power plants to efficiency programs that reduce the need for electricity.[read more]