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Innovative solar energy applications point the way forward

Most people no longer ask whether solar energy will be a success; the question is rather which forms of photovoltaic technology and system types will be successful. The total global installed PV capacity is fast approaching 100 GW, up from 1.5 GW in 2000 to 89.5 GW at the...

source: By Don Rosato
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Michael McAlpine at Princeton University and his colleagues have developed a 3-D printer that can make a five-layered contact lens, one which emits light into the wearer's eyes. The lens is a transparent polymer with several components embedded inside: nanoscale quantum...

source: New Scientist

A team of Princeton researchers recently found a way to make quantum dot LEDs (and thus semiconductors) using only a 3-D printer. The scientists choose printable electrodes, polymers and semiconductors, which are dissolved in solvents...

source: Engadget

Beyond paint and plastics are potential applications such as self-healing cloth, military vehicles that patch their own bullet holes and hip replacements that could repair themselves. Or fingernail polish that lasts longer, something a cosmetics company has contacted Urban...

source: USA Today

The extraordinary electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties of graphene make it popular for a wide...

source: SPE Plastics Research Online

Now researchers report that they have designed new plastics that break down upon exposure to light. Plastics are composed of long, repeating chains of small molecules. The researchers heated a solution of molecules derived from fructose — the basic building blocks...

source: Science

Plastics have grown to dominate the residential markets for plumbing fixtures, siding and windows; meet new demands for thermal performance and moisture resistance; and reduce maintenance needs from backyard decks to polymer roof shingles....

source: Plastics News

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