Chemistry and Nanoscience News

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Sept. 1, 2022

News Release: NREL-Led Breakthrough Pushes Perovskite Cell to Greater Stability, Efficiency

A unique architectural structure enabled the researchers to record a certified stabilized efficiency of 24% under 1-sun illumination, making it the highest reported of its kind. The highly efficient cell also retained 87% of its original efficiency after 2,400 hours of operation at 55 degrees Celsius.

July 18, 2022

NREL Researchers Create Order From Quantum Chaos

In a new paper in PNAS, NREL researchers tackle one of the fundamental problems in quantum information science: how to produce pure elements of quantum information at practical temperatures.

July 6, 2022

NREL Innovations Open Door to Industry Collaboration, Commercialization

NREL researchers made for an inventive bunch in fiscal year 2021, even exceeding record-breaking activity in FY '20. A patent issued in November 2021 for compressed gas energy storage, for example, which covers the idea of injecting compressed natural gas into defunct oil and gas fracking sites, accounted for just one of 36 issued patents in FY '21.

July 1, 2022

DOE Recognizes NREL Hydrogen Researchers at 2022 Annual Merit Review Awards

The U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen Program recently honored three NREL researchers for their outstanding achievements at the 2022 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting.

May 19, 2022

ARPA-E Funding Drives Innovation, Industry Partnerships at NREL

Among NREL's many funding agencies, the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) funds what is perhaps some of NREL's most innovative work.

April 21, 2022

NREL Scientist Melissa Gish Named a Trailblazer by the American Chemical Society

NREL Scientist Melissa Gish has been selected as a member of the American Chemical Society's Trailblazers list—a prestigious recognition that is presented annually in the American Chemical Society's news magazine, Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN).

April 7, 2022

NREL Senior Scientist Mou Paul Receives Two Prestigious Chemistry Awards

NREL Senior Scientist Mou Paul has been selected as the recipient of two prestigious awards—the 2021 Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Division Fellow Award and the 2021 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Industrial Progress Award.

March 1, 2022

Q&A With Meredith Doyle: Impatient To Save the World

As part of the Q&A profile series "Manufacturing Masterminds," Meredith Doyle discusses her perspectives on the future potential for plant-based plastics, equity issues surrounding plastics pollution, and more.

Feb. 18, 2022

Can We Fix Recycling?

Three NREL teams win prestigious REMADE awards to remake recycling, improve manufacturing, and build a circular economy.

Jan. 14, 2022

American Chemical Society Recognizes NREL Women at the Forefront of Energy Research

Since 2019, the American Chemical Society (ACS) has published an annual series, titled "Women Scientists at the Forefront of Energy Research," to celebrate the accomplishments of women in the energy science field.


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