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Bringing Speed and Simplicity to SEM-EDS Analysis

While many researchers combine scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) to examine materials for defects at the micro-scale, the process is often viewed as slow and complex. Fortunately, however, advances in SEM-EDS analysis are bringing a new level of speed and simplicity to failure analysis.

A Chemical Solution for Battery Developers

A research team at the University of Geneva has published a study in the journal Cell Reports Physical Science containing the strategy for manufacturing solid electrolytes intended for battery developers.

Clean Water Technologies Could Get a Boost From X-Ray Synchrotrons

Research at synchrotrons could help improve water-purifying materials in ways that might not otherwise be possible, argue scientists.

Long-Range Electric Cars and Planes Could Be a Reality With Battery Breakthrough

New battery technology could give flight to electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and supercharge safe, long-range electric cars.

Battery Innovators Scoop Nobel Prize

The winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 have been announced.

Proteins May Offer Environmentally Friendly Alternative to Conventional Batteries

Proteins are good for building muscle, but their building blocks also might be helpful for building sustainable organic batteries that could someday be a viable substitute for conventional lithium-ion batteries, without their safety and environmental concerns.
A cartoon style image showing chlorine taking an electron from sodium.

Cation vs Anion: Definition, Chart and the Periodic Table

If an atom, or atoms, has a balanced number of electrons (negative charge) and protons (positive charge) they are neutral overall. However, if they are not balanced, they will be charged. These charged species are called ions.

Harnessing Brackish Water to Generate Power

A new battery made from affordable and durable materials generates energy from places where salt and fresh waters mingle. The technology could make coastal wastewater treatment plants energy-independent and carbon neutral.

3D-printed All-liquid "Lab-on-a-Chip" Could Transform Drug Candidate Screens

Berkeley Lab researchers set the stage for a new class of 3D-printed, all-liquid devices which could automate chemical synthesis for drug formulations.

Plastic Bags Find a New Purpose

Researchers have a new method to convert waste plastic bags into carbon chips that could be used as anodes for lithium-ion batteries.