Clever chemistry turns ordinary bricks into electricity storage devices

Bricks turn out to be useful for storing electricity thanks to their porousness and red pigment.

Julio M. D'Arcy, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Washington University in St Louis • conversation
Aug. 11, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: chemistry innovation energy nanotechnology electricity research-brief buildings energy-storage


The UK plans to build huge batteries to store renewable energy – but there's a much cheaper solution

Grid-scale batteries could be at least double the cost of those in electric vehicles.

Andrew Cruden, Professor of Energy Technology, University of Southampton • conversation
July 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: electric-cars electric-vehicles batteries energy-storage renewables grid-energy-storage

Study unveils details of how a widely used catalyst splits water

“Gold standard” material for generating oxygen from water divulges its molecular mechanisms.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
May 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: chemistry research school-of-engineering research-laboratory-of-electronics materials-science-and-engineering dmse mit-energy-initiative energy-storage

New electrode design may lead to more powerful batteries

An MIT team has devised a lithium metal anode that could improve the longevity and energy density of future batteries.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 3, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: energy research batteries school-of-engineering research-laboratory-of-electronics national-science-foundation-nsf nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering dmse nuclear-science-and-engineering energy-storage

Zeroing in on decarbonization

Wielding complex algorithms, nuclear science and engineering doctoral candidate Nestor Sepulveda spins out scenarios for combating climate change.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
Jan. 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change energy economics policy global-warming graduate profile greenhouse-gases emissions research renewable-energy students school-of-engineering mit-energy-initiative nuclear-science-and-engineering alternative-energy nuclear-power-and-reactors technology-and-policy energy-storage postdoctoral

Understanding the impact of deep-sea mining

Mining materials from the sea floor could help secure a low-carbon future, but researchers are racing to understand the environmental effects.

Mary Beth Gallagher | Department of Mechanical Engineering • mit
Dec. 5, 2019 ~11 min

Tags: sustainability environment research renewable-energy batteries mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering oceanography-and-ocean-engineering energy-storage

A new mathematical approach to understanding zeolites

Study of minerals widely used in industrial processes could lead to discovery of new materials for catalysis and filtering.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 7, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: machine-learning artificial-intelligence photonics industry research school-of-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering dmse materials-research-laboratory mitnano energy-storage

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