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

A scientist turns to entrepreneurship

After delivering novel computational methods for nuclear problems, nuclear science and engineering PhD candidate Pablo Ducru plunges into startup life.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
May 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: nuclear-science-and-engineering school-of-engineering research graduate postdoctoral energy startups innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie profile nuclear-power-and-reactors sustainability climate-change

Solar farms, power stations and water treatment plants can be attractions instead of eyesores

Are facilities that produce necessities like energy and clean water doomed to be ugly? Not when artists and landscape architects help design them.

Margaret Birney Vickery, Lecturer in Art History, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
May 15, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  renewable-energy  solar-power  infrastructure  design  new-york  gardens  denmark  connecticut  landscape-architecture  water-treatment  aesthetics  solar-farms

Researchers map tiny twists in “magic-angle” graphene

Results could help designers engineer high-temperature superconductors and quantum computing devices.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 7, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: graphene 2-d carbon physics research electronics school-of-science department-of-energy-doe national-science-foundation-nsf

Next gen solar cells can handle 390-degree heat

"Our perovskite solar cells show no thermal degradation even at 200 degrees Celsius (390 degrees Fahrenheit) for over three days..."

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State • futurity
May 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-and-technology materials-science renewable-energy solar-cells temperature

Both conservatives and liberals want a green energy future, but for different reasons

How should the United States power its economy in 2050? A recent survey finds surprising agreement from Americans of all political stripes.

Shahzeen Attari, Associate Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: fossil-fuels oil climate-change renewable-energy energy coal regulation natural-gas energy-prices public-opinion us-energy-policy energy-subsidies

Team develops new way to recycle nuclear waste

About 95% of the starting fuel rod used in nuclear reactors in the US gets discarded as nuclear waste. A new strategy offers a way to recycle it.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
May 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: earth-and-environment nuclear-energy nuclear-waste radioactive-waste

Technique could enable cheaper fertilizer production

Chemical engineers take a step toward generating ammonia with small-scale, electrochemical reactors.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
May 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: research chemical-engineering energy school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf developing-countries agriculture j-wafs mit-energy-initiative

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