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Energy, Power November 14, 2015

Researchers developing method to harness more energy from photons

A quantum process developed by MIT researchers is designed to increase the number of electrons produced when light strikes a metal-dielectric interface, which could lead to better solar cells and light detectors.

By David Chandler, MIT News Office
Process Safety September 26, 2015

Research on textured surfaces and boiling water could benefit plant safety

Research of textured surfaces and what happens on a hot surface as water boils by MIT researchers could lead to more efficient, and less dangerous, power plants. See related video.

By David Chandler, MIT News Office
Energy Efficiency May 27, 2015

Light detection, thermal-management systems, imaging devices could improve with MIT light control research

Researchers at MIT have found a way to couple the properties of different two-dimensional materials to provide an exceptional degree of control over light waves using a layer of one-atom-thick graphene deposited on top of a similar 2-D layer of a material called hexagonal boron nitride (hBN).

By David Chandler, MIT News Office
Energy Efficiency October 12, 2014

How to make a perfect solar absorber

New system aims to harness the full spectrum of available solar radiation to move solar energy closer to perfection, according to MIT researchers.

By David Chandler, MIT News Office
Energy Efficiency September 27, 2014

Researchers duplicate octopuses and squids camouflage tricks

Researchers at MIT have created materials that reproduce cephalopods’ ability to quickly change colors and textures with potential applications that include flexible display screens and anti-fouling coatings for ships.

By David Chandler, MIT News Office
Mechatronics and Motion Control August 21, 2014

Active surfaces control what’s on them

Researchers develop treated surfaces that can actively control how fluids or particles move.

By David Chandler, MIT News Office
Energy Efficiency July 15, 2014

Getting a charge out of water droplets

Water condensing and jumping from a superhydrophobic surface can be harnessed to produce electricity.

By David Chandler, MIT News Office
Energy Efficiency June 14, 2014

A new way to make sheets of graphene

Technique from MIT might enable advances in display screens, solar cells, or other devices.

By David Chandler, MIT News Office
Energy Efficiency May 28, 2014

A new way to harness waste heat

Electrochemical approach has potential to efficiently turn low-grade heat to electricity, according to MIT and Stanford University researchers.

By David Chandler, MIT News Office
Energy Efficiency April 16, 2014

How electrodes charge and discharge: new findings from MIT

Analysis probes reactions in porous battery electrodes for the first time.

By David Chandler, MIT News Office
Energy Efficiency January 19, 2014

Solar-power device would use heat to enhance efficiency

New approach developed at MIT could generate power from sunlight efficiently and on demand.

By David Chandler, MIT News Office
Robotics August 23, 2013

A new approach assembles big structures from small interlocking pieces

MIT researchers invent a new approach to assembling big structures — even airplanes and bridges — out of small interlocking composite components. A robotic system for assembly is under development.

By David Chandler, MIT News Office