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Powering a microprocessor by photosynthesis

Algae-powered computing: Scientists create reliable and renewable biological photovoltaic cell

23-May-2022

Researchers have used a widespread species of blue-green algae to power a microprocessor continuously for a year - and counting - using nothing but ambient light and water. Their system has potential as a reliable and renewable way to power small devices. The system, comparable in size to an AA ...

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Self-healing materials for robotics made from ‘jelly’ and salt

materials can detect when they are damaged, take the necessary steps to temporarily heal themselves and then resume work

22-Feb-2022

Researchers have developed self-healing, biodegradable, 3D-printed materials that could be used in the development of realistic artificial hands and other soft robotics applications. The low-cost jelly-like materials, developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, can sense strain, ...

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Mystery of high performing novel solar cell materials revealed in stunning clarity

Combining a series of new microscopy techniques revealed why perovskite materials are seemingly so tolerant of defects in their structure

26-Nov-2021

Researchers from the University of Cambridge haveused a suite of correlative, multimodal microscopy methods to visualise, for the first time, why perovskite materials are seemingly so tolerant of defects in their structure. The most commonly used material for producing solar panels is ...

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Nano ‘camera’ made using molecular glue allows real-time monitoring of chemical reactions

“We were surprised how powerful this new tool is, considering how straightforward it is to assemble”

06-Sep-2021

Researchers have made a tiny camera, held together with ‘molecular glue’ that allows them to observe chemical reactions in real time. The device, made by a team from the University of Cambridge, combines tiny semiconductor nanocrystals called quantum dots and gold nanoparticles using molecular ...

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Low-cost imaging technique shows how smartphone batteries could charge in minutes

"This technique could be an important piece of the puzzle in the development of next-generation batteries"

25-Jun-2021

Researchers have developed a simple lab-based technique that allows them to look inside lithium-ion batteries and follow lithium ions moving in real time as the batteries charge and discharge, something which has not been possible until now. Using the low-cost technique, the researchers ...

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Atom swapping could lead to ultra-bright, flexible next generation LEDs

09-Jun-2021

An international group of researchers has developed a new technique that could be used to make more efficient low-cost light-emitting materials which are flexible and can be printed using ink-jet techniques. The researchers, led by the University of Cambridge and the Technical University of ...

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It takes some heat to form ice

Findings turn previous understanding of ice formation upside down

31-May-2021

Researchers from TU Graz in Austria and the Universities of Cambridge and Surrey succeeded to track down the first step in ice formation at a surface, revealing that additional energy is needed for water before ice can start to form. Water freezes and turns to ice when brought in contact with a ...

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Novel glass materials made from organic and inorganic components

Research team from Jena and Cambridge develops glass materials with novel combinations of properties

18-Nov-2020

Linkages between organic and inorganic materials are a common phenomenon in nature, e.g., in the construction of bones and skeletal structures. They often enable combinations of properties that could not be achieved with just one type of material. In technological material development, however, ...

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Wireless device makes clean fuel from sunlight, CO₂ and water

Significant step toward achieving artificial photosynthesis

26-Aug-2020

Researchers have developed a standalone device that converts sunlight, carbon dioxide and water into a carbon-neutral fuel, without requiring any additional components or electricity. The device, developed by a team from the University of Cambridge, is a significant step toward achieving ...

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AI techniques used to improve battery health and safety

08-Apr-2020

Researchers have designed a machine learning method that can predict battery health with 10x higher accuracy than current industry standard, which could aid in the development of safer and more reliable batteries for electric vehicles and consumer electronics. The researchers, from Cambridge and ...

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