A view inside of the
RIR-MAPLE chamber after the thin-film deposition process is over. None of the
original frozen solution is left in the centre, as it has all been vaporized to
coat the bottom of the target hanging above
Unlike the inorganic solar cells widely used today, organics can be made of inexpensive, flexible carbon-based materials like plastic. Manufacturers could churn out rolls of them in a variety of colors and configurations, to be laminated unobtrusively into almost any surface. Photo by Robert Coelius.
A scanning electron miscroscope photograph shows the pyramid-like
nanostructures engraved onto glass: at 200nm they are 100 times smaller
than a human hair. Controlling the surface morphology at the nanoscale
allows scientists to tailor how the glass interacts with liquids and
light with high precision.
A type of battery first invented
nearly five decades ago could catapult to the forefront of energy
storage technologies, thanks to a new finding by researchers at MIT. Illustration modified from an original image by Felice Frankel