Nanotechnology in agriculture: prospects and constraints.

Related Articles Nanotechnology in agriculture: prospects and constraints. Nanotechnol Sci Appl. 2014;7:63-71 Authors: Mukhopadhyay SS Abstract Attempts to apply nanotechnology in agriculture began with the growing realization that conventional farming technologies would neither be able to increase productivity any further nor restore ecosystems damaged by existing technologies back to their pristine state; in particular because … Read more

Scientists demonstrate high-efficiency quantum dot solar cells

Research shows newly developed solar powered cells may soon outperform conventional photovoltaic technology. Scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have demonstrated the first solar cell with external quantum efficiency (EQE) exceeding 100 percent for photons with energies in the solar range. (The EQE is the percentage of photons that get converted into electrons … Read more

Scientists build ‘nanobowls’ to protect catalysts needed for better biofuel production

It may sound like a post-season football game for very tiny players, but the “nanobowl” has nothing to do with sports and everything to do with improving the way biofuels are produced. That’s the hope of a team of scientists from the Institute for Atom Efficient Chemical Transformations (IACT), an Energy Frontier Research Center led … Read more

Novel technique to synthesize nanocrystals that harvest solar energy

One reason that solar energy has not been widely adopted is because light absorbing materials are not durable. Materials that harvest solar radiation for energy often overheat or degrade over time; this reduces their viability to compete with other renewable energy sources like wind or hydroelectric generators. Go to Source Tags: harvest solar energy, materials, … Read more

Scientists create highly transparent solar cells for windows that generate electricity

(Phys.org) — UCLA researchers have developed a new transparent solar cell that is an advance toward giving windows in homes and other buildings the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside. Their study appears in the journal ACS Nano. Go to Source Tags: transparent solar cell, generate electricity, windows