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Self-assembled microspheres of silica to cool surfaces without energy consumption

Researchers from the ICN2 and the ICMM-CSIC have developed a new material able to cool another one by emitting infrared radiation. The results are published in Small and are expected to be used in devices where an increase in temperature has drastic effects on performance, like solar panels and computer systems, among other applications.

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Improving materials for perovskite solar cells

Scientists at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB) of the CSIC have participated in a research that compares perovskite solar cells containing different materials, in order to understand the differences in their performance.

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An experiment modifies the surface of plastics using the technique of injection

A research team has modified the surface of plastics at micro and nanometric levels to give them additional properties such as hydrophobicity and colour without using dyes. This development can have many applications in the automotive sector.

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Flexible and multifunctional nanocellulose ‘millefeuille’

Scientists from the CSIC’s Institute de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB) have developed a new concept for functional nanomaterials. It is a multilaminated material, a ‘millefeuille’ made of bacterial cellulose layers strongly attached. Each layer can have incorporated a different type of functional nanoparticle. This laminated material can be very thin: for example, the thickness of a four layer milfeuille is only the half of a conventional sheet paper.

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Organic molecular metal that change colour and electrical properties with an electric field

Scientists at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) have demonstrated the capacity of an organic material to quickly and reversibly change its colour and electrical properties upon the application of an electric field. The reported results constitute a proof-of-concept that opens up new possibilities for the design and fabrication of organic electrochromic and rectifying devices for electronics.

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