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Improving zinc-air rechargeable batteries with nanoparticles

CSIC scientists at the ICMAB and the IMB-CNM are working to achieve an efficient zinc-air battery recharging. These batteries have more capacity than the lithium-ion ones, and are made of cheap materials, which are widely available in nature as well as safe.

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An edible cellulose-based material as a substitute for single-use plastic packaging

A collaboration project between researchers at the IMB-CNM-CSIC, the ICMAB-CSIC and the UAB was chosen as the most innovative in the “Generating Ideas” Program focused on Smart Food, organised by the UAB Research Park (PRUAB). The initiative Cellupack aims to develop a cellulose-based material to substitute the single-use plastics in food.

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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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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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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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