Week in Review: 8/16/15 – 8/22/15

August 20, 2015

Air Force Gives $2 Million Grant to Develop Secure Cloud Computing Technology
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded a new $2 million grant to the Assured Cloud Computing University Center of Excellence (ACC-UCoE) at the University of Illinois. The Center, which began in 2011 with $4 million from AFRL and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, focuses on advancing secure cloud computing science and technologies.
http://cs.illinois.edu/news/air-force-gives-2-million-grant-develop-secure-cloud-computing-technology

Laser-burned graphene gains metallic powers
Rice University chemists who developed a unique form of graphene have found a way to embed metallic nanoparticles that turn the material into a useful catalyst for fuel cells and other applications.  Laser-induced graphene, created by the Rice lab of chemist James Tour last year, is a flexible film with a surface of porous graphene made by exposing a common plastic known as polyimide to a commercial laser-scribing beam. The researchers have now found a way to enhance the product with reactive metals.
http://news.rice.edu/2015/08/20/laser-burned-graphene-gains-metallic-powers/

August 17, 2015

Challenge to classic theory of ‘organic’ solar cells could improve efficiency
New research findings contradict a fundamental assumption about the functioning of “organic” solar cells made of low-cost plastics, suggesting a new strategy for creating inexpensive solar technology. Commercialization of organic solar cells has been hindered by inefficiencies, but the findings point toward a potential path to create a new class of solar technology able to compete with standard silicon cells.
http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2015/Q3/challenge-to-classic-theory-of-organic-solar-cells-could-improve-efficiency.html