Week in Review: 10/11/15 – 10/17/15

October 16, 2015

UNM School of Engineering honors seven distinguished alumni
The University of New Mexico School of Engineering recognized the accomplishments of seven of its alumni during its Distinguished Alumni Award event on Oct. 15.

Next-generation perovskite solar cells made stable by metal oxide ‘sandwich’
Now Yang’s team has conquered the primary difficulty of perovskite by protecting it between two layers of metal oxide. This is a significant advance toward stabilizing perovskite solar cells. Their new cell construction extends the cell’s effective life in air by more than 10 times, with only a marginal loss of efficiency converting sunlight to electricity.

October 15, 2015

Researchers Grow Nanocircuitry with Semiconducting Graphene Nanoribbons
Researchers at Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials have confirmed the growth of self-directed graphene nanoribbons on the surface of the semiconducting material germanium by researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Image courtesy of Argonne National LaboratoryIn a development that could revolutionize electronic circuitry, a research team from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (UW) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has confirmed a new way to control the growth paths of graphene nanoribbons on the surface of a germainum crystal.