Jun 5, 2019
Shining a Spotlight on Solar PV Podcast
A team of scientists at The University of Manchester has solved a key flaw in solar panels after 40 years of research around the world. Solar panels are among the most available system of generating energy through renewable sources due to their relative cost and consumer availability. However, the majority of solar cells only achieve 20% efficiency – for every kW of equivalent sunlight, about 200W of electrical power can be generated. Now an international team of researchers have resolved a key fundamental issue of material defect which limits and degrades solar cell efficiency. The problem has been known about and studied for over 40 years, with over 270 research papers attributed to the issue with no solution. The new research shows the first observation of a previously unknown material defect which limits silicon solar cell efficiency. Vicky Taylor-Plane interviews Tony Peaker, Matthew Halsall and Iain Crowe in this podcast to find out more. • Research paper: Identification of the mechanism responsible for the boron oxygen light induced degradation in silicon photovoltaic cells by Michelle Vaqueiro-Contreras, Vladimir P. Markevich, José Coutinho, Paulo Santos, Iain F. Crowe, Matthew P. Halsall, Ian Hawkins, Stanislau B. Lastovskii, Leonid I. Murin, Anthony R. Peaker, published in the Journal of Applied Physics. DOI: 10.1063/1.5091759
Mar 7, 2019
MECD - Manchester Engineering Campus Development
Discover The University of Manchester’s new engineering campus. Learn about the facilities, spaces and community that is being built to provide an outstanding learning and student experience for engineering and material science student and researchers.
Mar 6, 2019
We are extremely fortunate to have Prof. Rashid Sunyaev (Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching) visit us to give this years Bragg Lecture in Physics. Prof. Sunyaev is one of the fathers of modern cosmology and his work has inspired generations of cosmologists and astrophysicists. He will talk to us about “X-ray and Microwave Cosmology: Synergy and Competition” highlighting some of the exciting future investigations of clusters of galaxies with X-ray measurements and the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect
Dec 20, 2018
Dr. Clair Gough on Biomass Energy with CCS: unlocking negative emissions
In this seminar, Clair Gough (Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester) draws on recent and on-going work from across the Tyndall Centre to consider the critical challenges and assumptions for the potential for biomass energy and carbon capture and storage (BECCS) to unlock negative emissions.
Sep 11, 2018
Chris Priest on Digital Technology, saint or sinner?
Chris Priest from the University of Bristol delivered at talk at The University of Manchester on the pros and cons of our digital society. Digital technology contributes a substantial amount of hazardous waste that affects our environment but it is also helping us to transition to a low carbon society.
Sep 10, 2018
Energy research beacon - film for industry partners and collaborators
As part of the research beacons communications and marketing campaign, this fast-paced film has been produced to highlight the depth and breadth of energy research carried out across The University of Manchester. Primarily targeted at an industry audience, the film showcases some of our areas of world-class expertise where we're working with partners and collaborators to help improve the planet and the lives of those who live on it through future-focused energy and environment R&D. A snapshot of our key facilities, which enable our researchers and collaborators to deliver their innovative research, also feature in the film. We want those who view this to want to be part of this too and get in touch with us - from innovative SMEs through to large, established multinationals.
Apr 25, 2018
Embedded systems project race day
Second year project... which ends with our ROBOT RACE DAY! This project integrates two important aspects of modern electronics, namely computer engineering and software engineering. During the second year students work in a team to produce a robot design that will follow a white line, climb a ramp and stop at the end - in the fastest time possible. The challenge starts at the begining of Year 2 and builds up to the race day at the end of term. You will use a microcontroller development system and work in teams of four or five to create you robot.
Mar 6, 2018
How to make graphene
The sticky tape method that was used to first isolate graphene for at The University of Manchester is still used. However this cannot be done on an industrial scale. Other methods are used for large scale manufacturing such as chemical deposition, however research continues to be carried out to scale up new capabilities of producing larger quantities of graphene. In this video we explor the methods used to make graphene. The narrator is Sarah Haigh, a lecturer in Materials Characterisation. Her research focuses on the structure and properties of nanomaterials using high resolution transmission electron microscope (TEM) imaging and spectroscopic analysis.
Jan 22, 2018
Graphene: The development of graphene paint
A prototype graphene paint has been developed by The University of Manchester, by utilising the unique properties of graphene oxide. Scientists have developed paints and coatings using graphene oxide to create a perfect barrier. This revolutionary paint could potentially eliminate rust in our lifetime whereas coatings could be used to develop long-lasting food packaging. Graphene paint could also be used in the development of flexible electronics, and could have a huge impact on future technology. Visit http://www.graphene.manchester.ac.uk to find out more about Graphene
Jan 22, 2018
Graphene: Composite Materials
The uses of graphene composite materials have many promising commercial applications and it is possible we could see graphene having an impact on transport, aerospace and sporting goods in the future. Graphene's multi-functionality opens up completely new opportunities when using materials. Graphene's light and strong qualities means it has many possibilities, it could be used to design structures, components and can be used in ways never thought possible. Graphene is already being used in tennis rackets and the constant developments in graphene research means that its going to have limitless applications. Visit http://www.graphene.manchester.ac.uk to find out more about graphene
Jan 22, 2018
The developments in graphene have opened up many possibilities in the world of energy that were never before thought possible. With the creation of graphene supercapacitors, it is now possible to create an extremely powerful graphene battery that is both small and light. These batteries can recharge instantly, meaning that a mobile phone or even an electric car can be recharged within seconds. A graphene battery could help in the development of energy storage, like solar energy, electric cars and fuel cells, creating revolutionary technology. http://www.graphene.manchester.ac.uk/
Jan 19, 2018
Graphene: Membranes and their practical applications
Graphene membranes could be used to revolutionise many practical applications. One of these applications could be fuel cells and other hydrogen-based technologies like electric cars and air powered generators. As well as hydrogen fuel cells, graphene membranes can also be used in the development of water purification and even in pharmaceutical products. This is due to the thin membranes made by graphene oxide being impermeable to all gases and vapours, except for water, making it crucial in the development of water filtration. Graphene, in conjunction with other things, can help us to make much better membranes for many processes, from water treatments through to gas separations such as carbon dioxide removal. http://www.graphene.manchester.ac.uk/ Graphene: Energy http://youtu.be/DzLiaJsric4 Graphene: Composites http://youtu.be/LTa_ileMJxE Graphene: The Development Of Graphene Paint http://youtu.be/E_uZZrY3zLc
Jan 19, 2018
Graphene: Made in Manchester
Graphene is the world's thinnest material. The two dimensional material was first isolated by Professor Andre Geim and Professor Kostya Novoselov at The University of Manchester. Graphene is the thinnest material known and yet also one of the strongest. It conducts electricity as efficiently as copper and outperforms all other materials as a conductor of heat. Graphene is almost completely transparent, yet so dense that even the smallest atom helium cannot pass through it. The uses of graphene are limitless and because of its multi-functional properties, graphene can be used in thousands of different applications. Sporting goods, technology and motor vehicles are just a few of the applications that can be improved with graphene. The constant research being done everyday is quickly proving that graphene is truly the material of the future. Find out more about Graphene at http://www.graphene.manchester.ac.uk Twitter https://twitter.com/UoMGraphene Facebook https://www.facebook.com/UoMGraphene Google+ https://plus.google.com/+homeofgraphene