David Chandler's Articles

- October 01, 2014

How to Make a “Perfect” Solar Absorber

The key to creating a material that would be ideal for converting solar energy to heat is tuning the material’s spectrum of absorption just right: It should absorb virtually all wavelengths...

- August 18, 2014

Recycling Old Batteries into Solar Cells

This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source of lead pollution — into new,...

- June 09, 2014

Seeing How Lithium-ion Battery Storage Works

New observations by researchers at MIT have revealed the inner workings of a type of electrode widely used in lithium-ion batteries. The new findings explain the unexpectedly high power...

- May 22, 2014

A New Way To Harness Waste Heat

Vast amounts of excess heat are generated by industrial processes and by electric power plants; researchers around the world have spent decades seeking ways to harness some of this...

- May 14, 2014

Researchers Find New Material for Flat Semiconductors

Researchers around the world have been working to harness the unusual properties of graphene, a two-dimensional sheet of carbon atoms. But graphene lacks one important characteristic...

- April 21, 2014

A Molecular Approach to Solar Power

It’s an obvious truism, but one that may soon be outdated: The problem with solar power is that sometimes the sun doesn’t shine.

- June 27, 2013

Solar Power Heads in a New Direction: Thinner

Most efforts at improving solar cells have focused on increasing the efficiency of their energy conversion, or on lowering the cost of manufacturing. But now MIT researchers are opening...

- May 30, 2013

Balance Is Key to Making Quantum-dot Solar Cells Work

There has been great interest in recent years in using tiny particles called quantum dots to produce low-cost, easily manufactured, stable photovoltaic cells. But, so far, the creation...

David Chandler

David Chandler

David Chandler is a writer for the MIT News Office and focuses on campus, energy, chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, and mechanical engineering.

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