Hiroaki Jinno, Kenjiro Fukuda and Takao Someya

Swimming like a solar cell

Latest Research

  • Review Article |

    Transparency offers integration routes unavailable to opaque photovoltaics. Here, Lunt and co-workers review recent progress in transparent solar technologies, highlight technical challenges and measurement considerations, and review performance requirements for various applications.

    • Christopher J. Traverse
    • , Richa Pandey
    • , Miles C. Barr
    •  & Richard R. Lunt
  • Article |

    Proton-conducting metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) could be used as the electrolytes in proton exchange membrane fuel cells but chemically stable materials that perform well at low humidity are still sought. Here the authors prepare a stable, structurally flexible MOF that maintains high proton conductivity under a wide range of humidity.

    • Fan Yang
    • , Gang Xu
    • , Yibo Dou
    • , Bin Wang
    • , Heng Zhang
    • , Hui Wu
    • , Wei Zhou
    • , Jian-Rong Li
    •  & Banglin Chen
  • Article |

    Sodium-ion batteries are a cost-effective alternative to lithium-ion for large-scale energy storage. Here Bao et al. develop a cathode based on biomass-derived ionic crystals that enables a four-sodium ion storage mechanism leading to exceptionally high specific capacity and energy density.

    • Minah Lee
    • , Jihyun Hong
    • , Jeffrey Lopez
    • , Yongming Sun
    • , Dawei Feng
    • , Kipil Lim
    • , William C. Chueh
    • , Michael F. Toney
    • , Yi Cui
    •  & Zhenan Bao
  • Article |

    Hydrogenation of CO2 over heterogeneous catalysts can produce useful energy vectors such as methanol and formic acid. Here the authors show that the activity of unsupported cobalt catalysts can be markedly enhanced through incorporation of nitrogen atoms into the structure.

    • Liangbing Wang
    • , Wenbo Zhang
    • , Xusheng Zheng
    • , Yizhen Chen
    • , Wenlong Wu
    • , Jianxiang Qiu
    • , Xiangchen Zhao
    • , Xiao Zhao
    • , Yizhou Dai
    •  & Jie Zeng
  • Article |

    Understanding land-use requirements for the life cycle of electricity generation allows for consistent comparisons of different technologies. Jordaan et al. present a method that leverages highly resolved, empirical data sets to give robust estimates of land use for natural-gas-fired electricity.

    • Sarah M. Jordaan
    • , Garvin A. Heath
    • , Jordan Macknick
    • , Brian W. Bush
    • , Ehsan Mohammadi
    • , Dan Ben-Horin
    • , Victoria Urrea
    •  & Danielle Marceau
  • Perspective |

    Urban households in the global south face unique energy access challenges. This Perspective outlines a research agenda based on understanding the needs of urban energy users to promote inclusive urban energy transitions.

    • Vanesa Castán Broto
    • , Lucy Stevens
    • , Emmanuel Ackom
    • , Julia Tomei
    • , Priti Parikh
    • , Iwona Bisaga
    • , Long Seng To
    • , Joshua Kirshner
    •  & Yacob Mulugetta

News & Comment

  • News and Views |

    Understanding how subsidies affect fossil-fuel investment returns and production is crucial to commencing new reforms. New analysis on the impact of subsidies on US crude-oil producers finds that, at recent oil prices of around US$50 per barrel, tax preferences and other subsidies push nearly half of new oil investments into profitability.

    • Ronald Steenblik
  • Editorial |

    We all stand to gain by doing more to combat gender inequality.