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    Real-world conditions under which solar cells operate can be different from standard testing conditions. Tress et al. investigate the effects of temperature and irradiation on the performance of a perovskite cell and a reference silicon cell, reproducing real weather conditions in the laboratory.

    • Wolfgang Tress
    • , Konrad Domanski
    • , Brian Carlsen
    • , Anand Agarwalla
    • , Essa A. Alharbi
    • , Michael Graetzel
    •  & Anders Hagfeldt
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    Lead leakage from damaged perovskite solar cells poses a challenge to the deployment of such technology. Here, Jiang, Qiu and co-workers quantify lead leakage caused by a simulated hail impact under a number of weather conditions and show that self-healing encapsulations can effectively reduce it.

    • Yan Jiang
    • , Longbin Qiu
    • , Emilio J. Juarez-Perez
    • , Luis K. Ono
    • , Zhanhao Hu
    • , Zonghao Liu
    • , Zhifang Wu
    • , Lingqiang Meng
    • , Qijing Wang
    •  & Yabing Qi
  • Article |

    While thicker battery electrodes are in high demand to maximize energy density, mechanical instability is a major hurdle in their fabrication. Here the authors report that segregated carbon nanotube networks enable thick, high-capacity electrodes for a range of materials including Si and NMC.

    • Sang-Hoon Park
    • , Paul J. King
    • , Ruiyuan Tian
    • , Conor S. Boland
    • , João Coelho
    • , Chuanfang (John) Zhang
    • , Patrick McBean
    • , Niall McEvoy
    • , Matthias P. Kremer
    • , Dermot Daly
    • , Jonathan N. Coleman
    •  & Valeria Nicolosi
  • Article |

    LiCoO2 is a widely used cathode material in Li-ion batteries for applications such as portable electronics. Here, the authors report multiple-element doping to enable stable cycling of LiCoO2 at high voltages that are not yet accessible with commercial Li-ion batteries.

    • Jie-Nan Zhang
    • , Qinghao Li
    • , Chuying Ouyang
    • , Xiqian Yu
    • , Mingyuan Ge
    • , Xiaojing Huang
    • , Enyuan Hu
    • , Chao Ma
    • , Shaofeng Li
    • , Ruijuan Xiao
    • , Wanli Yang
    • , Yong Chu
    • , Yijin Liu
    • , Huigen Yu
    • , Xiao-Qing Yang
    • , Xuejie Huang
    • , Liquan Chen
    •  & Hong Li
  • Article |

    Biomass can be used to scavenge photogenerated holes in photocatalytic hydrogen production, but the oxidized molecules that form are not always useful products. Here, the authors use Ru-ZnIn2S4 to photocatalyse the dehydrogenative C−C coupling of lignocellulose-derived methylfurans, forming both hydrogen and diesel fuel precursors.

    • Nengchao Luo
    • , Tiziano Montini
    • , Jian Zhang
    • , Paolo Fornasiero
    • , Emiliano Fonda
    • , Tingting Hou
    • , Wei Nie
    • , Jianmin Lu
    • , Junxue Liu
    • , Marc Heggen
    • , Long Lin
    • , Changtong Ma
    • , Min Wang
    • , Fengtao Fan
    • , Shengye Jin
    •  & Feng Wang
  • Article |

    Some of the best electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction in alkaline electrolysers are based on oxides of nickel and iron. Here, the authors demonstrate that the water oxidation performance of such catalysts can be enhanced by application of a magnetic field from a permanent magnet.

    • Felipe A. Garcés-Pineda
    • , Marta Blasco-Ahicart
    • , David Nieto-Castro
    • , Núria López
    •  & José Ramón Galán-Mascarós

News & Comment

  • News & Views |

    For emerging photovoltaic technologies to become commercially and technically viable, it is important to understand how performance in the laboratory translates to the field. A new study analyses the yearly changes in the energy yield of perovskite solar cells under simulated realistic temperature and irradiance conditions.

    • Jeff Kettle
  • News & Views |

    Lead in perovskite solar cells is a potential environmental and health hazard if it is released from accidentally damaged panels. Now, the encapsulation of perovskite solar cells with self-healing polymers is shown to significantly reduce the risk of lead leakage from hail impact under a variety of weather conditions.

    • Sarah Kajari-Schröder
  • Editorial |

    Coal is increasingly falling out of favour in the face of cheaper alternatives and concerns about health.

Collection

Nuclear research, industry and policy

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Nuclear research, industry and policy

In this collection we explore current trends in nuclear research, industry and policy in Comment and Review articles from Nature Reviews Physics, Nature Energy and Nature Physics.