Atomic-scale representation of the structure of brownmillerite oxide

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This month we look at the chemistry of operating batteries, electricity usage patterns, phase heterojunction photovoltaics, and more.

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    • A perovskite nanolayer formed at the surface of layered cathode particles enables ultra-stable high-voltage cycling. The lanthanum and calcium-based perovskite layer serves as an oxygen buffer, and effectively suppresses the oxygen evolution reaction that is a common cause of failure in hybrid anion- and cation-redox cathodes.

      Research Briefing
    • Silicon-based anodes suffer from immense volume change and cracks during battery operations, limiting cycling stability. Now, a hierarchically-ordered conductive binder network — formed in situ upon thermal treatment of anodes containing conducting polymer precursors — can improve charge-transport and mechanical properties, and thus cyclability.

      • Yan Zhao
      • Ali Coskun
      News & Views
    • Electrochemical reduction of N2, mediated by Li, offers promise to decarbonize NH3 production, yet interfacial dynamics in such systems are poorly understood. Now, the morphology of the solid-electrolyte interphase layer formed during N2 reduction is revealed, opening opportunities to elucidate by-product formation mechanisms and improve NH3 selectivity.

      • Eric J. McShane
      • Matteo Cargnello
      News & Views
    • Rooftop solar panels are often seen principally as an option for wealthier households, despite the savings they can bring. A new study following low-income households over 10 months shows how they adopt rooftop solar panels, establish new prosumption practices, and commit to these practices as the benefits of the technology emerge.

      • Lucie Middlemiss
      News & Views
    • Ink formulations based on terpenes commonly employed as food additives or fragrances have been used to produce various organic electronics without compromising on device performance. These terpene solvents have reduced toxicities and produce lower overall carbon emissions than standard processing solvents.

      Research Briefing
  • José Miguel Bermúdez Menéndez, energy technology analyst on hydrogen and alternative fuels at the International Energy Agency (IEA), talks to Nature Energy about the IEA’s Hydrogen Projects Database, which was last updated in October 2022.

    • James Gallagher
    Q&A
  • Lyndsey McMillon-Brown explores how to recognize burnout and actions that can be taken to prevent it in ourselves and our colleagues.

    • Lyndsey McMillon-Brown
    World View
  • Dr Mohammad Hadi Mohammadi, Council for At-Risk Academics Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, shares with Nature Energy their story about fleeing Afghanistan, settling down in the UK and their hope to return home one day.

    • Giulia Tregnago
    Q&A
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