Author: Matthew Hautzinger
I love designing and making things. While my interests in science are all over the place, I like chemistry because it allows me to make things on the atomic level. My interests in research are mostly energy related: Solar panels, battery technology, and electronic components. Outside of my work, I'm an avid cyclist, nature enthusiast, and at home chef.

GRID SCALE ENERGY STORAGE: A NEW MANGANESE-HYDROGEN BATTERY

For solar and wind to be viable technologies, large scale and cost effective batteries are sorely needed. Now, researchers have made a totally new type of battery, based on cheap manganese sulfate, that fits this bill. Their large proof-of-concept proptoype battery reached ~97% and powered a blue LED for hours!

Designing and Understanding New Semiconductor Crystals

Solar panels are expensive because of the high-purity silicon present in them. A new material called perovskite rivals the solar conversion efficiency of silicon, but at a fraction of the cost. There is however still a lot of fundamental understanding to be done on perovskites, which these researchers do by studying analogous structures.

Machine Learning for Understanding Materials Synthesis

Title: Materials Synthesis Insights from Scientific Literature via Text Extraction and Machine Learning Authors:     Edward Kim, Kevin Huang, Adam Saunders, Andrew McCallum, Gerbrand Ceder, and Elsa Olivetti Year: 2017 Journal: Chemistry of Materials The sheer volume of publications makes scientific literature a vast sea of information…