- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) - The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has launched the Institute for Functional Imaging of Materials, which aims to accelerate the development of new materials that can be used to produce more efficient solar cells, batteries and other products.

Institute Director Sergei Kalinin said in a news release that imaging advances over the past couple of decade have made it possible to observe and identify individual atoms in a material. More recent imaging advances are now making it possible for scientists to determine not only where atoms are, but what they do.

That new knowledge will enable researches to improve the efficiency of tasks like converting solar energy to electricity in solar cells and converting chemical energy to electrical energy in batteries.

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