PDF reveals structure of miracle perovskite in novel solar cells

For solar electricity to be economically competitive with fossil fuel based electricity, the cost of fabricating and installing solar cells needs to be much lower. Solution processed solar cells can potentially achieve this with a drastically lower fabrication cost but their low performance has so far limited their success. Recently, solar cells based on methylammonium… Read More PDF reveals structure of miracle perovskite in novel solar cells

Complex modelling paper selected as cover for Journal of Applied Crystallography

Figure 1 of a recent group paper published in Journal of Applied Crystallography (http://journals.iucr.org/j/issues/2014/02/00/issconts.html) has been selected by the journal’s Editors as the cover art for the April 2014 issue. The paper from Farrow et.al, pioneered a complex modelling approach to study the stuy the structure of CdS nanoparticles by incorporating both small angle X-ray… Read More Complex modelling paper selected as cover for Journal of Applied Crystallography

PDF unveils the structure of important 2D nanocrystalline MXene materials

MXenes are emerging 2-D materials that are extremingly promising for applications in electronic and energy storage devices (Science 341, 1502, 2013; Nat. Commun. 4, 1716, 2013). However, due to their nanomaterial nature, it has proven impossible to solve their structures by means of traditional x-ray crystallography. Atomic pair distribution function technique (PDF), on the other… Read More PDF unveils the structure of important 2D nanocrystalline MXene materials

PDF makes important contribution to understanding of solar-driven catalytic hydrolysis

It will take state-of-art nanoparticle catalysts to harness sunlight to split water, a holy grail of energy research, into hydrogen and oxygen, green fuels with the potential to satisfy the ever-increasing demand for energy. Due to the catalysts’ nanostructured nature, their structures are unknown, which poses a great challenge for understanding their function. Recently, Billinge… Read More PDF makes important contribution to understanding of solar-driven catalytic hydrolysis

2014: The International Year of Crystallography

To acknowledge a century of crucial contributions to science, UNESCO has declared 2014 the International Year of Crystallography, and the International Union of Crystallography is leading the world in a celebration of the remarkable scientific discoveries that have been enabled by crystallography. This year marks the centennial of the Nobel Prize awarded to Max von… Read More 2014: The International Year of Crystallography

IUCr launches comprehensive open-access journal at start of International Year of Crystallography

To kick off the International Year of Crystallography 2014 in celebrating achievements of the field, the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) has released its new comprehensive journal in structural science, IUCrJ. More information on the journal and the seven papers and two scientific commentaries of the first issue can be found at: link to journal

Magnetic PDF paper featured on cover of Acta A as first “Advances” article

Recent work in the Billinge group has led to the derivation of the fundamental equations of magnetic pair distribution function (mPDF) analysis, in analogy to the more familiar atomic PDF. This breakthrough provides a new way to quantitatively investigate local magnetic correlations and has the potential to be extremely valuable in a diverse range of… Read More Magnetic PDF paper featured on cover of Acta A as first “Advances” article