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Powering the Next Generation of Energy With Electrospinning Nanowires

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Advancing Science Excellence in North Dakota  (North Dakota State University Fargo)

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A North Dakota research team has developed a new route to the manufacture of tiny silicon wires, or nanowires.

The innovation could find application in manufacture of lithium ion batteries and next-generation solar cells, and could lead to the sustainable manufacture of useful, flexible, electronic devices with significantly more efficient energy use and longer life-spans.

The method they used, called "electrospinning," can create elongated fibers 1 to 2000 nanometers in size of synthetic and natural polymers, ceramics, carbon and semiconductor materials.

The project is part of the NSF-funded Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Through EPSCoR, NSF establishes partnerships with government, higher education and industry that are designed to effect lasting improvements in a state's or region's research infrastructure, research and development capacity and hence, its national research and development competitiveness.

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Electrospun nanowires could find application in electronic devices.
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North Dakota State University Flexible Electronic Materials Team Electrospinning Amorphous Silicon Nanowires
Doug Schulz, North Dakota State University

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