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|Articles - September 2013|
|Monday, August 19, 2013|
BY LINDA BAKER
Harnessing energy from the sun can be a dirty business. Manufacturing thin film solar cells, for example, typically requires expensive and toxic materials, including trioctylphosphine, a solvent, and cadmium, a core material. Now a team at Oregon State University has found a novel way of keeping costs and toxicity levels down. Part of the process involves antifreeze, the same chemical that keeps car radiators from getting too cold. Trioctylphosphine is dangerous to handle and can turn from liquid to solid just by being exposed to the air, says Greg Herman, an associate professor in OSU’s School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering. Not so with antifreeze, which can be used as a low-cost substitute. The new process also uses copper zinc, which is 100 times less expensive than gallium and indium, other commonly used core materials. Herman credits his graduate student Brendan Flynn for coming up with the antifreeze idea and says, so far, peer response has been promising. “Usually when you submit an article, reviewers say ‘Fix this, or, This is a problem,’” observes Herman, whose research was recently published in Material Letters, a professional journal. “But the only review we got back said, ‘This is of extreme importance for the solar-cell industry and should be published as is.’”
Friday, October 02, 2015
BY KIM MOORE
Our intrepid (and expecting) research editor finds the child care search involves long waiting lists, costly fees and no certainty of securing a place before she goes back to work.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
BY KIM MOORE AND LINDA BAKER
Child care in Oregon is expensive and hard to find. We delved into the numbers and talked to a few executives and managers about day care costs, accessibility and work-life balance.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
BY BRIAN LIBBY
Ben Kaiser holds his ground.
Monday, September 28, 2015
BY JOE CORTRIGHT
Corporate headquarters are no longer a marker of economic prowess.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR
Ahead of the recreational rollout, what are dispensary owners most concerned about ?
Thursday, August 06, 2015
Car and ride sharing services have taken urban areas by storm. Low-income and suburban communities are left at the curb.
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