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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.’”
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
BY DEBRA RINGOLD | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
Why has six years become an acceptable investment in public undergraduate education that over-promises and underperforms?
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
Portland startup Green Endeavor strikes gold, inking a partnership with Underwriters Laboratories, an Illinois-based consulting and certification company with offices in 46 countries.
Friday, August 22, 2014
BY CLIFF HOCKLEY | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
When business intersects with family, a host of situations can arise. Without a clear vision and careful planning, hard-earned investments can become stressful burdens.
Monday, July 14, 2014
BY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER
Some people think Amazon’s winking eye logo is starting to look like a hoodwink.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
BY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
Tom Cox interviews Dr. Mark Goulston, author of Just Listen, Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Portland is in the middle of another construction boom, with residential and office projects springing up downtown, in the Pearl and Old Town. OB Web Editor Jessica Ridgway documents the new wave.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
BY CLIFF HOCKLEY | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
With the increasing retirements of Baby Boomers, a massive real estate shift has created a significant increase in demand for NNN properties. The result? Increased demand has triggered higher prices and lower yields.
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