Tel Aviv University researchers looking for an Alzheimer’s cure got an unexpected nanotech discovery that could mean better solar and battery power. The discovery involves peptides that self-assemble in a vacuum. The end result is a nanocoating, a forest of tiny grass-like tubes that repel dust and water. Windows and solar panels made with the peptide coating would be self-cleaning. Clean solar panels are more efficient.
A bonus feature of the material is its potential as a super-capacitor. If it all works out, lithium batteries using the nanocoating could pack more of a punch and last longer.