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Cheap solar cells made from shrimp shells

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London QMUL have successfully created electricity generating solar cells with chemicals found the shells of shrimps and other crustaceans for the first time The materials chitin and chitosan found ... - Read More

Detecting chemical weapons quickly with a color-changing film

In today's world in which the threat of terrorism looms there is an urgent need for fast reliable tools to detect the release of deadly chemical warfare agents CWAs In the journal ACS Macro Letters ... - Read More

Chemists find a way to unboil egg whites: Ability to quickly restore molecular proteins could slash biotechnology costs

UC Irvine and Australian chemists have figured out how to unboil egg whites an innovation that could dramatically reduce costs for cancer treatments food production and other segments of the $160 billion global biotechnology industry ... - Read More

New conductive coatings for flexible touchscreens

Mobile phones and smart phones still haven't been adapted to the carrying habits of their users That much is clear to anyone who has tried sitting down with a mobile phone in their back pocket ... - Read More

Electroluminescent light sheets: Printable luminous particles enable cost-effective, large and curved luminous surfaces

Researchers at the INM Leibniz Institute for New Materials have now developed a new method that enables electroluminescence on large curved surfaces in a cost effective way in this case the light emitting layer and ... - Read More

Transparent artificial nacre: A brick wall at the nanoscale

Natural materials have extraordinary mechanical properties which are based on sophisticated arrangements and combinations of multiple building blocks One key aspect of today's materials research therefore is to develop bio inspired materials reaching to the ... - Read More

Solving an organic semiconductor mystery

Organic semiconductors are prized for light emitting diodes LEDs field effect transistors FETs and photovoltaic cells As they can be printed from solution they provide a highly scalable cost effective alternative to silicon based devices ... - Read More

Solar cell polymers with multiplied electrical output

One challenge in improving the efficiency of solar cells is that some of the absorbed light energy is lost as heat So scientists have been looking to design materials that can convert more of that ... - Read More

Chitosan: Sustainable alternative for food packaging

A research group of the UPV EHU University of the Basque Country has used a material known as chitosan made from crustacean shells to substitute petroleum by products Riverbanks and oceans are full of plastic ... - Read More

Moving origami techniques forward for self-folding 3-D structures

Though the past 15 years have seen an exciting run of creative scientific advances in fabricating three dimensional 3D structures by self folding of 2D sheets the complexity of structures achieved to date falls far ... - Read More

Instant-start computers possible with new breakthrough

To encode data today's computer memory technology uses electric currents a major limiting factor for reliability and shrinkability and the source of significant power consumption If data could instead be encoded without current for example ... - Read More

Theory details how 'hot' monomers affect thin-film formation

Like a baseball player sliding into third a hot monomer skids in a straight line along a cold surface until it's safely among its fellow molecules This is not what usually happens when scientists assemble ... - Read More

Nanoscale resistors for quantum devices

The electrical characteristics of new thin film chromium oxide resistors that can be tuned by controlling the oxygen content detailed in the Journal of Applied Physics Researchers from the London Centre for Nanotechnology have made ... - Read More

Protons fuel graphene prospects

Published in the journal Nature the discovery could revolutionise fuel cells and other hydrogen based technologies as they require a barrier that only allow protons hydrogen atoms stripped off their electrons to pass through In ... - Read More

New method to determine surface properties at the nanoscale

Engineering researchers at Texas Tech University have developed a method for characterizing the surface properties of materials at different temperatures at the nanoscale Knowing properties of materials at different temperatures is important in engineering said ... - Read More

Thermomagnetic processing method provides path to new materials

For much the same reason LCD televisions offer eye popping performance a thermomagnetic processing method developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory can advance the performance of polymers Polymers are used in ... - Read More

Chemists gain edge in next-gen energy: Flexible film can catalyze production of hydrogen

Rice University scientists who want to gain an edge in energy production and storage report they have found it in molybdenum disulfide The Rice lab of chemist James Tour has turned molybdenum disulfide's two dimensional ... - Read More

Facetless crystals that mimic starfish shells could advance 3-D-printing pills

In a design that mimics a hard to duplicate texture of starfish shells University of Michigan engineers have made rounded crystals that have no facets We call them nanolobes They look like little hot air ... - Read More

Robots recognize humans in disaster environments

Through a computational algorithm a team of researchers from the University of Guadalajara UDG in Mexico developed a neural network that allows a small robot to detect different patterns such as images fingerprints handwriting faces ... - Read More

Simple and versatile way to build 3-D materials of the future

Researchers in Japan have developed a novel yet simple technique called diffusion driven layer by layer assembly to construct graphene into porous three dimensional 3D structures for applications in devices such as batteries and supercapacitors ... - Read More
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