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Diamond Catalyst Shows Promise in Breaching Age-Old Barrier

as a potential new catalyst for the reduction process Diamond the Wisconsin team found can facilitate the reduction of nitrogen to ammonia under ambient temperatures and pressures Like all chemical reactions the reduction of nitrogen ... - Read More

No more leakage of explosive electrolytes in batteries

Electrolytes
A research team at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology UNIST S Korea found a new physical organogel electrolyte with two unique characteristics an irreversible thermal gelation and a high value of the Li+ ... - Read More

New low-cost, transparent electrodes

Indium tin oxide ITO has become a standard material in light emitting diodes flat panel plasma displays electronic ink and other applications because of its high performance moisture resistance and capacity for being finely etched ... - Read More

Beautiful but hiding unpleasant surprise: Three new species of fetid fungi from New Zealand

Fungi
With the help of phylogenetic analysis scientists describe three new fungus species from New Zealand The new species belong to the widespread genus Gymnopus part of the Omphalotaceae family the most famous representative of which ... - Read More

Organic electronics: Imaging defects in solar cells

cells, cells
Researchers at LMU have developed a new method for visualizing material defects in thin film solar cells An LMU research team led by Bert Nickel has for the first time succeeded in functionally characterizing the ... - Read More

Exotic alloys for potential energy applications

The search for thermoelectrics exotic materials that convert heat directly into electricity has received a boost from researchers at the California Institute of Technology and the University of Tokyo who have found the best way ... - Read More

Is it alive or dead? How to measure the thermal signatures of single cells and assess their biological activity

To the ancients probing the philosophical question of how to distinguish the living from the dead centered on the mystery of the vital heat To modern microbiology this question was always less mysterious than it ... - Read More

A Cheaper Drive to 'Cool' Fuels

they make a whole slew ” Rosenthal explains “Our goal was to develop a catalyst that was extremely selective in producing carbon monoxide and to power the reaction using solar energy ” Many of us ... - Read More

Siberian caves warn of permafrost meltdown

Climate records captured in Siberian caves suggest 1.5 degrees of warming is enough to trigger thawing of permafrost according to a paper to be given at the Geological Society of London on 27 June Permafrost ... - Read More

Sound waves precisely position nanowires

Sound, Sound waves
The smaller components become the more difficult it is to create patterns in an economical and reproducible way according to an interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers who using sound waves can place nanowires in ... - Read More

'Chemical architects' build materials with potential applications in drug delivery and gas storage

Home remodelers understand the concept of improving original foundations with more modern elements Using this same approach but with chemistry researchers in the University of Pittsburgh's Kenneth P Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences have ... - Read More

Working backward: Computer-aided design of zeolite templates

Zeolite
aking a page from computer aided drug designers Rice University researchers have developed a computational method that chemists can use to tailor the properties of zeolites one of the world's most used industrial minerals The ... - Read More

Efficient and inexpensive: Researchers develop catalyst material for fuel cells

Catalyst, Fuel, Fuel cells
Efficient robust and economic catalyst materials hold the key to achieving a breakthrough in fuel cell technology Scientists from Jülich and Berlin have developed a material for converting hydrogen and oxygen to water using a ... - Read More

Simple and inexpensive process to make a material for carbon dioxide adsorption

Material, Adsorption, Carbon, Carbon dioxide, Carbon dioxide, Adsorption, Material, carbon
Researchers from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology UNIST S Korea developed a novel simple method to synthesize hierarchically nanoporous frameworks of nanocrystalline metal oxides such as magnesia and ceria by the thermal conversion ... - Read More

Polymer-coated catalyst protects 'artificial leaf'

Catalyst, Polymer
Due to the fluctuating availability of solar energy storage solutions are urgently needed One option is to use the electrical energy generated inside solar cells to split water by means of electrolysis in the process ... - Read More

Artificial bone: Designing synthetic materials and quickly turning the design into reality with 3-D printing

Materials, materials
Researchers working to design new materials that are durable lightweight and environmentally sustainable are increasingly looking to natural composites such as bone for inspiration Bone is strong and tough because its two constituent materials soft ... - Read More

Star-shaped macromolecule grabs large anions

Anions, Macromolecule
Chemists at Indiana University Bloomington have created a symmetrical five sided macrocycle that is easy to synthesize and has characteristics that may help expand the molecular tool box available to researchers in biology chemistry and ... - Read More

Autonomous energy-scavenging micro devices will test water quality, monitor bridges, more

Water, Water, Water
Out in the wilds or anywhere off the grid sophisticated instruments small enough to fit in a shirt pocket will one day scavenge power from sunlight body heat or other sources to monitor water quality ... - Read More

Prefab houses that are glued, not nailed, together

Adhesive
With prefabricated houses the dream of having one's own home can quickly become a reality Until now nails have been used to hold the individual components together Now an adhesive tape has been developed to ... - Read More

Unzipped nanotubes unlock potential for batteries

Battery
Researchers at Rice University have come up with a new way to boost the efficiency of the ubiquitous lithium ion LI battery by employing ribbons of graphene that start as carbon nanotubes Proof of concept ... - Read More
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