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Two-dimensional semiconductor comes clean

04-May-2015

In 2013 James Hone, Wang Fong-Jen Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia Engineering, and colleagues at Columbia demonstrated that they could dramatically improve the performance of graphene - highly conducting two-dimensional (2D) carbon - by encapsulating it in boron nitride (BN), an ...

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PPG Reports Growth in Sustainable Product Sales, Progress on Sustainability Goals

29-Apr-2015

PPG Industries announced its progress toward achieving its 2020 sustainability goals, which are outlined in the company’s 2014 Corporate Sustainability Report.In 2014, the company increased energy efficiency and improved employee safety, health and well-being. The company also achieved 27 per ...

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Ames Laboratory scientists create cheaper magnetic materia

28-Apr-2015

Karl A. Gschneidner and fellow scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have created a new magnetic alloy that is an alternative to traditional rare-earth permanent magnets.The new alloy - a potential replacement for high-performance permanent magnets found in automobile ...

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'Holey' graphene for energy storage

28-Apr-2015

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have discovered a method to increase the amount of electric charge that can be stored in graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon. The research, published in Nano Letters, may provide a better understanding of how to improve the energy ...

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Scientists use nanoscale building blocks and DNA 'glue' to shape 3-D superlattices

New approach to designing ordered composite materials for possible energy applications

28-Apr-2015

Taking child's play with building blocks to a whole new level-the nanometer scale-scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have constructed 3D "superlattice" multicomponent nanoparticle arrays where the arrangement of particles is driven by the shape of ...

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Revolutionary discovery leads to invention of new 'building blocks'

University of Akron polymer researchers create a new class of hybrid materials

27-Apr-2015

Polymer science will have to add a new giant molecule to its lexicon thanks to a cutting-edge discovery at The University of Akron. Taking a revolutionary "building blocks" approach, researchers have pioneered a way to create a new class of very large polymer molecules, called macromolecules, ...

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UGA chemists' synthesis of silicon oxides opens 'new world in a grain of sand'

27-Apr-2015

In an effort that reaches back to the 19th-century laboratories of Europe, a discovery by University of Georgia chemistry researchers establishes new research possibilities for silicon chemistry and the semiconductor industry. The study, published in Nature Chemistry, gives details on the first ...

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Electron spin brings order to high entropy alloys

24-Apr-2015

Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered that electron spin brings a previously unknown degree of order to the high entropy alloy nickel iron chromium cobalt (NiFeCrCo) - and may play a role in giving the alloy its desirable properties."High entropy alloys have garnered a ...

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SiVance, LLC Opens State-of-the-Art R&D Lab for Specialty Silane and Silicone Technologies

23-Apr-2015

SiVance, LLC, a subsidiary of Milliken & Company, announced the opening of a new, 11,000 sq.ft. research and development (R&D) laboratory, on the company's R&D and manufacturing campus in Gainesville, Fla., that will enhance its ability to quickly develop and scale new silane and silicone ...

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Getting better all the time: JILA strontium atomic clock sets new records

23-Apr-2015

In another advance at the far frontiers of timekeeping by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers, the latest modification of a record-setting strontium atomic clock has achieved precision and stability levels that now mean the clock would neither gain nor lose one ...

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