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Rebar technique strengthens case for graphene

Rice University lab makes hybrid nanotube-graphene material that promises to simplify manufacturing

09-04-2014

Carbon nanotubes are reinforcing bars that make two-dimensional graphene much easier to handle in a new hybrid material grown by researchers at Rice University. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour set nanotubes into graphene in a way that not only mimics how steel rebar is used in concrete but ...

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Nanotracer tester tells about wells

Rice University lab builds rig to evaluate oil, gas wells in fracturing operations

26-02-2014

A tabletop device invented at Rice University can tell how efficiently a nanoparticle would travel through a well and may provide a wealth of information for oil and gas producers. The device gathers data on how tracers – microscopic particles that can be pumped into and recovered from wells – ...

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A faster way to flag bacteria-tainted food — and prevent illness

21-02-2014

The regular appearance of food poisoning in the news, including a recent event that led to the recall of more than 33,000 pounds of chicken, drives home the need for better bacterial detection long before meats and produce make it to the dinner table. On the horizon is a new approach for pathogen ...

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Carbon nanotube fibers outperform copper

Tests show bundles beat traditional cables for transmitting electricity

18-02-2014

On a pound-per-pound basis, carbon nanotube-based fibers invented at Rice University have greater capacity to carry electrical current than copper cables of the same mass, according to new research. While individual nanotubes are capable of transmitting nearly 1,000 times more current than ...

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Diamond film possible without the pressure

05-02-2014

Perfect sheets of diamond a few atoms thick appear to be possible even without the big squeeze that makes natural gems. Scientists have speculated about it and a few labs have even seen signs of what they call diamane, an extremely thin film of diamond that has all of diamond’s superior ...

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Rice lab clocks ‘hot’ electrons

Researchers time plasmon-generated electrons moving from nanorods to graphene

03-02-2014

Plasmonic nanoparticles developed at Rice University are becoming known for their ability to turn light into heat, but how to use them to generate electricity is not nearly as well understood. Scientists at Rice are working on that, too. They suggest that the extraction of electrons generated by ...

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A faster way to flag bacteria-tainted food — and prevent illness

31-01-2014

The regular appearance of food poisoning in the news, including a recent event that led to the recall of more than 33,000 pounds of chicken, drives home the need for better bacterial detection long before meats and produce make it to the dinner table. On the horizon is a new approach for pathogen ...

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‘Detune’ a molecule

Rice University experiment shows how to soften atomic bonds in a buckyball

22-01-2014

Rice University scientists have found they can control the bonds between atoms in a molecule. The molecule in question is carbon-60, also known as the buckminsterfullerene and the buckyball, discovered at Rice in 1985. The scientists led by Rice physicists Yajing Li and Douglas Natelson found ...

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RAMBO a small but powerful magnet

Rice University system allows high-magnetic-field experiments on a tabletop

08-01-2014

Rice University scientists have pioneered a tabletop magnetic pulse generator that does the work of a room-sized machine – and more. The device dubbed “RAMBO” – short for Rice Advanced Magnet with Broadband Optics – will allow researchers who visit the university to run spectroscopy-based ...

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How water dissolves stone, molecule by molecule

International team uses computers, experiments to better predict chemical dissolution

09-12-2013

Scientists from Rice University and the University of Bremen's Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM) in Germany have combined cutting-edge experimental techniques and computer simulations to find a new way of predicting how water dissolves crystalline structures like those found in ...

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