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Abundant potassium than rarer lithium used
New findings at Oregon State University have overturned a scientific dogma that stood for decades, by showing that potassium can work with graphite in a potassium-ion battery - a discovery that could pose a challenge and sustainable alternative to the widely-used lithium-ion battery. Lithium-ion ...
Split personality: Water-attracting spots on water-repelling surfaces can prevent ice formation
If you've ever waited on an airport runway for your plane to be de-iced, had to remove all your food so the freezer could defrost, or arrived late to work because you had to scrape the sheet of ice off your car windshield, you know that ice can cause major headaches. "People intuitively know that ...
Ion channels in inorganic layers
The surface of a single cell contains hundreds of tiny pores, or ion channels, each of which is a portal for specific ions. Ion channels are typically about 1 nanometer wide; by maintaining the right balance of ions, they keep cells healthy and stable. Now researchers at MIT have created tiny ...
How small can a droplet shrink and still remain a liquid?
The LHC successfully created sub-atomic blobs of Quark-Gluon-Plasma (QGP) by colliding lead ions together. Smashing these two massive ions together generated tremendous temperatures, that are required for the primordial state of matter to form. “Lead ions are very large, each containing hundreds ...
Photonic circuits, which use light to transmit signals, are markedly faster than electronic circuits. Unfortunately, they're also bigger. It's difficult to localize visible light below its diffraction limit, about 200-300 nanometers, and as components in electronic semiconductors have shrunk to ...
Inspired by a naturally occurring material found in marine mussels, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have created a new flame retardant to replace commercial additives that are often toxic and can accumulate over time in the environment and living animals, including humans. Flame ...
New research by chemists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and their collaborators offers clues that could help scientists design more effective catalysts for transforming CO2 to useful products. The study reveals how a simple rearrangement of molecular attachments ...
Researchers from North Carolina State University, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and UNSW Australia have measured the behavior of specific atoms in dielectric materials when exposed to an electric field. The work advances our understanding of dielectric materials, ...
Oxea continues with detailed engineering at Bay City, Texas
In a move to better serve its customers in North and Latin America, the chemical company Oxea continues with the detailed engineering for a Propanol unit at its world-scale production plant at Bay City, Texas. The unit is scheduled to come on stream in late 2017. Key elements of the detailed ...
Theoretically, nanocellulose could be the next hot supermaterial
A class of biological materials found within numerous natural systems, most notably trees, cellulose nanocrystals have captured researchers' attention for their extreme strength, toughness, light weight, and elasticity. The materials are so strong and tough, in fact, that many people think they ...