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The photoexcited graphene puzzle solved

14-May-2018

Light detection and control lies at the heart of many modern device applications, such as the camera you have in your phone. Using graphene as a light-sensitive material for light detectors can offer significant improvements with respect to materials being used nowadays. For example, graphene can ...

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Low-carbon energy transition requires more renewables than previously thought

08-May-2018

The transition to a low-carbon energy society will require more renewable energy sources than previously thought if current levels of energy consumption per capita and lifestyles are to be maintained. This is one of the main conclusions of a study by Lewis King and Jeroen van den Bergh of the ...

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Course set to overcome mismatch between lab-designed nanomaterials and nature's complexity

18-Apr-2018

Cells and the machinery they encase are soft matter -- shape-shifting multicomponent systems with an overwhelming richness of forms. But, these squishy packages are hard targets for potential therapeutic and diagnostic applications that exploit nanomaterials, from quantum dots that light up ...

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New company brings together microbes & genomics to improve health, agriculture & industry

The biotechnology company Microomics is a spin-off from the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) and the Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) specialized in microbiome analysis

08-Mar-2018

There may be as many as one trillion species of microbes on Earth. Human beings are estimated to have ten times more bacteria than cells in our bodies. In short, microbes are of the utmost importance for our health and life on Earth, and form part of numerous biotechnological processes. Far from ...

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Contacting the molecular world through graphene nanoribbons

20-Feb-2018

A single molecule can behave as the smallest electronic component of an electronic system. With this premise in mind, researchers in the field of molecular electronics have endeavoured in the last years to develop new approaches that bring closer the long-awaited objective of using molecules as ...

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Brenntag acquires Quimitécnica

Brenntag expands market coverage and service portfolio in Portugal and Spain

05-Jan-2018

Brenntag has signed an agreement to acquire Quimitécnica.com – Comércio e Indústria Química S.A., Portugal (“Quimitécnica”). As a service provider, Quimitécnica has a strong focus on offering a wide range of chemical products, blends, logistics and storage services to various industrial business ...

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An ultradilute quantum liquid made from ultra-cold atoms

18-Dec-2017

Liquids and gases are two different phases of matter that are part of our everyday life. While gases are dilute, compressible and take the size of their container, liquids are dense, have a fixed volume and in small quantities form droplets. These are ensembles of particles that remain bound by ...

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Covestro continues production at Tarragona site

Investment of around EUR 200 million

12-Dec-2017

Covestro announced that it will continue production in Tarragona (Spain) beyond 2020. The company will invest around EUR 200 million to increase the cost competitiveness at the site by implementing various measures. As a first step, it intends to build its own chlorine supply, thus ensuring a ...

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Why can hot water freeze faster than cold water?

16-Nov-2017

The researchers have confirmed how this phenomenon occurs in granular fluids, that is, those composed of particles that are very small and interact among those that lose part of their kinetic energy. Thanks to this theoretical characterization, "we can simulate on a computer and make analytical ...

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Metrohm acquires majority of DropSens

20-Sep-2017

The Switzerland-based Metrohm AG is pleased to announce the acquisition of the majority of share in DropSens S.L. The acquisition comes after a longer period of successful cooperation between the two companies in the development of screen-printed electrodes and portable electrochemical ...

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