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Next step on the path towards an efficient biofuel cell

Two concepts combined making system as efficient as precious metal catalysts

16-Nov-2018

Fuel cells that work with the enzyme hydrogenase are, in principle, just as efficient as those that contain the expensive precious metal platinum as a catalyst. However, the enzymes need an aqueous environment, which makes it difficult for the starting material for the reaction – hydrogen – to ...

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Carbon fibers from greenhouse gas

How algae could sustainably reduce the carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere

16-Nov-2018

In collaboration with fellow researchers, chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a process that, according to initial calculations, can facilitate economically removing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The latest World Climate Report (IPCC ...

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Crystal surprise

High-pressure experiments reveal new forms of a silica

16-Nov-2018

By compressing the rare mineral coesite an international team of scientists has discovered unexpected forms of silica with unusual crystal structures. The findings could have direct implications not only for the understanding of silicate liquids in the deep interior of Earth, but also for ...

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New breathing material lubricates itself when needed

Like the earthworm

15-Nov-2018

Earthworms are always clean, even if they come from moist, sticky soil. They owe this to a dirt-repellent, lubricating layer, which forms itself again and again on its skin. Researchers at INM have now artificially recreated this system of nature: They developed a material with a surface ...

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Stretchy solar cells a step closer

Organic photovoltaics with new properties

15-Nov-2018

Organic solar cells that can be painted or printed on surfaces are increasingly efficient, and now show promise for incorporation into applications like clothing that also require them to be flexible. The Rice University lab of chemical and biomolecular engineer Rafael Verduzco has developed ...

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Merck has a good third quarter

Strong organic sales growth impacted by negative exchange rate effects

14-Nov-2018

Merck generated very strong organic sales growth in the third quarter of 2018. However, this was impacted by negative exchange rate effects. Despite organic growth, EBITDA pre of the Group also declined in comparison with the year-earlier quarter owing to strong negative foreign exchange effects. ...

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Detecting light in a different dimension

Polymer nanostructures longer than wide make graphene a better light detector

14-Nov-2018

Scientists from the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) have dramatically improved the response of graphene to light through self-assembling wire-like nanostructures that conduct electricity. The improvement could pave the way for the development of graphene-based detectors that can quickly ...

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AkzoNobel to work with world’s coolest innovators and paint the future

14-Nov-2018

What if paint could clean the air; withstand extreme heat; reduce drag and fuel consumption; cope with conditions on Mars. AkzoNobel products already do this – now the plan is to go even further. That’s why the company is ready to stir things up by seeking out the newest, coolest, smartest and ...

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Graphene on the way to superconductivity

14-Nov-2018

Scientists at HZB have found evidence that double layers of graphene have a property that may let them conduct current completely without resistance. They probed the bandstructure at BESSY II with extremely high resolution ARPES and could identify a flat area at a surprising location. Carbon ...

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A new path through the looking-glass

Innovative experimental scheme can create mirror molecules

14-Nov-2018

Exploring the mystery of the molecular handedness in nature, scientists have proposed a new experimental scheme to create custom-made mirror molecules for analysis. The technique can make ordinary molecules spin so fast that they lose their normal symmetry and shape and instead form mirrored ...

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