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‘Forensic fingers’ for crime scene investigation

14-Aug-2013

A team of scientists in the United States has developed a wearable fingertip sensor to enable crime scene investigators to rapidly detect explosives and gunshot residue. Traditional forensic analysis is typically carried out in a central laboratory, which requires time-consuming processes such as ...

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High-performance epoxy resin adhesives from renewable green starting materials

22-Feb-2013

A series of epoxy resins has been synthesised by a team of chemists from Germany, who used renewable starting materials for a more environmentally friendly approach than conventional methods. The resulting epoxy resins have highly desirable mechanical properties, such as high stiffness, that have ...

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Electrospun polymer fibres better than non-woven polymer fibres at mopping up oil from oil spills

22-Feb-2013

Electrospun polystyrene shell/polyurethane core fibres made by scientists in China have absorption capacities 2-3 times higher than reported for non-woven polypropylene fibres (widely used to clean up oil spills). Electrospun fibres are an ideal candidate for soaking up oil, as their structure ...

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Cheap, simple and efficient molybdenum carbide electrocatalysts for hydrogen production

04-Feb-2013

US scientists have made an efficient catalytic system to split water that uses molybdenum carbide nanoparticles on a carbon nanotube support. Molybdenum and carbon are both low cost and abundant elements. Water splitting using sustainable energy sources, such as solar and wind power, has been ...

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A new type of sunscreen

01-Feb-2013

Researchers from France have developed a new type of sunscreen. The sunscreen is made from latex that traps a UVB filter chemical within its structure. The team designed the sunscreen to protect wounded skin, which conventional sun creams are ineffective for. The sun-shielding films were able to ...

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By-product of Teflon manufacture used to generate compounds for medicinal, agrichemical and materials sciences

31-Jan-2013

Scientists in Japan have used a by-product of Teflon manufacture to generate carbonyl compounds with trifluoromethyl groups. Organic molecules bearing a trifluoromethyl group have received much attention because of their unique physical and chemical properties, which are important in the fields ...

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Self-powered herbicide biosensor

31-Jan-2013

A self-powered biosensor that can detect herbicides in water has been developed by US scientists. Most commercial herbicides act by inhibiting photosynthesis in plants. Unfortunately, photosynthetic aquatic microorganisms and aquatic plants are also similarly affected, which is why herbicides are ...

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Royal Society of Chemistry launches Materials Horizons journal

30-Jan-2013

Researchers from across the materials science community have a new option for reporting the developments in their field, with the launch of a new Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) journal – Materials Horizons. The addition to the RSC Publishing portfolio will disseminate research across the ...

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Ionic liquids could aid in the delivery of active pharmaceutical compounds in the body

23-Jan-2013

US scientists have provided a strategy to improve the properties of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) by combining ionic liquids (used to improve the properties of solid APIs) with prodrugs (used to improve solubility, permeability and bioavailability of APIs). The prodrug ionic liquids ...

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A novel porous nanocomposite of sulfur/carbon obtained from fish scales for lithium sulfur batteries

23-Jan-2013

Scientists in China have used carbonised fish scales as a porous material to be used as a cathode in lithium sulfur batteries. The structure of the material enhances the cycle life of the cathode material.

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