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A new way to make sheets of graphene

28-05-2014

Graphene's promise as a material for new kinds of electronic devices, among other uses, has led researchers around the world to study the material in search of new applications. But one of the biggest limitations to wider use of the strong, lightweight, highly conductive material has been the ...

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Pinwheel 'living' crystals and the origin of life

26-02-2014

Simply making nanoparticles spin coaxes them to arrange themselves into what University of Michigan researchers call 'living rotating crystals' that could serve as a nanopump. They may also, incidentally, shed light on the origin of life itself. The researchers refer to the crystals as 'living' ...

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Microparticles show molecules their way

25-02-2014

A team of researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the University of Michigan/USA has produced novel microparticles, whose surface consists of three chemically different segments. These segments can be provided with different (bio-) molecules. Thanks to the specific spatial ...

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Chemical chaperones have helped proteins for billions of years

24-02-2014

An ancient chemical, present for billions of years, appears to have helped proteins function properly since time immemorial. Proteins are the body's workhorses, and like horses they often work in teams. There exists a modern day team of multiple chaperone proteins that help other proteins fold ...

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A new laser paradigm: An electrically injected polariton laser

17-05-2013

Engineering researchers at the University of Michigan have demonstrated a paradigm-shifting "polariton" laser that's fueled not by light, but by electricity. Polaritons are particles that are part light, and part matter. "We report the first electrically injected polariton laser—a truly ...

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Nano-breakthrough: Solving the case of the herringbone crystal

15-05-2013

Leading nanoscientists created beautiful, tiled patterns with flat nanocrystals, but they were left with a mystery: Why did some sets of crystals arrange themselves in an alternating, herringbone style? To find out, they turned to experts in computer simulation at the University of Michigan and ...

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Paint-on plastic electronics: Aligning polymers for high performance

26-03-2013

Semiconducting polymers are an unruly bunch, but University of Michigan engineers have developed a new method for getting them in line that could pave the way for cheaper, greener, "paint-on" plastic electronics. "This is for the first time a thin-layer, conducting, highly aligned film for ...

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BGU and University of Michigan partner to develop renewable energy technologies

12-03-2013

The University of Michigan and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel will forge a research partnership to collaborate on developing renewable technologies. A memorandum of understanding to establish the partnership was signed by Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest and BGU Vice ...

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Global warming: New research puts the blame on economic growth

09-05-2012

It’s a message no one wants to hear. To slow down global warming, we’ll either have to put the brakes on economic growth or transform the way the world’s economies work. That’s the implication of a University of Michigan study examining the most likely causes of climate change. The study, ...

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Smart gas sensors for better chemical detection

07-05-2012

Portable gas sensors can allow you to search for explosives, diagnose medical conditions through a patient's breath, and decide whether it's safe to stay in a mine. These devices do all this by identifying and measuring airborne chemicals, and a new, more sensitive, smart model is under ...

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