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New method enlists electricity for easier, cheaper, greener chemistry

22-Apr-2016

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found a new and better way to achieve a chemical reaction that is used widely in the pharmaceutical as well as flavor and fragrance industries. Traditional methods of "allylic oxidation" typically employ toxic and/or expensive reagents such ...

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Solar cells as light as a soap bubble

01-Mar-2016

Imagine solar cells so thin, flexible, and lightweight that they could be placed on almost any material or surface, including your hat, shirt, or smartphone, or even on a sheet of paper or a helium balloon. Researchers at MIT have now demonstrated just such a technology: the thinnest, lightest ...

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A 'printing press' for nanoparticles

11-Jan-2016

Gold nanoparticles have unusual optical, electronic and chemical properties, which scientists are seeking to put to use in a range of new technologies, from nanoelectronics to cancer treatments. Some of the most interesting properties of nanoparticles emerge when they are brought close together - ...

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'Hydricity' concept uses solar energy to produce power round-the-clock

17-Dec-2015

Researchers are proposing a new "hydricity" concept aimed at creating a sustainable economy by not only generating electricity with solar energy but also producing and storing hydrogen from superheated water for round-the-clock power production. "The proposed hydricity concept represents a ...

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Researchers create cheaper, high performing LED

19-Nov-2015

A team of Florida State University materials researchers has developed a new type of light-emitting diode, or LED, using an organic-inorganic hybrid that could lead to cheaper, brighter and mass produced lights and displays in the future. Assistant Professor of Physics Hanwei Gao and Associate ...

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Researchers create technology to produce lighter, long-lasting batteries from silicon

28-Oct-2015

Substantially smaller and longer-lasting batteries for everything from portable electronic devices to electric cars could be come a reality thanks to an innovative technology developed by University of Waterloo researchers. Zhongwei Chen, a chemical engineering professor at Waterloo, and a team ...

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Discovery about new battery overturns decades of false assumptions

Abundant potassium than rarer lithium used

08-Oct-2015

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 ...

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Designed defects in liquid crystals can guide construction of nanomaterials

28-Sep-2015

Imperfections running through liquid crystals can be used as miniscule tubing, channeling molecules into specific positions to form new materials and nanoscale structures, according to engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The discovery could have applications in fields as diverse as ...

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Discovery of a highly efficient catalyst eases way to hydrogen economy

16-Sep-2015

Hydrogen is usually produced by separating water with electrical power. And although the water supply is essentially limitless, a major roadblock to a future "hydrogen economy" is the need for platinum or other expensive noble metals in the water-splitting devices.Noble metals resist oxidation ...

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Researchers combine disciplines, computational programs to determine atomic structure

27-Aug-2015

A team from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Indiana University combined two techniques to determine the structure of cyanostar, a new abiological molecule that captures unwanted negative ions in solutions. When Semin Lee, a chemist and Beckman Institute postdoctoral fellow at ...

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