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  • Researchers 'watch' crystal structure change in real time

    Washington State University researchers have met the long-standing scientific challenge of watching a material change its crystal structure in real time. While exposing a sample of silicon to intense pressure--due to the impact of a nearly 12,000 mph plastic projectile--they documented the transform more

  • Perovskite solar cells surpass 20 percent efficiency

    EPFL researchers are pushing the limits of perovskite solar cell performance by exploring the best way to grow these crystals. Michael Graetzel and his team found that, by briefly reducing the pressure while fabricating perovskite crystals, they were able to achieve the highest performance ever meas more

  • An eco-friendly approach to reducing toxic arsenic in rice

    A team of researchers at the University of Delaware has found that incorporating rice husk to soil can decrease toxic inorganic arsenic levels in rice grain by 25 to 50 percent without negatively affecting yield. This research could have important implications for developing countries whose populati more

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The Chemistry of Silly Putty

Silly putty (or science putty, as it’s sometimes referred to) is an odd material. Stretch it slowly and it happily deforms, and can be molded very easily. However, pull it apart with enough force and it’ll snap clean in two. It flows imperceptibly slowly, as if it were a thick liquid, but when rolle more

The Chemical Elements of a Smartphone

There are an isolated few graphics online that look at elements involved in the manufacture of a smartphone – for example, this ‘Periodic Table of iPhones’ – but there’s actually remarkably little easily accessible information out there that details the specific compounds used for specific purposes more

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  • Global Polysilicon Market Report: 2011 Edition

    Polysilicon has a major influence on its end markets - Semiconductor and Photovoltaic industry. Polysilicon is the substrate upon which primarily all semiconductors are manufactured. Polysilicon is an important component for silicon-based solar cells. Consumption of solar industry grew more than its more

  • Global Metallic Silicon Market: An Analysis

    Silicon metal is used by the chemical and aluminum industries as a key input or raw material into large number of consumer and industrial products, which range from cosmetics, sealants, computer chips to solar panels. Worldwide silicon metal market entered an average-growth phase in 2010, in respons more

  • Chemplast Sanmar Limited (506355) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

    Chemplast Sanmar Limited (Chemplast Sanmar) engages in manufacturing and sale of chemical products. Chemplast Sanmar is a subsidiary of the Sanmar Group. Chemplast Sanmar's product portfolio includes PVC, caustic soda, chlorine, silicon wafers, refrigerant gases, methylene chloride, chloroform, T more

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  • The Best Measurement

    It is now more than 30 years since attempts started to find a way of defining the kilogram based on an atomic constant or a fundamental physical constant. Since then, two methods have advanced sufficiently far to make it likely that there will be a new definition within the coming years, namely the Watt balance ­experiment for determination of Planck‘s constant h and the Avogadro experiment for determining the ­Avogadro Constant NA. more

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Silicon

Silicon Silicon ( or , ) is the chemical element that has the symbol Si and atomic number 14. A tetravalent metalloid , silicon is less reactive than its chemical analog carbon . As the eighth most common element in the universe by mass, sil ... more

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