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Augsburg Diamond Technology GmbH, Germany

Augsburg Diamond Technology GmbH specializes in the synthesis of large-scale diamond single crystals. The preparation is based on the method of heteroepitaxy, in which diamond is grown in an oriented form on a foreign substrate. The fundamentals of this technology have been developed in the last 20 more

IRUBIS GmbH, Germany

We are innovating ATR infrared spectroscopy by making it easier, cheaper and better. Boost the performance of your ATR device with our crystals and accessories.We developed a procedure to manufacture cost-effective and high-quality ATR crystals. Our products are made of silicon, can be functionalize more

News Crystals

  • Super-strong magnetic supercrystals can assemble themselves

    Verner Håkonsen works with cubes so tiny that nearly 5 billion of them could fit on a pinhead. He cooks up the cubes in the Norwegian University of Science and Technology's (NTNU) NanoLab, in a weird-looking glass flask with three necks on the top using a mixture of chemicals and special soap. And w more

  • Researchers discover stable high-energy material

    High-energy materials that can store very large amounts of chemical energy and release it when required are being sought for long-haul space travel worldwide. Nitrogen compounds in which several nitrogen atoms are linked by single bonds possess this ability. These compounds are difficult to synthesi more

  • A chameleon-inspired smart skin changes color in the sun

    Some creatures, such as chameleons and neon tetra fish, can alter their colors to camouflage themselves, attract a mate or intimidate predators. Scientists have tried to replicate these abilities to make artificial "smart skins," but so far the materials haven't been robust. Now, researchers reporti more

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Videos Crystals

Understanding Crystallography - Part 1: From Proteins to Crystals

How can you determine the structure of a complex molecule from a single crystal? Professor Elspeth Garman take us on a journey into the world of crystallography - from protein production and purification to growing the right type of crystals.In her laboratory at the University of Oxford Elspeth ... more

Understanding Crystallography - Part 2: From Crystals to Diamond

How do X-rays help us uncover the molecular basis of life?In the second part of this mini-series, Professor Stephen Curry takes us on a journey into the Diamond Light Source, one of the UK's most expensive and sophisticated scientific facilities.Generating light brighter than the sun, and hostin ... more

Pulling Apart Titanium Oxide Surfaces

Researchers slowly pull apart tiny bits of a titanium oxide mineral called rutile. The red dots near the top show the starting point. As the bottom half is pulled down, the top half stays attached by van der Waals forces -- until, that is, the pull becomes too great. The tips are about a thousan ... more

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Infographics Crystals

The Shapes of Snowflakes

In the Northern Hemisphere at least, the idealised vision of Christmas involves snow. Whilst no one snowflake is exactly the same as another, at least on a molecular level, scientists have none-the-less devised a system of classification for the many types of crystals that snow can form. This graphi more

Lead Iodide & ‘Golden Rain’

Kicking off an occasional new series of graphics with today’s post, which’ll be looking at common chemical reactions encountered in schools. Today kicks off with one of my favourite reactions, the ‘Golden Rain’ demonstration, which involves the synthesis and recrystallisation of lead (II) iodide, an more

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Colloidal crystals

Colloidal crystals Definition Colloidal crystals are ordered arrangements of particles between 100nm to 1μm. more

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