Cutting-edge technology allows for real-time monitoring of biomineralisation
21st century societal challenges such as demographic developments and an ageing population demand for new functional materials, such as for bone prostheses. Nature often serves as inspiration when designing these materials. In a recent study published in Analytical Chemistry, a team led by ... more
New form of spectroscopy provides insights for the development of resistance-free current transport at ambient temperature
Without the Higgs mechanism, particles would have no mass. The Higgs boson, which was discovered in 2012, is therefore also referred to as the “God particle”. It arises as an oscillating excitation of the Higgs field, which penetrates the world. Superconductivity displays similar properties ... more
Method represents a simple, inexpensive and scalable approach to produce multi-functional graphene infused synthetic opals
Scientists have taken inspiration from the biomimicry of butterfly wings and peacock feathers to develop an innovative opal-like material that could be the cornerstone of next generation smart sensors.
An international team of scientists, led by the Universities of Surrey and Sussex, has de ... more
Researchers adapt 2D 'sandwich' for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy
A sandwich of molybdenum, sulfur and selenium turns out to be deliciously useful for detecting biomolecules.
Tests at Rice University's Brown School of Engineering of a two-dimensional Janus compound showed it could be an effective and universal platform for improving the detection of biomo ... more
UMass Amherst team introduces high-performing 'green' electronic sensor
Writing in the journal NanoResearch, a team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst reports that they have developed bioelectronic ammonia gas sensors that are among the most sensitive ever made.
The sensor uses electric-charge-conducting protein nanowires derived from the bacterium Geob ... more
New technique for measuring the charge state, defects, and capacity losses of rechargeable batteries using atomic magnetometry
Rechargeable batteries are at the heart of many new technologies involving, for example, the increased use of renewable energies. More specifically, they are employed to power electric vehicles, cell phones, and laptops. Scientists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and the Helmho ... more
Comprehensive guidelines for microplastic extraction from environmental samples developed
Today, microplastics can be detected in almost every ecosystem in the world. Despite intensive research into this massive environmental problem, it is still a challenge to identify and quantify these synthetic particles made of various types of plastic in environmental samples. A team of re ... more
Tiny change in the mass of individual atoms for the first time measured
A new door to the quantum world: when an atom absorbs or releases energy via the quantum jump of an electron, it becomes heavier or lighter, according to Einstein’s theory of relativity (E = mc²). However, the effect is minuscule for a single atom. Nevertheless, the team of Klaus Blaum and ... more
An open-source design gives schools, homes and labs the chance to 3D print their own precision microscopes
For the first time, labs around the world can 3D print their own precision microscopes to analyse samples and detect diseases , thanks to an open-source design created at the University of Bath.
The OpenFlexure Microscope, described in Biomedical Optics Express, is a fully automated, labora ... more
Breakthrough in nanooptics
The duration of their snapshot relates to one second as one second relates to the age of the universe: In a joint collaboration with Australian Scientist Tim Davis and the Group around Harald Gießen (University of Stuttgart), Physicists from CENIDE have developed ultrafast vector microscopy ... more