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Tetravinylallene, a small but powerful molecule, has been synthesized for the first time

Strained, Symmetric, and New

02-Oct-2019

Many natural compounds used in medicine have complex molecular architectures that are difficult to recreate in the lab. Help could come from a small hydrocarbon molecule, called tetravinylallene, which has been synthesized for the first time by Australian scientists. As detailed in the journal ...

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Antiseptic resistance in bacteria could lead to next-gen plastics

Ancient protein pumps could be key to new green polymers

15-Aug-2019

The molecular machinery used by bacteria to resist chemicals designed to kill them could also help produce precursors for a new generation of nylon and other polymers, according to new research by scientists from Australia and the UK. "Resistance to artificial antiseptics appears to be a lucky ...

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Water solutions without a grain of salt

Monash University researchers have developed technology that can deliver clean water to thousands of communities worldwide

25-Jul-2019

An estimated 844 million people don't have access to clean water, while every minute a newborn dies from infection caused by lack of safe water and an unclean environment. Seawater desalination and wastewater recycling are two ways to ease the problem of water shortage, but conventional ...

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X-ray mapping enhances potential of lightweight magnesium

23-Jul-2019

A world-first study led by Monash University has discovered a technique and phenomenon that can be used for creating stronger, lightweight magnesium alloys that could improve structural integrity in the automobile and aerospace industries. Published in Nature Communications, researchers from ...

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Green light for a new generation of dynamic materials

17-Jul-2019

Developing synthetic materials that are as dynamic as those found in nature, with reversibly changing properties and which could be used in manufacturing, recycling and other applications, is a strong focus for scientists. In a world-first, researchers from Queensland University of Technology ...

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Branching out: Making graphene from gum trees

Cost-effective and eco-friendly way of producing graphene using eucalyptus trees

26-Jun-2019

Graphene is the thinnest and strongest material known to humans. It's also flexible, transparent and conducts heat and electricity 10 times better than copper, making it ideal for anything from flexible nanoelectronics to better fuel cells. The new approach by researchers from RMIT University ...

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Tuning the topological insulator Sb2Te3: Just add iron

05-Jun-2019

Iron-doping of the topological insulator Sb2Te3 results in useful electronic and magnetic properties, quantified in a recent FLEET study at the University of Wollongong. The researchers studied the magneto-transport properties of an iron-doped topological insulator (Fe-Sb2Te3). After the material ...

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Building next gen smart materials with the power of sound

27-May-2019

Researchers have used sound waves to precisely manipulate atoms and molecules, accelerating the sustainable production of breakthrough smart materials. Metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs, are incredibly versatile and super porous nanomaterials that can be used to store, separate, release or ...

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GraphON: Conductive coatings and materials breakthrough

22-Feb-2019

Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, has created a breakthrough new form of graphitic material that's conductive, easy to apply and offers greater control over performance than graphene. GraphON can also be manufactured cheaper and easier, with more flexibility and less hazardous waste ...

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New catalyst produces cheap hydrogen

30-Nov-2018

The potential for the chemical storage of renewable energy in the form of hydrogen is investigated around the world."The Australian Government is interested in developing a hydrogen export industry to export our abundant renewable energy," said Professor O'Mullane from QUT's Science and ...

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