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Nano-microscope gives first direct observation of the magnetic properties of 2D materials

Discovery means new class of materials and technologies

22-Sep-2020

Australian researchers and their colleagues from Russia and China have shown that it is possible to study the magnetic properties of ultrathin materials directly, via a new microscopy technique that opens the door to the discovery of more two-dimensional (2D) magnetic materials, with all sorts of ...

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Novel approach improves graphene-based supercapacitors

Meeting growing demand for increased storage capacity

06-Aug-2020

Demand for integrated energy storage devices is growing rapidly as people rely more and more on portable and wireless electronics, and the global need grows for clean energy sources such as solar and wind energies. This is creating an exponential need for advanced energy storage technologies - ...

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Keep safe and cool in the pool

Novel chip sensor quickly and continuously does all the work of a chemistry laboratory

03-Aug-2020

A new microchip that enables continuous monitoring of pH and chlorine levels in swimming pools will vastly improve water safety and hygiene for more than 2.7 million Australians as new research shows it can deliver consistent and accurate pool chemistry for reliable pool management. Developed by ...

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Serendipity broadens the scope for making graphite

New technique does not require the typical metal catalysts or special raw materials to turn carbon into crystalline graphite

28-Jul-2020

Curtin University researchers have unexpectedly discovered a new way to make crystalline graphite, an essential material used in the making of lithium ion batteries. Described in a research paper published in Nature's Communications Materials, the new technique does not require the typical metal ...

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Engineers use electricity to clean up toxic water

Powerful electrochemical process destroys water contaminants, such as pesticides

10-Jul-2020

A team of engineers may be one step closer to cleaning up heavily contaminated industrial wastewater streams. Researchers from the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering developed an electrochemical oxidation process with the aim of cleaning up complex wastewater that contained a toxic ...

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Easy as playing with Lego: Neat way to turn waste carbon dioxide into useful industrial products

Making catalysts has been expensive and complicated – until now

16-Jun-2020

Chemical engineers from UNSW Sydney have developed new technology that helps convert harmful carbon dioxide emissions into chemical building blocks to make useful industrial products like fuel and plastics. And if adopted on a large scale, the process could give the world breathing space as it ...

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Light from stretchable sheets of atoms for quantum technologies

Largest spectral, color-tuning range from an atomically thin quantum system demonstrated

20-Apr-2020

The researchers say their results, using an atomically thin material, hexagonal boron nitride, constitute a significant step forward in understanding light-matter interactions of quantum systems in 2D materials, and the journey towards scalable on-chip devices for quantum technologies. The study ...

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World's smelliest fruit could charge your mobile phone

Turn tropical fruits into super-capacitors

09-Mar-2020

Imagine if we could use naturally-grown products, like plants and fruit, to store electricity that charges commonly used electronics like mobile phones, tablets, laptops or even electric cars? Researchers from the University of Sydney have done just that, and have developed a method that uses ...

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Solving a mystery in 126 dimensions

After 90 years, scientists reveal the structure of benzene

09-Mar-2020

One of the fundamental mysteries of chemistry has been solved by Australian scientists - and the result may have implications for future designs of solar cells, organic light-emitting diodes and other next gen technologies. Ever since the 1930s debate has raged inside chemistry circles concerning ...

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Nonflammable electrolyte for high-performance potassium batteries

Safe Potassium-Ion Batteries

03-Feb-2020

Australian scientists have developed a nonflammable electrolyte for potassium and potassium-ion batteries, for applications in next-generation energy-storage systems beyond lithium technology. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, scientists write that the novel electrolyte based on an organic ...

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