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One step closer to creating organic batteries

10-Mar-2020

York University researchers have discovered a way to make Lithium-powered batteries more environmentally friendly while retaining performance, stability and storage capacity. Lithium-ion batteries use toxic, heavy metals which can impact the environment when they are extracted from the ground and ...

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Shaping the rings of molecules

Boon for the making of pharmaceuticals and electronics

25-Feb-2020

Macrocycles are molecules made of large rings of atoms. Despite being relatively big and flexible, the molecules don't always stay "floppy" -- they can actually lock themselves into specific shapes and geometries. In manufacturing, controlling the three-dimensional shapes of macrocycles is ...

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New quantum switch turns metals into insulators

05-Feb-2020

Most modern electronic devices rely on tiny, finely-tuned electrical currents to process and store information. These currents dictate how fast our computers run, how regularly our pacemakers tick and how securely our money is stored in the bank. In a study published in Nature Physics, ...

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'Artificial leaf' converts harmful carbon dioxide into useful alternative fuel

07-Nov-2019

Scientists have created an "artificial leaf" to fight climate change by inexpensively converting harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) into a useful alternative fuel. The new technology, outlined in a paper published in the journal Nature Energy, was inspired by the way plants use energy from sunlight to ...

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Rocket fuel that's cleaner, safer and still full of energy

09-Apr-2019

Research published in Science Advances shows that it may be possible to create rocket fuel that is much cleaner and safer than the hypergolic fuels that are commonly used today. And still just as effective. The new fuels use simple chemical "triggers" to unlock the energy of one of the hottest ...

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Powder could help cut CO2 emissions

20-Dec-2018

Scientists at the University of Waterloo have created a powder that can capture CO2 from factories and power plants. The powder, created in the lab of Zhongwei Chen, a chemical engineering professor at Waterloo, can filter and remove CO2 at facilities powered by fossil fuels before it is released ...

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Albemarle’s ribbon cutting ceremony

17-Dec-2018

Malvern Panalytical announced that a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the successful installation of the Claisse® rFusion system for Albemarle Corporation was held on May 2, 2018 in Bayport, TX (USA). This event celebrates the achievement of a major project that will provide customers with ...

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The Secret Contamination of Polar Bears

Hundreds of unrecognized halogenated contaminants discovered in polar bear serum

05-Dec-2018

Using a new approach to measure chemical contaminants in polar bears, scientists from Canada and the United States found a large variety of new chlorinated and fluorinated substances, including many new polychlorinated biphenyl metabolites. Worryingly, these previously unrecognized contaminants ...

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Advance ability to control chemical reactions

Discovery offers a taste of the 'forbidden fruit' of reaction dynamics

09-Oct-2018

Scientists at the University of Toronto have found a way to select the outcome of chemical reaction by employing an elusive and long-sought factor known as the 'impact parameter'. The team of U of T chemists, led by Nobel Prize-winning researcher John Polanyi, have found a means to select the ...

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Household cleaning products may contribute to kids' overweight by altering their gut microbiota

19-Sep-2018

Commonly used household cleaners could be making children overweight by altering their gut microbiota, suggests a Canadian study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) . The study analyzed the gut flora of 757 infants from the general population at age 3-4 months and weight at ...

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