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New method for producing synthetic DNA

Chemically synthesized short DNA sequences are extremely important ingredients with countless uses

18-May-2021

The DNA sequences produced are also called oligonucleotides. These are widely used for disease identification, for the manufacture of oligonucleotide-based drugs, and for several other medical and biotechnological applications. The high demand for oligonucleotides therefore requires an efficient ...

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Potentially harmful chemicals found in plastic toys

New research suggests that more than 100 chemicals found in plastic toy materials may pose possible health risks to children

25-Feb-2021

It has long been known that several chemicals used in plastic toys in different parts of the world can be harmful to human health. However, it is difficult for parents to figure out how to avoid plastic toys containing chemicals that may cause possible health risks to their children. Regulations ...

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Breakthrough in molecular machines

Researchers have succeeded to obtain control of the molecular machines, which in the future may enable them to perform controlled movements

06-May-2020

Molecules are some of life's most basic building blocks. When they work together in the right way, they become molecular machines that can solve the most amazing tasks. They are essential for all organisms by, for example, maintaining a wide range of cellular functions and mechanisms. What if you ...

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New way of developing topological superconductivity discovered

Quantum research unifies two ideas offering an alternative route to topological superconductivity

27-Apr-2020

A pencil shaped semiconductor, measuring only a few hundred nanometers in diameter, is what researches from the Center for Quantum Devices, Niels Bohr Institute, at University of Copenhagen, in collaboration with Microsoft Quantum researchers, have used to uncover a new route to topological ...

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Will the future's super batteries be made of seawater?

28-Jan-2020

We all know the rechargeable and efficient lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries sitting in our smartphones, laptops and also in electric cars. Unfortunately, lithium is a limited resource, so it will be a challenge to satisfy the worlds' growing demand for relatively cheap batteries. Therefore, ...

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Little Heaps of Silver, All Wrapped Up

Determination of the crystal structure of a DNA-stabilized silver nanocluster

13-Sep-2019

Nanoclusters are little “heaps” of a few atoms that often have interesting optical properties and could become useful probes for imaging processes in areas such as biomedicine and diagnostics. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, researchers have introduced a nanocluster of 16 silver atoms ...

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Simpler and safer method for handling a useful but foul-smelling gas in chemical synthesis

25-Sep-2018

The chemical element sulfur is an important constituent in many pharmaceuticals and, consequently, it is desirable to be able to introduce sulfur-containing fragments efficiently in a broad range of chemical compounds. The Skrydstrup team provides an effective and safe way for introducing a ...

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Double graphene sandwich provides protection against corrosion

07-Jun-2018

”Normally it’s not a huge success that not a damn thing has happened after 120 days.” These words belong to Professor Peter Bøggild after a four-month period where a novel type of anticorrosion coating was tested. The nanomaterial graphene plays a crucial role in this new type of coating. ...

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Challenging counterfeit products with rare earths

New marking technique could halt product piracy

29-Jan-2018

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have developed the world's most secure marking system for combatting pirated goods including pirated pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs, designer merchandise and artwork. The system could be on the market in a year and because the markings are random, it ...

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Breakthrough in electrochemical production of hydrogen peroxide

Evonik invests in Danish hydrogen peroxide start-up

22-Dec-2017

Evonik has invested in the startup HPNow ApS through its venture capital unit and now holds a minority stake in the company, which is headquartered in Copenhagen (Denmark). HPNow has developed a technology for producing hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in a fully automatic system using water, air, and an ...

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