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Adventures in nanotech: growing a nano particle metallic snowflake

Scientists working at the level of atoms are manipulating metals, opening up possibilities for creating new materials


Scientists in New Zealand and Australia working at the level of atoms created something unexpected: tiny metallic snowflakes. Why’s that significant? Because coaxing individual atoms to cooperate in desired ways is leading to a revolution in engineering and technology via nanomaterials(And ...


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Physicists collide ultracold atoms to observe key quantum principle


Physicists from New Zealand's University of Otago have used steerable 'optical tweezers' to split minute clouds of ultracold atoms and slowly smash them together to directly observe a key theoretical principle of quantum mechanics. The principle, known as Pauli Exclusion, places fundamental ...


Wageningen UR realises bioasphalt with lignin in Zeeland


Bioasphalt for roads in Zeeland is being developed by Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research, the Asfalt Kennis Centrum (Asphalt Knowledge Centre, AKC) and the company H4A from Sluiskil (NL). Zeeland Seaports is a project partner with interest in potential applications for the asphalt. Lignin ...


Split and collide ultracold atom clouds

Researchers develop steerable 'optical tweezers' unit


Physicists at New Zealand's University of Otago have pushed the frontiers of quantum technology by developing a steerable 'optical tweezers' unit that uses intense laser beams to precisely split minute clouds of ultracold atoms and to smash them together. The Otago researchers' feat is set to ...


How soils control atmospheric hydrogen


Researchers at New Zealand's University of Otago are helping to clear up an enduring mystery regarding the composition of the Earth's atmosphere. They have discovered the microbial soil processes that help ensure that the explosive gas hydrogen remains at trace levels. In recent decades it was ...


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World’s smallest reaction chamber


Scientists from New Zealand, Austria and the UK have created the world’s smallest reaction chamber, with a mixing volume that can be measured in femtolitres. Using this minuscule reaction chamber, lead researcher Peter Derrick, professor of chemical physics and physical chemistry and head of the ...


Brenntag completes acquisition of ISM/Salkat Group in Australia and New Zealand


Brenntag completed the acquisition of the entire business of the ISM/Salkat Group. This strategic acquisition significantly expands Brenntag’s market position in Australia and New Zealand and enlarges the existing specialty product portfolio in the region. ISM/Salkat Group is a leading ...


Brenntag acquires the ISM/Salkat Group in Australia and New Zealand


Brenntag signed a purchase agreement to acquire the entire business of the ISM/Salkat Group. ISM/Salkat Group is a leading distributor of specialty chemicals in Australia and New Zealand. “The acquisition of the ISM/Salkat Group represents a huge step to achieve our strategic position as a ...


Eurofins strengthens Asia Pacific footprint with the acquisition of New Zealand Laboratory Services


Eurofins Scientific announced that it has acquired New Zealand Laboratory Services (NZ Labs). NZ Labs generated revenues of over EUR 5m in 2011 and employs around 100 staff across 3 strategically-located laboratories spanning the whole of New Zealand. The domestic food testing market serves ...


BOC and New Zealand Steel sign air gases supply contract


New Zealand gases and engineering company BOC Ltd and New Zealand Steel announced they had agreed a long term industrial gas supply contract that will be critical to New Zealand Steel's ongoing iron and steel making operations at Glenbrook. BOC will invest around $70 million (around EUR 56 ...


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