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How to make perfect edges in 2D-materials

Researchers tailored the materials’ properties by using a “magic” chemical and founded a start-up company

20-Oct-2020

Ultrathin materials such as graphene promise a revolution in nanoscience and technology. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have now made an important advance within the field. In a recent paper in Nature Communications they present a method for controlling the edges of ...

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LiU researchers first to develop an organic battery

Ion-selective electrocatalysis on conducting polymer electrodes -- improving the performance of redox flow batteries

20-Oct-2020

Researchers at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Linköping University, have for the first time demonstrated an organic battery. It is of a type known as a "redox flow battery", with a large capacity that can be used to store energy from wind turbines and solar cells, and as a power bank for ...

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Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 “for the development of a method for genome editing”

Genetic scissors: a tool for rewriting the code of life

07-Oct-2020

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna have discovered one of gene technology’s sharpest tools: the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors. Using these, researchers can change the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with extremely high precision. This technology has had a revolutionary impact ...

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Single atom-thin platinum makes a great chemical sensor

Atomically thin platinum could be useful for ultra-sensitive and fast electrical detection of chemicals

16-Sep-2020

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, together with colleagues from other universities, have discovered the possibility to prepare one-atom thin platinum for use as a chemical sensor. The results were recently published in the scientific journal Advanced Material ...

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From nanocellulose to gold

Soft and biocompatible materials for optical, catalytic, electrical and biomedical applications

12-Aug-2020

When nanocellulose is combined with various types of metal nanoparticles, materials are formed with many new and exciting properties. They may be antibacterial, change colour under pressure, or convert light to heat. "To put it simply, we make gold from nanocellulose", says Daniel Aili, associate ...

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Ancient enzymes can contribute to greener chemistry

Several billion-year-old enzymes resurrected and a completely new non-natural reaction catalysed

15-Jun-2020

A research team at Uppsala University has resurrected several billion-year-old enzymes and reprogrammed them to catalyse completely different chemical reactions than their modern versions can manage. The method can be used to develop sustainable solutions within biotechnology, such as for enzyme ...

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New NiMH batteries perform better when made from recycled old NiMH batteries

Recycling of rechargeable hydride batteries may be easier with a new method

03-Jun-2020

A new method for recycling old batteries can provide better performing and cheaper rechargeable hydride batteries (NiMH) as shown in a new study by researchers at Stockholm University. "The new method allows the upcycled material to be used directly in new battery production," says Dag Noréus, ...

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A 'butter-like' material could make solid state batteries more stable

An interlayer, made of a spreadable material helps improve the current density tenfold, while also increasing performance and safety

26-May-2020

Solid state batteries are of great interest to the electric vehicle industry. Scientists at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and Xi'an Jiaotong University, China now present a new way of taking this promising concept closer to large-scale application. An interlayer, made of a ...

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Incident at Borealis in Stenungsund, Sweden

Fire occurred at steam cracker

11-May-2020

On May 9,at 20.45 CEST a local fire occurred at the steam cracker at Borealis‘ production location in Stenungsund, Sweden. The emergency plan was immediately activated by the local crisis team. The fire brigade arrived on site promptly and took steps to contain the fire. Thanks to the quick ...

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An all-organic proton battery energized for sustainable energy storage

Charged in a matter of seconds

06-Apr-2020

Sustainable energy storage is in great demand. Researchers at Uppsala University have therefore developed an all-organic proton battery that can be charged in a matter of seconds. The battery can be charged and discharged over 500 times without any significant loss of capacity. The researchers ...

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