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Scientists find a way to extract color from black

31-Mar-2020

Scientists have developed a way of extracting a richer palette of colours from the available spectrum by harnessing disordered patterns inspired by nature that would typically be seen as black. Colours that we see in nature often come from nanoscale patterns that reflect light back in particular ...

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Research uncovers a new way of making chiral catalysts

11-Mar-2020

Scientists at the University of Southampton have discovered a new way to create one hand of a chiral molecule by using a mechanical bond as a catalyst. Chiral molecules are two molecules that are mirror images of each other but not identical - much like the left and right human hands. When such ...

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'Tickling' an atom to investigate the behavior of materials

09-Mar-2020

Scientists and engineers working at the frontier of nanotechnology face huge challenges. When the position of a single atom in a material may change the fundamental properties of that material, scientists need something in their toolbox to measure how that atom will behave. A research team led by ...

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Fast-charging, long-running, bendy energy storage breakthrough

Imagine needing only ten minutes to fully-charge your electric car

20-Feb-2020

A new bendable supercapacitor made from graphene, which charges quickly and safely stores a record-high level of energy for use over a long period, has been developed and demonstrated by UCL and Chinese Academy of Sciences researchers. While at the proof-of-concept stage, it shows enormous ...

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Applied Photophysics board appoints Tim Flanagan as CEO

04-Feb-2020

Applied Photophysics Limited has announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Tim Flanagan as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors effective immediately. Additionally, Marc Neglia has been appointed President of Applied Photophysics Inc. to lead operations in the ...

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Catalytic protocells get zingy

10-Jan-2020

Artificial cells capable of oxygen gas production and chemical signalling have been prepared using a combination of synthetic and biological catalysts through an international collaboration between the University of Bristol and the University of Padua in Italy. From the synthesis of drugs to the ...

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New way to sustainably make chemicals by copying nature's tricks

08-Jan-2020

Researchers have copied the way organisms produce toxic chemicals without harming themselves, paving the way for greener chemical and fuel production. The new technique, pioneered by Imperial College London scientists, could reduce the need to use fossil fuels to create chemicals, plastics, ...

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Fine-tuning thermoelectric materials for cheaper renewable energy

19-Dec-2019

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London have developed new thermoelectric materials, which could provide a low-cost option for converting heat energy into electricity. Materials known as halide perovskites have been proposed as affordable alternatives to existing thermoelectric ...

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Brenntag strengthens position in the UK by acquiring specialty and industrial chemical company Tan International

18-Dec-2019

Brenntag has acquired Tan International Limited headquartered in Perth, Scotland. The company is a distributor and blender of specialty and industrial chemicals and ingredients with a broad product and service portfolio for a variety of industries including food and beverage, pharmaceutical, ...

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Biotech breakthrough turns waste biomass into high value chemicals

28-Nov-2019

A move towards a more sustainable bio-based economy has been given a new boost by researchers who have been able to simplify a process to transform waste materials into high value chemicals. A collaboration between the UK and Brazil has shown that waste sugar cane and wheat straw from ...

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