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Surrey builds AI to find anti-ageing chemical compounds

27-Jul-2021

The University of Surrey has built an artificial intelligence (AI) model that identifies chemical compounds that promote healthy ageing - paving the way towards pharmaceutical innovations that extend a person's lifespan. In a paper published by Nature Communication's Scientific Reports, a team of ...

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Scientists create rechargeable swimming microrobots using oil and water

19-Jul-2021

By combining oil drops with water containing a detergent-like substance, the scientists found they could produce artificial swimmers that are able to swim independently and even harvest energy to recharge. The oil droplets use fluctuating temperature changes in their surrounding environment to ...

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Researchers discover a new inorganic material with lowest thermal conductivity ever reported

Breakthrough in the control of heat flow at the atomic scale

19-Jul-2021

A collaborative research team, led by the University of Liverpool, has discovered a new inorganic material with the lowest thermal conductivity ever reported. This discovery paves the way for the development of new thermoelectric materials that will be critical for a sustainable society. Reported ...

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Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group wins Best Business Award

01-Jul-2021

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG) is delighted to announce it has been named winner of the Best Employer category at the 2021 Best Business Awards(BBAs). WMFTG has always strived to be a desirable place to work, and its teams work tirelessly to create innovative strategies to ensure ...

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Low-cost imaging technique shows how smartphone batteries could charge in minutes

"This technique could be an important piece of the puzzle in the development of next-generation batteries"

25-Jun-2021

Researchers have developed a simple lab-based technique that allows them to look inside lithium-ion batteries and follow lithium ions moving in real time as the batteries charge and discharge, something which has not been possible until now. Using the low-cost technique, the researchers ...

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Heat-Insulating Titanate

Discovering new leads for functional materials guided by artificial intelligence

22-Jun-2021

Searching for lead materials with specific properties, researchers have developed a workflow that incorporates artificial intelligence to guide discovery of a new ceramic structure with particularly low thermal conductivity. As they explain in the journal Angewandte Chemie, the material has an ...

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Bacteria serves tasty solution to global plastic crisis

Scientists have devised a novel way of tackling the mounting issue of plastic pollution -- by using bacteria to transform plastic waste into vanilla flavoring

14-Jun-2021

Researchers have discovered that the common bacteria E. coli can be deployed as a sustainable way to convert post-consumer plastic into vanillin, a new study reveals. Vanillin is the primary component of extracted vanilla beans and is responsible for the characteristic taste and smell of ...

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Efficiently "switching on" bacteria to produce high-value chemicals

Researchers have found a cheap way to switch bacteria into chemical production mode

10-Jun-2021

High-value chemicals used in biofuels and pharmaceuticals can be made from bacteria by switching their chemistry to produce novel products. Researchers from the University of Warwick have found a way to drastically cut the cost of turning on these switches.We use chemicals for almost everything, ...

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Atom swapping could lead to ultra-bright, flexible next generation LEDs

09-Jun-2021

An international group of researchers has developed a new technique that could be used to make more efficient low-cost light-emitting materials which are flexible and can be printed using ink-jet techniques. The researchers, led by the University of Cambridge and the Technical University of ...

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A long-lasting, stable solid-state lithium battery

Researchers demonstrate a solution to a 40-year problem

17-May-2021

Long-lasting, quick-charging batteries are essential to the expansion of the electric vehicle market, but today's lithium-ion batteries fall short of what's needed -- they're too heavy, too expensive and take too long to charge. For decades, researchers have tried to harness the potential of ...

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