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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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Combining 3D printing and metals science leads to stronger, crystal-inspired materials

24-Jan-2019

Imperial materials scientists have created new artificial materials which combine our knowledge of metals with 3D printing. The findings could speed up the use of 3D printed materials in everything from construction and vehicles to medical devices. 3D printing is often used to produce engineering ...

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Don’t wait for a unicorn: investing in low-carbon tech now will save money

22-May-2018

Waiting for a ‘unicorn technology’ that provides green energy at low cost could be more expensive than adopting low-carbon energy technologies now. Researchers from Imperial College London say if Britain invested more in today’s low-carbon energy technologies, it would save more money in the long ...

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X-rays from tabletop lasers allows scientists to peer through the 'water window'

16-May-2018

Studying the fleeting actions of electrons in organic materials will now be much easier, thanks to a new method for generating fast X-rays. The technique means advanced measurements of fast reactions will now be possible in physics labs around the world, without having to wait to use expensive ...

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Artificial and biological cells work together as mini chemical factories

16-Mar-2018

Researchers have fused living and non-living cells for the first time in a way that allows them to work together, paving the way for new applications. The system, created by a team from Imperial College London, encapsulates biological cells within an artificial cell. Using this, researchers can ...

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Imperial and Tsinghua University launch seed fund for 'ambitious collaborations'

11-Dec-2017

The Tsinghua-Imperial Research and Innovation Fund, which brings together two of the world’s leading research universities, aims to kick-start innovative research projects and concepts that are showing signs of promise but are at an early stage in development and need funding to progress. The ...

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Carbon capture is helped by oil revenue, but it may not be enough

30-Nov-2017

The oil industry incentivises the development of carbon-capturing tech, but researchers say this will not reduce emissions to low enough levels. Carbon dioxide can be used to extract oil, accelerating the development carbon-capturing technologies and limiting climate change. However, in a new ...

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Research from poor countries deserves a fairer hearing

14-Nov-2017

Academia could be overlooking new ideas from low income nations without realising it, suggests an Imperial College London researcher. Dr Matthew Harris, from Imperial’s School of Public Health and Institute of Global Health Innovation, discusses how unconscious bias could be keeping developed and ...

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Quantum computers may be able to come out of the cold

26-Oct-2017

A materials expert says quantum computers may be able to come out of the cold, thanks to his research breakthrough. Dr Jonathan Breeze is from the Department of Materials at Imperial College London. He says his research breakthrough may help scientists overcome a major obstacle with quantum ...

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Worlds first recyclable surfoboard

01-Sep-2017

An Imperial researcher has developed what is thought to be the world's first 3D-printed compostable and recyclable surfboard. Dr Nathaniel Petre, from the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London, has 3D printed a surfboard that is comparably cheaper to make, more durable and ...

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