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To be or not to be an academic: the question for all postdocs

Becoming a full time academic at a research university is not an easy road.


Becoming a full time academic at a research university is a dream for many young scientists, but it's not an easy road. For the past eight years, Dr Liz Elvidge has been helping postdoctoral researchers achieve this goal − but also advising them about a variety of different career paths and ...


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Next-gen solar cells could be improved by atomic-scale redesign


Researchers have uncovered the exact mechanism that causes new solar cells to break down in air, paving the way for a solution. Solar cells harness energy from the Sun and provide an alternative to non-renewable energy sources like fossil fuels. However, they face challenges from costly ...


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Researchers uncover secret of nanomaterial that makes harvesting sunlight easier


Using sunlight to drive chemical reactions, such as artificial photosynthesis, could soon become much more efficient thanks to nanomaterials. This is the conclusion of a study published today led by researchers in the Department of Physics at Imperial College London, which could ultimately help ...


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Single-molecule graphene switches bring minute electronic devices a step closer


Researchers have discovered how to control molecules attached to graphene, paving the way for tiny biological sensors and devices to hold information. Graphene is a material made of a single sheet of carbon atoms in a honeycomb arrangement. Because of its unique electrical conductivity, graphene ...


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Newly created 'sandwich rings' could lead to better computers

An iron-based ring structure that could be used for new applications in electronics and sensing.


Scientists have created an iron-based ring structure that could be used for new applications in electronics and sensing. Ferrocene is a molecule that was discovered in the 1950s. It is made up of two rings of hydrogen and carbon bound either side of an iron atom. This and other ‘sandwich ...


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Magnetic Vortices Defy Temperature Fluctuations

Common Magnetic Mineral is Reliable Witness to Earth's History


Magnetic nanovortices in magnetite minerals are reliable witnesses of the earth's history, as revealed by the first high-resolution studies of these structures undertaken by scientists from Germany and the United Kingdom. The magnetic structures are built during the cooling of molten rock and ...


Lasers could rapidly make materials hotter than the Sun


Lasers could heat materials to temperatures hotter than the centre of the Sun in only 20 quadrillionths of a second, according to new research. Theoretical physicists from Imperial College London have devised an extremely rapid heating mechanism that they believe could heat certain materials to ...


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Plastic in 99 percent of seabirds by 2050


Researchers from CSIRO and Imperial College London have assessed how widespread the threat of plastic is for the world's seabirds and found the majority of seabird species have plastic in their gut. The study, led by Dr Chris Wilcox with co-authors Dr Denise Hardesty and Dr Erik van Sebille found ...


Fossil fuel emissions will complicate radiocarbon dating, warns scientist


Fossil fuel emissions could soon make it impossible for radiocarbon dating to distinguish new materials from artefacts that are hundreds of years old. Carbon released by burning fossil fuels is diluting radioactive carbon-14 and artificially raising the radiocarbon 'age' of the atmosphere, ...


How frustrated Lewis pairs contribute to catalytic activation of hydrogen

Dr. Andrew Ashley of Imperial College London receives the BASF Catalysis Award 2015


For his outstanding research contributions to the catalytic activation of hydrogen, Dr.Andrew Ashley, Research Fellow of the Department of Chemistry of Imperial College London is receiving the BASF Catalysis Award 2015. The prize worth €10,000 is awarded biannually to young researchers. The ...


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