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Recycled garnet sand as a source of scandium?

07-Jun-2021

Some call it the "oil of the future." This is because demand for scandium is growing, especially due to its potential as a material for lightweight construction of aircrafts and cars, but also for fuel cells. Concurrently, the supply of this critical raw material in Europe is not secure. ...

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The 136 Million Atom-Model

Scientists Simulate Photosynthesis

10-Dec-2019

The conversion of sunlight into chemical energy is essential for life. In one of the largest simulations of a biosystem worldwide, scientists have mimicked his complex process for a component of a bacterium - on the computer, atom by atom. The work, which has now been published in the journal ...

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Why geckos can stick to walls

19-Nov-2018

It enables geckos to adhere to walls and ceilings, is involved in the formation of membranes in cells as well as in the docking of drugs to enzymes in the human body. Dispersion, i.e. the "weak interaction", is omnipresent in chemistry. A team of scientists at Jacobs University Bremen headed by ...

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Recipe from the nanoworld for cleaner drinking water

20-Feb-2017

Too much manure, too much fertilizer: In many places in Germany, intensive agriculture is endangering water quality. The nitrate levels in groundwater are too high. A research team at Jacobs University led by the Chemistry Professor Ulrich Kortz has now discovered a new way in the lab to reduce ...

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Polymer Coatings Based on Molecular Structures

Researchers Developing a Novel Gel for Biological and Medical Applications

19-Dec-2013

A novel method developed by researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Jacobs University Bremen enables manufacturing of polymer layers with tailor-made properties and multiple functions: A stable porous gel (SURGEL) for biological and medical applications is obtained from a ...

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Large pores

KIT researchers develop new method to produce metal-organic frameworks

06-Dec-2012

Researchers of the KIT Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG), Jacobs University Bremen, and other institutions have developed a new method to produce metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). By means of the so-called liquid-phase epitaxy, the scientists succeeded in producing a new class of MOFs with ...

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The first carbene transfer reaction between main group element compounds

26-Sep-2012

Scientists in Germany have made a new, versatile and inexpensive carbene transfer reagent that can be used to make both main group and transition metal carbene complexes. It is the first example of a carbene transfer reaction between main group element compounds. N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ...

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Sticky stuff: Jacobs researchers reveal the sweet secret of caramel

16-Apr-2012

Slowly heating sugar until it transforms into tasty caramel is one of the culinary world’s basic delights and one of the first exposures of children to chemistry. Teasing apart the chemical composition of caramel has, however, been a sticky problem for food chemists, due to the enormous ...

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Noble Metal in Action: Jacobs Scientists Create Palladium-Oxide with Extra High Catalytic Potential

16-Feb-2011

Ulrich Kortz, Professor of Chemistry at Jacobs University, and his team report the synthesis of a novel, discrete noble metal-oxide, containing a record number of 22 palladium atoms, as well as two central copper ions. In addition to its high catalytic potential, the {Cu2Pd22} cluster ...

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The Dye with the Pumpkin Cuff

Complexation with a large cuff-shaped molecule stabilizes rhodamine dye fluorescence

20-Jun-2005

When irradiated, fluorescent dyes emit light at a different wavelength; for scientists and engineers, these dyes are extremely important aides, as active media in dye lasers, as markers for biomolecules in diagnostics, or for the detection of single molecules. A team from the International ...

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