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From backyard pool chemical to nanomaterial

Could a molecule used for disinfection provide the key to creating a new form of DNA nanomaterials?


Cyanuric acid is commonly used to stabilize chlorine in backyard pools; it binds to free chlorine and releases it slowly in the water. But researchers at McGill University have now discovered that this same small, inexpensive molecule can also be used to coax DNA into forming a brand new ...


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A 'printing press' for nanoparticles


Gold nanoparticles have unusual optical, electronic and chemical properties, which scientists are seeking to put to use in a range of new technologies, from nanoelectronics to cancer treatments. Some of the most interesting properties of nanoparticles emerge when they are brought close together - ...


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Could metal particles be the clean fuel of the future?


Metal powders, produced using clean primary energy sources, could provide a more viable long-term replacement for fossil fuels than other widely discussed alternatives, such as hydrogen, biofuels or batteries. "Technologies to generate clean electricity - primarily solar and wind power - are ...


Could black phosphorus be the next silicon?

New material could make it possible to pack more transistors on a chip, research suggests


As scientists continue to hunt for a material that will make it possible to pack more transistors on a chip, new research from McGill University and Université de Montréal adds to evidence that black phosphorus could emerge as a strong candidate. In a study published in Nature Communications, the ...


Is phthalate alternative really safe?

New MUHC research warns DINCH plasticizer may need further safety evaluation


A commonly used plasticizer known as DINCH, which is found in products that come into close contact with humans, such as medical devices, children's toys and food packaging, might not be as safe as initially thought. According to a new study from the Research Institute of the McGill University ...


Quantum physics on tap

Nano-sized faucet offers experimental support for longstanding quantum theory


We all know intuitively that normal liquids flow more quickly as the channel containing them tightens. Think of a river flowing through narrow rapids. But what if a pipe were so amazingly tiny that only a few atoms of superfluid helium could squeeze through its opening at once? According to a ...


Watching the hidden life of materials

Ultrafast electron diffraction experiments open a new window on the microscopic world


Researchers at McGill University have succeeded in simultaneously observing the reorganizations of atomic positions and electron distribution during the transformation of the “smart material” vanadium dioxide (VO2) from a semiconductor into a metal – in a timeframe a trillion times faster than ...


A breakthrough for organic reactions in water


Green-chemistry researchers at McGill University have discovered a way to use water as a solvent in one of the reactions most widely used to synthesize chemical products and pharmaceuticals. The findings mark a potential milestone in efforts to develop organic reactions in water. Chao-Jun Li and ...


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Morphing manganese

Researchers report discovery about manganese in aquatic environments


An often-overlooked form of manganese, an element critical to many life processes, is far more prevalent in ocean environments than previously known, according to a study led by University of Delaware researchers that was published in "Science." The discovery alters understanding of the chemistry ...


Sustainable iron catalyst for clean hydrogenations


New research reports a clean, sustainable method for performing hydrogenation reactions in water using polymer-supported iron nanoparticles. Hydrogenation reactions have numerous industrial applications, including in the petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries, but they usually rely heavily ...


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