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Nanostructures with a unique property

For the first time, researchers have managed to create and identify antiferromagnetic skyrmions with a unique property

25-Sep-2020

Nanoscale vortices known as skyrmions can be created in many magnetic materials. For the first time, researchers at PSI have managed to create and identify antiferromagnetic skyrmions with a unique property: critical elements inside them are arranged in opposing directions. Scientists have ...

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Better catalysts for a sustainable bioeconomy

Get zeolite research out of the dead end

24-Sep-2020

Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI and from ETH Zurich want to make so-called zeolites more efficient. Today, these compounds are already indispensable additives in the chemical industry and have been used as catalysts in oil refineries since the 1960s. Now, in the journal Nature ...

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Lighting material of the future

Green luminescent substance is a hot candidate for producing OLEDs

07-May-2020

At the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, researchers have gained insights into a promising material for organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). The substance enables high light yields and would be inexpensive to produce on a large scale - that means it is practically made for use in large-area room ...

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Weyl fermions discovered in another class of materials

16-Jul-2019

A particular kind of elementary particle, the Weyl fermions, were first discovered a few years ago. Their specialty: They move through a material in a well ordered manner that practically never lets them collide with each other and is thus very energy efficient. This implies intriguing ...

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Recycling carbon dioxide from the ocean

Floating power plants

11-Jun-2019

Paper, tin cans, glass - the world recycles as much as possible. So why not declare the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) a recycling product as well? Liquid fuels based on carbon will continue to play an important role in the future - despite international efforts to reduce them. So it seems ...

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A special phenomenon in magnets

A compass pointing West

02-Apr-2019

Researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI in Villigen and the ETH Zurich have discovered a special phenomenon in magnets. This phenomenon takes place at the nanoscale and enables magnets to be assembled in unusual configurations, which could also be useful for computer technology and data ...

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More than just spilling the beans: High quality methane to be formed from spent coffee grounds

22-Aug-2017

Because of their high nitrogen content, spent coffee grounds are a popular garden fertilizer. Recycled in this manner, they already contribute to an environmentally friendly waste management. But they have the potential to deliver much more: a new procedure developed at the PSI allows high ...

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Nanomaterial helps store solar energy: efficiently and inexpensively

Field trials show that new catalyst material for electrolysers is reliable

19-Jul-2017

Efficient storage technologies are necessary if solar and wind energy is to help satisfy increased energy demands. One important approach is storage in the form of hydrogen extracted from water using solar or wind energy. This process takes place in a so-called electrolyser. Thanks to a new ...

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Wafer-thin Magnetic Materials Developed for Future Quantum Technologies

24-May-2017

Two-dimensional magnetic structures are regarded as a promising material for new types of data storage, since the magnetic properties of individual molecular building blocks can be investigated and modified. For the first time, researchers have now produced a wafer-thin ferrimagnet, in which ...

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Nanotechnology enables new insights into chemical reactions

Researchers have developed a novel method which may speed up the search for optimal catalytic processes

09-Jan-2017

Eighty percent of all products in the chemical industry are manufactured using catalytic processes. Catalysis is also indispensable in energy conversion and storage and the treatment of exhaust gases. Reactions between substances are triggered or accelerated by an additional substance, the ...

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