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New butterfly-inspired hydrogen sensor is powered by light

Light-activated sensor delivers precision results at room temperature: For medical applications and hydrogen economy

07-Dec-2020

Inspired by the surface of butterfly wings, researchers have developed a light-activated hydrogen sensor that produces ultra-precise results at room temperature. The technology can detect hydrogen leaks well before they pose safety risks and can measure tiny amounts of the gas on people's breath, ...

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Making biodiesel from dirty old cooking oil just got way easier

New ultra-efficient catalyst can recycle old cooking oil into biodiesel and turn food scraps into high-value complex molecules

28-Oct-2020

Researchers have developed a powerful, low-cost method for recycling used cooking oil and agricultural waste into biodiesel, and turning food scraps and plastic rubbish into high-value products. The method harnesses a new type of ultra-efficient catalyst that can make low-carbon biodiesel and ...

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Branching out: Making graphene from gum trees

Cost-effective and eco-friendly way of producing graphene using eucalyptus trees

26-Jun-2019

Graphene is the thinnest and strongest material known to humans. It's also flexible, transparent and conducts heat and electricity 10 times better than copper, making it ideal for anything from flexible nanoelectronics to better fuel cells. The new approach by researchers from RMIT University ...

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Building next gen smart materials with the power of sound

27-May-2019

Researchers have used sound waves to precisely manipulate atoms and molecules, accelerating the sustainable production of breakthrough smart materials. Metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs, are incredibly versatile and super porous nanomaterials that can be used to store, separate, release or ...

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Quick and not-so-dirty: A rapid nano-filter for clean water

24-Sep-2018

Australian researchers have designed a rapid nano-filter that can clean dirty water over 100 times faster than current technology. Simple to make and simple to scale up, the technology harnesses naturally occurring nano-structures that grow on liquid metals. The RMIT University and University of ...

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No more washing: Nano-enhanced textiles clean themselves with light

New technique to grow nanostructures that degrade organic matter when exposed to light

29-Mar-2016

A spot of sunshine is all it could take to get your washing done, thanks to pioneering nano research into self-cleaning textiles. Researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have developed a cheap and efficient new way to grow special nanostructures -- which can degrade organic matter ...

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Stretchable nano-devices towards smart contact lenses

22-Feb-2016

Researchers at RMIT University and the University of Adelaide have joined forces to create a stretchable nano-scale device to manipulate light. The device manipulates light to such an extent that it can filter specific colours while still being transparent and could be used in the future to make ...

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Photons on a chip set new paths for secure communications

17-Nov-2015

Researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne have helped crack the code to ultra-secure telecommunications of the future in an international research project that could also expedite the advent of quantum computing. A team co-led by RMIT MicroNano Research Facility Director Professor David Moss ...

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Moving liquid metal marbles

22-May-2013

Researchers in Australia have found a new method to induce the controlled movement of liquid metal droplets in aqueous environments, by coating them in nanoparticles to form ‘liquid metal marbles.’ Research shows that coating droplets of liquid metal galinstan with WO3 nanoparticles increases the ...

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