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New Filtering Method Promises Safer Drinking Water, Improved Industrial Production

Synthetic polymer membranes mimic the highly selective properties of biological cell membranes

09-Sep-2021

A team of scientists at the Tufts University School of Engineering has developed a new filtering technology inspired by biology that could help curb a drinking water-related disease that affects tens of millions of people worldwide and potentially improve environmental remediation, industrial and ...

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Scientists can predict and design single atom catalysts for important chemical reactions

Using fundamental calculations of molecular interactions, they created a catalyst with 100% selectivity in producing propylene

28-Jun-2021

Researchers at Tufts University, University College London (UCL), Cambridge University and University of California at Santa Barbara have demonstrated that a catalyst can indeed be an agent of change. In a study published in Science, they used quantum chemical simulations run on supercomputers to ...

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That's 'sew' smart!

Scientists invent threads to detect gases when woven into clothing

08-Apr-2019

Tufts University engineers have developed a novel fabrication method to create dyed threads that change color when they detect a variety of gases. The researchers demonstrated that the threads can be read visually, or even more precisely by use of a smartphone camera, to detect changes of color ...

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Breakthrough process for directly converting methane to methanol

04-Dec-2017

The direct oxidation of methane--found in natural gas--into methanol at low temperatures has long been a holy grail. Now, researchers at Tufts have found a breakthrough way to accomplish the feat using a heterogeneous catalyst and cheap molecular oxygen, according to a paper published by a team ...

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Bioinspired process makes materials light, robust, programmable at nano- to macro-scale

Ultralight web of silk nano fibers withstands load 4,000 times its weight

01-Mar-2017

Researchers at Tufts University's School of Engineering have developed a new bioinspired technique that transforms silk protein into complex materials that are easily programmable at the nano-, micro- and macro-scales as well as ultralight and robust. Among the varied structures generated was a ...

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Scientists are first to see elements transform at atomic scale

Byproduct of research may lead to new way to irradiate cancer with gold-bonded isotopes

17-Jun-2015

Chemists at Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences, collaborating with PerkinElmer and UCL (University College London), have witnessed atoms of one chemical element morph into another for the first time ever - a feat that produced an unexpected outcome that could lead to a new way to ...

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Single-atom gold catalysts may offer path to low-cost production of fuel and chemicals

01-Dec-2014

New catalysts designed and investigated by Tufts University School of Engineering researchers and collaborators from other university and national laboratories have the potential to greatly reduce processing costs in future fuels, such as hydrogen. The catalysts are composed of a unique structure ...

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Benefits of single atoms acting as catalysts in hydrogen-related reactions

13-Mar-2012

A team of researchers at Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering have discovered that individual atoms can catalyze industrially important chemical reactions such as the hydrogenation of acetylene, offering potentially significant economic and environmental ...

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'Edible optics' could make food safer

Tufts researchers design bio-friendly optical platform for sensing applications in medicine, health, environment, communications

11-Aug-2008

Imagine an edible optical sensor that could be placed in produce bags to detect harmful levels of bacteria and consumed right along with the veggies. Or an implantable device that would monitor glucose in your blood for a year, then dissolve. Scientists at Tufts University's School of ...

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