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How seawater could corrode nuclear fuel

31-Jan-2012

Japan used seawater to cool nuclear fuel at the stricken Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant after the tsunami in March 2011 -- and that was probably the best action to take at the time, says Professor Alexandra Navrotsky of the University of California, Davis. But Navrotsky and others have since ...

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New approach to solar cells

07-Feb-2011

An interdisciplinary team of UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz researchers is taking a novel approach to solar power, one that promises to lead to a technological breakthrough. By using nanoparticles of germanium, silicon and other materials, the researchers hope to produce solar cells far more ...

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Peering into the never before seen

21-Jun-2010

Scientists can now peer into the inner workings of catalyst nanoparticles 3,000 times smaller than a human hair within nanoseconds. The findings point the way toward future work that could greatly improve catalyst efficiency in a variety of processes that are crucial to the world’s energy ...

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Imaging technique enables studies on the dynamics of nanocatalysts at unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution

04-Jun-2010

Tiny catalyst materials may take part in a rich variety of very fast physical and chemical processes which can now be revealed more precisely thanks to a new imaging mode for dynamic transmission electron microscopes (DTEMs) developed by US scientists. "Our group has developed a dark-field ...

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More, better biodiesel

24-Feb-2010

Yields of biodiesel from oilseed crops such as safflower could be increased by up to 24 percent using a new process developed by chemists at UC Davis. The method converts both plant oils and carbohydrates into biodiesel in a single process, and should also improve the performance characteristics ...

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Novel chemistry for ethylene and tin

02-Oct-2009

New work by chemists at UC Davis shows that ethylene, a gas that is important both as a hormone that controls fruit ripening and as a raw material in industrial chemistry, can bind reversibly to tin atoms. The research, published Sept. 25 in the journal Science, could have implications for ...

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How Crystal Becomes a Conductor

07-Feb-2008

Squeeze a crystal of manganese oxide hard enough, and it changes from an electrical insulator to a conductive metal. In a report published by the journal Nature Materials, researchers use computational modeling to show why this happens. The results represent an advance in computer modeling of ...

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Agilent Technologies Announces New Technique for Rapid Analysis of Key Breast Milk Component

30-Nov-2006

Agilent Technologies announced a new technique developed by a team of University of California at Davis (UCD) and Agilent scientists that enables rapid, detailed analysis of the composition of a group of bioactive molecules in breast milk. Oligosaccharides (OGs) comprise the third-largest solid ...

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Encoded metallic nanowires reveal bioweapons

Striped nanowires of silver and gold for parallel detection of various pathogens

15-Aug-2006

When dangerous infectious diseases or biological weapons are suspected, fast help is required. The first step is a reliable, sensitive, and unambiguous, yet also fast and simple, identification of the pathogen; preferably, this test should be carried out on the spot, not in a laboratory. Portable ...

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