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Spin-out company aiming to replace harmful plastic microbeads receives £1.3M investment

Sustainable cellulose start-up Naturbeads is poised to scale up

12-Jul-2022

Naturbeads, a company set up by University of Bath researchers that aims to replace plastic microbeads with sustainable alternatives, is set to scale up its work after receiving £1.3M (€1.5M) in a recent funding round. The investment from Italian Venture Capital fund Progress Tech Transfer, Eos ...

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Upcycling plastic waste into more valuable materials could make recycling pay for itself

New and simple method for upcycling plastic waste at room temperature

25-Feb-2022

A new and simple method for upcycling plastic waste at room temperature has been developed by a team of researchers at the Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath. The researchers hope the new process will help recycling become more economically ...

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Chemistry breakthrough leads way to more sustainable pharmaceuticals

Scientists have developed a more sustainable way of making pharmaceuticals that will cut waste and energy usage significantly

19-Nov-2021

Chemistry researchers at the University of Bath have developed a new method using blue light to create pharmaceuticals in a more sustainable way, significantly reducing the amount of energy needed and the chemical waste created in the manufacture process. Synthesising small-molecule drugs ...

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Phosphorescent material inspired by ‘glow in the dark’ wood

Researchers have developed a new phosphorescent material from lignin

25-Aug-2021

Scientists have harnessed the natural ability of wood to faintly glow to develop a new sustainable phosphorescent material that could potentially be used in a wide number of applications, from medical imaging and optical sensing to ‘glow in the dark’ dyes and paints. An international team of ...

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Swirl power: how gentle body movement will charge your mobile phone

Scientists have found a way to generate electricity from nylon, raising hopes that the clothes on our backs will become an important source of energy

10-Nov-2020

Researchers have found a way to produce nylon fibres that are smart enough to produce electricity from simple body movement, paving the way for smart clothes that will monitor our health through miniaturised sensors and charge our devices without any external power source. This discovery - a ...

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Chemical recycling makes useful product from waste bioplastic

Chemical process can be used to break down real consumer plastics and produce green solvent

25-May-2020

A faster, more efficient way of recycling plant-based "bioplastics" has been developed by a team of scientists at the Universities of Birmingham and Bath. The team has shown how their chemical recycling method not only speeds up the process, it can also be converted into a new product - a ...

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Print your own laboratory-grade microscope for US$18

An open-source design gives schools, homes and labs the chance to 3D print their own precision microscopes

06-May-2020

For the first time, labs around the world can 3D print their own precision microscopes to analyse samples and detect diseases , thanks to an open-source design created at the University of Bath. The OpenFlexure Microscope, described in Biomedical Optics Express, is a fully automated, ...

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Scientists create a nanomaterial that is both twisted and untwisted at the same time

The material allows for incredibly sensitive detection of the direction molecules twist

17-Sep-2019

A new nanomaterial developed by scientists at the University of Bath could solve a conundrum faced by scientists probing some of the most promising types of future pharmaceuticals. Scientists who study the nanoscale - with molecules and materials 10,000 smaller than a pinhead - need to be able to ...

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Electrode’s ‘hot edges’ convert CO₂ gas into fuels and chemicals

16-May-2019

A team of scientists has created a bowl-shaped electrode with 'hot edges' which can efficiently convert CO2 from gas into carbon based fuels and chemicals, helping combat the climate change threat posed by atmospheric carbon dioxide. The research team, from the University of Bath, Fudan ...

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Single molecule control for a millionth of a billionth of a second

11-Sep-2018

Physicists at the University of Bath have discovered how to manipulate and control individual molecules for a millionth of a billionth of a second, after being intrigued by some seemingly odd results. Their new technique is the most sensitive way of controlling a chemical reaction on some of the ...

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