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Energy researchers break the catalytic speed limit

31-May-2019

A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and University of Massachusetts Amherst has discovered new technology that can speed up chemical reactions 10,000 times faster than the current reaction rate limit. These findings could increase the speed and lower the cost of thousands of ...

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2018 WITec Paper Award for Outstanding Scientific Publications

31-May-2018

Every year WITec, the Raman imaging company, recognizes three peer-reviewed publications that stand out in terms of originality and significance and feature data acquired with a WITec microscope. This year, scientists from universities and institutes in Bochum, Bayreuth and Minneapolis received ...

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Discovery of new transparent thin film material could improve electronics and solar cells

09-May-2017

A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, have discovered a new nano-scale thin film material with the highest-ever conductivity in its class. The new material could lead to smaller, faster, and more powerful electronics, as well as more efficient solar cells. Researchers say ...

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Researchers develop groundbreaking process for creating ultra-selective separation membranes

17-Mar-2017

A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has developed a groundbreaking one-step, crystal growth process for making ultra-thin layers of material with molecular-sized pores. Researchers demonstrated the use of the material, called zeolite nanosheets, by making ultra-selective ...

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Dream of energy-collecting windows is one step closer to reality

23-Feb-2017

Researchers at the University of Minnesota and University of Milano-Bicocca are bringing the dream of windows that can efficiently collect solar energy one step closer to reality thanks to high tech silicon nanoparticles. The researchers developed technology to embed the silicon nanoparticles ...

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First-ever videos show how heat moves through materials at the nanoscale and speed of sound

18-Apr-2016

Using a state-of-the-art ultrafast electron microscope, University of Minnesota researchers have recorded the first-ever videos showing how heat moves through materials at the nanoscale traveling at the speed of sound. The research, published today in Nature Communications, provides unprecedented ...

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Recyclable, sugar-derived foam - a renewable alternative to traditional polyurethanes?

15-Apr-2016

Polyurethanes in products from cushy sofas to stretchy spandex have made sitting, sleeping and walking more comfortable. But once they have served their purpose, most of the non-degradable materials pile up in landfills. Now scientists report a potential way to reduce future waste: a chemically ...

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The effects of hydrogen on growing carbon nanotubes

13-Oct-2010

Carbon nanotubes -- long, hollow cylinders of carbon billionths of a meter in diameter -- have many potential uses in nanotechnology, optics, electronics, and many other fields. The exact properties of nanotubes depend on their structure, and scientists as yet have little control over that ...

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U of Minnesota researchers discover high levels of estrogens in some industrial wastewater

Study is the first of its kind to examine a wide range of processing industries

12-Aug-2009

In a groundbreaking study, civil engineering researchers in the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology have discovered that certain industries may be a significant source of plant-based estrogens, called phytoestrogens, in surface water. They also revealed that some of these ...

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Bioethanol's impact on water supply 3 times higher than once thought

07-Aug-2009

At a time when water supplies are scarce in many areas of the United States, scientists in Minnesota are reporting that production of bioethanol — often regarded as the clean-burning energy source of the future — may consume up to three times more water than previously thought. Sangwon Suh and ...

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