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Want new advanced materials?

There's a phase transition for that

05-Jul-2021

Believe it or not, steel has something in common with bacterial appendages: they can both undergo a special type of physical transformation that remains puzzling. Now, researchers from Japan and China have used direct microscopic observations to provide more clarity to how this transformation ...

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Sustainable chemical synthesis with platinum

A new catalyst allows wood to replace petroleum in hydrocarbon synthesis

26-Apr-2021

Researchers used platinum and aluminum compounds to create a catalyst which enables certain chemical reactions to occur more efficiently than ever before. The catalyst could significantly reduce energy usage in various industrial and pharmaceutical processes. It also allows for a wider range of ...

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Concrete without cement?

Simple chemistry will enhance the sustainability of concrete production

16-Apr-2021

Researchers at the Institute of Industrial Science, a part of The University of Tokyo, have developed a new method of producing concrete without cement. They have directly bonded sand particles via a simple reaction in alcohol with a catalyst. This may help both to slash carbon emissions and to ...

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How does your computer smell?

Researchers create a highly sensitive biohybrid olfactory sensor

15-Jan-2021

A keen sense of smell is a powerful ability shared by many organisms. However, it has proven difficult to replicate by artificial means. Researchers combined biological and engineered elements to create what is known as a biohybrid component. Their volatile organic compound sensor can effectively ...

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Tips for making nanographene

A new and efficient way to create nanographene for power and display devices

12-Nov-2020

Nanographene is a material that is anticipated to radically improve solar cells, fuel cells, LEDs and more. Typically the synthesis of this material has been imprecise and difficult to control. For the first time, researchers have discovered a simple way to gain precise control over the ...

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Well oriented: Catalysts for isotactic polar polypropylenes

Japanese scientists developed a new approach that allows more suitable catalysts to be produced much more easily

03-Nov-2020

Polypropylene (PP) is one of the most widely used plastics in the world. By controlling the spatial orientation of the propylene building blocks and additional polar components, it should be possible to create a new generation of attractive, engineered, specialty plastics, with improved ...

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Better, safer batteries

A new battery chemistry promises safer high-voltage lithium-ion batteries

31-Mar-2020

For the first time, researchers who explore the physical and chemical properties of electrical energy storage have found a new way to improve lithium-ion batteries. They successfully increased not only the voltage delivery of a lithium-ion battery but also its ability to suppress dangerous ...

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The combination of plant-based particles and water forms an 'eco' super-glue

25-Feb-2020

In a study published in Advanced Materials, researchers at Aalto University, the University of Tokyo, Sichuan University, and the University of British Columbia have demonstrated that plant-derived cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) can form an adhesive that fully integrates the concepts of ...

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Better chemistry through tiny antennae

02-Sep-2019

A research team at The University of Tokyo has introduced a powerful method for actively breaking chemical bonds using excitations in tiny antennae created by infrared lasers. This process may have applications throughout chemistry as a way to direct chemical reactions in desired directions. In ...

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Chemistry in motion

Researchers produce first-ever videos of chemical synthesis at atomic resolution

26-Aug-2019

For the first time, researchers have managed to view previously inaccessible details of certain chemical processes. They have shown there are significant discrete stages to these processes which build on our knowledge of chemical synthesis. These details could aid in the development of methods to ...

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