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Shine bright like a nanoaggregate

Highly luminescent inks made from copper–iodine hybrid clusters with aggregation-induced emission

29-May-2018

Chinese scientists have turned copper–iodine cluster molecules into aggregated, highly luminescent nanostructures for use in light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The solid-state assemblies made of complexes of the copper–iodine cluster with phosphor–organic compounds as ligands are easily prepared, ...

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Libraries for Proteins

Dynamic combinatorial libraries generated from hydrazone-functionalized surface mimetics

29-May-2018

Combinatorial libraries are a key component of the chemist's toolkit for ligand screening. Dynamic combinatorial libraries add a new dimension by interlinking synthesis and screening. Now, British scientists have developed a dynamic combinatorial library for the screening of supramolecular ligand ...

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Color Change Unmasks Lead

Triplex-signal chemosensor for naked eye and spectrometric lead detection

29-May-2018

Environmental lead exposure is one of the most significant public health threats worldwide. Consequently, reliable, quick, inexpensive, and easy-to-handle lead assays are urgently needed. Scientists have now presented a novel chemosensor for lead. It offers a triplex signal upon binding of lead ...

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Wood to Supercapacitors

Electrode materials from ultrathin carbon nanofiber aerogels derived from cellulose

25-May-2018

Carbon aerogels are ultralight, conductive materials, which are extensively investigated for applications in supercapacitor electrodes in electrical cars and cell phones. Chinese scientists have now found a way to make these electrodes sustainably. The aerogels can be obtained directly from ...

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Controlled Nano-Assembly

Universal pH regulated assembly of DNA nanostructures

24-May-2018

DNA, the carrier of genetic information, has become established as a highly useful building material in nanotechnology. One requirement in many applications is the controlled, switchable assembly of nanostructures. Scientists have now introduced a new strategy for control through altering pH ...

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Porous salts for fuel cells

Organic salts with high proton conductivity

23-Apr-2018

Scientists have developed a new class of crystalline porous organic salts with high proton conductivity for applications such as proton-exchange membranes for fuel cells. Polar channels that contain water play a critical role in proton conduction. At about 60 °C and high humidity, their proton ...

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Pores with a Memory

Porous polymer films with shape memory

08-Feb-2018

Whether for separation processes, photovoltaics, catalysis, or electronics, porous polymer membranes are needed in many fields. Membranes with micropores that switch between different shapes and/or sizes would expand the possibilities. Scientists have introduced a process that produces porous ...

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Prelithiation strategy enhances battery performance at low temperatures

06-Dec-2017

When it is cold in winter, cars tend to have starting problems. This is not much better with electric cars, which inevitably lose capacity of their rechargeable lithium-ion batteries at freezing temperatures. Now, Chinese scientists have offered a strategy to avoid plunging battery kinetics. In a ...

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More solar power thanks to titanium

29-Aug-2017

Earth-abundant, cheap metals are promising photocatalytic electrode materials in artificial photosynthesis. A team of Chinese scientists now reports that a thin layer of titania beneath hematite nanorods can boost the performance of the photoanode. As outlined in their report, the nanostructured ...

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Man versus (synthesis) machine

Active machine learning for the discovery and crystallization of gigantic polyoxometalate molecules

04-Aug-2017

Who is the better experimentalist, a human or a robot? When it comes to exploring synthetic and crystallization conditions for inorganic gigantic molecules, actively learning machines are clearly ahead, as demonstrated by British Scientists in an experiment with polyoxometalates. Polyoxometalates ...

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