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Light-carrying chips advance machine learning

08-Jan-2021

In the digital age, data traffic is growing at an exponential rate. The demands on computing power for applications in artificial intelligence such as pattern and speech recognition in particular, or for self-driving vehicles, often exceeds the capacities of conventional computer processors. ...

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Chemists succeed in synthesis of aminoalcohols by utilizing light

New method for generating the least accessible form of vicinal aminoalcohols

06-Jan-2021

Whether in beta-blockers to treat high blood pressure or in natural products: So-called vicinal aminoalcohols are high-quality organic compounds that are found in many everyday products. However, their production is difficult. For a long time, chemists are trying to develop efficient methods of ...

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Innovative Battery Chemistry Revolutionises Zinc-Air Battery

International Research Cooperation for Sustainable Batteries of the Future

05-Jan-2021

High-performance, eco-friendly, safe and at the same time cost-effective: the zinc-air battery is an attractive energy storage technology of the future. Until now, the conventional zinc-air battery has struggled with a high chemical instability, parasitic reactions which rooted in the usage of ...

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Controlling fully integrated nanodiamonds

Physicists integrate diamond-based quantum systems into nanophotonic circuits

25-Nov-2020

Using modern nanotechnology, it is possible nowadays to produce structures which have a feature sizes of just a few nanometres. This world of the most minute particles – also known as quantum systems – makes possible a wide range of technological applications, in fields which include magnetic ...

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Innovative Cell Chemistry Developed for Dual-Ion Battery

Away from Cobalt and Nickel, towards Renewable Resources

06-Nov-2020

A long durability, low costs and high sustainability - the requirements for stationary energy storage systems, for example for wind or solar energy, are high. One promising perspective is the still young dual-ion technology. In a collaboration between Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the ...

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Molecular swarm rearranges surface structures atom by atom

Nano-scientists develop a molecular tool to change the structure of a metal surface

09-Oct-2020

The surface of metals plays a key role in many technologically relevant areas, such as catalysis, sensor technology and battery research. For example, the large-scale production of many chemical compounds takes place on metal surfaces, whose atomic structure determines if and how molecules react ...

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New Analytical Methods for Longer-Lasting Lithium-ion Batteries

Scientists enable detailed analysis of transition metal dissolution

07-Sep-2020

How can the lithium-ion battery (LIB) be further improved? To answer this question, MEET (Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology) scientists around Lenard Hanf developed new methods for capillary electrophoresis. For the first time, this enables a detailed analysis of the transition metal ...

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Long-standing problem in organic chemistry solved

Chemists develop a bioinspired strategy for the controlled synthesis of polyenes

20-Jul-2020

They occur in nature, are reactive and play a role in many biological processes: polyenes. It is no wonder that chemists have for a long time been interested in efficiently constructing these compounds – not least in order to be able to use them for future biomedical applications. However, such ...

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Researchers create a photographic film of a molecular switch

Following the motion of a light-responsive molecule

22-Jun-2020

Molecular switches – they are the molecular counterparts of electrical switches and play an important role in many processes in nature. Such molecules can reversibly interconvert between two or more states and thereby control molecular processes. In living organisms, for example, they play a role ...

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Triggered by light, a novel way to switch on an enzyme

Researchers identify enzyme which becomes catalytically active by light

28-May-2020

In living cells, enzymes drive biochemical metabolic processes enabling reactions to take place efficiently. It is this very ability which allows them to be used as catalysts in biotechnology, for example to create chemical products such as pharmaceutics. Researchers now identified an enzyme ...

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