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Nature Unveiling Herself Before Science

Cutting-edge technology allows for real-time monitoring of biomineralisation

22-May-2020

21st century societal challenges such as demographic developments and an ageing population demand for new functional materials, such as for bone prostheses. Nature often serves as inspiration when designing these materials. In a recent study published in Analytical Chemistry, a team led by ERC ...

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Self healing robots that "feel pain"

12-Aug-2019

Over the next three years, researchers from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, University of Cambridge, École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la ville de Paris (ESPCI-Paris) and Empa will be working together with the Dutch Polymer manufacturer SupraPolix on the next generation ...

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Creating new molecular sieves

Researchers make organic frameworks that could sift antibiotic residue out of water

11-Jun-2019

An international team of researchers recently synthesized polyarylether-based covalent organic frameworks, the most stable crystalline porous material on record. The team, which includes the University of Delaware's Yushan Yan and Jilin University's Qianrong (Frank) Fang, a former postdoctoral ...

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Scientists develop printable water sensor

X-ray investigation reveals functioning of highly versatile copper-based compound

05-Mar-2019

A new, versatile plastic-composite sensor can detect tiny amounts of water. The 3d printable material, developed by a Spanish-Israeli team of scientists, is cheap, flexible and non-toxic and changes its colour from purple to blue in wet conditions. The researchers lead by Pilar Amo-Ochoa from the ...

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'Butterfly-shaped' palladium subnano cluster built in 3-D

25-Feb-2019

Miniaturization is the watchword of progress. Nanoscience - building structures on the scale of a few atoms - has long been at the forefront of chemistry for some time now. Recently, researchers at The University of Tokyo developed the new strategy to construct the subnanosized metal aggregates, ...

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Self-assembling nanomaterial a pathway to more efficient, affordable harnessing of solar power

Singlet fission reaction creates more and extends the life of electronic charges

28-Jan-2019

Solar rays are a plentiful, clean source of energy that is becoming increasingly important as the world works to shift away from power sources that contribute to global warming. But current methods of harvesting solar charges are expensive and inefficient--with a theoretical efficiency limit of ...

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Combining 3D printing and metals science leads to stronger, crystal-inspired materials

24-Jan-2019

Imperial materials scientists have created new artificial materials which combine our knowledge of metals with 3D printing. The findings could speed up the use of 3D printed materials in everything from construction and vehicles to medical devices. 3D printing is often used to produce engineering ...

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A transparent flexible material of silk and nanotubes

Nanotube interactions with silk fibroins - key to flexible, degradable electronics

02-Nov-2018

The silk fibers produced by Bombyx mori, the domestic silkworm, has been prized for millennia as a strong yet lightweight and luxurious material. Although synthetic polymers like nylon and polyester are less costly, they do not compare to silk's natural qualities and mechanical properties. And ...

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Nanoparticles' defects can be useful

27-Jun-2018

According to Yulia Kuznetsova, defects in nanoparticles play a very serious role in the formation of their real structure and physical properties. Therefore, having learned to create the necessary defects in the required quantities, we can control characteristics of such materials. In other ...

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A path to sustainable and biodegradable polyesters

04-Jun-2018

There's a good chance you've touched something made out of the polyolefin polymer today. It's often used in polyethylene products like plastic bags or polypropylene products like diapers. As useful as polyolefins are in society, they continue to multiply as trash in the environment. Scientists ...

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