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Molecules move faster near sticky surfaces

Molecules move faster as they get closer to adhesive surfaces, but this effect is not permanent


Molecules move faster as they get closer to adhesive surfaces, but this effect is not permanent. Such is the puzzling conclusion of a study published in Physical Review Letters, carried out by Simone Napolitano and his colleagues in the Laboratory of Polymers and Soft Matter Dynamics at the ...


Merck Sets Course for Future Growth

Life Science and Healthcare drive organic growth


Merck reported an increase in sales in the second quarter of 2017 along with a decline in EBITDA pre exceptionals compared with the year-earlier period. Merck confirmed its earnings guidance following the first six months of 2017. “We have set the course for future growth. By focusing on ...


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The walking polymer

Polymer goes for a walk when illuminated


Scientists at Eindhoven University of Technology and Kent State University have developed a new material that can undulate and therefore propel itself forward under the influence of light. To this end, they clamp a strip of this polymer material in a rectangular frame. When illuminated it goes ...


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Liquid crystals for new optical applications

Merck collaborates with the University of Leeds


Merck, a leading science and technology company, announced today that it has signed a five-year research collaboration agreement with the University of Leeds. The aim is to develop new digital optical applications with liquid crystals under the umbrella of the “Emerging Innovation – LC 2021” ...


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Surprising twist in confined liquid crystals

A simple route to developing new sensors


Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have found a material used for decades to color food items ranging from corn chips to ice creams could potentially have uses far beyond food dyes. In a study the researchers described how a class of water soluble liquid crystals, called lyotropic ...


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Solar smart window could offer privacy and light control on demand


Smart windows get darker to filter out the sun's rays on bright days, and turn clear on cloudy days to let more light in. This feature can help control indoor temperatures and offers some privacy without resorting to aids such as mini-blinds. Now scientists report a new development in this ...


Merck Strengthens Display Materials R&D

Inauguration of Display Materials R&D Laboratory in Shanghai


Merck inaugurated its Display Materials Research and Development (R&D) Lab in Shanghai, China. Merck invested about € 5 million to expand and upgrade its local R&D capacity in display materials and strengthen its commitment to the display industry in China. The investment is in line with Merck’s ...


Merck Lifts Forecast Following Good Second Quarter

Organic sales growth in all regions


Merck reported a significant increase in sales in the second quarter of 2016 in comparison with the year-earlier period. EBITDA pre exceptionals also rose sharply. Owing to good business performance in the second quarter, Merck lifted its forecast for sales and EBITDA pre exceptionals. "We again ...


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Merck Invests € 15 million in Liquid Crystal Window Technology

Production is scheduled to begin at the end of 2017


Merck announced that it will be establishing a production unit for liquid crystal window modules. The volume of the investment is around € 15 million; the location will be decided in the coming weeks. The manufacture of the switchable glass modules is scheduled to begin at the end of 2017. The ...


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Liquid crystals open new route to planar optical elements


Researchers at Osaka University developed a technology to control the light wavefront reflected from a cholesteric liquid crystal - a liquid crystal phase with a helical structure. Although known for their ability to Bragg-reflect light, cholesteric liquid crystals could only be used as flat ...


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