|Researchers from North Carolina State University and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have found that temperature-controlled aggregation in a family of new semi-conducting polymers is the key to creating highly efficient organic solar cells that can be mass produced more cheaply. ...> Full Article|
|A new class of low-cost polymer materials, which can carry electric charge with almost no losses despite their seemingly random structure, could lead to flexible electronics and displays which are faster and more efficient. ...> Full Article|
|Jülich scientists have developed a new control technique for scanning probe microscopes that enables the user to manipulate large single molecules interactively using their hands. Until now, only simple and inflexibly-programmed movements were possible. To test their method, the researchers 'stencilled' a word into a molecular monolayer by removing 47 molecules. The process opens up new possibilities for the construction of molecular transistors and other nanocomponents. ...> Full Article|
|Consumers often complain that alcohol-free beer is tasteless, but some of the aromas it is lacking can be carried across from regular beer. Researchers from the University of Valladolid have developed the technique and a panel of tasters has confirmed its effectiveness. ...> Full Article|
|University of Utah engineers have developed a new type of carbon nanotube material for handheld sensors that will be quicker and better at sniffing out explosives, deadly gases and illegal drugs. ...> Full Article|
|Rice University scientists create a flexible film with the ability to catalyze the production of hydrogen or be used for energy storage. ...> Full Article|
A Brigham and Women's Hospital led team has developed a simple 'coat of armor' to encase small batteries, rendering them harmless if they are ever swallowed.
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|Usually, light waves do not interact with each other. Coupling of photons with other photons is only possible with the help of special materials and very intense light. Scientists in Vienna have now created the strongest possible coupling of only two photons -- an important achievement for quantum optics. ...> Full Article|
|As Carl Sagan famously said, 'We are made of star stuff.' It's a mind-boggling thought, but what exactly did he mean? Watch our latest Reactions episode to find out how many of the atoms that make up you and everything else were forged in the nuclear cores of stars billions of years ago. ...> Full Article|
|The BIOMAT research group has developed a single-layer, biodegradable container from agro-industrial by-products suitable for both liquid and solid oily products. ...> Full Article|
|Lower-cost 3D printers for the consumer market offer only a limited selection of plastic materials, while industrial additive manufacturing machines can print parts made of high-performance metals. The application of a novel process called Selective Inhibition Sintering in a consumer-priced metal AM machine is described in an article in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing. ...> Full Article|
Your next pair of spandex pants could be made out of corn -- or, more precisely, from dextrose derived from corn. This option is part of a new wave, albeit a small one, of consumer goods that are being produced from plants rather than petroleum-based materials. But a complete transition to a biobased economy won't be easy, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society.
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|For much the same reason LCD televisions offer eye-popping performance, a thermomagnetic processing method can advance the performance of polymers. ...> Full Article|
|If you've gone for a spin in a luxury car and felt your back being warmed or cooled by a seat-based climate control system, then you've likely experienced the benefits of a class of materials called thermoelectrics. Thermoelectric materials convert heat into electricity, and vice versa, and have many advantages over traditional heating and cooling systems. Recently, researchers have observed that the performance of some thermoelectric materials can be improved by combining different solid phases. ...> Full Article|
Physics researchers at VCU have discovered that most of the electrolytes used in lithium-ion batteries -- commonly found in consumer electronic devices -- are superhalogens, and that the vast majority of these electrolytes contain toxic halogens.
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