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Keeping hydrogen from cracking metals

Metal alloys such as steel and zirconium that are used in pipes for nuclear reactors and oil fields naturally acquire a protective oxide or sulfide layer. But hydrogen penetration can lead to their breakdown ...

Oct 28, 2014
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A GPS from the chemistry set

Swiss scientists teamed up with colleagues from Hungary, Japan and Scotland to develop a chemical 'processor' that reliably shows the fastest way through a City maze. As the method is basically faster than ...

Oct 27, 2014
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Electronic switches on the molecular scale

A molecular electronic switch is a junction created from individual molecules that can alternate between two or more stable states, making the switch act as a conductor or an insulator. These switches show ...

Nov 25, 2014
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Mapping the march to methodical materials

Selective and reactive, metal-organic frameworks or MOFs could replace inefficient materials in batteries, catalysts, solid-state heat pumps, and other products where gas separation and storage are vital. ...

Nov 11, 2014
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