Researchers uncover a synthetic material that rebuilds itself through chemical communication
(Phys.org)—Self-moving gels can give synthetic materials the ability to "act alive" and mimic primitive biological communication, University of Pittsburgh researchers have found.
Nanomaterial inspired by nature paves way for greener energy
(Phys.org)—A new nanomaterial, which finds its inspiration in nature, will provide the potential for more efficient and greener vehicles, rechargeable batteries and solar cells.
A thin-skinned catalyst for chemical reactions
A chemical nanostructure developed by Boston College researchers behaves much like the pores of the skin, serving as a precise control for a typically stubborn method of catalysis that is the workhorse of ...
Ultra-short laser pulses control chemical processes
Specially shaped laser pulses can be used to change the state of electrons in a molecule. This process only takes several attoseconds—but it can initiate another, much slower process: The splitting of the ...
Researchers create world's smallest reaction chamber
The world's smallest reaction chamber, with a mixing volume measured in femtolitres (million billionths of a litre), can be used to study the kind of speedy, nanoscale biochemical reactions that take place ...
Deuterium from a quantum sieve: metal-organic Framework separates hydrogen isotopes more efficiently
(Phys.org)—In future it may be easier for chemists, biologists and physicists to obtain the ideal substance with which to clarify numerous research issues. For the first time, a team of scientists from ...
Researchers find way to protect historic limestone buildings
Buildings and statues constructed of limestone can be protected from pollution by applying a thin, single layer of a water-resistant coating.
Gases from grasses: Simulations on Ranger supercomputer help researchers understand biofuel react
Researchers from the University of Virginia used computer simulations and laboratory experiments to discover a reaction site on gold-titanium oxides that is responsible for high rates of catalysis relevant ...
Team develops lignin-based thermoplastic conversion process
(Phys.org)—Turning lignin, a plant's structural "glue" and a byproduct of the paper and pulp industry, into something considerably more valuable is driving a research effort headed by Amit Naskar of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Cobalt discovery replaces precious metals as industrial catalyst
(Phys.org)—Cobalt, a common mineral, holds promise as an industrial catalyst with potential applications in such energy-related technologies such as the production of biofuels and the reduction of carbon ...
Size matters when reducing NiO nanoparticles
(Phys.org)—New research finds that size plays a major role in how nanoscale nickel oxide (NiO) shells behave when being reduced to solid nickel nanoparticles.
Cut-and-paste zeolites: New, faster method for developing custom microporous materials
(Phys.org)—Zeolites are minerals with a microporous structure. This makes them attractive as catalysts in industrial applications. Unfortunately, creating synthetic zeolites is very complex. Researchers ...
Nanometer-scale diamond tips improve nano-manufacturing
(Phys.org)—One of the most promising innovations of nanotechnology has been the ability to perform rapid nanofabrication using nanometer-scale tips. The fabrication speed can be dramatically increased by ...
Techniques for the manipulation of matter at the nano scale: New insights on 3-D printing
(Phys.org)—Techniques for the manipulation of matter at the nano scale are a step further ahead with the publication of new results from a UTS research group.