More than meets the eye: New blue light nanocrystals
Berkeley Lab researchers have produced non-toxic magnesium oxide nanocrystals that efficiently emit blue light and could also play a role in long-term storage of carbon dioxide, a potential means of tempering ...
Engineers solve energy puzzle
University of Toronto materials science and engineering (MSE) researchers have demonstrated for the first time the key mechanism behind how energy levels align in a critical group of advanced materials. This discovery is ...
Researchers create all-electric spintronics
A multidisciplinary team of UC researchers is the first to find an innovative and novel way to control an electron's spin orientation using purely electrical means.
Memristor chip could lead to faster, cheaper computers
(PhysOrg.com) -- The memristor is a computer component that offers both memory and logic functions in one simple package. It has the potential to transform the semiconductor industry, enabling smaller, faster, cheaper chips ...
Researchers make strides toward selective oxidation catalysts
Oxide catalysts, typically formulated as powders, play an integral role in many chemical transformations, including cleaning wastewater, curbing tailpipe emissions, and synthesizing most consumer products.
Flexible, transparent supercapacitors -- bend and twist them like a poker card
It is a completely transparent and flexible energy conversion and storage device that you can bend and twist like a poker card.
Additive may make wine fine for a longer time
An additive may help curb a chemical reaction that causes wine to look, smell and taste funky, according to food scientists.
New property of flames sparks advances in technology
Chemists at UCL have discovered a new property of flames, which allows them to control reactions at a solid surface in a flame and opens up a whole new field of chemical innovation.
Creating desirable materials requires salt, but not space
(PhysOrg.com) -- When synthesizing specialized materials for energy-packed batteries, the problem is the template. The pattern for self-assembling the highly desired nanometer-sized spheres falls apart, producing ...
Metal oxide simulations could help green technology
(PhysOrg.com) -- University of California, Davis, researchers have proposed a radical new way of thinking about the chemical reactions between water and metal oxides, the most common minerals on Earth. Their work appears ...
A clearer look at how iron reacts in the environment
(Phys.org)—Using ultrafast X-rays, scientists for the first time have watched how quickly electrons hop their way through rust nanoparticles.
Dancing 'adatoms' help chemists understand how water molecules split
Single oxygen atoms dancing on a metal oxide slab, glowing brighter here and dimmer there, have helped chemists better understand how water splits into oxygen and hydrogen. In the process, the scientists have visualized a ...
(PhysOrg.com) -- Titanium oxide doped with cobalt produces magnetic properties at room temperature via a newly discovered mechanism.
Batteries get a (nano)boost
Need to store electricity more efficiently? Put it behind bars. That's essentially the finding of a team of Rice University researchers who have created hybrid carbon nanotube metal oxide arrays as electrode material that ...