Twisting, flexible crystals key to solar energy production

Researchers at Duke University have revealed long-hidden molecular dynamics that provide desirable properties for solar energy and heat energy applications to an exciting class of materials called halide perovskites.

Plant-based magnetic nanoparticles with antifungal properties

A team of researchers from Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University obtained magnetic nanoparticles using sweet flag (Acorus calamus). Both the roots and the leaves of this plant have antioxidant, antimicrobial, and insecticide ...

What stops flows in glassy materials?

Glasses have a liquid-like disordered structure but solid-like mechanical properties. This leads to one of the central mysteries of glasses: Why don't they flow like liquids? This question is so important that it was selected ...

Driving water splitting to create chemical fuels

The sun is an abundant source of renewable energy, which can be captured and converted into usable electricity. However, because the sun doesn't always shine, the supply of energy is not continuous. We need a way to store ...

Ironing out technetium contamination

Millions of medical imaging procedures each year rely on radioactive technetium. One of its radioisotopes decays quickly and is useful as a tracer material in nuclear medicine. But another, technetium-99, is very long-lived, ...

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