New catalysts mimic human vision

Photoreceptors in vertebrates typically consist of two separate colourless parts: an organic pigment and a protein. Combined, they create a colourful, light-sensitive molecule called an iminium ion that triggers vision upon ...

New technique maps twin faces of smallest Janus nanoparticles

(PhysOrg.com) -- New drug delivery systems, solar cells, industrial catalysts and video displays are among the potential applications of special particles that possess two chemically distinct sides. These particles are named ...

New theory shows how strain makes for better catalysts

Brown University researchers have developed a new theory to explain why stretching or compressing metal catalysts can make them perform better. The theory, described in the journal Nature Catalysis, could open new design ...

New catalyst does more with less platinum

Platinum is a highly reactive and in-demand catalyst across the chemical and energy industries, but a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison and Georgia Institute of Technology scientists could reduce the world's dependence ...

'Antenna-reactor' catalysts offer best of both worlds

In a find that could transform some of the world's most energy-intensive manufacturing processes, researchers at Rice University's Laboratory for Nanophotonics have unveiled a new method for uniting light-capturing photonic ...

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