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Decoding the role of water in gold nanocatalysis

Researchers have, for the first time, provided direct evidence of a water-mediated reaction mechanism for the catalytic oxidation of carbon monoxide. The work used gold nanoparticles and titanium dioxide as a catalyst to speed the process and determined that water serves as a co-catalyst for the reaction that transforms carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide.

Posted: Sep 4th, 2014

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Catching greenhouse gases with advanced nanomembranes

Researchers in Japan have engineered a membrane with advanced features capable of removing harmful greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Their findings may one day contribute to lower greenhouse gas emissions and cleaner skies.

Posted: Sep 4th, 2014

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Trends in nanoscale mechanics

A collection of the state-of-the-art reviews written by the leading researchers in the areas of nanoscale mechanics, molecular dynamics, nanoscale modeling of nanocomposites and mechanics of carbon nanotubes.

Posted: Sep 4th, 2014

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Scientists shed light on organic photovoltaic characteristics

Scientists have developed a method that allows the prediction of the current density-voltage curve of a photovoltaic device. This new method uses a common measurement technique (impedance spectroscopy) that is affordable, widely available to manufacturers, and relatively easy to perform.

Posted: Sep 3rd, 2014

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Inhomogeneous surface plasmon polaritons

Scientists have discovered a new way to control light. Light can be guided along the surface of a metal via a surface plasmon polariton phenomenon. When light guided along the surface of one metal encounters a different metal surface, the new type of plasmon called an 'inhomogeneous surface plasmon polariton' results that has controlled confinement properties.

Posted: Sep 3rd, 2014

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