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Water-cleanup nanocatalysts tackle biomass upgrading

Rice University chemical engineer Michael Wong has spent a decade amassing evidence that palladium-gold nanoparticles are excellent catalysts for cleaning polluted water, but even he was surprised at how well the particles converted biodiesel waste into valuable chemicals.

Posted: Jun 26th, 2014

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Light in, light out: the rock that breaks the rules

Perovskite materials are the newest contender for breaking the silicon ceiling in solar cell technology. But they don't just absorb light. Cambridge researchers have found they emit it like a laser, opening up an entirely new field of applications.

Posted: Jun 26th, 2014

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New technology to treat sepsis, a global killer

The National Science Foundation has just awarded $200,000 to engineers at Oregon State University who have developed a new technology that they believe could revolutionize the treatment and prevention of sepsis.

Posted: Jun 26th, 2014

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Shaken, not stirred - Janus capsules please

Janus capsules, miniature, hollow structures, appear in different fragments composed of different micro- and nanoparticles. Theoreticians were able to design models of such capsules, but a real challenge was to produce them. Now, Janus capsules can be produced easily and at low cost.

Posted: Jun 26th, 2014

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'Nanosubmarine' delivers complementary molecules inside cells

Researchers created nanoparticles that under the right conditions, self-assemble - trapping complementary guest molecules within their structure. Like tiny submarines, these versatile nanocarriers can navigate in the watery environment surrounding cells and transport their guest molecules through the membrane of living cells to sequentially deliver their cargo.

Posted: Jun 25th, 2014

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World's first magnetic hose created

An international team of scientists has developed a material which guides and transports a magnetic field from one location to the other, similar to how an optical fibre transports light or a hose transports water.

Posted: Jun 25th, 2014

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Smart gating nanochannels for confined water

Researchers have developed a series of biomimetic nanochannels, delivered a strategy for the design and construction of smart nanochannels and applied the nanochannels in energy conversion systems.

Posted: Jun 25th, 2014

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