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Defects are perfect in laser-induced graphene (w/video)

Researchers have created flexible, patterned sheets of multilayer graphene from a cheap polymer by burning it with a computer-controlled laser. The process works in air at room temperature and eliminates the need for hot furnaces and controlled environments, and it makes graphene that may be suitable for electronics or energy storage.

Posted: Dec 10th, 2014

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Catalysis at the sub-nanoscale - the gold standard

Precious elements such as platinum work well as catalysts in chemical reactions, but require large amounts of metal and can be expensive. However, computational modeling below the nanoscale level may allow researchers to design more efficient and affordable catalysts from gold.

Posted: Dec 9th, 2014

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Germanium used for semiconductor milestone

A laboratory at Purdue University provided a critical part of the world's first transistor in 1947 - the purified germanium semiconductor -and now researchers here are on the forefront of a new germanium milestone.

Posted: Dec 9th, 2014

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Moving toward a cheaper, better catalyst for hydrogen production

Researchers have long viewed molybdenum sulfide (MoS2) as a promising, much cheaper alternative to platinum. The drawback is that MoS2's catalytic performance is far worse than platinum?s. To get around that problem, researchers have been trying to find ways to improve MoS2's catalytic performance. And now they may be on to something.

Posted: Dec 9th, 2014

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Nanoplasmonic technique could harvest more of the sun's energy

The photovoltaic cells now used to turn sunlight into electricity can only absorb and use a small fraction of that light, and that means a significant amount of solar energy goes untapped. A new technology represents a first step toward harnessing that lost energy.

Posted: Dec 9th, 2014

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Simulationen im Quantenlabor

Die Möglichkeiten des Nachstellens hochkomplexer Vorgänge auf der atomaren Ebene mithilfe von genau kontrollierbaren Quantensystemen erforscht eine internationale Forschungsgruppe unter Beteiligung der Freien Universität Berlin.

Posted: Dec 9th, 2014

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