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Switchable cages - Self-assembly of molecular Archimedean polyhedra

Chemists truly went back to the drawing board to develop new X-shaped organic building blocks that can be linked together by metal ions to form an Archimedean cuboctahedron. They report that by changing the concentration or using different counterions, the cuboctahedron can be reversibly split into two octahedra - an interesting new type of fusion?fission switching process.

Posted: Jul 1st, 2015

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Implantable microfluidic system regulates internal ocular pressure

Elevated or diminished eye pressure impairs our ability to see, and in the worst cases, can even lead to blindness. Until now, there has been no effective long-term treatment. In response, researchers are developing an implantable microfluid system that can efficiently and durably stabilize intraocular pressure.

Posted: Jul 1st, 2015

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Producing spin-entangled electrons

Researchers have successfully produced pairs of spin-entangled electrons and demonstrated, for the first time, that these electrons remain entangled even when they are separated from one another on a chip.

Posted: Jul 1st, 2015

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Bio-inspired catalyst paves the way to gas-to-liquid technologies

A new bio-inspired zeolite catalyst might pave the way to small scale gas-to-liquid technologies converting natural gas to fuels and starting materials for the chemical industry. Investigating the mechanism of the selective oxidation of methane to methanol they identified a copper-oxo-cluster as the active center inside the zeolite micropores.

Posted: Jul 1st, 2015

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Zooming in on the right molecule

The world is built up of molecules that join together and form different building blocks; new software makes it easier to zoom right in to the individual molecule.

Posted: Jul 1st, 2015

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Chemists characterize 3-D macroporous hydrogels

Chemists have developed two novel methods to characterize 3-dimensional macroporous hydrogels - materials that hold great promise for developing 'smart' responsive materials that can be used for catalysts, chemical detectors, tissue engineering scaffolds and absorbents for carbon capture.

Posted: Jun 30th, 2015

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