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Graphene research - When a doughnut becomes an apple

In experiments using graphene, researchers have been able to demonstrate a phenomenon predicted by a Russian physicist more than 50 years ago. They analysed a layer structure that experts believe may hold unimagined promise.

Posted: Sep 23rd, 2014

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Controlling acoustic transport in hypersonic crystals

Scientists have determined that bulk coherent acoustic vibrations are heavily damped by scattering from radially aligned nanosized pores within hypersonic crystals of closely packed colloidal silica. Surface acoustic modes are much less influenced, suggesting new ways to manipulate thermal transport via phonon propagation control.

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2014

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A temperature switchable nanopore membrane to regulate flow

Researchers have developed a novel membrane with highly aligned nanoscale pores that open and close in response to temperature; this highly porous, valve-like material has many potential filtration applications, including water purification and molecular separation.

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2014

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Uncovering the forbidden side of molecules

Researchers have succeeded in observing the 'forbidden' infrared spectrum of a charged molecule for the first time. These extremely weak spectra offer perspectives for extremely precise measurements of molecular properties and may also contribute to the development of molecular clocks and quantum technology.

Posted: Sep 21st, 2014

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