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Graphene paints a corrosion-free future

The surface of graphene, a one atom thick sheet of carbon, can be randomly decorated with oxygen to create graphene oxide; a form of graphene that could have a significant impact on the chemical, pharmaceutical and electronic industries. Applied as paint, it could provide an ultra-strong, non-corrosive coating for a wide range of industrial applications.

Posted: Sep 11th, 2014

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Protein synthesis and folding analysis on a chip

Misfolded proteins can lead to a variety of diseased states, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Researchers have now developed a method with which one can synthesize hundreds of proteins and analyze their folding properties at once at the single-molecule level.

Posted: Sep 10th, 2014

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Measuring absorption maps and spectra of plasmonic resonators with nanoscale resolution

Scientists have for the first time used photothermal induced resonance (PTIR) to characterize individual plasmonic nanomaterials in order to obtain absorption maps and spectra with nanometer-scale resolution. Nanostructuring of plasmonic materials enables engineering of their resonant optical response and creates new opportunities for applications that benefit from enhanced light-matter interactions, including sensing, photovoltaics, photocatalysis, and therapeutics.

Posted: Sep 10th, 2014

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Researchers achieve highest resolution ever with X-ray microscopy

A record-setting X-ray microscopy experiment may have ushered in a new era for nanoscale imaging. A collaboration of researchers used low energy or 'soft' X-rays to image structures only five nanometers in size. This resolution is the highest ever achieved with X-ray microscopy.

Posted: Sep 10th, 2014

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