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Self-assembling smart microscopic reagents to pioneer pourable electronics

First place in an EU competitive call on "Unconventional Computing" was awarded to a collaborative proposal coordinated by Prof. John McCaskill from the RUB Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The project MICREAgents plans to build autonomous self-assembling electronic microreagents that are almost as small as cells.

Posted: Aug 29th, 2012

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A new look at proteins in living cells

While study of the binding properties of membrane proteins is essential, detailed analysis of these complex entities is tricky. Now, Nongjian Tao, Professor of Electrical Engineering, and director of the Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute has devised a new technique for examining the binding kinetics of membrane proteins.

Posted: Aug 28th, 2012

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New imaging technique homes in on electrocatalysis of nanoparticles

A researcher at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute has found a clever way to measure catalytical reactions of single nanoparticles and multiple particles printed in arrays, which will help characterize and improve existing nanoparticle catalysts, and advance the search for new ones.

Posted: Aug 28th, 2012

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Success in growth of regularly-ordered nanocrystalline thin-film using 3D porous material

A joint research group consisting of the Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (SPring-8), Kyoto University, and the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) succeeded in fabricating a crystalline thin film with a film thickness of nanometer order, in which molecules of a 3-dimensionally strong porous coordination polymer (PCP) are arranged (oriented) in a designated direction, and demonstrated that this thin film has a reversible gas adsorption/desorption reaction function.

Posted: Aug 28th, 2012

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Controlling superconductors with light

By manipulating different types of light, including UV and visible light, researchers are able to alter the critical temperatures of superconducting materials. This finding adds to a growing toolbox for controlling and improving the technology.

Posted: Aug 27th, 2012

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