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Good vibrations: Researchers tune the chemical bonds of buckyballs

If the chemical bonds that hold together the constituent atoms of a molecule could be tuned to become stronger or weaker, certain chemical properties of that molecule might be controlled to great advantage for applications in energy and catalysis. Researchers were able to accomplish this feat by using an applied voltage and electric current to tune the strength of chemical bonds in fullerene or 'buckyball' molecules.

Posted: Jan 23rd, 2014

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A nanotechnology catalsyt to reduce vehicular pollution

Maya Mexican oil type has up to 30 parts per million of sulfur, labeling it as heavy oil, meaning, too pollutant for the environment when used as raw material for fuels. Looking to reduce the national hydrocarbon emissions, a team of scientists has created a catalyst for the oil industry.

Posted: Jan 23rd, 2014

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New microscopy technique improves imaging at the atomic scale

When capturing images at the atomic scale, even tiny movements of the sample can result in skewed or distorted images - and those movements are virtually impossible to prevent. Now microscopy researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new technique that accounts for that movement and eliminates the distortion from the finished product.

Posted: Jan 23rd, 2014

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Carbon dioxide paves the way to unique nanomaterials

In common perception, carbon dioxide is just a greenhouse gas, one of the major environmental problems of mankind. For Warsaw chemists CO2 became, however, something else: a key element of reactions allowing for creation of nanomaterials with unprecedented properties.

Posted: Jan 23rd, 2014

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Molecules as circuits

Researchers show that the Kondo effect could be exploited to change the conductance between two electrodes.

Posted: Jan 23rd, 2014

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Electron transfer to organic nanoparticles

Scientists have studied the mechanism, rate-determining step, and charge-transfer kinetics of organic NPs by using the reductive dissolution of indigo nanoparticles as a model system.

Posted: Jan 23rd, 2014

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