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Snow falls differently on the nanoscale

Hanchen Huang at Northeastern University has spent the last 10 years revising the clas­sical theory of crystal growth that accounts for his obser­va­tions of nanorod crys­tals.

Posted: Jan 24th, 2014

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Nanoröhren speichern Lichtenergie länger als gedacht

Winzige Röhren aus Kohlenstoff haben als effiziente Wandler von Licht zu Elektrizität ein größeres Potenzial als bisher geglaubt. Diese Eigenschaft, die Würzburger Forscher offengelegt haben, könnte für optische Sensoren und die Solartechnik dienlich sein.

Posted: Jan 24th, 2014

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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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