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Researchers unveil super-efficient solar-energy nanotechnology

Rice University scientists have unveiled a revolutionary new technology that uses nanoparticles to convert solar energy directly into steam. The new "solar steam" method from Rice's Laboratory for Nanophotonics is so effective it can even produce steam from icy cold water.

Posted: Nov 19th, 2012

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University-industry collaboration strengthens high-growth 3-D printed electronics industry

Rochester Institute of Technology researchers will be able to play a key role in advancing the printed electronics industry as a result of the development of a university-industry partnership with regional and national high-tech firms. This includes the acquisition of new state-of-the-art equipment that further enhances the university's assets in advanced manufacturing.

Posted: Nov 19th, 2012

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Major nanotechnology advance in using sunlight to produce steam without boiling water

Scientists today are describing a revolutionary new way to use sunlight to produce steam and other vapors without heating an entire container of fluid to the boiling point. The advance has potential applications, especially in the poverty-stricken areas of the developing world, that include inexpensive, compact devices for purification of drinking water, sterilization of medical instruments and sanitizing sewage.

Posted: Nov 19th, 2012

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Capping ligands as selectivity switches in hydrogenation reactions

The role of surface modification of nanoparticle catalysts in alkyne hydrogenation reactions was systematically investigated by the Center for Nanoscale Materials' NanoBio Interfaces Group. The team explains the effect of surface ligands on the selectivity and activity of platinum and Co/Pt nanoparticles using experimental and computational approaches.

Posted: Nov 19th, 2012

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Creating a coating of water-repellent microscopic particles to keep ice off airplanes

To help planes fly safely through cold, wet, and icy conditions, a team of Japanese scientists has developed a new super water-repellent surface that can prevent ice from forming in these harsh atmospheric conditions. Unlike current inflight anti-icing techniques, the researchers envision applying this new anti-icing method to an entire aircraft like a coat of paint.

Posted: Nov 17th, 2012

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Visualizing floating cereal patterns to understand nanotechnology processes

Small floating objects change the dynamics of the surface they are on. This is an effect every serious student of breakfast has seen as rafts of floating cereal o's arrange and rearrange themselves into patterns on the milk. Now scientists have suggested that this process may offer insight into nanoscale engineering processes.

Posted: Nov 17th, 2012

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