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Environmentally friendly lignin nanoparticle 'greens' silver nanobullet to battle bacteria

Researchers have developed an effective and environmentally benign method to combat bacteria by engineering nanoscale particles that add the antimicrobial potency of silver to a core of lignin, a ubiquitous substance found in all plant cells. The findings introduce ideas for better, greener and safer nanotechnology and could lead to enhanced efficiency of antimicrobial products used in agriculture and personal care.

Posted: Jul 13th, 2015

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Heat buckyballs to help environment

Scientists are forging toward tunable carbon-capture materials with a new study that shows how chemical changes affect the abilities of enhanced buckyballs to confine greenhouse gases.

Posted: Jul 13th, 2015

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Nanocrystalline thin-film solar cells

Researchers seek to advance the development of perovskite solar cells. By means of special thin-film processes, for example, material consumption and costs can be reduced.

Posted: Jul 13th, 2015

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Nanoparticle transport system for genes thwarts brain cancer in rats

Researchers have designed a nanoparticle transport system for gene delivery that destroys deadly brain gliomas in a rat model, significantly extending the lives of the treated animals. The nanoparticles are filled with genes for an enzyme that converts a prodrug called ganciclovir into a potent destroyer of the glioma cells.

Posted: Jul 11th, 2015

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Tunneling out of the surface

Scientists have discovered a new chemical reaction pathway on titanium dioxide (TiO2), an important photocatalytic material.

Posted: Jul 9th, 2015

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'Women in Graphene' network launched

Graphene Week 2015 in Manchester last month saw the launch of Women in Graphene, a support network for women in graphene and related 2D materials research. As in other areas of science and engineering, women make up significant proportion of the 2D materials workforce, but they face a number of gender-specific barriers to career progression.

Posted: Jul 9th, 2015

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