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Ceramic foam for efficient thermal insulation

The Institut for Nonmetallic Inorganic Materials develops ceramic foams intended for use as energy-efficient thermal insulations in blast furnaces, as bone substitutes and for the controlled release of active ingredients in medicine.

Posted: Sep 3rd, 2010

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Chemists use graphene to visualize atomic-scale structures

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have devised a new technique - using a sheet of carbon just one atom thick - to visualize the structure of molecules. The technique, which was used to obtain the first direct images of how water coats surfaces at room temperature, can also be used to image a potentially unlimited number of other molecules, including antibodies and other biomolecules.

Posted: Sep 2nd, 2010

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Scientists discover proton diode

Biophysicists in Bochum have discovered a diode for protons: just like the electronic component determines the direction of flow of electric current, the 'proton diode' ensures that protons can only pass through a cell membrane in one direction. Water molecules play an important role here as active components of the diode.

Posted: Sep 2nd, 2010

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Nanotechnology-enabled solar energy harvesting: Building the supply chain

The Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in the UK have jointly allocated up to GBP7m to invest in highly innovative, collaborative research projects looking at the use of novel nanoscale technologies to enable the next generation of solar energy harvesting.

Posted: Sep 2nd, 2010

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