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Carving up water

Single water molecules can now be sliced into different atomic components, thanks to the electronic properties of ultrathin oxide films.

Posted: Jul 2nd, 2010

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Transformation optics make a U-turn for the better

Powerful new microscopes able to resolve DNA molecules with visible light, superfast computers that use light rather than electronic signals to process information, and Harry Potteresque invisibility cloaks are just some of the many thrilling promises of transformation optics.

Posted: Jul 1st, 2010

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Simulation-based matchmaking for shape memory alloys

A new shape memory alloy with up to now unprecedented functional stability was developed by researchers from the Institute for Materials at the Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum in cooperation with researchers from the USA and Japan.

Posted: Jul 1st, 2010

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Solid oxide fuel cells getting closer to the market

The Danish company Topsoe Fuel Cell A/S and Riso DTU have received a grant of 54.5 million DKK from the Danish Energy Agency's Programme for Energy Technology Development and Demonstration (EUDP). This will ensure that the current efforts within solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) will be continued, leading to prototypes in 2012 which meet market demands for efficiency, life time and price.

Posted: Jul 1st, 2010

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Mass production of polymer solar cells is within reach

Ten years of intensive research and development at Riso DTU is now materialized in a fully operational production line for polymer solar cells at the Danish company Mekoprint A/S. Polymer solar cells which is an inexpensive alternative to silicon solar cells, has a significant industrial potential.

Posted: Jul 1st, 2010

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Test laboratory for solar technology in New Mexico

As part of a joint venture with the VDE Institute and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group, Fraunhofer has joined in laying the cornerstone for a new international test laboratory for photovoltaic modules.

Posted: Jul 1st, 2010

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Fraunhofer FEP boosts food freshness with innovative packaging coating technology

Did you ever open a freshly-bought cereal or bag of potato-chips that was not fresh at all? Did it taste sticky and rubber-like? To prevent unpleasant surprises like this, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Electron Beam and Plasma Technology (Fraunhofer FEP) in Dresden developed a method to coat plastic foils with a very thin barrier layer that keeps out humidity and oxygen, the main culprits of food deterioration.

Posted: Jul 1st, 2010

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Nanopores make sterile filtration more reliable

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM in Halle, Germany, have created a new generation of filtration membranes: They developed ceramic membranes with a uniform pore structure and a very tight and even pore size distribution.

Posted: Jul 1st, 2010

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