New research has revealed a way to reduce the energy demand in one key step of plastic manufacturing by using a class of materials that can filter impurities more efficiently than the conventional manufacturing process.
A method to produce significant amounts of semiconducting nanoparticles for light-emitting displays, sensors, solar panels and biomedical applications has gained momentum with a demonstration by researchers.
Researchers have created a new material, called 'rewritable magnetic charge ice', that permits an unprecedented degree of control over local magnetic fields and could pave the way for new computing technologies.
The new research reveals how glycerol prevents ice crystals from forming in water as the solution is cooled to -35C, with important implications for improving cryoprotectants used in fertility treatments and food storage.
Researchers studied the details of this 'liquid wire' technique in spiders' webs and used it to create composite fibres in the laboratory which, just like the spider's capture silk, extend like a solid and compress like a liquid.