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New industrial possibilities for nanoporous thin films

Metal-organic frameworks are a new type of materials with nanoscale pores. Bioscience engineers have developed an alternative method that produces these materials in the form of very thin films, so that they can easily be used for high-tech applications such as microchips.

Posted: Dec 14th, 2015

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Transparent metal films for smartphone, tablet and TV displays

A new material that is both highly transparent and electrically conductive could make large screen displays, smart windows and even touch screens and solar cells more affordable and efficient, according to materials scientists and engineers who have discovered just such a material.

Posted: Dec 14th, 2015

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Hybrid material presents potential for 4-D-printed adaptive devices

Combining photo-responsive fibers with thermo-responsive gels, researchers have modeled a new hybrid material that could reconfigure itself multiple times into different shapes when exposed to light and heat, allowing for the creation of devices that not only adapt to their environment, but also display distinctly different behavior in the presence of different stimuli.

Posted: Dec 14th, 2015

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Isolating water's impact on vibrations within DNA

To isolate the contribution of water to the vibrational fluctuations that occur between DNA, bulk water, and the charged biomolecular interface between the two, researchers have performed two-dimensional spectroscopic analyses on double-stranded DNA helices at different hydration levels.

Posted: Dec 14th, 2015

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Doped organic semiconductors explored

Until now, little was known about how the doping molecules are integrated into the chemical structure of organic semiconductors. New research has found that they consist of a matrix of undoped crystallites in which such 'mixed crystallites' are embedded. It is this very species that takes over the role as the actually doping molecule.

Posted: Dec 14th, 2015

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Nanoscale one-way street for light

An optical device at nanoscale which allows light to pass in only one direction has been developed by researchers. It consists of alkali atoms which are coupled to ultrathin glass fibres.

Posted: Dec 14th, 2015

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Diagnostics with birefringence

A new rapid test can detect not only malaria parasites but also viruses such as HIV or Ebola, diverse bacteria or biomarkers, like glucose or cholesterol.

Posted: Dec 13th, 2015

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