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Quantum Materials Database accelerates the development of new materials

Researchers at Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science has created a database that takes some of the guesswork out of designing new materials. The team performed systematic analyses of both known and imagined chemical compounds to find their key properties and established a database of the results.

Posted: Aug 8th, 2014

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Electrons moving in a magnetic field exhibit strange quantum behavior

Scientists have made the first direct observations of free-electron Landau states and found that the internal rotational dynamics of quantum electrons, or how they move through the field, is surprisingly different from the classical model, and in line with recent quantum-mechanical predictions.

Posted: Aug 8th, 2014

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Diamonds are a quantum computer's best friend

The quantum computer is not yet quite around the corner: calculations show that to implement a useful quantum algorithm, billions of quantum systems have to be used. The elements of a newly proposed quantum computer concept, nitrogen atoms trapped in diamonds, could in principle be miniaturized and mass produced. This system could be to quantum computing what the transistor was for microelectronics.

Posted: Aug 7th, 2014

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Molecular mesh catches a chill

Replacing the large chillers that cool hospitals, museums, and other institutions with more energy-efficient systems means using new materials. Scientists are interested in replacing the silica gel used in today's chillers with novel molecular materials made of molecular meshes or metal organic frameworks.

Posted: Aug 7th, 2014

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Learning from origami to design new materials

Researchers are using origami-based folding methods for 'tuning' the fundamental physical properties of any type of thin sheet, which may eventually lead to development of molecular-scale machines that could snap into place and perform mechanical tasks.

Posted: Aug 7th, 2014

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