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Waterproofing functional material with nanoscale cage-like structures

Researchers have developed a novel way to waterproof new functionalized materials involved in gas storage and separation by adding exterior surface grooves. Their study provides a blueprint for researchers to build similar materials involved in industrial applications, such as high performance gas separation and energy storage.

Posted: Jun 30th, 2014

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Single-pixel 'multiplex' captures elusive terahertz images

A novel metamaterial enables a fast, efficient and high-fidelity terahertz radiation imaging system capable of manipulating the stubborn electromagnetic waves, advancing a technology with potential applications in medical and security imaging.

Posted: Jun 29th, 2014

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'Compressive sensing' provides new approach to measuring a quantum system

In quantum physics, momentum and position are an example of conjugate variables. This means they are connected by Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, which says that both quantities cannot be simultaneously measured precisely. Recently, researchers have been developing novel techniques, such as 'weak measurement,' to measure both at the same time. Now Rochester physicists have shown that a technique called compressive sensing offers a way to measure both variables at the same time, without violating the Uncertainty Principle.

Posted: Jun 27th, 2014

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Testing nano materials to build consumer confidence

Engineered nano materials (ENM) are being used more and more in a variety of commercial products. However, there is also concern that some of these properties may be harmful to humans. The FP7-funded research project, NANOSOLUTIONS aims to address this problem by classifying the safety potential of a variety of ENMs.

Posted: Jun 27th, 2014

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Watching nanofluids flow in 4D real-time (w/video)

Researchers have applied a new imaging technique called four-dimensional (4D) electron microscopy to the nanofluid dynamics problem. They describe how they visualized and monitored the flow of molten lead within a single zinc oxide nanotube in real time and space.

Posted: Jun 27th, 2014

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Water-cleanup nanocatalysts tackle biomass upgrading

Rice University chemical engineer Michael Wong has spent a decade amassing evidence that palladium-gold nanoparticles are excellent catalysts for cleaning polluted water, but even he was surprised at how well the particles converted biodiesel waste into valuable chemicals.

Posted: Jun 26th, 2014

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Light in, light out: the rock that breaks the rules

Perovskite materials are the newest contender for breaking the silicon ceiling in solar cell technology. But they don't just absorb light. Cambridge researchers have found they emit it like a laser, opening up an entirely new field of applications.

Posted: Jun 26th, 2014

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