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Nanoparticles and their orbital positions

Physicists have developed a 'planet-satellite model' to precisely connect and arrange nanoparticles in three-dimensional structures. Like photosystems of plants and algae, the model might in future serve to collect and convert energy.

Posted: Dec 13th, 2013

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Toward next-generation supercapacitors

Electric and hybrid vehicles may soon travel further without recharging their supercapacitor (SC) cell packs. Scientists investigated materials to increase the energy density of SCs, the main obstacle to their widespread use.

Posted: Dec 13th, 2013

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Bioreactors on the nanoscale

Molecular biologists working as part of an EU-funded project have successfully developed a nano-scale bioreactor that can be controlled by adjusting the external temperature. Thanks to their small size and large surface area, the device can act as a versatile tool for tackling key medical, chemical, biological and environmental challenges.

Posted: Dec 13th, 2013

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New, bioinspired nanocatalyst for fuel cells

Researchers have been inspired by nature to develop an alternative catalyst. It consists of organic molecules as well as iron or manganese on a metallic substrate. These materials are less costly and more easily available than platinum.

Posted: Dec 13th, 2013

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A fleeting flash of light

A method for producing ultrashort pulses of intense light provides an important tool for studying the interaction between light and matter.

Posted: Dec 13th, 2013

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