A major EU-funded project entitled the Neutron Scattering and Muon Spectroscopy Integrated Initiative (NMI3-II) got underway last year, continuing the ground breaking work of the previous project (NMI3). One major objective of is to provide European scientists with access to the full range of neutron and muon instrumentation and expertise that exists, in order to push forward collaborative research.
Researchers have developed an innovative process to convert carbon dioxide and hydrogen into a renewable alternative for crude oil, which could transform fuels used in gas and diesel-powered vehicles and jets.
Researchers developed a method for using nanostructures to increase the fraction of incoming light that is absorbed by a light-harvesting material. The method is ideal for use with high-efficiency solar cells.
Novel coatings developed with EU support enable the release of healing agents in response to changes in the environment. Longer service lives and increased safety are among the expected benefits for transport vehicles.
Scientist sought to explore mesoscopic behaviours in hybrid systems by combining materials with different and even antagonistic properties. Superconductor-ferromagnet systems are an interesting example where different and opposing electron spin alignments lead to unique phenomena.
Researchers have been able to 'bake' nanostructures within seconds, in order to fabricate very fast UV-sensors. This new technique totally diminishes the need to use sophisticated equipments and toxic chemicals.