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Towards data storage at the single molecule level

Researchers have managed to successfully place a new class of spin-crossover molecules onto a surface and to improve the molecule?s storage capacity. The storage density of conventional hard drives could therefore theoretically be increased by more than one hundred fold.

Posted: Dec 6th, 2017

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Nanoscientists develop new material with controllable pores

Scientists describe synthesizing a new material from bottlebrush copolymers, a giant molecule with special architecture. These molecules have bristles that emanate from a backbone with end blocks. The research team predicted this unique combination of reactive components in a single molecule would form. Bottlebrush copolymers provide a unique platform for fabricating mesoporous materials.

Posted: Dec 6th, 2017

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Superior hydrogen catalyst just grows that way

Scientists aim at bringing down the cost of hydrogen fuel cells by using a dirt-cheap compound to create an uneven surface that resembles a plant's leaves. The additional area helps catalyze hydrogen almost as efficiently as platinum.

Posted: Dec 5th, 2017

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Thermal gradients are shown to enhance spin transport in graphene

Researchers have demonstrated that the application of a thermal gradient in spintronic devices can cause spin signal to increase as a result of a novel thermoelectric phenomenon predicted and subsequently observed in graphene. Specifically, the enhanced spin signal is two orders of magnitude larger than anything previously reported for thermal effects in metals.

Posted: Dec 5th, 2017

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