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Photovoltaics with carbon nanotubes

Researchers of the University of Würzburg are significantly involved in the new European collaborative project POCAONTAS. They intend to develop novel materials for photovoltaics from carbon nanotubes. The project is funded by the European Union with EUR 3.5 million.

Posted: Nov 6th, 2012

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Graphene-based nanocomposite to adsorb water pollutants

Researchers succeeded in the production of particles with smaller size but higher surface area, and consequently more number of active sites, to adsorb pollutants by synthesizing cerium oxide-titanium dioxide nanoparticles and obtaining cerium oxide-titanium dioxide nanocomposite.

Posted: Nov 6th, 2012

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Modifying gel properties at will

Controlling and modifying at will the transparency, electrical properties, and stiffness of a gel - such are the promises of a new discovery by researchers. This marks an important step for materials used in healthcare, high-tech, and the cosmetics industry.

Posted: Nov 5th, 2012

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Researchers make strides toward selective oxidation catalysts

Researchers from Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory have developed a straightforward and generalizable process for making reactant-selective oxide catalysts by encapsulating the particles in a sieve-like film that blocks unwanted reactants.

Posted: Nov 5th, 2012

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Crystals for efficient refrigeration

Researchers at the Carnegie Institution have discovered a new efficient way to pump heat using crystals. The crystals can pump or extract heat, even on the nanoscale, so they could be used on computer chips to prevent overheating or even meltdown, which is currently a major limit to higher computer speeds.

Posted: Nov 5th, 2012

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Nanosensors for the real world

Over the last decade there has been an increased interest in developing resonators for gravitmetric sensing; however, the sensors' response to variations in temperature has prevented them from being used outside the laboratory. New sensors developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge negate the effects of temperature so that they may be used in industries including health care, telecommunications and environmental monitoring.

Posted: Nov 5th, 2012

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Nanotechnology helps to visualize latent fingerprints

Scientists have introduced a new method developed specifically for use on paper. It produces a 'negative' of the fingerprint and is, in contrast to conventional methods, independent of the composition of the sweat residue left behind.

Posted: Nov 5th, 2012

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