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Nanotechnology researchers develop 'bed of nails' material for clean surfaces

Scientists at the University of Twente's MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology have developed a new material that is not only extremely water-repellent but also extremely oil-repellent. It contains minuscule pillars which retain droplets. What makes the material unique is that the droplets stay on top even when they evaporate (slowly getting smaller).

Posted: Sep 20th, 2012

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The search for new materials for hydrogen storage

Hydrogen is the ideal fuel for new types of fuel cell vehicles, but one problem is how to store hydrogen. In his doctoral dissertation Serhiy Luzan studies new types of materials for hydrogen storage. He also shows that new materials with interesting properties can be synthesized by the reaction of hydrogen with carbon nano-structured materials.

Posted: Sep 20th, 2012

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China launches fresh talent program to boost sci-tech

The Chinese government has launched a ten-year campaign to cultivate more than 10,000 talented individuals in scientific and technological fields in its latest effort to consolidate a foundation for the country's development.

Posted: Sep 20th, 2012

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Germanium-Nanodrähte zur Integration mit Silizium

Eine neue Methode lässt Germanium- Atome ohne Katalysator zu gleichmäßigen Drähten auf Silizium-Oberflächen zusammenwachsen. Dadurch können Kontaminationen ausgeschlossen und die Nanodrähte besser in Mikrochips integriert werden.

Posted: Sep 20th, 2012

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Using a laser to to study the world at the atomic level

Scientists used their amped-up electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometer to study the electron spin of free radicals and nitrogen atoms trapped inside a diamond. The improvement will pull back the veil that shrouds the molecular world, allowing scientists to study tiny molecules at a high resolution.

Posted: Sep 19th, 2012

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A new model provides an alternative description of atomic level gold bonding

A study on how gold atoms bond to other atoms using a model that takes into account bonds direction has been carried out by physicist Marie Backman from the University of Helsinki, Finland, and colleagues. These findings are a first step toward better understanding how gold binds to other materials through strong, so-called covalent, bonds.

Posted: Sep 19th, 2012

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Nanomaterials in a heart beat

Stem cell scientists have capitalised on the electrical properties of a widely used nanomaterial to develop cells which may allow the regeneration of cardiac cells.

Posted: Sep 19th, 2012

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