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MXenes - novel two-dimensional materials to improve battery technology

Researchers at Drexel University recently reported on the discovery of a new family of two-dimensional materials called 'MXenes'. The materials' structures are similar to graphene, with which they share many properties, including good electrical conductivity and potential applications in energy storage. Now, Drexel researchers have demonstrated several new possible avenues for practical applications of MXenes.

Apr 17th, 2013

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Relativistic tunnelling

The time a particle takes to tunnel through a barrier in quantum mechanics is obviously longer than many physicists assumed so far. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg showed evidence that tunnelling takes a very brief but finite and measureable time. This is the result of their theoretical study on an electron that tunnels out of an atom in an intense laser field while being accelerated up near to the speed of light.

Apr 17th, 2013

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New microbatteries are the most powerful on the planet

Though they be but little, they are fierce. The most powerful batteries on the planet are only a few millimeters in size, yet they pack such a punch that a driver could use a cellphone powered by these batteries to jump-start a dead car battery - and then recharge the phone in the blink of an eye.

Apr 16th, 2013

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Using nanotechnology to clean the environment (w/video)

Researchers from Rice University, DuPont Central Research and Development and Stanford University have announced a full-scale field test of an innovative process that gently but quickly destroys some of the world's most pervasive and problematic pollutants. The technology, called PGClear, originated from basic scientific research at Rice during a 10-year, federally funded initiative to use nanotechnology to clean the environment.

Apr 16th, 2013

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CIC nanoGUNE launches Simune, an atomic-scale simulations service for companies

CIC nanoGUNE launches a new service called Simune with the aim of supporting a large variety of companies and institutions in their R+D processes. This service will perform computer simulations in order to study the behavior of matter at the atomic scale. In this way, Simune will help to solve specific technological problems with a lower investment.

Apr 16th, 2013

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