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SSRL helps Stanford scientists study enhanced organic semiconductor

Organic semiconductors could usher in an era of foldable smartphones, better high-definition television screens and clothing made of materials that can harvest energy from the sun needed to charge your iPad, but there is one serious drawback: organic semiconductors do not conduct electricity very well. Researchers at Stanford have changed that equation by improving the ability of the electrons to move through organic semiconductors.

Posted: Jan 4th, 2012

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Relay race with single atoms: new ways of manipulating matter

Thanks to a collaboration between scientists in San Sebastian and Japan, a relay reaction of hydrogen atoms at a single-molecule level has been observed in real-space. This way of manipulating matter could open up new ways to exchange information between novel molecular devices in future electronics.

Posted: Jan 4th, 2012

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Manipulating way bacteria 'talk' could have practical applications

By manipulating the way bacteria "talk" to each other, researchers have achieved an unprecedented degree of control over the formation and dispersal of biofilms - a finding with potentially significant health and industrial applications, particularly to bioreactor technology.

Posted: Jan 3rd, 2012

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Funding opportunity: Centers for Material Life Cycle Safety

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications for an interdisciplinary center focused on the application of a life cycle perspective towards the development of materials (Centers for Material Life Cycle Safety).

Posted: Jan 3rd, 2012

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Graphene FET mixer can speed up future electronics

Researchers at Chalmers have for the first time demonstrated a novel subharmonic graphene FET mixer at microwave frequencies. The mixer provides new opportunities in future electronics, as it enables compact circuit technology, potential to reach high frequencies and integration with silicon technology.

Posted: Jan 3rd, 2012

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Brookhaven sells license to nanoparticle electrocatalyst technology for fuel cells in electric vehicles

N.E. Chemcat Corporation, Japan's leading catalyst and precious metal compound manufacturer, and a member of the BASF group, one of the world's leading chemical companies, has licensed electrocatalysts developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory that can reduce the use of costly platinum and increase the effectiveness of fuel cells for use in electric vehicles.

Posted: Jan 3rd, 2012

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