Science

Someone once said: today’s technology is tomorrow’s bread and today’s science is tomorrow’s technology. With this in mind, taking a look at the bigger picture – at what the research & development community has to offer – can be inspiring and eye-opening, particularly where an industry like plastics and rubber is concerned in which technology has such high priority.

Overview: Science

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Indestructible?

12/06/2017

A Queen’s University researcher has led an international team of scientists to the discovery of a new material, which could finally bring an end to the misery of cracked smartphone and tablet screens.
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Scientists develop computer-guided strategy to accelerate materials discovery

12/06/2017

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have developed a computer-guided strategy that led to the discovery of two new materials in the laboratory.
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Graphene enhancing our vision of the infinitely small

09/06/2017

OIST researchers report using one-atom-thin graphene film to drastically enhance the quality of electron microscopy images.
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The first nanometrically-sized superelastic alloy

09/06/2017

Nature Nanotechnology has published the results of a piece of research into alloys with shape memory conducted by the Department of Physics of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country.
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New waterproofing and antifouling materials developed by Swansea Scientists

08/06/2017

New materials have been developed by scientists in the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Swansea University which is nontoxic, economical and shows promise to replace more expensive and hazardous materials used for waterproofing and antifouling/fogging.
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Research targets PFOA threat to drinking water

08/06/2017

A highly toxic water pollutant, known as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), last year caused a number of US communities to close their drinking water supplies. PFOA contamination also is a pervasive problem worldwide. A Northwestern University-led research team now reports an inexpensive and renewable material that rapidly removes PFOA from water. The novel treatment effectively eliminates ...
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Self-healing catalyst films for hydrogen production

29/05/2017

Chemists at the Centre for Electrochemical Sciences at Ruhr-Universität Bochum have developed a catalyst with self-healing properties. Under the challenging conditions of water electrolysis for hydrogen production, the catalyst material regenerates itself, as long as the components required for this are present in the electrolyte solution.
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Nagoya University researchers break down plastic waste

26/05/2017

Nagoya University team develops ruthenium catalysts to hydrogenate inert amide bonds under mild conditions. Molecular design of the catalyst framework promotes a key step of the reaction, the transfer of hydrogen to the amide, to greatly improve reactivity. This new low-energy approach may enable designer peptide synthesis and facilitate break down of plastic waste into more useful compounds.
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Solving the riddle of the snow globe

25/05/2017

A new Tel Aviv University study finds the sedimentation of asymmetric objects in liquid is very different from that of symmetrical objects like spheres. The research may have practical applications in improving water treatment and industrial processes.
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Researchers find new way to control light with electric fields

24/05/2017

Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered a technique for controlling light with electric fields.
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