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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Scientists create new form of matter, a time crystal

23/03/2017

Scientists are reporting in the journal Nature on the creation of a phase of matter, dubbed a time crystal, in which atoms move in a pattern that repeats in time rather than in space.
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Chemists create molecular 'leaf' that collects and stores solar power without solar panels

22/03/2017

An international research team centered at Indiana University have engineered a molecule that uses light or electricity to convert the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide – a carbon-neutral fuel source – more efficiently than any other method of 'carbon reduction.' The discovery, reported today in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, is a new milestone ...
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How fullerite becomes harder than diamond

21/03/2017

The scientists suggested that under pressure, part of the fullerite turned into diamond, while the other part remained as fullerite, but in a compressed state within the diamond. After comparing the X-ray spectra, it was assumed that most likely in the experiment, they had obtained an amorphous carbon medium with a hydrostatically compressed fullerite inside, while the ...
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Silk sensor could speed development of new infrastructure, aerospace & consumer materials

20/03/2017

NIST researchers have found a way to use molecules of dye to see inside some of the new composite materials being tested for bridges, cars and sporting goods.
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Polymer-coated silicon nanosheets – an alternative to graphene

16/03/2017

Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are less stable. Now researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have, for the first time ever, produced a composite material combining silicon nanosheets and a polymer that is both UV-resistant and easy to process. ...
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Small nanoparticles have surprisingly big effects on polymer nanocomposites

16/03/2017

Polymer nanocomposites mix particles billionths of a meter in diameter with polymers, which are long molecular chains. Often used to make injection-molded products, they are common in automobiles, fire retardants, packaging materials, drug-delivery systems, medical devices, coatings, adhesives, sensors, membranes and consumer goods. When a team led by Oak Ridge ...
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New electron source for materials analysis

15/03/2017

Jülich physicists have succeeded in accelerating the determination of material properties as well as making it more efficient. They have developed a special electron source which greatly simplifies the measurement of material surfaces and shortens the time needed for a measurement from days to minutes.
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Quantum movement of electrons in atomic layers shows potential of materials for electronics and photonics

15/03/2017

A University of Kansas research team has observed the counterintuitive motion of electrons during experiments in KU's Ultrafast Laser Lab. Because this sort of 'quantum' transport is very efficient, it could play a key role in a new type of manmade material that could be used someday in solar cells and electronics.
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New nanofiber marks important step in next generation battery development

14/03/2017

Materials researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have created a nanofiber that could help enable the next generation of rechargeable batteries and increase the efficiency of hydrogen production from water electrolysis.
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Researchers develop new method to program nanoparticle organization in polymer thin films

14/03/2017

University of Akron researchers have developed an original method – soft-confinement pattern-induced nanoparticle segregation (SCPINS) – to fabricate polymer nanocomposite thin films with well-controlled nanoparticle organization on a submicron scale. ...
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