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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Creating new physical properties in materials

30/11/2016

A collaborative effort between research groups at the Technical University of Freiberg and the University of Siegen in Germany demonstrates that the physical properties of SrTiO3, or strontium titanate, in its single crystal form can be changed by a relatively simple electrical treatment.
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Glowing crystals can detect, cleanse contaminated drinking water

30/11/2016

Motivated by public hazards associated with contaminated sources of drinking water, a team of scientists has successfully developed and tested tiny, glowing crystals that can detect and trap heavy-metal toxins like mercury and lead.
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Bumpy surfaces, graphene beat the heat in devices

29/11/2016

Graphene and a patterned interface may be the key to dispersing heat from next-generation microelectronics, according to a new study at Rice University.
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New research could help replace petrochemicals with biodegradable microbial products

29/11/2016

Researchers are actively studying polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), a family of natural polyesters produced by microorganisms that may represent biodegradable and biocompatible substitutes for petroleum-based plastics. For the past 30 years, investigators have been striving to determine the crystal structure of an important enzyme in the production of PHAs – called PHA synthase – but ...
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A new technique for structural color, inspired by birds

28/11/2016

Structural coloration has long interested researchers and engineers because of its durability and potential for application in solar arrays, biomimetic tissues and adaptive camouflage. But today's techniques to integrate structural color into materials are time-consuming and costly. Now, researchers have developed a new, more robust and cost effective system to build large-scale metamaterials ...
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New method developed for analyzing photonic crystal structure

28/11/2016

A new technique developed by MIT researchers reveals the inner details of photonic crystals, synthetic materials whose exotic optical properties are the subject of widespread research.
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New math tools for new materials

25/11/2016

University of Utah mathematician Graeme Milton presents a new tool for understanding how energy waves move through complex materials, opening up possibilities to design materials that absorb or bend energy as desired.
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New solution for making 2-D nanomaterials

25/11/2016

Two-dimensional (2-D) nanomaterials have been made by dissolving layered materials in liquids, according to new UCL-led research. The liquids can be used to apply the 2-D nanomaterials over large areas and at low costs, enabling a variety of important future applications.
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New clues emerge in 30-year-old superconductor mystery

24/11/2016

Researchers are taking steps toward cracking the puzzle of how high-temperature superconductors work.
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Wastewater research may help protect aquatic life

24/11/2016

New wastewater system design guidelines developed can help municipal governments better protect aquatic life and save millions of dollars a year. In a recent study, engineers at UBC's Okanagan campus developed guidelines that can tailor the design of specialized filters, called fluidized bed reactors, to local conditions and help prevent phosphorous deposits from forming in wastewater systems.
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