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Armored with plastic 'hair' and silica, new perovskite nanocrystals show more durability

29/11/2019

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have demonstrated a novel approach aimed at addressing the perovskite's durability problem: encasing the perovskite inside a double-layer protection system made from plastic and silica.
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Microplastics in rivers and lakes: Europe-wide research project starts at the University of Bayreuth

29/11/2019

The official go-ahead was given for the "LimnoPlast” EU research and training project on the distribution of microplastics in European rivers and lakes. This “Innovative Training Network (ITN)”, which is funded for four years to the tune of almost €4.1 million by the EU out of its "Horizon 2020" programme in the framework of the Marie Skłodowska Curie measures.
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Fatigue-resistant, high-performance cooling materials enabled by 3D printing

28/11/2019

High-performance solid-state elastocaloric cooling materials with exceptional fatigue resistance are made possible by 3D printing a nickel-titanium based alloy, researchers report.
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Growing nano-tailored surfaces using micellar brushes

28/11/2019

Growing nanoscale polymer brushes on materials' surfaces overcomes a key challenge in surface chemistry, researchers report, creating a new way to fabricate a diverse array of materials that could hold advanced uses in catalysis or chemical separation applications, for example.
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Black silicon can help detect explosives

27/11/2019

Scientists have developed an ultrasensitive detector based on black silicon. The device is able to detect trace amounts of nitroaromatic compounds and can be applied to identify the majority of explosives or highly toxic pollutants for medical and forensic evaluations. The related article was published in ACS Sensors.
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New pads absorb shock better than foam with air flow and easy manufacture

27/11/2019

Microlattice could replace current foams in protective packaging, shock isolators for electronics, vehicle interiors, and helmet padding from football to children's bicycle helmets.
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Hourglass-shaped silicon nanowire photodiodes with increased absorption of light developed

26/11/2019

The research team led by Professor Chang-Ki Baek proposed vertical silicone nanowires with high sensitivity by using silicone and semiconductor process.
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Tailor-made carbon helps pinpoint hereditary diseases and correct medication dosage

25/11/2019

Researchers can now obtain more accurate information than ever before on the structure and surface chemistry of carbon.
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Graphene: The more you bend it, the softer it gets

22/11/2019

New research by engineers at the University of Illinois combines atomic-scale experimentation with computer modeling to determine how much energy it takes to bend multilayer graphene - a question that has eluded scientists since graphene was first isolated. The findings are reported in the journal Nature Materials.
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Theoretical tubulanes inspire ultrahard polymers

21/11/2019

Rice University engineers print 3D blocks based on theoretical tubulanes and find they're nearly as hard as diamond.
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