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New science behind algae-based flip-flops

07/08/2020

Sustainable flip-flops: A team of UC San Diego researchers has formulated polyurethane foams made from algae oil to meet commercial specifications for midsole shoes and the foot-bed of flip-flops. The results of their study are published in Bioresource Technology Reports and describe the team's successful development of these sustainable, consumer-ready and biodegradable materials.
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A closer look at water-splitting's solar fuel potential

06/08/2020

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) have gained important new insight into how the performance of a promising semiconducting thin film can be optimized at the nanoscale for renewable energy technologies such as solar fuels.
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Chemists create the brightest-ever fluorescent materials

06/08/2020

By formulating positively charged fluorescent dyes into a new class of materials called small-molecule ionic isolation lattices (SMILES), a compound's brilliant glow can be seamlessly transferred to a solid, crystalline state, researchers report August 6 in the journal Chem.
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Developing new smart soft materials

05/08/2020

Scientists synthesized pH-responsive dendronized polymers by C1 polymerization of dendron-containing diazoacetates, and demonstrated a unique pH-responsive behavior of the resulting polymers. These achievements will contribute to progress in the field of polymer chemistry and will allow us to develop new types of smart soft materials.
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Machine learning methods provide new insights into organic-inorganic interfaces

04/08/2020

Simulations at Graz University of Technology refute earlier theories on long-range charge transfer between organic and inorganic materials.
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Analyzing pros and cons of two composite manufacturing methods

03/08/2020

Airplane wings and wind turbine blades are typically created using bulk polymerization. They are heated and cured in enormous autoclaves and heated molds as big as the finished part. Frontal polymerization is a new out-of-autoclave method that doesn't require a large facility investment. Researchers conducted a study pitting one process against the other to discover the pros and cons of each.
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Light shines on chemical production method

03/08/2020

A team of researchers from Japan has demonstrated a light-based reaction that yields high numbers of the base chemical component required to produce bioactive compounds used in common industry products. They published their results on June 11, 2020 in Organic Letters.
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Sweat science: Engineers detect health markers in thread-based, wearable sweat sensors

28/07/2020

Engineers at Tufts University have created a first-of-its-kind, flexible electronic sensing patch that can be sewn into clothing to analyze sweat for multiple markers. The patch could be used to to diagnose and monitor acute and chronic health conditions or to monitor athletic performance.
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Study: Mapping crystal shapes could fast-track 2D materials

27/07/2020

Materials scientists at Rice University and the University of Pennsylvania are calling for a collective, global effort to fast-track the mass production of 2D materials like graphene and molybdenum disulfide.
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Images from the inside of blood vessels

24/07/2020

Researchers of the Universities of Stuttgart and Adelaide in cooperation with medical research centers in Australia developed a special microoptical tool with a thickness of only 125 microns. This enables endoscopic examimations within blood vessels whose diameter is smaller than 0.5 mm and helps detecting plaques or thrombs to reduce the danger of a stroke or a heart attack.
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