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Breathing new life into dye-sensitized solar cells

24/06/2019

Japanese researchers are poised to reboot the field of aromatic-fused porphyrin sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells, the most efficient solar technology available at present.
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How do foams collapse?

21/06/2019

Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have successfully found two distinct mechanisms by which foams can collapse, yielding insight into the prevention/acceleration of foam rupture in industrial materials e.g. foods, cosmetics, insulation, stored chemicals. When a bubble breaks, they found that a collapse event propagates via impact with the receding ...
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Washable electronic textiles to usher in an era of even smarter wearable products

21/06/2019

With the wearable electronic device market having firmly established itself in the 21st century, active research is being conducted on electronic textiles, which are textiles (e.g. clothing) capable of functioning like electronic devices. Fabric-based items are flexible and can be worn comfortably all day, making them the ideal platform for wearable electronic devices.
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Is glue the answer to climate change?

19/06/2019

A small amount of cheap epoxy resin replaces bulky support materials in making effective carbon capture solid sorbents, developed by scientists at the Energy Safety Research Institute of Swansea University.
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Understanding the (ultra-small) structure of silicon nanocrystals

19/06/2019

New research provides insight into the structure of silicon nanocrystals, a substance that promises to provide efficient lithium ion batteries that power your phone to medical imaging on the nanoscale.
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A polar-bear-inspired material for heat insulation

18/06/2019

For engineers, polar bear hair is a dream template for synthetic materials that might lock in heat just as well as the natural version. Now, materials scientists in China have developed such an insulator, reproducing the structure of individual polar bear hairs while scaling toward a material composed of many hairs for real-world applications in the architecture and aerospace sectors.
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Plastic water bottles may one day fly people cross-country

18/06/2019

A research group led by Washington State University scientists has found a way to turn regular plastic waste products into jet fuel.
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Penn engineers demonstrate superstrong, reversible adhesive that works like snail slime

17/06/2019

Snails can anchor themselves in place using a structure known as an epiphragm. The snail's slimy secretion works its way into the pores found on even seemingly smooth surfaces, then hardens, providing strong adhesion that can be reversed when the slime softens. Penn Engineers have developed a new material that works in a similar way.
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University of Konstanz researchers create uniform-shape polymer nanocrystals

17/06/2019

Researchers from the University of Konstanz's Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1214 'Anisotropic Particles as Building Blocks: Tailoring Shape, Interactions and Structures' successfully generate uniform-shape nanocrystals using direct polymerization.
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New polymer tackles PFAS pollution

14/06/2019

Toxic polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) pollution - commonly used in non-stick and protective coatings, lubricants and aviation fire-fighting foams - can now be removed from the environment thanks to a new low-cost, safe and environmentally friendly polymer
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