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Scrubbing carbon dioxide from smokestacks for cleaner industrial emissions

17/12/2019

An international collaboration co-led by an Oregon State University chemistry researcher has uncovered a better way to scrub carbon dioxide from smokestack emissions, which could be a key to mitigating global climate change.
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Punching holes in opaque solar cells turns them transparent

17/12/2019

Researchers have found an effective and inexpensive strategy to transform solar cells from opaque to transparent. Existing transparent solar cells tend to have a reddish hue and lower efficiency, but by punching holes that are around 100 μm in diameter on crystalline silicon wafers, it allows light through without coloring. ...
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How light a foldable and long-lasting battery can be?

16/12/2019

The research team led by Professor Soojin Park developed a three-dimensional monolithic organic battery electrode.
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New material design tops carbon-capture from wet flue gases

16/12/2019

Chemical engineers at EPFL have designed a material that can capture carbon dioxide from wet flue gasses better than current commercial materials. The work is published in Nature.
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Tiny magnetic particles enable new material to bend, twist, and grab

13/12/2019

A team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and The Ohio State University has developed a soft polymer material, called magnetic shape memory polymer, that uses magnetic fields to transform into a variety of shapes. The material could enable a range of new applications from antennas that change frequencies on the fly to gripper arms for delicate or heavy objects.
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How to induce magnetism in graphene

13/12/2019

Graphene, a two-dimensional structure made of carbon, is a material with excellent mechani-cal, electronic and optical properties. However, it did not seem suitable for magnetic applica-tions. Together with international partners, Empa researchers have now succeeded in synthesizing a unique nanographene predicted in the 1970s, ...
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Stretchy and squeezy soft sensors one step closer thanks to new bonding method

12/12/2019

Imperial College London bioengineers have found a way to create stretchy and squeezy soft sensing devices by bonding rubber to electrical components.
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Creating switchable plasmons in plastics

11/12/2019

Researchers in the Organic Photonics and Nano-optics goup at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics have developed optical nanoantennas made from a conducting polymer. The antennas can be switched on and off, and will make possible a completely new type of controllable nano-optical components.
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A sustainable new material for carbon dioxide capture

11/12/2019

In a joint research study from Sweden, scientists from Chalmers University of Technology and Stockholm University have developed a new material for capturing carbon dioxide. The new material offers many benefits - it is sustainable, has a high capture rate, and has low operating costs. The research has been published in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.
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Researchers add order to polymer gels

10/12/2019

Gel-like materials have a wide range of applications, especially in chemistry and medicine. However, their usefulness is sometimes limited by their inherent random and disordered nature. Researchers from the University of Tokyo's Institute for Solid State Physics have found a way to produce a new kind of gel which overcomes this limitation.
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