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05/14/2021
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  • Increasing stability of protein with gold nanoparticles
    JRC scientists - in close collaboration with researchers from the University of Lyon and Diamond Light Source (Synchtron Radiation Faclity, UK) - have demonstrated that gold nanoparticles significa...
  • Rare Earths become water-repellent only as they age
    Surfaces that have been coated with rare earth oxides develop water-repelling properties only after contact with air. Even at room temperature, chemical reactions begin with hydrocarbons in the air...
  • Chemical reactions 'filmed' at the single-molecule level
    Scientists have succeeded in 'filming' inter-molecular chemical reactions - using the electron beam of a transmission electron microscope (TEM) as a stop-frame imaging tool. They have also discover...
  • Method for DNA programmed material synthesis
    For the first time, FAU engineers have succeeded in producing complex crystal lattices, so-called clathrates, from nanoparticles using DNA strands. The programmed synthesis of clathrates represents...
  • Visualising the distribution of chemical substances on samples with non-flat surfaces
    The chemical analysis of biological tissues with three-dimensional shapes has previously been a major problem. Researchers from three different institutes of the Beutenberg Campus in Jena, Germany,...
  • Nanocages for gold particles: what is happening inside?
    Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology have used high-resolution crystallography to uncover the mechanism behind protein-assisted synthesis of gold nanoparticles, providing a platform for desi...
  • New electron source for materials analysis
    Jülich physicists have succeeded in accelerating the determination of material properties as well as making it more efficient. They have developed a special electron source which greatly simplifies...
  • A 21st-century roadmap for biomedical research
    JRC scientist contributes to the definition of a 21st-century roadmap for biomedical research which proposes the use of human-specific models and innovative in vitro technologies instead of animal...
  • First natural van der Waals heterostructure exfoliated
    Scientists at The University of Manchester have 're-discovered' a material, which could make the construction of 2D van der Waals heterostructures easier to build. Graphene was the world's first tw...
  • Hope to fight antibiotic resistance
    Keeping bacterial chromosomes tangled could offer hope in developing novel approaches to treating bacterial infections. Growing levels of antibiotic resistance pose a serious threat to global publi...
  • Single molecule switch
    The progressing miniaturisation of electronic components will reach a fundamental barrier at the dimension of single atoms. For this reason researchers in the field of molecular electronics aim at ...
  • Biofuel produced by microalgae
    Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology have identified unique lysophosphatidic acid acyltransferases as being the central enzymes for triacylglycerol synthesis by oleaginous alga Nannochlorops...
  • New biosensors to detect drugs in water more quickly
    Biologists from the University of Tübingen are part of an interdisciplinary team which has developed novel biosensors that enable pharmaceutical products to be detected more effectively in water. T...
  • Molecular 'leaf' that collects and stores solar power without solar panels
    An international team of scientists led by Liang-shi Li at Indiana University has achieved a new milestone in the quest to recycle carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere into carbon-neutral fuels...
  • Exhaust fumes as a resource
    Chemists at FAU have developed a process in which nitrogen oxides generated during industrial processes can be used in the manufacture of colourants and medicines. Using the method, businesses will...
  • Highly-Efficient Photoelectrochemical CO2 Reduction
    Direct CO2 conversion has continuously attracted a great deal of attention as a technology to produce fuels and chemical building blocks from renewable energy resources. Specifically, substances su...
  • Innovations in Profilometer-guided Raman Imaging
    WITec, the inventor of topographic Raman imaging, will present at Pittcon 2017 in Chicago the next generation of its patented TrueSurface optical profilometer. The combination of surface analysis a...
  • Metabolism matters
    Life requires energy. The strategy a cell uses to obtain that energy can influence not only how fast it multiplies but also a variety of other processes, like which of its genes are turned on. This...
  • Expectation of application from biomass resources to useful chemical products manufacturing
    Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a bifunctional cerium phosphate catalyst for the chemoselective acetalization of biomass-derived 5-hydroxymethylfurfural with alcohols. Th...
  • Enhancing carbon-13NMR signals in liquids
    Limitations in sensitivity often complicate the analysis of complex (bio)molecules by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Now, a research team headed by Marina Bennati at the Max Planck ...
  • Water Dating with an Atom Trap
    A Heidelberg physics project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) will focus on a new type of dating method for use in the earth and environmental sciences. The research team will deploy ...
  • Enhanced oxidation resistance of active nanostructures
    The research group led by Profs. BAO Xinhe and YANG Fan from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences discovered that oxide nanostructures (NSs) with a diameter below 3 nm ...
  • An improved carbon nanotube semiconductor
    Professor Yang-Kyu Choi and his research team of the School of Electrical Engineering at KAIST collaborated with Professor Sung-Jin Choi of Kookmin University to develop a large-scale carbon nanotu...