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06/27/2022
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  • Catalyst surface analysed at atomic resolution
    Catalyst surfaces have rarely been imaged in such detail before. And yet, every single atom can play a decisive role in catalytic activity. A German-Chinese research team has visualised the three-d...
  • Unexpected energy storage capability where water meets metal surfaces
    A new method can measure the electrical (re-)charging of boundary layers between very small, metallic particles and aqueous solutions and understand it at a molecular level. Researchers from the...
  • A sieve for molecules
    Scientists have long tried to use graphene, which is composed of carbon, as a kind of sieve. But this material doesn't have any pores. Now, a team has found an alternative material which comes with...
  • Deep insights into a living fungus
    Light sheet microscopy enables us to examine fungal fruiting bodies on a living object. In order to examine tissues under the microscope, they usually have to be cut into thin slices. But it is ...
  • Copper is effective against SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces - silver is not
    Copper and silver are known for their antibacterial properties. Researchers from Bochum have explored their effectiveness against viruses. Silver and copper ions wipe out many pathogens. That's why...
  • Novel sensors enable precise measurement of dopamine
    Carbon nanotubes glow brighter in the presence of neurotransmitters. This facilitates the easy and accurate measurement of signals between nerve cells. Dopamine is an important signalling molecu...


  • Plasmas as chemistry labs
    The smaller a plasma, the larger the experimental setup needed to study it. It is worth the effort, because the reaction conditions found in cubic-millimetre-sized plasmas are very much unique. ...
  • How Confined Protons Migrate
    Protons in aqueous solution can usually migrate very quickly - much faster compared to other ions. However, this only applies when they are in a space greater than two nanometers, as a study from R...


  • Insights into the structure of an enigmatic catalyst
    In the past, the catalyst for the production of methanol had eluded all attempts to clarify its surface structure. Now researchers have learned more about its active site. Methanol is one of the...
  • Programmable synthetic materials
    In DNA, information is stored in the sequence of chemical building blocks; in computers, information consists of sequences of zeros and ones. Researchers want to transfer this concept to artificial...




  • Carbon dioxide as a raw material
    Researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have found a way to turn climate-damaging CO2 into an alcohol that could serve as a raw material for the chemical industry - without producing large amoun...
  • Individual silver nanoparticles observed in real time
    The particles have an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect. They are used in medicine and the food industry. But little is known about their mode of action and degradation so far. Chemists...
  • Bio solar cell produces hydrogen
    An international team of researchers has combined molecular building blocks from plants and microorganisms in a bio solar cell so that they could use light energy to directly produce hydrogen. This...




  • Making synthetic materials more impervious
    Synthetic materials are convenient in many respects, but they have one disadvantage: they are permeable to gases. In order to make plastic more impervious, Ruhr-Universität engineers apply wafer-th...
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