Team designs carbon nanostructure stronger than diamonds (14/04/2020)

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions have architecturally designed plate-nanolattices—nanometer-sized carbon structures—that are stronger than diamonds as a ratio of strength to density.

Making big data processing more energy efficient using magnetic circuits (14/04/2020)

The rapid progression of technology has led to a huge increase in energy usage to process the massive troves of data generated by devices. But researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have found a way to make the new generation of smart computers more energy efficient.

Hierarchically mesoporous titanium dioxide materials for energy and environmental applications (14/04/2020)

Since the first discovery of photocatalytic water splitting on a TiO2 electrode under ultraviolet (UV) light, TiO2 materials have been widely investigated over the past few decades due to their unique properties such as nontoxicity, abundance, easy availability, and stability. 

Illuminating the future of renewable energy (14/04/2020)

A new chemical compound created by researchers at West Virginia University is lighting the way for renewable energy.

Food scientists 'upcycle' unsold bread into tasty probiotic drink and cuts food waste (14/04/2020)

Surplus bread is a major waste problem for bakeries and food retailers. While some unsold bread are donated to charities, most are resold as low-value animal feed. A team of food scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has cooked up an innovative solution to reduce bread waste by using a novel fermentation process to 'upcycle' surplus bread into a beverage fortified with gut-friendly micro-organisms.

Physicists produce stable water-based graphene dispersions (10/04/2020)

Umeå researchers show how activated graphene, activated carbons and other hydrophobic carbons can be dispersed in water in a form of micrometer-sized particles. The key agent that helps to make these dispersions last for days is the oxidized form of graphene named graphene oxide. The authors have applied for patent for the method to prepare dispersions.

New laser technique will allow more powerful—and smaller—particle accelerators (05/04/2020)

By observing electrons that have been accelerated to extremely high energies, scientists are able to unlock clues about the particles that make up our universe.

Capturing 3-D microstructures in real time (05/04/2020)

Modern scientific research on materials relies heavily on exploring their behavior at the atomic and molecular scales. For that reason, scientists are constantly on the hunt for new and improved methods for data gathering and analysis of materials at those scales. 

Research team produces new nanosheets for near infrared imaging (05/04/2020)

Egyptian blue is one of the oldest manmade colour pigments. It adorns, for instance, the crown of the world famous bust of Nefertiti. But the pigment can do even more. An international research team led by Dr. Sebastian Kruss from the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the University of Göttingen has produced a new nanomaterial based on the Egyptian blue pigment, which is ideally suited for applications in imaging using near infrared spectroscopy and microscopy. The results have been published in the journal Nature Communications.

Low-cost graphene-iron filters that selectively separate gaseous mixtures (02/04/2020)

UNSW researchers have shown how a new class of low-cost graphene-based membranes—a type of filter used in industry sectors that generate enormous mixed waste gases, such as solid plastic waste, biowaste or wastewater—can be selectively tuned to separate different gases from gaseous mixtures.