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Chemists demonstrate nanoscale alloys so bright they could have potential medical applications
01 08 13

Alloys like bronze and steel have been transformational for centuries, yielding top-of-the-line machines necessary for industry. As scientists move toward nanotechnology, however, the focus has shifted toward creating alloys at the nanometer scale producing materials with properties unlike their predecessors Read More...

Putting more science into the art of making nanocrystals
11 07 13

Preparing semiconductor quantum dots is sometimes more of a black art than a science. Read More...

Carbon nanotube harpoon catches individual brain cell signals
26 06 13

Neuroscientists may soon be modern-day harpooners, snaring individual brain-cell signals instead of whales with tiny spears made of carbon nanotubes. Read More...

Novel cellulose structure requires fewer enzymes to process biomass to fuel
20 06 13

Improved methods for breaking down cellulose nanofibers are central to cost-effective biofuel production and the subject of new research from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC). Read More...

Noble gases hitch a ride on hydrous minerals
17 06 13

The noble gases get their collective moniker from their tendency toward snobbishness. The six elements in the family, which includes helium and neon, don't normally bond with other elements and they don't dissolve into minerals the way other gases do. Read More...

Ultra selective process to make valuable chemical from biomass
31 05 13

Chemical engineers have discovered a new chemical process to make p-xylene, an important ingredient of plastics for products such as soda bottles and packaging, at 90 percent yield from lignocellulosic biomass, the highest yield achieved to date Read More...

Chemists develop innovative Nano-Sensors for multiple proteins
31 07 13

Chemists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have developed a new method for parallel protein analysis that is, in principle, capable of identifying hundreds or even thousands of different proteins. Read More...

Chemistry researchers closing in on new atomic force microscope
02 07 13

A high-power atomic force microscope that could revolutionize the study of materials at high temperatures and pressures is coming into focus in a Wright State University lab. Read More...

Blockade in cellular waste disposal, Max Planck scientists show how protein aggregates disrupt the molecular balance of the cell
21 06 13

Proteins can only perform their complex functions in the cell when they assume a specific three-dimensional structure for each respective task. Read More...

Scientists use nanotechnology to increase thermal stability of essential oils
19 06 13

Researchers succeeded in increasing the stability of oregano oil, as a sample of essential oils, during the processing and conservation. Read More...

A nanotechnology diabetes breathalyzer
12 06 13

Diabetes patients often receive their diagnosis after a series of glucose-related blood tests in hospital settings, and then have to monitor their condition daily through expensive, invasive methods. Read More...

Chemists have synthesized the first example of a new form of carbon
16 07 13

Chemists at Boston College and Nagoya University in Japan have synthesized the first example of a new form of carbon, the team reports in the most recent on line edition of the journal Nature Chemistry. Read More...

New iron nanoparticle catalyst promises green future for hydrogenation
27 06 13

A new iron nanoparticle catalyst developed by researchers in Japan and Canada promises to drastically improve the efficiency of hydrogenation, a key chemical process used in a wide array of industrial applications. Read More...

Danish chemists in molecular chip breakthrough
20 06 13

Electronic components built from single molecules using chemical synthesis could pave the way for smaller, faster and more green and sustainable electronic devices. Read More...

Uniquely shaped enzyme amazes chemists
17 06 13

Chemists of Radboud University Nijmegen have found that a uniquely shaped enzyme that has never been seen before in biology is real: two interlocked ring structures, known as catenanes. Read More...

Beautiful flowers self assemble in a beaker
31 05 13

With the hand of nature trained on a beaker of chemical fluid, the most delicate flower structures have been formed in a laboratory and not at the scale of inches.. Read More...