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Chemistry - Materials Science - 24.06.2020

Chemistry - Physics - 22.06.2020
Fluorocarbon bonds are no match for light-powered nanocatalyst
Fluorocarbon bonds are no match for light-powered nanocatalyst
Rice U. lab unveils catalyst that can break problematic C-F bonds Rice University engineers have created a light-powered catalyst that can break the strong chemical bonds in fluorocarbons, a group of synthetic materials that includes persistent environmental pollutants.

Chemistry - Materials Science - 16.06.2020
Using Jenga to explain lithium-ion batteries
Tower block games such as Jenga can be used to explain to schoolchildren how lithium-ion batteries work, meeting an educational need to better understand a power source that has become vital to everyday life.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 11.06.2020

Chemistry - Materials Science - 08.06.2020
Al2Pt for oxygen evolution reaction in water splitting: a strategy for creating multi-functionality in electrocatalysis
Al2Pt for oxygen evolution reaction in water splitting: a strategy for creating multi-functionality in electrocatalysis
Al2Pt for oxygen evolution reaction in water splitting: a strategy for creating multi-functionality in electrocatalysis The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources strongly depends on an availability of effective systems for energy conversion and storage.

Chemistry - Event - 01.06.2020
CMU Faculty Join WEF’s Community of Young Scientists
Two Carnegie Mellon University faculty members have been selected by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as part of the 2020 Community of Young Scientists.

Chemistry - Materials Science - 29.05.2020
Wanted: The best Storage Battery
Wanted: The best Storage Battery
The demand for batteries to store renewable energy will grow drastically in the coming years. Could we develop more sustainable technologies to save precious natural resources, besides the familiar lithium-ion batteries?

Materials Science - Chemistry - 29.05.2020
Europe's Response to Elon Musk
Europe’s Response to Elon Musk
Over the next four years, five research institutes and six industrial companies from seven European countries will work together to find solutions for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries.

Chemistry - Health - 26.05.2020
Faculty of Chemistry producing sanitizer
The corona crisis produced a huge demand for sanitizer which has yet to die down. Therefore, on 11 March the Rectorate asked the Faculty of Chemistry if it could switch to producing sanitizer.

Chemistry - Environment - 26.05.2020
New system for widespread availability of green hydrogen
New system for widespread availability of green hydrogen
Hydrogen researchers at Graz University of Technology, together with the Graz-based start-up Rouge H2 Engineering, have developed a cost-effective process for the decentralised production of high-purity hydrogen.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 25.05.2020
Researchers elevated to top science fellowship
Researchers elevated to top science fellowship
The Australian Academy of Science has elected Professor Justin Marshall and Professor Alan Rowan as Fellows for their sustained contributions to research and scientific endeavour.

Economics / Business - Chemistry - 22.05.2020

Chemistry - Physics - 21.05.2020
Scientists finally crack nature’s most common chemical bond
A catalyst (center) based on iridium (blue ball) can snip a hydrogen atom (white balls) off a terminal methyl group (upper and lower left) to add a boron-oxygen compound (pink and red) that is easily swapped out for more complicated chemical groups.

Chemistry - Pharmacology - 14.05.2020
Sussex chemists join international effort to source small molecule drug in the fight against COVID-19
Sussex chemists join international effort to source small molecule drug in the fight against COVID-19
University of Sussex researchers have joined an international team of volunteer chemists aiming to deliver a drug candidate effective against COVID-19.

Environment - Chemistry - 14.05.2020
"Lean lab" approach enables quick research ramp down
MIT lab offers a model for cost savings, productivity, and safety; principles may also facilitate efficient reopening in the future.

Chemistry - History / Archeology - 08.05.2020

Environment - Chemistry - 05.05.2020
Drifting through the ice on board a polar climate research vessel
Drifting through the ice on board a polar climate research vessel
The German research icebreaker Polarstern has been drifting through the frozen waters of the Arctic Ocean since September last year.

Chemistry - Physics - 30.04.2020
Superatoms as catalysts
Superatoms as catalysts
Precious metals like platinum are good catalysts - but they are expensive.

Chemistry - Physics - 29.04.2020
National Academy, Royal Society elect new UC Berkeley members
National Academy, Royal Society elect new UC Berkeley members
Chemist Dean Toste, biochemist James Hurley and astrophysicist Eliot Quataert are the latest University of California, Berkeley, faculty members elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS), a group that has provided policy guidance to the U.S. government since 1863.

Chemistry - Physics - 23.04.2020
From the Little Brother of Benzene to Deltic Liquid Crystals
From the Little Brother of Benzene to Deltic Liquid Crystals
Cyclopropenium cations are aromatic three-membered rings and belong to Hückel type aromatic systems. Thus, they are the smaller brothers of the well-known benzene.

Chemistry - 10.04.2020
Evaluating and optimising catalytic filters using mathematical methods
Evaluating and optimising catalytic filters using mathematical methods
Catalysts are commonly used to reduce pollutants released in car exhaust. In order to manufacture catalytic filters with even higher efficiency, industry is increasingly relying on innovative mathematical models and machine learning (ML).

Physics - Chemistry - 09.04.2020
Bringing magnetic resonance to fertility treatment
Bringing magnetic resonance to fertility treatment
EPFL spin-off Annaida is developing a magnetic resonance system that can detect the chemistry inside the tiniest living organisms.

Chemistry - Life Sciences - 02.04.2020

Physics - Chemistry - 31.03.2020

Chemistry - Career - 18.03.2020
Two chemistry researchers win Westpac Research Fellowships
Associate Professor Alice Motion and Dr Yu Heng Lau, both from the School of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science, have won Westpac Research Fellowships.

Chemistry - Physics - 02.03.2020
Carbon chains can adopt fusilli or spaghetti type shapes depending if they have odd or even numbers of atoms
Carbon chains can adopt fusilli or spaghetti type shapes depending if they have odd or even numbers of atoms
Scientists at the University of Bristol have now found that carbon chains can also adopt helical shapes, but, unlike DNA, the shape is dependent on how many atoms there are in the chain, with chains having even numbers of carbon atoms adopting helical, fusilli-like shapes and chains with odd numbers of carbon atoms adopting floppy, spaghetti-like shapes.

Chemistry - Environment - 27.02.2020
The cold-start dilemma
With hybrid cars and plug-in hybrids, cold starts occur more frequently when the internal combustion engine stops and the electric motor pushes the car through town. How quickly can the catalytic converter be preheated so that it can still clean exhaust gases well? What would be the method of choice? A team of Empa researchers is investigating.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 25.02.2020
Sustainable light sources: LEDs from bacterial production
Sustainable light sources: LEDs from bacterial production
In the FET Open project ENABLED, TU Graz protein-designer Gustav Oberdorfer is working together with researchers from Spain and Italy on environmentally friendly and inexpensive light-emitting diodes.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 23.02.2020
A chemist investigates how proteins assume their shape
A chemist investigates how proteins assume their shape
Matt Shoulders hopes to shed light on diseases linked to flawed protein folding. When proteins are first made in our cells, they often exist as floppy chains until specialized cellular machinery helps them fold into the right shapes. Only after achieving this correct structure can most proteins perform their biological functions.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 14.02.2020
Analysis: Is love just a fleeting high fuelled by brain chemicals?
Attempts to reduce love down to one simple cause, whether pheromones or fate, are misguided and romantic love is more complex than simple science, explains Professor Parashkev Nachev (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology).

Chemistry - Environment - 14.02.2020
Underestimated chemical diversity
An international team of researchers has conducted a global review of all registered industrial chemicals: some 350,000 different substances are produced and traded around the world - well in excess of the 100,000 reached in previous estimates.

Materials Science - Chemistry - 11.02.2020
Bubble-capturing surface helps get rid of foam
Bubble-capturing surface helps get rid of foam
Bubbly buildup can hinder many industrial processes, but a new method can reduce or even eliminate it. In many industrial processes, such as in bioreactors that produce fuels or pharmaceuticals, foam can get in the way. Frothy bubbles can take up a lot of space, limiting the volume available for making the product and sometimes gumming up pipes and valves or damaging living cells.

Materials Science - Chemistry - 10.02.2020