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Scientists develop promising new type of polymers

Organic polymers can nowadays be found in solar cells, sensors, LEDs and in many other technical applications. One specific type of polymers -- known as...

Scientists find new ways to harness wasted methane

The primary component of natural gas, methane, is itself a potent greenhouse gas. A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has unveiled a high performance catalyst...
Researchers gain control over soft-molecule synthesis

Researchers gain control over soft-molecule synthesis

By gaining control over shape, size and composition during synthetic molecule assembly, researchers can begin to probe how these factors influence the function of...

Powerful X-ray beams unlock secrets of nanoscale crystal formation

High-energy X-ray beams and a clever experimental setup allowed researchers to watch a high-pressure, high-temperature chemical reaction to determine for the first time what...

How the right lighting could save the Mona Lisa

Next time you’re in a museum or art gallery, observe each painting a little more closely. You may notice cracks on the surface of...

Can plastic really be composted?

Thanks to the demands of eco-conscious consumers, biodegradable and compostable plastics are cropping up everywhere. Are these green plastics the solution to our throwaway...
Termite-gut microbes could extract clean energy from coal

Termite-gut microbes could extract clean energy from coal

Termites generally don't elicit a whole lot of love. But surprisingly, this wood-eating insect may hold the key to transforming coal—a big polluting chunk of...

New discovery is big on nanoscale

Imagine if you could look at a small amount of an unidentified chemical element – less than 100 atoms in size – and know...

Scientists monitor electron behavior during chemical reactions for the first time

Using laser pulses and supercomputing simulations, researchers observe electrons' motions in real time. In a recent study in Science, researchers at the University of Paderborn...

Super catalyst turns chemical ‘trash’ into treasure

Researchers have developed a catalyst that combines strength and finesse to make an inert carbon-hydrogen bond reactive—effectively turning chemical “trash” to “treasure.” For decades, chemists...