Chemists create new type of nanomaterial

Chemists create new type of nanomaterial

northwestern-university-nanomaterialEVANSTON, US: A team of chemists led by Northwestern University’s William Dichtel has cooked up something big: The scientists have created an entirely new type of nanomaterial and watched it form in real time — a chemistry first. “Our work sets the stage for researchers interested in studying the fundamental properties of interesting materials and applied systems, such as solar cells, batteries, sensors, paints and drug delivery systems. The findings have enormous implications. Read More

Quick ceramic-metal processing technology for superior composites

texas-a-m-university-cermets-1COLLEGE STATION, US: Recent advancements in automotive, aerospace and power generation industries have inspired materials scientists to engineer innovative materials. Ceramic-metal composites or cermets are an example of a new and improved class of materials that can enhance transportation and energy conversion technologies. Cermets combine useful properties from each of their primary constituent materials such as high-temperature stability of ceramics. Read More

OMC: A new material to trap radioactive elements from water

rice-university-kazan-federalHOUSTON, US/ KAZAN, RUSSIA: Researchers at Rice University and Kazan Federal University (KFU) in Russia have found a way to extract radioactivity from water and said their discovery could help purify the hundreds of millions of gallons of contaminated water stored after the Fukushima nuclear plant accident. They stated that their oxidatively modified carbon (OMC) material is low-cost and highly efficient at absorbing radioactive metal cations, including cesium. Read More

New method could enhance drug discovery, protein study


LA JOLLA, US: A team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has developed a versatile new method that would enhance the discovery of new drugs and the study of proteins.The new method empowers researchers to quickly find small molecules that bind to hundreds of thousands of proteins in their native cellular environment. Such molecules, called ligands, can be developed into important tools for studying how proteins work in cells. Read More