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Lowering the heat makes new materials possible while saving energy

A new technology developed by Penn State researchers, called Cold Sintering Process (CSP), has opened a window on the ability to combine incompatible materials, such as ceramics and plastics, into new, useful compound materials, and to lower the energy cost of many types of manufacturing.

Click and declick of amine and thiol coupling reaction

(—A group of researchers from the University of Texas have developed a sequential, two-step amine and thiol coupling reaction via click chemistry using a derivative of Meldrum's acid. This reaction is reversible using what the authors term a "declick" reaction, and the original amine and thiol can be retrieved. Their work appears in Nature Chemistry.

Stronger turbine blades with molybdenum silicides

Researchers at Kyoto University have found that molybdenum silicides can improve the efficiency of turbine blades in ultrahigh-temperature combustion systems.

No blood, just sweat and tears for diabetes care

Copper-based sensor capable of measuring glucose levels from body fluids other than blood.

Who's Next? Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016

Make your predictions for the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Protein Crystals Organize Nanoparticles

Superlattices of inorganic nanoparticles in protein containers

2016 Nobel Prize predictions

The nice thing about Nobel Prizes is that it gets easier to predict them every year, simply because most of the people you nominate don't win and automatically become candidates for the next year (note however that I said "easier to predict", not "easier to correctly predict"). Show More Summary

Multifunctional Hybrid Particles for Bioimaging

Fluorescent nanodiamond-gold particles for multimodal cellular imaging

Water Treatment in the Textile Industry

Comparison between emerging and industrialized nations shows need for financial incentives

Grammar schools: what the evidence says

Lee Elliot Major of the Sutton Trust discusses the impact of selective education.

Fundamental researchers offer new ways to sort molecules for clean energy

It's called the office candy dish problem. You grab a jellybean, but it's not the flavor you want. Pawing through for your favorites is irritating in terms of time, energy, and efficacy. It also annoys your office mates. In an odd way, it's the same problem for those in manufacturing, power generation, and elsewhere. Show More Summary

Why drug discovery is hard, part 2: On the unpredictable and complicated origins of drug species

The Brazilian pit viper, a fascinating and unlikely sourceof drugs leading to Captopril, one of the world's bestselling blood pressure-lowering drugs (Source: venomstodrugs) Drugs from the forest. Drugs from the sea. Drugs from every conceivable natural source ranging from fungi to frogs; that's much of the history of drug discovery. Show More Summary

Team discovers way to make alane a better hydrogen fuel option for vehicles

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, in collaboration with several partners, have discovered a less-expensive, more energy-efficient way to produce alane – aluminum trihydride – a hydrogen source widely considered to be a technological dead-end for use in automotive vehicles.

Cancer stem cells—new method analyzes 10,000 cells at once

A new device for studying tumor cells can trap 10,000 individual cells in a single chip.

Plant-made antimicrobial peptide targets dental plaque and gum tissues

Protein drugs, which derive from biological sources, represent some of the most important and effective biopharmaceuticals on the market. Some, like insulin, have been used for decades, while many more based on cloned genes are coming to market and are valued for their precise and powerful functions.

Chemists find key to manufacturing more efficient solar cells

In a discovery that could have profound implications for future energy policy, Columbia scientists have demonstrated it is possible to manufacture solar cells that are far more efficient than existing silicon energy cells by using a new kind of material, a development that could help reduce fossil fuel consumption.

Reactions: Javier Pérez-Ramírez

Javier Pérez-Ramírez is a Full Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences at ETH Zurich, and works on the design of catalytic materials and reactor concepts for the production of chemicals and fuels, with emphasis on sustainability and resource efficiency. Show More Summary

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