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Natural Quasicrystals

An overview of research into quasicrystals

Expert Zbigniew M. Stadnik, professor at the University of Ottawa in the Department of Physics, discusses his research into quasicrystals Professor Zbigniew M. Stadnik and his condensed-matter research group focus on designing, discovering, and characterising novel compounds (natural quasicrystals and their approximants, superconductors, spin glasses, and others). Their electronic, magnetic,...
computational methods

Contribution of computational methods to catalyst development

Prof Masahiro Kamitani at Kitasato University explains recent contributions of computational analyses in the development of homogeneous catalysts
organic synthesis

Chemistry: Catalyst developments for organic synthesis

Prof Masahiro Kamitani from the Department of Chemistry at Kitasato University, Japan, introduces recent advances in the development of catalysts for organic synthesis and iron catalysts as alternatives for precious metal catalysts.
smart plastics, liquid crystal elastomers

Smart Plastics: How liquid crystalline elastomers bring automation into materials

Eugene M. Terentjev, Professor of Polymer Physics from the University of Cambridge, describes Smart Plastics, including a radically new polymer system, liquid crystal elastomers and the associated applications.
Glycoscience

Piecing Glycoscience together

Frederique Lisacek from SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, discusses the experimental approaches towards Glycoscience and emphasises the need for collecting and integrating glyco-related information.
nanomaterials reality, nanomaterials

Excellence in atomic films

Noureddine Adjeroud from Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, argues here that nanomaterials are present in our daily life.

Researchers say arctic marine bacteria can biodegrade fossil fuels

A study, published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, finds that marine bacteria in the Canadian Arctic is capable of biodegrading fossil fuels - specifically, post-oil spill.
break the glycocode, SIB swiss institute of bioinformatics

Bioinformatics focus: Can we break the glycocode?

Frederique Lisacek from SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, provides the computer-based tools for exploring ways of breaking the glycocode.
chemical processes using iron catalysts, rare-earth

Improvements in chemical processes using iron catalysts 

Prof Masahiro Kamitani, Department of Chemistry at Kitasato University, Japan, explains the significance of developing catalysts in the manufacturing industry and improvements made in iron-based chemical processes.
HFO refrigerants, alternative refrigerants

Environmental impact of HFO refrigerants & alternatives for the future

Michael Kauffeld – a refrigeration technology expert & Mihaela Dudita - a chemist - assess the environmental impact of HFO refrigerants & present environmental benign alternatives for the future.
net zero materials, materials

Materials approaches to achieving a net zero carbon economy

Stephen Skinner, Professor of Materials Chemistry at Imperial College London, discusses the impact of net zero carbon policies and the challenges these present for materials and systems developers.
algal bloom, HAB

Seeking a sustainable way to control harmful algal bloom

Here, Researcher Nobuharu Inaba at the Civil Engineering Research Institute for Cold Region (CERI), explains why it is vital to control harmful algal bloom as sustainably as possible.
biological tissues, biology

Next-generation sequencing to analyse biological tissues

Richie Kohman, Synthetic Biology Platform Lead at Wyss Institute at Harvard, explains the use of next-generation sequencing to analyse biological tissues in a spatially resolved context.
click chemistry, RNA ligation

Application of ‘click chemistry’ ligation techniques to modified DNA and RNA

Professor Afaf El-Sagheer and Professor Tom Brown from the Department of Chemistry, Suez University and Oxford University describe their research, including the application of ‘click chemistry’ conjugation techniques to DNA.
Nitric Oxide Formation

Nitric Oxide Formation Research

Dr Alan Schechter of the Molecular Medicine Branch at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland and his colleagues discuss research during the last two decades that has revealed a second major pathway for Nitric Oxide formation in mammals.
mystery of the sun, astrophysics

Science explains the atmospheric mystery of the Sun

The hot outer later of our local star has an unusual chemical composition compared to the inner layers - now, scientists think they have an answer for the mystery of the Sun.
renewable energy source, battery

Scientists are working on a new renewable energy source

Renewable energy sources are the environmentally ideal way to proceed, which includes massive lithium batteries that can be recharged - scientists are now looking to solve the scarcity problem of using lithium as a base.
water from different planets, clathrate hydrates

Scientists analyse water from different planets to understand their secrets

Researchers are now looking at the crystalline solid form of water from different planets, to understand how planets, satellites and even comets evolved.
computer simulations, CECAM

The development of science: A focus on computer simulations

Ignacio Pagonabarraga, Director of CECAM, lifts the lid on the field of computer simulations and the crucial role they have played in the development of science since the second half of the last century.
new mineral, battery

Scientists discover a new mineral that could power batteries

Petrovite is the name of the new mineral discovered by scientists at St Petersburg University, a bright blue crystal which could someday provide energy.

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