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Conducting shell for bacteria
Under anaerobic conditions, certain bacteria can produce electricity. This behavior can be exploited in microbial fuel cells, with a special focus on wastewater treatment schemes. (2017-06-27)
NAWI Graz researchers measure light fields in 3-D
Researchers from TU Graz and the University of Graz present the new method of 3-D-plasmon tomography in Nature Communications. (2017-06-26)
2-D material's traits could send electronics R&D spinning in new directions
Researchers created an atomically thin material at Berkeley Lab and used X-rays to measure its exotic and durable properties that make it a promising candidate for a budding branch of electronics known as 'spintronics.' (2017-06-26)
How protons move through a fuel cell
Hydrogen is regarded as the energy source of the future: It is produced with solar power and can be used to generate heat and electricity in fuel cells. (2017-06-22)
UK Chemistry researchers develop catalyst that mimics the z-scheme of photosynthesis
Published in Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, the study demonstrates a process with great potential for developing technologies for reducing CO2 levels. (2017-06-22)
Deceleration of runaway electrons paves the way for fusion power
Fusion power has the potential to provide clean and safe energy that is free from carbon dioxide emissions. (2017-06-21)
Illuminating a better way to calculate excitation energy
In a new study appearing this week in The Journal of Chemical Physics, researchers demonstrate a new method to calculate excitation energies. (2017-06-20)
Making waves with the hot electrons within Earth's radiation belts
An international team of scientists recently discovered the role that hot electrons may play in the waves and fluctuations detected by satellites. (2017-06-20)
To connect biology with electronics, be rigid, yet flexible
Scientists have measured a thin film made of a polymer as it interacted with ions and electrons. (2017-06-19)
Smart materials used in ultrasound behave similar to water, Penn chemists report
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania provided new insight into piezoelectrics materials, a smart material used in ultrasound technology. (2017-06-15)
Solar material for producing clean hydrogen fuel
Osaka University researchers create new material based on gold and black phosphorus to produce clean hydrogen fuel using the full spectrum of sunlight. (2017-06-14)
Shining light on low-energy electrons
The classic method for studying how electrons interact with matter is by analyzing their scattering through thin layers of a known substance. (2017-06-13)
Magnets, all the way down!
If you can't move electrons around to study how factors like symmetry impact the larger-scale magnetic effects, what can you do instead? (2017-06-13)
Graphene enhancing our vision of the infinitely small
OIST researchers report using one-atom-thin graphene film to drastically enhance the quality of electron microscopy images. (2017-06-09)
Not so elementary
A UCSB physicist and colleagues review three experiments that hint at a phenomenon beyond the Standard Model of particle physics. (2017-06-08)
Engineer unveils new spin on future of transistors with novel design
An engineer with the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Texas at Dallas has designed a novel computing system made solely from carbon that might one day replace the silicon transistors that power today's electronic devices. (2017-06-05)
A stream of superfluid light
Scientists have known for centuries that light is composed of waves. (2017-06-05)
Chemical 'dance' of cobalt catalysis could pave way to solar fuels
In a new study, scientists at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and Harvard University have been able to see for the first time an especially important chemical step in the process of splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen -- the basic reaction at the heart of creating entirely renewable fuels from solar energy. (2017-06-02)
Scientists design molecular system for artificial photosynthesis
A molecular system for artificial photosynthesis is designed to mimic key functions of the photosynthetic center in green plants -- light absorption, charge separation, and catalysis -- to convert solar energy into chemical energy stored by hydrogen fuel. (2017-06-02)
Physicists create 'molecular black hole' using ultra-intense X-ray pulses
As a powerful X-ray light hits a molecule, the heaviest atom absorbs a few hundred times more X-rays than all the other atoms and strips away most of its electrons. (2017-05-31)
X-ray pulses create 'molecular black hole'
Scientists have used an ultra-bright pulse of X-ray light to turn an atom in a molecule briefly into a sort of electromagnetic black hole. (2017-05-31)
The world's most powerful X-ray laser beam creates 'molecular black hole'
When scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory focused the full intensity of the world's most powerful X-ray laser on a small molecule, they got a surprise: a single laser pulse stripped all but a few electrons out of the molecule's biggest atom from the inside out, leaving a void that started pulling in electrons from the rest of the molecule, like a black hole gobbling a spiraling disk of matter. (2017-05-31)
Looking at complex light wave forms
Using a new method, researchers can see for the first time how weak electric fields evolve in time. (2017-05-31)
Physicists explore elusive high-energy particles in a crystal
A new phenomenon in an unconventional metal, found by physicists at MIT and elsewhere, could provide a new way of making highly sensitive detectors for mid-infrared wavelengths. (2017-05-30)
Researchers develop magnetic switch to turn on and off a strange quantum property
A NIST-led research team has developed the first switch that turns on and off a quantum behavior called the Berry phase. (2017-05-25)
Neptune: Neutralizer-free plasma propulsion
Plasma propulsion concepts are gridded-ion thrusters that accelerate and emit more positively charged particles than negatively charged ones. (2017-05-23)
Solar cells more efficient thanks to new material standing on edge
Researchers from Lund University in Sweden and from Fudan University in China have successfully designed a new structural organization using the promising solar cell material perovskite. (2017-05-23)
Ultrafast nanophotonics: Turmoil in sluggish electrons' existence
An international team of physicists has monitored the scattering behavior of electrons in a non-conducting material in real-time. (2017-05-22)
Magnetic order in a two-dimensional molecular chessboard
Achieving magnetic order in low-dimensional systems consisting of only one or two dimensions has been a research goal for some time. (2017-05-22)
Wafer-thin magnetic materials developed for future quantum technologies
Two-dimensional magnetic structures are regarded as a promising material for new types of data storage, since the magnetic properties of individual molecular building blocks can be investigated and modified. (2017-05-22)
NASA mission uncovers a dance of electrons in space
NASA's MMS mission studies how electrons spiral and dive around the planet in a complex dance dictated by the magnetic and electric fields, and a new study revealed a bizarre new type of motion exhibited by these electrons. (2017-05-18)
Photocatalyst makes hydrogen production 10 times more efficient
Hydrogen is an alternative source of energy that can be produced from renewable sources of sunlight and water. (2017-05-18)
Ultrafast tunable semiconductor metamaterial created
An international team of researchers has devised an ultrafast tunable metamaterial based on gallium arsenide nanoparticles, as published by Nature Communications. (2017-05-17)
Microbial fuel cell converts methane to electricity
Transporting methane from gas wellheads to market provides multiple opportunities for this greenhouse gas to leak into the atmosphere. (2017-05-17)
Interaction between the atomic nucleus and the electron on trial
A team of researchers under the leadership of TU Darmstadt and with the participation of scientists from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) has measured the transition between energy levels of heavy ions with such precision that it has become possible to reassess underlying theories. (2017-05-16)
NUS-led research teams uncover extraordinary properties of strontium niobate
Researchers from the National University of Singapore recently uncovered novel properties of strontium niobate, which is a unique semiconductor material that displays both metallic type conduction and photocatalytic activity. (2017-05-15)
New understanding of superconductor's 'normal' state may help solve longstanding puzzle
experiments done at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Madhavan and Abbamonte laboratories, in collaboration with researchers at six institutions in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, and Japan, have shed new light on the electronic properties of this material at temperatures 4°K above Tc. (2017-05-11)
Molecular dynamics simulations reveal chaos in electron transport
Plants are very efficient at turning photons into electrons. But the transport of these electrons is a rather chaotic process, University of Groningen scientists have discovered. (2017-05-10)
Researchers develop transistors that can switch between 2 stable energy states
Engineers are unveiling an upgrade to the transistor laser that could be used to boost computer processor speeds -- the formation of two stable energy states and the ability to switch between them quickly. (2017-05-09)
Laser pulses reveal the superconductors of the future
A new study has revealed that the dream of more efficient energy usage can turn into reality. (2017-05-09)
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