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High-performance single-atom catalysts for high-temperature fuel cells
Platinum (Pt)-based catalysts demonstrate such excellent performance in fuel cell electrode reactions. (2020-09-25)
The return of the spin echo
The spin of particles can be manipulated by a magnetic field. (2020-09-24)
Atom-Billiards with X-Rays: a new Approach to look inside of Molecules
Since these early days of quantum mechanics, it is known that photons also possess momentum. (2020-09-24)
New materials: A toggle switch for catalysis
A special material made of lanthanum, strontium, iron and oxygen can be switched back and forth between two different states: In one state the material is catalytically extremely active, in the other less so. (2020-09-23)
Better catalysts for a sustainable bioeconomy
Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI and from ETH Zurich want to make so-called zeolites more efficient. (2020-09-21)
Having a ball: Crystallization in a sphere
Researchers at The University of Tokyo and Fudan University furthered our understanding of the crystallization process in confined spaces by visualizing the ordering of colloidal particles in a droplet. (2020-09-21)
What happens between the sheets?
Adding calcium to graphene creates an extremely-promising superconductor, but where does the calcium go? (2020-09-17)
Self-imaging of a molecule by its own electrons
Researchers at the Max Born Institute (MBI) have shown that high-resolution movies of molecular dynamics can be recorded using electrons ejected from the molecule by an intense laser field. (2020-09-17)
A quantum thermometer for measuring ultra-cold temperatures
In everyday life, measuring temperature is pretty straightforward. But in the quantum world, which deals with the super small and the ultra-cold, determining how hot or cold something is starts to get more challenging. (2020-09-16)
Physicists discover new magnetoelectric effect
A special material was found, which shows a surprising new effect: Its electrical properties can be controlled with a magnetic field. (2020-09-14)
Reducing nitrogen with boron and beer
The industrial conversion of nitrogen to ammonium provides fertiliser for agriculture. (2020-09-14)
Infinite chains of hydrogen atoms have surprising properties, including a metallic phase
An infinite chain of hydrogen atoms is just about the simplest bulk material imaginable -- a never-ending single-file line of protons surrounded by electrons. (2020-09-14)
Harvard team uses laser to cool polyatomic molecule
Harvard researchers describe using a novel method combining cryogenic technology and direct laser light to cool the nonlinear polyatomic molecule calcium monomethoxide (CaOCH3) to just above absolute zero. (2020-09-11)
AI used to show how hydrogen becomes a metal inside giant planets
Researchers have used a combination of AI and quantum mechanics to reveal how hydrogen gradually turns into a metal inside giant planets. (2020-09-09)
Quantum shake
There they were, in all their weird quantum glory: ultracold lithium atoms in the optical trap operated by UC Santa Barbara undergraduate student Alec Cao and his colleagues in David Weld's atomic physics group. (2020-09-09)
Peel-apart surfaces drive transistors to the ledge
Surfaces featuring atomic-scale ledges and steps can act as reusable templates for producing nanoelectronic components. (2020-09-08)
Cascades with carbon dioxide
Carbon dioxide (CO(2)) is not just an undesirable greenhouse gas, it is also an interesting source of raw materials that are valuable and can be recycled sustainably. (2020-09-08)
Scientists propose nano-confinement strategy to form sub-nanometer reactors
Prof. LIU Jian from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and his collaborators proposed a nano-confinement strategy to host multiple Fe and Cu single atoms inside the extremely narrow yet regular surface cavities of graphitic carbon nitride to form 'sub-nanometer reactors'. (2020-09-04)
New computational tool enables prediction of key functional sites in proteins based on structure
A new technology that uses a protein's structure to predict the inner wiring that controls the protein's function and dynamics is now available for scientists to utilize. (2020-09-03)
A molecular approach to quantum computing
Molecules in quantum superposition could help in the development of quantum computers. (2020-09-02)
Standing the test of time with a perfect partner
Identifying the ideal co-catalyst can significantly extend the working lifetime of solar fuel-generating photocatalysts. (2020-09-01)
Trapping of acetylene
Ethylene, a key feedstock in the chemical industry, often includes traces of acetylene contaminants, which need to be removed. (2020-08-27)
Quantum simulation of quantum crystals
International research team describes the new possibilities offered by the use of ultracold dipolar atoms (2020-08-27)
Scientists get atomistic picture of platinum catalyst degradation
Degradation of platinum, used as a key electrode material in the hydrogen economy, severely shortens the lifetime of electrochemical energy conversion devices, such as fuel cells. (2020-08-24)
A quantum thermometer to measure the coldest temperatures in the universe
The physicists' proposed thermometer is based on quantum entanglement and can accurately measure temperatures a billion times colder than those in outer space. (2020-08-20)
Researchers create nanoclusters that mimic biomolecules
Biological systems come in all shapes, sizes and structures. Some of these structures, such as those found in DNA, RNA and proteins, are formed through complex molecular interactions that are not easily duplicated by inorganic materials. (2020-08-20)
A new tool to create chemical complexity from fatty acids
A new catalyst design enables unprecedented control over the modification of fatty acid derivatives that opens the door to creating useful substances in a green and efficient manner. (2020-08-20)
First ever observation of 'time crystals' interacting
For the first time ever, scientists have witnessed the interaction of a new phase of matter known as 'time crystals'. (2020-08-17)
Scientists use photons as threads to weave novel forms of matter
New research from the University of Southampton has successful discovered a way to bind two negatively charged electron-like particles which could create opportunities to form novel materials for use in new technological developments. (2020-08-17)
Quantum-mechanical interaction of two time crystals has been experimentally demonstrated
An international team of researchers have demonstrated that a new phase of matter which has, until recently, been mere speculation, obeys basic quantum mechanics laws. (2020-08-17)
Scientists unveil nature of active site in nitrogen-doped carbon for electrocatalytic CO2 reduction
A research group led by Prof. DENG Dehui from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) unveiled the nature of the active site in N-doped carbon materials for the electrocatalytic CO2 reduction to CO. (2020-08-12)
Digital content on track to equal half Earth's mass by 2245
As we use resources to power massive computer farms and process digital information, our technological progress is redistributing Earth's matter from physical atoms to digital information. (2020-08-11)
Rare glassy metal discovered during quest to improve battery performance
Materials scientists studying recharging fundamentals made an astonishing discovery that could open the door to better batteries, faster catalysts and other materials science leaps. (2020-08-11)
Stack and twist: physicists accelerate the hunt for revolutionary new materials
Scientists at the University of Bath in the UK have taken an important step towards understanding the interaction between layers of atomically thin materials arranged in stacks. (2020-08-11)
Inside the ice giants of space
A new theoretical method paves the way to modelling the interior of the ice giants Uranus and Neptune, thanks to computer simulations on the water contained within them. (2020-08-10)
Tellurium makes the difference
The periodic system contains 118 chemical elements. However, only a few of them are of major importance in our daily lives. (2020-08-06)
'Roaming reactions' study to shed new light on atmospheric molecules
For the first time, a team of chemists has lifted the hood on the mechanics involved in the mysterious interplay between sunlight and molecules in the atmosphere known as 'roaming reactions', which could make atmospheric modelling more accurate. (2020-08-06)
Tiniest secrets of integrated circuits revealed with new imaging technique
The secrets of the tiniest active structures in integrated circuits can be revealed using a non-destructive imaging technique, shows an international team of scientists from JKU and Keysight Technologies (Austria), ETH/EPFL/PSI and IBM Research - Europe (Switzerland) and from UCL (UK). (2020-08-05)
Improved modelling of nuclear structure in francium aids searches for new physics
Thanks to researchers from The University of Queensland, we now know with much greater certainty the nuclear magnetic moments of francium atoms. (2020-08-04)
The art of making tiny holes
It sounds like a magic trick: A highly charged ion penetrates several layers of a material. (2020-08-03)
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