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ORNL Study Reveals New Characteristics of Complex Oxide Surfaces

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A combination of microscopy and data processing has given researchers an unprecedented look at the surface of a material known for its unusual physical and electrochemical properties.

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Dream Come True? Creating Organic Zeolites

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In a landmark paper -- "Designed Synthesis of Large-Pore Crystalline Polyimide Covalent Organic Frameworks” -- published in the July 23 edition of the international scientific journal Nature Communications, University of Delaware researcher Yushan Yan describes a new approach to creating organic zeolites.

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NUS Scientists Use Simple, Low Cost Laser Technique to Improve Properties and Functions of Nanomaterials

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By ‘drawing’ micropatterns on nanomaterials using a focused laser beam, scientists could modify properties of nanomaterials for effective applications in photonic and optoelectric applications

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A Noble Gas Cage

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A new material called CC3 effectively traps xenon, krypton, and radon, gases used for lighting or medical industries and, in the case of radon, can be hazardous to people. Research in Nature Materials shows how CC3 does this, which might lead to cheaper, less energy intensive extraction methods.

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Supercomputers Reveal Strange, Stress-Induced Transformations in World's Thinnest Materials

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Columbia researchers used Brookhaven Lab supercomputer simulations to discover unexpected transitions in graphene and other promising super materials under strain.

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New Materials for Future Green Tech Devices

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Thermoelectric devices, which convert heat to electricity and vice versa, can harness that wasted heat, and possibly provide the green tech energy efficiency that's needed for a sustainable future. A new study shows how porous substances can act as thermoelectric materials—pointing the way for engineering the use of such materials in thermoelectric devices of the future.

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New Method May Allow Breast Cancer Drug to Be Given Through Skin

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Endoxifen, a drug that has proven effective in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer, but with serious side-effects, may be delivered effectively through the skin using a new topical drug-delivery system.

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Highlights for 2014 National Meeting of World’s Largest Scientific Society

Journalists registering for the American Chemical Society’s (ACS’) 248th National Meeting & Exposition this summer will have an abundance of material to mine for their news stories. Nearly 12,000 presentations are planned on a broad range of topics from health to the environment. The meeting, one of the largest scientific conferences of the year, will be held August 10-14 in San Francisco.

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Hollow-Fiber Membranes Could Cut Separation Costs, Energy Use

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Researchers have developed a microfluidic technique for fabricating a new class of metal-organic framework (MOF) membranes inside hollow polymer fibers that are just a few hundred microns in diameter. The new fabrication process, believed to be the first to grow MOF membranes inside hollow fibers, could potentially change the way large-scale energy-intensive chemical separations are done.

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From Pencil Marks to Quantum Computers

Pick up a pencil. Make a mark on a piece of paper. Congratulations: you are doing cutting-edge condensed matter physics. You might even be making the first mark on the road to quantum computers, according to new Perimeter research.

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