Chemistry in the News
'Super bacteria' clean up after oil spills
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 09:06:15 EDT
Researchers have achieved surprising results by exploiting nature's own ability to clean up after oil spills. Scientists know that marine bacteria can assist in cleaning up after oil spills. What is surprising is that given the right kind of encouragement, they can be even more effective.
Four new human-made ozone depleting gases found in the atmosphere
Sun, 09 Mar 2014 15:05:34 EDT
Scientists at the University of East Anglia have identified four new human-made gases in the atmosphere -- all of which are contributing to the destruction of the ozone layer. New research reveals that more than 74,000 tonnes of three new chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and one new hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) have been released into the atmosphere.
Promising news for producing fuels through artificial photosynthesis
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13:36:31 EST
There's promising news from the front on efforts to produce fuels through artificial photosynthesis. A new study shows that nearly 90 percent of the electrons generated by a hybrid material designed to store solar energy in hydrogen are being stored in the target hydrogen molecules.
Colored diamonds are a superconductor's best friend
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:24:08 EST
Nitrogen-vacancy centers -- flaws in a diamond's crystal lattice that produce color -- have received much attention for their sensitivity to magnetic fields. Researchers have now used N-V diamond sensors to detect the tiny magnetic fluctuations that occur on the surface of high-temperature superconductors in hopes of discovering how these much ballyhooed but still mysterious materials work. With their chip sensor, they hope to measure the properties of a single magnetic vortex.
Recent advances in the controlled synthesis and functional applications of luminescent metal nanoclusters
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:28:07 EST
Researchers have summarized recent advances in the controlled synthesis and application of luminescent metal nanoclusters, including potential uses in sensors, bioimaging, and energy harvesting and conversion.