Chemistry in the News
Superior crystals grow from levitating droplets
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:09:14 EST
Crystals that don’t experience mechanical stress during growth, will be of superior quality. Researchers are looking into the ability to levitate the liquid metal in a new study.
Names and symbols of four newly discovered elements announced
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:36:22 EST
The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry has approved the name and symbols for four elements: nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts), and oganesson (Og), respectively for element 113, 115, 117, and 118. The exploration of new elements continues, and scientists are searching for elements beyond the seventh row of the periodic table.
A watershed moment in understanding how water conducts electricity
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:45:29 EST
Scientists have taken spectroscopic snapshots of nature's most mysterious relay race: the passage of extra protons from one water molecule to another during conductivity. The finding represents a major benchmark in our knowledge of how water conducts a positive electrical charge.
A cleaner, more efficient car? New material designed to better store hydrogen fuel
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:36:04 EST
New materials have been designed that could be used to store hydrogen fuel more efficiently in vehicles or other devices that use clean energy.
Making graphene using laser-induced phase separation
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:46:34 EST
All our smart phones have shiny flat AMOLED displays. Behind each single pixel of these displays hide at least two silicon transistors which were mass-manufactured using laser annealing technologies. While the traditional methods to make them uses temperatures above 1,000°C, the laser technique reaches the same results at low temperatures even on plastic substrates (melting temperature below 300°C). Interestingly, a similar procedure can be used to generate crystals of graphene.