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New system to detect mercury in water systems
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:07:10 EDT
A new ultra-sensitive, low-cost and portable system for detecting mercury in environmental water has been developed by researchers. "The promising sensing performance of this system along with its cost-competiveness and portability make it an excellent potential alternative to current analytical techniques," says the project's leader. "This technique could provide the basis for future point-of-analysis systems for monitoring water quality on site and may help implement better monitoring processes around the world."

Breakthrough laser experiment reveals liquid-like motion of atoms within an ultra-cold cluster
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:03:14 EDT
A new study has furthered our understanding of how tiny nanosystems function, unlocking the potential to create new materials using nanosized ‘building blocks’.

New approach to form non-equilibrium structures
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:19:54 EDT
Researchers get closer to understanding the fundamentals of non-equilibrium, self-assembled structures, unlocking potential in a variety of fields. By injecting energy through oscillations, researchers can force particles to self assemble under non-equilibrium conditions, they report.

Cost-effective, solvothermal synthesis of heteroatom (S or N)-doped graphene developed
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:42:24 EDT
A research team has developed cost-effective technology to synthesize sulfur-doped and nitrogen-doped graphenes which can be applied as high performance electrodes for secondary batteries and fuel cells.

Dream come true for chemists? Creating organic zeolites
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:41:09 EDT
Traditionally, zeolites have been derived from inorganic material like silicon or aluminum. For the past several years, one research team has focused on combining zeolites with organic polymers whose main component is carbon, oxygen, hydrogen or nitrogen. A new technique and the new materials it produces can be immediately useful in catalysis and separations for chemicals production and hydrocarbon conversion for energy applications.