Chemistry in the News
Hurricanes key to carbon uptake by forests: Increases in carbon uptake by southeast US forests in response to tropical cyclone activity alone exceed carbon emissions by American vehicles each year
Mon, 02 May 2016 16:18:41 EDT
New research reveals that the increase in forest photosynthesis and growth made possible by tropical cyclones in the southeastern United States captures hundreds of times more carbon than is released by all vehicles in the US in a given year.
Method stabilizes, enhances phosphorene
Mon, 02 May 2016 15:06:39 EDT
A research team used organic chemistry to covalently react a single-molecule-thick layer onto phosphorene to stabilize its reactivity to open air.
'Adaptive protein crystal' could form new kind of protective material
Mon, 02 May 2016 13:10:12 EDT
Chemists have created an 'adaptive protein crystal' with a counterintuitive and potentially useful property: When stretched in one direction, the material thickens in the perpendicular direction, rather than thinning as familiar materials do. And when squeezed in one dimension, it shrinks in the other rather than expanding, and gets denser in the process.
Anomalous sinking of spheres in apparently fixed powder beds discovered
Mon, 02 May 2016 11:12:34 EDT
Scientists have examined the state of the surface of apparently fixed powder beds in which air weak enough not to move the powder is injected, and observed anomalous sinking phenomena, a world first.
Could aluminum nitride be engineered to produce quantum bits?
Mon, 02 May 2016 08:41:56 EDT
The leading method for creating quantum bits, or qubits, currently involves exploiting the structural defects in diamonds. But researchers found that the same defect could be engineered in cheaper aluminum nitride. If confirmed by experiments, this could significantly reduce the cost of manufacturing quantum technologies.