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April 1, 2013
An Australian team has developed a structure made of a metal organic framework (MOF) that captures and then releases CO2 using natural sunlight. The team includes researchers from: CSIRO Division of Materials Science and Engineering, (Clayton South, Victoria; the Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Monash University ( and the School of Chemistry, University of Sydney...
April 1, 2013
A new plant for manufacturing sodium silicide (Na4Si4;diagram), a non-flammable, air-stable powder that reacts with water to generate pure hydrogen, is under development near Niagara Falls, N.Y. by SiGNa Chemistry Inc. (New York; Scheduled for startup in the third quarter of 2013, the facility will produce 1,000 ton/yr of sodium silicide using a proprietary thermal process that was...
March 1, 2013
Microwave irradiation of graphite has been shown to produce graphene oxide with 90% yield by the research group of professor Yuta Nishina, Research Core for...
March 1, 2013
A team from Monash University (Melbourne, Australia; has prepared graphene monoliths with a cork-like hierarchical structure, exhibiting ultra-low density, superelasticity, good electrical conductivity and high efficiency of energy absorption. The ability to maintain structural integrity upon large deformation is important for many emerging applications, such as flexible electronic...
March 1, 2013
An inexpensive and scalable process that uses supercritical (SC) liquids to make large quantities of graphene is being developed by the group of professor Itaru Honma at the Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University (Sendai;, in collaboration with Showa...
February 1, 2013
An Australian team has developed a new molecular sieve that allows carbon dioxide molecules to be trapped and stored. Contrary to the way molecular sieves usually work, allowing smaller molecules through, the new sieve acts like a trapdoor, and allows larger molecules through, blocking smaller ones. The team, led by professor Paul A. Webley of the University of Melbourne (Australia;
February 1, 2013
For the first time, it has become possible to spin carbon nanotubes (CNTs) into a fiber that looks and acts like textile threads, yet has the electrical conductivity and strength of a metal. The breakthrough, which came after more than ten years of research, was published in the January 11 issue of Science by scientists from Rice University (Houston;, Teijin Aramid B.V. (Arnhem, The...
January 1, 2013
A research group at Rice University (Houston; has developed a method for vaporizing water into steam using sunlight-illuminated nanoparticles, with only a small fraction of the energy heating the fluid. Sub-wavelength metal or carbon particles are intense absorbers of optical...
October 1, 2012
Last month marked the completion of the three-year, €3.6-million E.U.-funded research project, Self-assembled Polymer Membranes (SelfMem). Coordinated by the Institute of Polymer Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG; Germany;, with twelve partners from industry and academia in Israel, Canada and Europe, the SelfMem network studied self-organizing isoporous block copolymer...
October 1, 2012
Professor Kenichoro Itami and his group at Nagoya University (synth.chem. have synthesized a cage-type carbon nano-molecule, Carbon Nano-cage, composed of 20 condensed benzene rings — C120H78. The group used a procedure it developed four years ago to synthesize carbon nano-rings with the ability to eliminate the distortion of ring-type benzene structures during synthesis steps. First...
September 1, 2012
Masaru Nakamichi, leader of the Blanket Technology Group, Naka Fusion Institute, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA, Ibaraki, Japan; has developed a new fabrication technology that enables the mass-production of beryllium intermetallic compounds (beryllides), which are advanced, efficient neutron multipliers that could be used for nuclear fusion reactors. JEAE is said to be the first to...
August 1, 2012
French researchers from the Institut Européen des Membranes (CNRS/ENSCM, Université Montpiellier; and the Institut de Chimie Radicalaire (CNRS, Aix-Marseille Université) have developed what is claimed to be the first dynamic membrane...
August 1, 2012
A system that continuously produces 10 ton/yr of nanoparticles has been developed by Tadafumi Adschiri, principal investigator at the Advanced Institute for Materials Research (AIMR) and professor at the Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials and New Industry Hatchery Center, Tohoku University (Sendai; Japan; The process, which uses a supercritical...
July 1, 2012
Theres a growing trend toward generating electricity from biogas (see pp. 15–17), but roughly half of the total energy content of the fuel is released as heat, which is dissipated into the...
July 1, 2012
A group of scientists from Fudan University (Shanghai, China; China, has reported what it claims to be the first example of artificial single-molecular water channels that can transport water across lipid membranes. Transmembrane water transport — through water channel proteins called aquaporins — is of crucial importance in living organisms because it regulates the osmotic...
June 1, 2012
A partnership between Australian research agency CSIRO (Melbourne, Australia; and Lonza Group Ltd. (Basel, Switzerland;, aims to market new insect silk products globally. Potential applications of insect silk include composite fibers for the aviation and marine industries, and medical applications such as wound repair, drug delivery, repairing and replacing human tissues such...
June 1, 2012
For the first time, researchers from Riken (Saitama, Japan; have synthesized stable crystals (photo) of a so-called heavy ketone — a compound in which the carbon of the C=O bond is replaced by Si, Ge, Sn or Pb. These heavy ketones are highly reactive and prone to polymerization, which has made them difficult to synthesize and isolate to study...
May 1, 2012
Researches at the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL; Oak Ridge, Tenn.; are developing a process that makes carbon fibers with customized surface contours from polyethylene-based fibers. The patent-pending technique uses a combination of fiber-spinning and a sulfonation technique...
March 1, 2012
Researchers from the Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Monash University (Clayton, Victoria, Australia;, have reported on a new composite polymer hydrogel with light-absorbing particles incorporated within it, that can be used as draw agents in the forward osmosis (FO) process of desalination. The researchers, led by professor Huanting Wang, aimed to develop new...
March 1, 2012
A challenge in recovering fissile material from spent nuclear fuel is separating radioactive components that cannot be reused as fuel. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratory (Albuquerque, N.M.; have fabricated metal-organic frameworks...
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