Proteins that can take the heat

Ancient proteins may offer clues on engineering proteins to withstand high temperatures required in industrial applications. Credit: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Ancient proteins may offer clues on how to engineer proteins that can withstand the high temperatures required in industrial applications, … Continue reading

Materials that emit rainbows

An illustrative summary of the developed organic luminescent material. Credit: Youhei Takeda Mechanochromic luminescent (MCL) materials change their color in response to a change in their environment, like pressure and temperature. To date, most MCL materials only change between two … Continue reading

Scientists make new high-tech liquid materials

Dr Horst Punzmann (left) and Professor Michael Shats in the lab. Credit: Stuart Hay, ANU Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have controlled wave-generated currents to make previously unimaginable liquid materials for new technological innovations, including techniques to manipulate … Continue reading

Scientists discover new helium chemistry

Crystal structure of Na2He, resembling a three-dimensional checkerboard. The purple spheres represent sodium atoms, which are inside the green cubes that represent helium atoms. The red regions inside voids of the structure show areas where localized electron pairs reside.Illustration is … Continue reading

Boron atoms stretch out, gain new powers

Stills from a simulation of the properties of one-dimensional boron shows the material that starts as a ribbon transforms into a single-atom chain, until it reaches the breaking point. Rice University scientists discovered the still-theoretical material would have unique electrical … Continue reading

Carbon nanotubes couple light and matter

The formation of exciton-polaritons through strong light-matter coupling is a promising strategy for producing electrically pumped carbon-based lasers. Scientists from Heidelberg University and the University of St Andrews (Scotland) have now, for the first time, demonstrated this strong light-matter coupling … Continue reading

Two types of liquid water

Writing in the International Journal of Nanotechnology, Oxford University’s Laura Maestro and her colleagues in Italy, Mexico, Spain and the USA, explain how the physical and chemical properties of water have been studied for more than a century and revealed … Continue reading