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Quantum Mechanics Advances Help Predict Most Stable Crystal Structure

Quantum Mechanics Advances Help Predict Most Stable Crystal Structure

Atoms of a solid material are capable of adopting many different crystal structures, which can influence the properties of the material. However, predicting a material’s crystal structure that has the highest stability has been a longstanding bottleneck for researchers. A research group led by Professor Garnet K. L. Chan has addressed this challenge. [More]
Phase-Change Materials Set to Replace Silicon Computer Parts

Phase-Change Materials Set to Replace Silicon Computer Parts

Phase-Change Materials (PCMs), which have been around since the 1960s when they were used in optical-memory devices, are currently being adapted for electronic-memory operations and are set to replace silicon-aided flash memory in smartphones. [More]
Researchers Characterise New Class of Materials Known as Protein Crystalline Frameworks

Researchers Characterise New Class of Materials Known as Protein Crystalline Frameworks

A new class of materials, known as protein crystalline frameworks (PCFs), have been discovered by a team of researchers from Helmholtz Center Berlin (HZB) and the Fudan University in China. [More]
Rigaku Corporation Launch New Product Line for Single Crystal Diffraction

Rigaku Corporation Launch New Product Line for Single Crystal Diffraction

Rigaku Corporation today announces the release of a new product line for single crystal diffraction. The XtaLAB PRO series is designed around hybrid pixel array detector (HPAD) technology, a technology that produces the best possible single crystal diffraction data available today. At the core of the system is the Dectris PILATUS 200K detector, a photon-counting detector that is essentially noise free and offers extremely fast readout times and a dynamic range high enough even for synchrotron sources. The XtaLAB PRO diffractometer, in a dual source configuration, will be on display at the IUCr meeting in Montreal from August 5th through the 9th. [More]
New Book on Solid State Physics

New Book on Solid State Physics

Modern technology is based heavily on solid state devices such as semiconductors and lasers. [More]
Reconstructed Energy-Selective Neutron Tomography Enables 3D Representation of Phase Fractions

Reconstructed Energy-Selective Neutron Tomography Enables 3D Representation of Phase Fractions

The method overcomes limitations of existing techniques which are limited to the surface or small-sized specimens, and allows a 3-D representation of the phase fractions within the sample volume. The work has just been published in the journal "Advanced Materials". [More]
International Union of Crystallography Meeting to Take Place August 5–12, 2014 in Montreal

International Union of Crystallography Meeting to Take Place August 5–12, 2014 in Montreal

Some 2,500 scientists and experts from around the world will gather next month in Montreal for the largest international meeting of the year devoted to crystallography -- a discipline that draws researchers from fields as far flung as genomics and geology who help solve problems as diverse as designing new manufacturing processes to creating life-saving drugs. [More]
E. coli Cells Join Salt Crystallisation and Modulate Growth of Sodium Chloride Crystals

E. coli Cells Join Salt Crystallisation and Modulate Growth of Sodium Chloride Crystals

For the first time, Spanish researchers have detected an unknown interaction between microorganisms and salt. When Escherichia coli cells are introduced into a droplet of salt water and is left to dry, bacteria manipulate the sodium chloride crystallisation to create biomineralogical biosaline 3D morphologically complex formations, where they hibernate. [More]
Armourglass Offers Tritium-Illuminated Watches with Shatterproof Crystal Glass

Armourglass Offers Tritium-Illuminated Watches with Shatterproof Crystal Glass

Where will your watch take you? Climb higher, go further, dive deeper, and see brighter! No more limitations with your watch! [More]
Neutron Crystallography Helps Solve Mystery of Ferryl Heme Compound I Structure

Neutron Crystallography Helps Solve Mystery of Ferryl Heme Compound I Structure

The controversy centres around a family of enzymes known as heme enzymes, due to the presence of a heme group in their active site. At the centre of the heme cofactor is an iron (Fe) atom, which becomes oxidised (ferryl) when a reacting heme is in an intermediate state called Compound I. [More]