For solar panels, wringing every drop of energy from as many photons as possible is imperative. This goal has sent chemistry, materials science and electronic engineering researchers on a quest to boost the energy-absorption efficiency of photovoltaic devices, but existing techniques are now running up against limits set by the laws of physics. [More]
The United States Army and Marine Corps received its 100th set of sapphire-engineered armor to make the bulletproof windshields and door windows of the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Launcher significantly safer and more durable. Saint-Gobain Crystals, part of the Saint-Gobain family of companies, provided the breakthrough, sapphire based technology. The New Hampshire National Guard, based in Nashua, was the first to have its rocket launchers retrofitted. [More]
Bruker Corporation announces an FT-IR world first – a wide spectral range beamsplitter which covers the complete mid and far Infrared/THz spectral ranges in one go with no gaps!
The new wide band beamsplitte... [More]
Scientists would like to apply the same principles by which baking soda removes food odors from refrigerators or silica powder keeps moisture away from electronic devices to scrub carbon dioxide from the exhaust gases of fossil fuel power plants. An excellent candidate for this task is the class of materials known as multivariate metal organic frameworks or MTV-MOFs, which were discovered by Omar Yaghi, one of the world’s most cited chemists. However, finding and synthesizing the best MTV-MOFs for this task has been a major challenge. That discouraging state-of-affairs is about to change. [More]
Scientific, global leader in fluorescence spectroscopy systems,
announces a new series of SpectraLEDs for phosphorescence measurements.
The new SpectraLEDs, unique to HORIBA Scientific, are low cost, long
Market leaders in temperature controlled microscopy, Linkam Scientific Instruments report on the use of their functional LTS420 temperature stage for crystallization studies at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern. [More]
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Murata) implemented a share exchange with Tokyo Denpa Co., Ltd. (TEW) effective August 1, 2013 pursuant to a share exchange agreement executed with TEW on February 13, 2013, and as a result, Murata became the wholly-owning parent company of TEW, and TEW became the wholly-owned subsidiary of Murata. [More]
Chemists have unexpectedly made two differently colored crystals - one orange, the other blue - from one chemical in the same flask while studying a special kind of molecular connection called an agostic bond. The discovery, reported in Angewandte Chemie International Edition on July 29, is providing new insights into important industrial chemical reactions such as those that occur while making plastics and fuels. [More]
Researchers at E/M Coating Services (EMCS), a business unit of Curtiss Wright Surface Technologies specialising in technical surface coatings, are working with powder characterisation experts at Freeman Technology to develop new surface coating solutions for food and pharmaceutical processing equipment. [More]
When irradiated with UV light, micrometer- to millimeter-sized crystals of the cobalt coordination complex [Co(NH 3)5(NO2)]Cl(NO3) cover distances over thousands of times larger than themselves. Why do they do this? The nitrite ligand (NO2) is normally bound to the central cobalt ion through its nitrogen atom. This bond is broken by the irradiation and the ligand rotates a little to use one of its oxygenatoms to bind to the cobalt instead. This isomerization produces strain in the crystal. The strain is dissipated through movement and fracturing. The crystals jump and may even explode. [More]