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Researchers Obtain Deeper Insight into Self-Healing Nature of Colloidal Crystals

Researchers Obtain Deeper Insight into Self-Healing Nature of Colloidal Crystals

When an assembly of microgel particles includes one particle that's significantly larger than the rest, that oversized particle spontaneously shrinks to match the size of its smaller neighbors. This self-healing nature of the system allows the microparticles to form defect-free colloidal crystals, an unusual property not seen in systems made up of “hard” particles. [More]
OmniProcess Awarded ‘EMEA Distributor of the Year 2015’ by SEAL Analytical

OmniProcess Awarded ‘EMEA Distributor of the Year 2015’ by SEAL Analytical

OmniProcess (Sweden) has been awarded ‘EMEA Distributor of the Year 2015’ by laboratory instrumentation manufacturer SEAL Analytical. Congratulating the OmniProcess team on their success, SEAL President Stuart Smith said: “There are a number of factors affecting the decision, including the volume of business won; the identification and development of new markets, and business growth over the previous year. OmniProcess excelled in all categories and I am delighted to recognise their achievements.” [More]
Researchers Develop Efficient and Cheap Perovskite Solar Cells

Researchers Develop Efficient and Cheap Perovskite Solar Cells

Perovskites, thin films of crystalline materials, are a promising materials in developing efficient and cost-effective solar cells. Recently, a team of researchers from all over the world demonstrated a method to flip a chemical switch capable of converting one kind of perovskite into another kind - an enhanced light absorber containing improved thermal stability. [More]
Researchers Imitate Principles of Nature to Wind Up Molecules into Screw-Shaped Structures

Researchers Imitate Principles of Nature to Wind Up Molecules into Screw-Shaped Structures

Artificial molecules are like sheets of paper. Chemists can fold them into specific shapes. Transferring the shape of one molecule to another, however, poses a significant challenge. [More]
Researchers Analyze Defects Appearing and Disappearing in CIGSe - Cells

Researchers Analyze Defects Appearing and Disappearing in CIGSe - Cells

Copper-indium-gallium-selenide (CIGSe) solar cells have the highest efficiency of polycrystalline thin-film solar cells. The four elements of CIGSe are vapor-deposited onto a substrate collectively to form an extremely thin layer of miniature chalcopyrite crystals. It is an exceptionally multifaceted process controlled by several variables. [More]
ORNL Researchers Discover Tunneling State of Water Molecules

ORNL Researchers Discover Tunneling State of Water Molecules

Unique and unanticipated behavior of water molecules under extreme confinement was revealed by neutron scattering and computational modeling. [More]
Exciting Free Webinar From PANalytical: XRD Characterization of Lithium-Ion Batteries

Exciting Free Webinar From PANalytical: XRD Characterization of Lithium-Ion Batteries

PANalytical, the world’s leading supplier of analytical instrumentation and software for X-ray and related techniques, announces their free webinar on ‘In situ / in operando XRD characterization of lithium-ion batteries on 19 May 2016, presented by guest speaker Dr. Stefan Seidlmayer, researcher at Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ) in Garching, Germany and Dr. Fabio Masiello, product manager Empyrean, PANalytical B.V., the Netherlands. [More]
SENTECH Releases New Spectroscopic Ellipsometer SENresearch 4.0

SENTECH Releases New Spectroscopic Ellipsometer SENresearch 4.0

SENTECH Instruments is a leading supplier of plasma process technology equipment for etching and deposition and thin film metrology instruments based on spectroscopic ellipsometry. [More]
Researchers Provide First Definitive Evidence for Twist-Bend Phase of Liquid Crystals

Researchers Provide First Definitive Evidence for Twist-Bend Phase of Liquid Crystals

Discovered more than 125 years ago, liquid crystals play a significant role in screens of computer monitors and TV, watches, clocks and a variety of other electronics displays. Scientists are still attempting to improve the molecular makeup of these liquid crystals. [More]
New Method Could Optimize Detection of Nuclear Materials Hidden Within Containers

New Method Could Optimize Detection of Nuclear Materials Hidden Within Containers

A new low-energy nuclear reaction imaging method was put to test by a team of researchers recently. This method has the capability of detecting whether there was any weapons-grade plutonium and uranium present, and can be applied to check cargo containers entering into the US ports. The method relies on a mixture of high-energy photons and neutrons to detect radioactive materials shielded within the containers. [More]