MIT’s new model could help scientists design materials for artificial photosynthesis

Plants and other photosynthetic organisms use a wide variety of pigments to absorb different wavelengths of light. MIT researchers have now developed a theoretical model to predict the spectrum of light absorbed by aggregates of these pigments, based on their structure. The new model could help guide scientists in designing new types of solar cells … Continue reading “MIT’s new model could help scientists design materials for artificial photosynthesis”

Porous, 3-D forms of Graphene developed at MIT can be 10 times as strong as steel but much lighter

A team of researchers at MIT has designed one of the strongest lightweight materials known, by compressing and fusing flakes of graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon. The new material, a sponge-like configuration with a density of just 5 percent, can have a strength 10 times that of steel. In its two-dimensional form, graphene is … Continue reading “Porous, 3-D forms of Graphene developed at MIT can be 10 times as strong as steel but much lighter”

New Diamond Harder than Ring Bling

The Australian National University (ANU) has led an international project to make a diamond that’s predicted to be harder than a jeweller’s diamond and useful for cutting through ultra-solid materials on mining sites. ANU Associate Professor Jodie Bradby said her team – including ANU PhD student Thomas Shiell and experts from RMIT, the University of … Continue reading “New Diamond Harder than Ring Bling”

2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to 3 Scientists for their work on Molecular Machines

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016 to Jean-Pierre Sauvage University of Strasbourg, France, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA and Bernard L. Feringa University of Groningen, the Netherlands for the design and synthesis of molecular machines. They developed the world’s smallest machines … Continue reading “2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to 3 Scientists for their work on Molecular Machines”