A solution to the growing clean drinking water availability problem is direct solar steam generation technology, which can remove harmful soluble pollutants from water. Credit: Lei Miao from SIT Scientists review some of the research behind a technology that could cauterize a growing global drinking water crisis. A nascent but […]

3D model of the active center of the catalyst Titanium Silicalite -1 with the titanium pair (light grey). Credit: ETH Zürich Activity of the industrial catalyst TS-1 relies on titanium pairs/Important discovery for catalyst development. ‘Titanium silicalite-1’ (TS-1) is not a new catalyst: It has been almost 40 years since […]

Neighborly collaboration for catalysis. First, a number of nanoparticles of copper are isolated in a gas-filled nanotube. Researchers then use light to measure how they affect each other in the process by which oxygen and carbon monoxide become carbon dioxide. The long-term goal of the research is to find a […]

Complex interlocking components mean no tools are needed. Credit: © Larsson et al. An interactive system to design and fabricate structurally sound wood joints. Wood is considered an attractive construction material for both aesthetic and environmental purposes. Construction of useful wood objects requires complicated structures and ways to connect components […]

A five-phase equilibrium with at the top a gas phase with unaligned rods (isotropic phase), then a liquid phase with rods pointing in about the same direction (nematic liquid crystal), subsequently a liquid phase with rods lying in different layers (smectic liquid crystal), and two solid phases at the bottom. […]

New binding solution targets construction uses. Revolutionary ‘green’ types of bricks and construction materials could be made from recycled PVC, waste plant fibers or sand with the help of a remarkable new kind of rubber polymer discovered by Australian scientists. The rubber polymer, itself made from sulfur and canola oil, […]

On the surface of the newly developed catalyst (PtGa-Pb/SiO2), Pt1 sites remain exposed to facilitate catalytic reaction while Pt3 sites (and Ga3 sites) shown with triangles are blocked by Pb. (Yuki Nakaya, et al., Nature Communications, June 5, 2020). Credit: Yuki Nakaya, et al., Nature Communications, June 5, 2020 A […]