NEW POROUS MATERIAL TURNS CO2 INTO CO AND OXYGEN
A team of researchers with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California have developed a COF (Covalent Organic Framework) —a material made by linking porphyrins together into a mesh and is able to conduct electricity.
As CO2 percolates through the mesh, it is split into carbon dioxide and oxygen by a bit of current. The team is hoping this will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
AMERICAN STEEL INDUSTRY LEADER DIES AGED 68
John Correnti, who led several American steel companies, died on the 18th of August aged 68. Mr Correnti, who graduated with a degree in civil engineering, built companies embracing new technologies and developing new methods of cutting construction costs.
CHINESE-LED RESEARCH TEAM DEVELOPS NEW METHOD OF MAKING METALLIC GLASS
An international team lead by Chinese researchers has developed a new method of producing metallic glass. In addition, the team said that the new method is ideal for mass production.
Metallic glass (or amorphous metal) is a material formed by rapidly cooling metal to a solid state, and, according to NASA, it is the highest performing material available for spacecraft construction.
It is worth mentioning that China is the second highest producer of metallic glass after the US.
SCIENTISTS THEORIZE A NEW METAL ALLOY WITH THE HIGHEST MELTING POINT EVER KNOWN
Researchers led by Professor Axel van de Walle at Brown University have theorized a an exotic alloy, which is a combination of the rare metal hafnium, carbon and nitrogen, and would only melt at more than 4,400 kelvins, which is 2/3 of the temperature of the sun's surface.
The researchers are now hoping to create the material and to test its properties in the laboratory.
SNEW STUDY SHOWS THAT GRAPHENE'S HYDROPHOBICITY IS THICKNESS-DEPENDENT
A group of researchers at the National Physical Laboratory in the UK has conducted a study on the hydrophobicity of epitaxial graphene. The group found that the property is strongly dependent on the thickness of graphene, and that single-layered graphene is more hydrophilic than other thicker varieties.
Graphene is a 2-dimentional carbon allotrope with many potential applications in the future.
NEW RECORD-BREAKING HIGH TEMPERATURE SUPERCONDUCTOR
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany, have developed a new superconducting material made of hydrogen sulfide, which was turned into a metal using high pressure.
The new material works at the highest temperature yet: -70°C which is nearly twenty degrees warmer than the lowest natural temperature on earth: -89.2°C in Antarctica.