New lig in town: Renewable hybrid electrode based on lignin confined on reduced graphene oxide

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A renewable hybrid electrode consisting of lignin nanocrystals confined on reduced graphene oxide (RGO) is developed for energy storage materials.

Seeing the wood for the trees: A new technique for the study of biomass pyrolysis

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Spatiotemporally resolved diffuse reflectance in situ spectroscopy (STR-DRiSP) reveals the kinetics of biomass pyrolysis.

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Not just skin-deep: Water oxidation by amorphous cobalt-based oxides

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Amorphous cobalt-based oxides show catalytic activity in the bulk of the film, not just at the interface with the electrolyte.

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Quick as you like: Carbon nanosheets allow direct electron transfer in biofuel cells

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A high performance laccase-based biofuel cell cathode is developed using carbon nanosheets as the catalyst support and buckypaper as the substrate electrode.

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Thinking Big to Think Small: US Nanoscale Science Research Centres

MaterialsScienceOnTheNanoscale

Scanning probe microscopy in the US Department of Energy Nanoscale Research Centers: status, perspectives, and opportunities.

Any which way you can: Nano-toolboxes for programmable self-assembly

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Molecular self-assembly of multifunctional nanoparticle composites with arbitrary shapes and functions

The Betentacled One: Soft Robots that Move in Three Dimensions

Soft-Robots

Soft robotic tentacles that can be manipulated using pressurization have been developed by the Whitesides group at Harvard.

A Bitter Pill for Counterfeiters: Labeling Drugs with QR Codes

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Polymer microtaggants using high-capacity and error-correctable QR code for anti-counterfeiting of pharmaceuticals.

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Skyscrapers Sweat it Out: Sweating Surfaces for Building Materials

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Using thermosresponsive polymers to keep buildings cool.

Teaching an Electronic Pavlov’s Dog: Memristive Devices in Neuromorphic Circuits

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Researchers demonstrate learning in a memristive device.

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