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New routes to gram-scale graphene

Australian researchers have reported making grams of graphene using nothing more complicated than sodium and ethanol. The process, according to team leader John Stride at the University of New South Wales, should help accelerate the progress of applications for a much-hyped material that's proved hard to manufacture cheaply.

Posted: Dec 13th, 2008

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Chemical Industry Trade Fair invites young chemists to attend InformexUSA free of charge

Informex today announced that it will invite young chemists to attend the upcoming InformexUSA exhibition in San Francisco free of charge. The invitation opens the door for chemists and chemical engineers 25 and under to learn more about the chemical technologies manufacturers will require in the years ahead to commercialize exciting new concepts in areas like nanotechnology, pharmaceutical fine chemicals, and green chemistry.

Posted: Dec 12th, 2008

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Detailed 24-page monograph explaining the theory, functionality and applications of Piezoresponse Force Microscopy

Asylum Research and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have released a detailed 24-page monograph explaining the theory, functionality and applications of Piezoresponse Force Microscopy (PFM). Electromechanical coupling is one of the fundamental natural mechanisms underlying the function of many inorganic and macromolecular materials and is ubiquitous in biological systems.

Posted: Dec 12th, 2008

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UK EPSRC Science and Innovation Awards 2008

Five-year grants totalling 20m pounds will be given to Bath, Imperial, London School of Economics, Edinburgh, Exeter, Heriot-Watt, Lancaster, Manchester and Strathclyde Universities as a result of the EPSRC 2008 Science and Innovation Awards.

Posted: Dec 12th, 2008

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