Category Archives: Material Science

Bruker Presents New Scientific Instruments at Analytica 2016

Bruker Corporation introduced new scientific instruments and analytical solutions at the Analytica Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology held this month in Munich. The new tools improve sensitivity and productivity in the pharmaceutical, applied and industrial markets. Applied and Pharmaceutical Markets The SENTERRA II is a Raman microscope with various acquisition modes to optimize spatial resolution […]


A Hybrid Polymer With Removable Compartments

A new kind of hybrid polymer could be used for self-repairing materials, drug delivery and artificial muscles. The polymer, developed by researchers at Northwestern University, features removable parts that can be regenerated. The study has been published in the journal Science. Our bodies use polymers to sustain cellular structures. For example, the cytoskeleton is made of fibers […]

Wearable Electronics Monitor Metabolites in Sweat

Researchers from UC Berkeley have developed wearable sensors that measure the metabolites and electrolytes in sweat and send the information to a smartphone. The device can monitor the users’ health in real time and warn them about fatigue or dehydration. The study was published in the journal Nature. Wearable electronics are the future of health […]

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Ultra-Thin Pressure Sensor Could Be Used to Detect Breast Cancer

A team of scientists from Japan and the US led by the University of Tokyo have developed an ultra-thin pressure sensor that could be used to detect breast cancer. The sensor maintains its accuracy in calculating pressure distribution when deformed to adapt to curved surfaces. The study has been published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. […]

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Electron Holography Microscope Obtains First Image of a Single Protein

  Researchers from the University of Zurich have obtained the first image ever of a single protein. The molecule was fixed on a graphene sheet and imaged with an electron holographic microscope. By emitting low-energy electrons, this technique acquired images without damaging the sample, and the thinness of graphene allowed electrons to pass through it and […]

Nanoreactors Increase Cell-Free Protein Synthesis Yield

Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed an innovative cell-free protein synthesis system based on microfabricated reactors that produce therapeutic proteins on demand. The study was published in the journal Small. Cel-free protein synthesis (CFPS) technology allows producing proteins cheaply without the need of sustaining living cells. CFPS systems can be complemented […]

A More Potent Water Purification System Based on Cyclodextrin

A team of researchers form Cornell University has developed a water purifier based on a cyclodextrin modification. The original polymer, a compound used in air fresheners, was tweaked into a porous form that increases its adsorbance to water contaminants 200-fold. The findings were published in Nature. Dr. Dichtel’s team received a National Science Foundation grant to […]

Long-Lasting Hydrogel Derived from Sea Anemones

  A team of researchers from Pohang and Yeungnam Universities have created a mechanically durable hydrogel inspired in a sturdy protein found in anemones that allows their contraction and relaxation movements. The silk-like protein, derived from anemone’s tentacles, allowed to produce the aneroin hydrogel, which proved to be a good support and environment for cells. […]