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Australian desalination plant attracts fish

Many nations operate desalination plants, which remove salt from seawater to make it drinkable.

18 Dec 2019 Environmental Science & Technology

Chemists glimpse the fleeting ‘transition state’ of a reaction

New technique for observing reaction products offers insights into the chemical mechanisms that formed them.

16 Dec 2019 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Oil catching sponge

The work constitutes a new framework for developing surface-engineered sponges that address the variable pH-responsive wetting behavior of crude oil.

16 Dec 2019 Nature Sustainability

KAUST’s plastic biosensor finds sweet success

An electronic biosensor powered using the glucose in bodily fluids has been developed by KAUST researchers.

16 Dec 2019 Nature Materials

New way to make biomedical devices from silk yields better products with tunable qualities

Using methods common to plastics manufacturing, properties of silk-based devices can be tuned for strength, flexibility, molecular function and biodegradability.

16 Dec 2019 Nature Materials

Uranium chemistry and geological disposal of radioactive waste

New insights using the diamond light.

16 Dec 2019 ACS Environmental Science and Technology

Nanoscience breakthrough: Probing particles smaller than a billionth of a meter

This breakthrough in analytical techniques will enable the development and application of minuscule materials in the fields of electronics, biomedicine, chemistry, and more.

13 Dec 2019 Science Advances

Fundamental discoveries for future nanotools: Chemists distinguish multiple weak forces

When two molecules surrounded by water move towards each other, part of their initial attraction is sometimes due to the chemical force to repel water - the hydrophobic effect.

12 Dec 2019 Communications Chemistry

New material design tops carbon-capture from wet flue gases

One way to ameliorate the polluting impact of flue gases is to take the CO2 out of them and store it in geological formations or recycle it.

11 Dec 2019 Nature

Why polar bears at sea have higher pollution levels than those staying on land

Barents Sea polar bears fall into two categories: pelagic, which migrate annually to hunt at sea, and coastal, which stay on land to fast or hunt.

11 Dec 2019 Environmental Science & Technology

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