December 7th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at California Institute of Technology report that, using directed evolution, they have convinced bacteria to biologically produce carbon–silicon bonds much more efficiently than synthetically catalyzed chemical reactions.
July 8th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at Oak Ridge National Lab (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) have developed a new process that turns to bacteria to manufacture semiconductor nanoparticles, harnessing the bacteria in giant reactors to manufacture zinc sulfide quantum dots via nanofermentation.
May 9th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
According to the American Chemical Society, silicon nitride’s super antibacterial abilities may soon bring the material into your mouth to build better dental implants and help fight gum disease.
March 4th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
A new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Minnesota shows that nanoparticles of lithium battery catalyst nickel manganese cobalt oxide may harm important bacteria that reside in the soil and have untold environmental consequences.
August 5th, 2015 | by April Gocha, PhD
Two new inventions are using the power of materials to help prevent spread of germs across some of the most frequently touched surfaces we encounter every day—door handles.
June 30th, 2015 | by April Gocha, PhD
Solar powered sensors prove their efficiency, single-catalyst water splitters go all night, and other materials stories that may be of interest for June 30, 2015.
June 29th, 2015 | by April Gocha, PhD
Scientists at Columbia University are using their research to think differently about sustainable energy generation. And that approach is allowing the team to harness an invisible power source that’s available nearly everywhere—water evaporation.
May 16th, 2014 | by April Gocha, PhD
Artificially magnetic probiotic bacteria may have future uses as human health monitors, and a new magnetic chip may improve single cell analyses to better detect rare genetic changes
March 27th, 2014 | by April Gocha, PhD
An artificial gut has helped researchers explain dark chocolate's positive health benefits by revealing that gut microbes help digest cocoa's anti-inflammatory polyphenols
March 11th, 2014 | by April Gocha, PhD
Scientists have created antimicrobial ceramics from yttrium silicate that can perform photon upconversion to kill bacteria on the ceramic's surfaces.