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Role of hydrogen bonds in extremely flexible vanadium oxide nanofiber paper

By Eileen De Guire / March 19, 2013

Hydrogen bonding contributes to the extreme flexibility of vanadium pentoxide paper made from high aspect ratio nanofibers. Credit: Burghard; Wiley. Last fall I wrote about a small, highly focused conference in Germany I attended called, “Generation of Inorganic Functional Materials Implementation of Biomineralization Principles.” The idea behind biomineralization is to adapt natural processes to synthesize…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / February 5, 2013

What an active field! Oxygen tolerance of an in silico-designed bioinspired hydrogen-evolving catalyst in water (PNAS) Certain bacterial enzymes, the diiron hydrogenases, have turnover numbers for hydrogen production from water as large as 104/s. Their much smaller common active site, composed of earth-abundant materials, has a structure that is an attractive starting point for the…

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Eileen’s five fave CTT posts in 2012 (and her liberal interpretation of the number five)

By Eileen De Guire / December 31, 2012

Background image: Molten glass. Credit: Michael Germann; Dreamstime.com. Peter and I thought it would be fun to share our five favorite posts from 2012. Finding that choosing only five was nigh impossible, I decided to sort my picks into three categories, which instantly grew my budget to 15 stories! External forces Advances in science and…

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A castle vacation, poster session included

By Eileen De Guire / October 30, 2012

Germany’s Max Planck Society hosts small scientific conferences year-round at Schloss Ringberg in southern Bavaria. Credit: Schloss Ringberg; MPS. You may find it surprising that the highlight of my recent vacation in Germany was not the Alpine landscape, Octoberfest, shopping or the opportunity to practice speaking German, but rather, the poster session. The reason I…

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