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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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Edge chipping—technologically relevant in prehistory and in modern times

By Eileen De Guire / November 20, 2012

A sampling of banded ironstone spear points (except (A) and (C), which are black chert). They were made be prehistoric peoples by edge chipping the stone. Today, edge-chipping failure of ceramics is a serious concern in dental and high-impact applications. Credit: Wilkins; Science, AAAS. It is hunting season here in the Midwestern United States. Like…

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Nature’s nanomaterials—To be or not to be bioinspired?

By Eileen De Guire / November 2, 2012

Figure 1. Synthetic sea shells. Credit: MaterialsViews; Wiley. Editor’s note: The other day I told you about a conference on bioinspired materials that I attended as a guest. In this blog post, Geoffrey Ozin, professor of materials chemistry at the University of Toronto, explains this field of research in more detail, and in the last…

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Other materials science stories that may be of interest

By / August 14, 2012

Lots of interesting work happening out there: Making “renewable” viable: Drexel engineers develop new technology for grid-level electrical energy storage A team of researchers from Drexel University’s College of Engineering has developed a new method for quickly and efficiently storing large amounts of electrical energy. The researchers are putting forward a plan to integrate into the…

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