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Hokusai’s blue, cellulose nanofibers join forces to clean up disaster areas

October 16, 2017

By combining the same Prussian blue pigment used in the works of popular Edo-period artist Hokusai and cellulose…
Freeze-dried foam soaks up carbon dioxide

August 17, 2017

Rice University materials scientists have created a light foam from two-dimensional sheets of hexagonal-boron nitride (h-BN) that absorbs…
Crumpling approach enhances photodetectors’ light responsivity

April 9, 2016

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated a new approach to modifying the light absorption…
Phthalates enter our skin directly from the air

October 21, 2015

We are far more susceptible to dermal absorptions of phthalates from air than previously presumed. This is the…
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Hot electrons point the way to perfect light absorption

September 2, 2015

Light-absorbing films can be found in many everyday applications such as solar cells or sensors. They are used…
Chemists design a quantum-dot spectrometer

July 2, 2015

Instruments that measure the properties of light, known as spectrometers, are widely used in physical, chemical, and biological…
Physicists propose superabsorption of light beyond the limits of classical physics

August 28, 2014

In one potential method to realize superabsorption, a superabsorbing ring absorbs incident photons, giving rise to excitons. Credit:…
Absorption straightens the drunken stagger of light

July 1, 2014

In a study partly funded by the FOM Foundation, physicists from the University of Twente and Yale University…
Nanostructures enhance light trapping for solar fuel generation

March 25, 2014

Illustration of a hematite photoelectrode consisting of a periodic nanobeam-array (red) on a conductive ITO layer (dark blue).…
Plants convert energy at lightning speed

March 4, 2014

A new way of measuring how much light a plant can tolerate could be useful in growing crops…
Cosmic alcohol once again confirms the constancy of a natural constant

December 9, 2013

FOM PhD researcher Bagdonaite and FOM workgroup leader Ubachs visiting ALMA on the Chajnantor plateau in Chile. ALMA…
Super-nanotubes: ‘Remarkable’ spray-on coating combines carbon nanotubes with ceramic

April 18, 2013

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Kansas State University have demonstrated a spray-on mixture…
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