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Imitating the morphology of animals and plants for improving materials

Scientists in the European project LiNaBioFluid have researched the microstructures that give amazing qualities to animals and plants. These microstructures can be reproduced by laser on several materials to overcome technological issues. Now, a new project, will implement some of the results copying vegetal morphologies on natural stones to protect them and extend its lifetime.

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Ultralight, elastic and highly porous graphene oxide aerogels

CSIC scientists at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona have developed and patented a method based on the use of supercritical CO2 to produce graphene oxide aerogels on a large scale and in a sustainable way. Similar to a sponge, the material has oxygenated groups suitable to perform chemical transformations à la carte for every desired application. Industrial partners are sought for further development.

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Sustainable coating to increase magnesium alloys’ corrosion resistance

A multidisciplinary team of the CSIC has developed a sustainable and biocompatible coating for magnesium alloys that improves its resistance to corrosion, but also allows to have a progressive and controlled corrosion. The coating adheres perfectly to the substrate and has a high density, which multiplies its applications in this type of metal alloys.

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A novel high-performance graphene fabrication method

Researchers from the CSIC and the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2-BIST) have recently developed a novel electrochemical reactor and procedure to fabricate graphene. This method has been tested as a prototype and shows high performance and fine tuning of the graphene oxidation. Graphene producers are being sought to collaborate and/or exploit the existing know-how through a patent license agreement.

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Low cost and easy delamination process to isolate high quality graphene films

Researchers from the CSIC and the laboratory CIBER- BBN have developed a simple procedure to isolate highly crystalline graphene. The method enables the graphene to be transferred from the silicon carbide substrate, where it has been formed, to any other one, such as a dielectric for electronic device applications.

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