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Extremely sensitive radiation detectors to explore the universe

The Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona of the CSIC leads the development in Spain of a ultrasensitive sensors which will be used in the forthcoming European space missions. They are extremely sensitive and miniaturized microcalorimeters, like small thermometers, and can even detect the energy of one single photon. They find also applications in others fields, such as nanotechnology, biomedicine or security.

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Responsive temperature nanomaterials to warn against temperature fluctuations

A group of scientists from ICN2, CSIC and BIST has developed high-temperature "off/on" fluorescent sensors based on polymeric nanoparticles. They allow to follow the thermal history of a process or material in a simple, cheap and scalable way.

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Minimalist biostructures designed to create nanomaterials

Researchers from the IBB-UAB and from the ICMAB-CSIC have obtained four molecules of only seven amino acids with the ability to self-assemble, which enables a fast and non expensive process to obtain nanomaterials for biomedical and nanotechnological purposes. They have used them to create one of the most resistant bionanomaterials described until now.

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New boost to future calcium batteries

A recent study demonstrates the feasibility of the electrochemical extraction of calcium from a metal oxide, which could be used as a cathode (positive electrode) for calcium batteries.The study was carried out in collaboration with Toyota Motor Europe, and has resulted in a patent.

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A cheaper graphene synthesis method

Scientists at the CSIC have developed a new method for the direct growth of graphene on dielectric substrates, avoiding the step of transferring the graphene from the copper catalyst substrates to the substrates of practical interest, as silicon or glass, avoiding therefore the economical cost. It is a scalable and reproducible method to use graphene in multiple applications.

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