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Obtaining coltan, the “black gold” of electronics, from the waste of an abandoned mine site

A team of CSIC researchers has developed a physical-chemical process to obtain niobium and tantalum, two of the most commonly used minerals in electronics, from the residues of a tin mine in Ourense. The procedure could be applied to other deposits for the extraction of these metals and also to clean areas where residues of other mining operations remain.

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Modifying the Brain Barrier to enhance treatments against dementia

The Project “Advanced Lipid Nanostructures to Overcome Blood-Brain-Barrier” seeks to design nanometric particles and treat efficiently the disease of the central nervous system (CNS), as the Alzheimers. The research is led by Olga López, from the Instituto de Química Avanzada de Cataluña (IQAC-CSIC), and Mercedes Balcells, from MIT.

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ADN para depositar y organizar moléculas a escalas inferiores a los 10 nanómetros

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Científicos han desarrollado este nuevo método que serviría para aplicaciones microelectrónicas y biomédicas, incorporando moléculas de forma ordenada “a la carta”. El trabajo, liderado por el CSIC, se ha publicado en la revista Advanced Materials. Los segmentos de ADN se acoplan entre ellos como piezas de ‘lego’ y pueden usarse como  “adhesivo” para acoplar otras moléculas funcionales o nanomateriales

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Molecular ecosystems that interact and evolve

Scientists have developed a new technique to study the interaction between molecular systems and how these systems adapt to environmental changes. The potential uses are in several fields, such as molecular sensors or the study of the origin of life.

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Carrying molecules into the skin

Scientists at the CSIC are designing advanced lipid systems for skin treatments. In the last experiment, they have obtained chemical maps of skin samples, which show how the lipid molecules enter the inner skin.

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