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Crown ethers flatten in graphene for strong, specific binding

Crown ethers flatten in graphene for strong, specific binding

A team led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has discovered a way to dramatically increase the selectivity and binding strength of crown ethers by incorporating them within a rigid framework of graphene. Strong, specific electrostatic binding of crown ethers may advance sensors, chemical separations, nuclear-waste cleanup, extraction of metals from ores, purification and recycling of rare-earth elements, water purification, biotechnology, energy production in durable lithium-ion batteries, catalysis, medicine and data storage.

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Spiraling back in time

Using a code developed for GPU supercomputing architectures, including that of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Cray XK7 Titan, to simulate the evolution of the Milky Way galaxy, a team of researchers from the Netherlands and Japan is a Gordon Bell Prize finalist.

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Spiraling back in time

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ORNL microscopy pencils patterns in polymers at the nanoscale
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ORNL researchers Buchanan, Liang, Mayes named AAAS fellows
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