Significant progress in carbon nanotube research

Researchers from Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics (SINANO) and Stanford University found an improved method to crosslink carbon nanotubes. Carbon nanotubes have high thermal conductivity, absorption, tensile strength and elasticity. These properties make carbon nanotubes very useful in nanotechnology, semiconductors, and optics. Because these three fields are increasingly important Read more…

China to build smog-dispersing labs

China plans to build national-level smog-dispersing labs around Beijing, aiming at helping to solve the smog problem in Beijing and to monitor weather conditions. This lab was proposed by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China’s top economic political body, and the China Meteorological Administration (CMA). The budget on the Read more…

Breakthrough in polyethylene biodegradation

Earlier this month Beihang University (BUAA) published evidence of polyethylene biodegradation by bacterial strains from the guts of plastic-eating waxworms. Jun Yang’s research group in Beihang teamed up with Wu Weiming, advanced researcher in Stanford, and Doctor Jiao Zhao, a researcher in BGI, to achieve this research breakthrough and published a paper on Read more…

Carbon-nanotube paper electrodes for lithium–sulfur batteries

In yet another Chinese publication about advancements in lithium–sulfur (Li-S) batteries a research team from the Beijing Key Laboratory of Green Chemical Reaction Engineering and Technology, part of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Tsinghua University, explains how they created a free-standing carbon nanotube (CNT) paper electrode with a high sulfur loading for lithium-sulfur batteries. This Read more…

Researchers discover boron buckyball

Researchers from Shanxi University, Tsinghua University, Brown University, and Fudan University reported the observation of an all-boron fullerene in Nature Chemistry. After the discovery of ​fullerene-C60 it took almost 20 years for the possibility of ​boron-based fullerene structures to be considered, it took another 10 years to actually observe this all-boron fullerene-like cage cluster. The involved researchers have Read more…