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A portable device to measure photocatalytic activity of materials

Scientists at the CSIC have developed a device called “pholouring” to instantly measure the photo-catalytic activity of materials. The device detects the photo-catalytic activity through probes and color indicators which are in contact with the analysed material. Virtually any material, either solid, liquid or a solution, can be tested.

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Novel photonic materials made up on self-assembly particles for sensing applications

Spanish researchers from the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) and the Institute of Materials Science of Madrid (ICMM-CSIC) have formed highly-porous metal-organic framework particles that spontaneously assemble into well-ordered 3D superstructures that present photonic crystal properties. Their discoveries are expected to find applications in the design of novel photonic materials for sensing applications, among others.

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A device for reducing emissions in exhaust end pipes to near zero

Scientists at the CSIC have developed a photocatalytical device, which can be implemented in the exhaust end pipes of motor vehicles. It eliminates some of the pollutants contained in the smoke generated by combustion.

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DOC-FAM COFUND program, training in functional advanced materials

The first Call of DOC-FAM COFUND programme (DOCtoral training programme in Functional Advanced Materials) is open until 30th November 2017. It is coordinated by the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC).

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Non-toxic antimicrobial zinc oxide microparticles

Scientists at the CSIC have developed zinc oxide microstructures which have a very high antimicrobial activity, compared to the commercial nanoparticles. The particles obtained by the CSIC scientists have low toxicity, as they release low levels of toxic ions and reactive oxygen species. They can be applied for the elimination inhibition of microorganisms growing.

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