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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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Electro-conductive ceramics based on nanocellulose

Scientists at the CSIC and at the Jožef Stefan Institute have developed a method to combine at the nanoscale cellulose nanofibers with ceramic nanoparticles such as alumina and zirconia, resulting in mechanically strong and highly electro-conductive ceramic materials that can be subjected to different types of machining, such as green machiningm or electro-discharge machining.

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Mobile unit to measure emissions of nanoparticles from construction materials

Adding functional nanoparticles to materials is a way of incorporating new properties to improve conventional materials. But erosion over the years can make the material to release some of these nanoparticles into the air, which can be a health hazard. CSIC scientists have developed a method for monitoring construction materials and the nanoparticles released from them.

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Anticorrosion microcapsules for construction materials

CSIC scientists have developed resin microcapsules containing corrosion inhibitors. This system allows the progressive and efficient release of the inhibitors, reducing both costs and environmental impact. This methodology can be applied on construction materials such as paint, coatings and, especially, reinforced concrete structures (RCS).

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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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