INSULATOR METAL TRANSITION AT THE NANOSCALE

An international team of researchers has been able to probe the insulator-conductor phase transition of materials at the nanoscale resolution. This is one of the first results of MaReS endstation of BOREAS beamline.

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BIOMASS FOR CLEANING WASTEWATERS

A research team from the Autonomous University of Barcelona works to develop new methods based on reusing vegetal waste to remove toxic metals from wastewaters. They have performed an experiment in ALBA Synchrotron in order to understand how pine biomass captures heavy metals present in polluted water.

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CEMENT HYDRATION, NOT CARVED IN STONE

An international team of researchers has restudied the hydration of alite, the main component of ubiquitous Portland cement. Using a multitechnique approach including synchrotron Pair Distribution Function analysis, they have been able to show that C-S-H gel is composed of defective clinotobermorite nanoparticles within a monolayer calcium hydroxide soup. The results are published today in Scientific Reports.

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FERROMAGNETIC AND ANTIFERROMAGNETIC COUPLING OF SPIN MOLECULAR INTERFACES WITH HIGH THERMAL STABILITY

Researchers from the physics department of the Università "La Sapienza" in Rome, Centro S3 of Modena and ALBA, have demonstrated that magnetic coupling of metal-organic molecules to a magnetic substrate mediated by a graphene layer can be tuned in strength and direction by choosing the symmetry of the molecular orbitals that is largely preserved thanks to the graphene layer. The results have been published in the journal Nano Letters.

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FIRST INTERNATIONAL DAY OF LIGHT

Today we celebrate the International Day of Light, a global initiative that aims to improve the public understanding of how light and light-based technologies touch the daily lives of everybody, and are central to the future development of the global society.

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