ANALYSING ALZHEIMER'S MECHANISMS WITH SYNCHROTRON LIGHT

Researchers from the ALBA Synchrotron and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) have analysed with synchrotron light different Alzheimer's aggregates, their location and their effect in cultivated neuronal cells. Results, published in Analytical Chemistry, pave the way to better understand the development of this disease that affects more than 30 million people worldwide.

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ON-SURFACE POLYMERIZATION ONTO A RARE-EARTH SURFACE-ALLOY

A team of researchers Centro de Física de Materiales (CSIC-UPV/EHU) and Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC), San Sebastián have demonstrated that it is possible to realize atomically-organized organic nanostructures on a magnetic substrate of a reare-earth surface alloy without altering the magnetic properties of the substrate. The results, published in the journal ACS Nano, demonstrate that by clever engineering of the magnetic substrate it is possible to attain on-surface synthesis of tailored organic nanostructures thus opening the possibilities to study and control the magnetic properties of carbon-based magnetic nanostructures such as graphene nanoribbons.

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PREHISTORIC IRANIAN GLASS UNDER SYNCHROTRON LIGHT

Scientists from University of Isfahan in Iran have analysed in the ALBA Synchrotron how were made ancient Iranian glass objects that date back to 2.500 BC. These decorative glass pieces were excavated from the ziggurat of Chogha-Zanbil, a type of stepped pyramidal monument, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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CONTROL OF MAGNETORESISTANCE IN SPIN VALVES BASED ON NOVEL LANTHANIDE QUINOLINE MOLECULES

A team of researchers from CIC Nanogune, Instituto de Ciencia Molecular (ICMol) and ALBA have developed a pathway to control the magnetoresistance of spin valve devices based on novel lanthanide quinolone molecules. The results, published in the journal of Advanced Functional Materials, demonstrate the interface-assisted control of the sign and magnitude of magnetoresistance and highlight the importance of the interfacial molecule–metal hibridization to engineer spin-dependent macroscopic parameters in spintronic devices.

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ELECTRICAL HIDING OF MAGNETIC INFORMATION

Researchers have proved the ability of peculiar magnetic materials to hide magnetic information and reveal it under certain conditions and at room temperature. Results have been published in Sientific Reports.

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