Glowing dyes move data storage beyond binary

Article written by Rebecca Campbell

A method to chemically save information in quaternary code using dyes could change how we approach data storage

Source: © Royal Society of Chemistry The researchers used their quaternary code to save and read different RNA nucleotide sequences (top) and could even create more intricate patterns like an owl

A flexible, transparent polymer film endowed with two small molecules can glow in three different colours, enabling data storage in a quaternary code. This chemical approach to data storage could allow more information to be stored in a smaller space than is possible with binary systems.

Modern storage devices need to be portable, robust and capable of carrying large amounts of data. One way to store information is through optical data storage. Data is recorded by making patterns that can be read back with the aid of light. Most techniques use binary code – systems that allow two different states, 1 and 0, for each data unit – to store information. Efforts have been made to increase the amount of information that these systems can store, mainly by physically reducing the size of each data unit. However, increasing the number of states each data unit could adopt, such as ternary (0, 1, 2) data storage, may lead to an exponential increase in information density.

To read the full article visit Chemistry World.

Beyond binary: optical data storage with 0, 1, 2, and 3 in polymer films
Peiran Wei, Bowen Li, Al de Leon and Emily Pentzer
J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7TC00929A, Paper

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Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Lifetime and Reliability Conference, 27-30 Sep 2017, Tucson, Arizona

 

Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Lifetime and Reliability Conference, 27-30 Sep 2017, Tucson, Arizona

Lifetime and reliability are both critical issues facing the continued development and commercialisation of solid oxide fuel cell technology, if it is to deliver on its promise for high efficiency power generation.  This conference will bring together the leading developers of SOFC technology, with the leading researchers in academic and national laboratories, to present and discuss the latest data and findings in this important, but often neglected area.

Plenary Speakers

Edgar Lara Curzio (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

Jeff Stevenson (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

Shailesh Vora (U.S. Department of Energy)

André Weber (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

Harumi Yokokawa (AIST)

Early-bird & Talk Submission Deadline– 1st June

Please visit the Conference Website for the full speaker list and registration details.

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H.1 Symposium on Advances in Organic and Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Materials for Electronics and Photonics at XXVI International Materials Research Congress (IMRC 2017), August 20-25, 2017, Cancún, México

The Sociedad Mexicana de Materiales (SMM) will be hosting the XXVI International Materials Research Congress
(IMRC 2017) in Cancún, México, August 20-25, 2017. At XXVI IMRC 2017, Professor Peter J Skabara, Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Chair of the Journal of Materials Chemistry C, is one of the organizers of the H.1 Symposium on Advances in Organic and Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Materials for Electronics and Photonics.

The H.1 symposium will focus on an interdisciplinary approach where chemistry, physics and material engineering are combined to address the fundamental and practical aspects of organic optoelectronic materials and their integration in electronic and photonic devices.

FINAL REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 31, 2017

Right picture: Professor Peter J Skabara, Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Chair of the Journal of Materials Chemistry C, and organizer of the H.1 Symposium at XXVI IMRC 2017

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2017 Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship – Nominations are now open!

The Journal of Materials Chemistry Executive Editorial Board is pleased to announce that the 2017 Journal of Materials Chemistry lectureship is now open for nominations.

This annual lectureship honours an early-career scientist who has made a significant contribution to the field of materials chemistry.

Professor Christopher Bettinger was awarded the 2016 Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship by the Journal of Materials Chemistry Executive Editorial Board, and presented his lecture at the 2017 Spring MRS in Arizona, USA on 19 April 2017.

Qualification

To be eligible for the Journal of Materials Chemistry Lectureship, the candidate should be in the early stage of their scientific career, typically within 10 years of attaining their doctorate or equivalent degree, and will have made a significant contribution to the field of materials chemistry.

Description

The recipient of the award will be asked to present a Journal of Materials Chemistry lecture at a conference decided upon by the recipient and the Editorial Office. The Journal of Materials Chemistry Editorial Office will provide £1,000 to the recipient for travel and accommodation costs, and will present the winner with the award at this lecture. The award recipient will also be asked to contribute an invited article to the journal and will have their work showcased on the back cover of the issue in which their article is published.

Selection

The recipient of the lectureship will be selected and endorsed by the Journal of Materials Chemistry’s prestigious Executive Editorial Board.

Nominations

Those wishing to make a nomination should send details of the nominee, including a brief curriculum vita (no longer than 2 pages) and a letter supporting the nomination (no longer than 2 pages), to the Journal of Materials Chemistry Editorial Office by 16th June 2017. Please note that self-nomination is permitted, and you may re-nominate previous candidates.

Send a nomination here today: materials-rsc@rsc.org

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Martyn McLachlan: JMC C’s newest Associate Editor

Journal of Materials Chemistry C would like to give a warm welcome to our newest Associate Editor, Dr Martyn McLachlan, who joined us at the start of April. Dr McLachlan is a Reader (Associate Professor) and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Materials, Imperial College London. Previously he held a Royal Academy of Engineering/EPRSC Research Fellowship (2007-2012) at the same institute. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow in the Department of Chemistry. 

His research interests focus on the development of solution processed interlayer and electrode materials for photovoltaic and light emitting devices. Of particular interest to him are the correlation of processing-structure-performance relationships of solution processed organic, inorganic and hybrid devices and the characterisation of their surfaces and buried interfaces. His research is aimed at the integration of the materials and techniques developed into large volume manufacturing of plastic electronics. He has published more than 63 peer-reviewed articles and has been invited to give numerous lectures at international conferences.

Further information about Martyn McLachlan can be found on his webpage.

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SHIFT 2017 Conference, 13-17 November, Tenerife, Spain

 

November – SHIFT 2017, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain – “SHIFT 2017” International Conference shows up as a cutting-edge multidisciplinary platform to gather recent achievements by foremost researchers leading the way for spectral shaping of light to be a future key technology, from photovoltaics, photocatalysis, artificial photosynthesis and solar fuels generation to photodynamic cancer therapy, nano-thermometry and bio-imaging. Warm and sunny Tenerife (Canary Islands) welcomes in November 2017 to make a significant shift to state-of-the-art spectral shaping for biomedical and energy applications.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE AND ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 30th JUNE 2017

Full conference website.

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Carbon nanofibre offers new spin on catalysts

Article written by Sarah Piggott

Electrospinning carbon nanofibre into an electrocatalyst paves the way to flexible energy storage devices

Scientists from China and Singapore have used electrospinning to make a free-standing catalyst for generating hydrogen and oxygen that could be made on an industrial scale.

Oxygen reduction and hydrogen evolution are electrocatalysed in water splitting devices. The best catalysts are usually platinum-based, but they are costly and not very durable, which limits their use on a large scale.

To read the full article visit Chemistry World.

Design and synthesis of porous channel-rich carbon nanofibers for self-standing oxygen reduction reaction and hydrogen evolution reaction bifunctional catalysts in alkaline medium
Dongxiao Ji, Shengjie Peng, Jia Lu, Linlin Li, Shengyuan Yang, Guorui Yang, Xiaohong Qin, Madhavi Srinivasan and Seeram Ramakrishna
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7TA00828G, Paper

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Poster prize winners at Symposium on Hydrothermal Carbon Materials at QMUL 3-4 of April 2017

Many congratulations to Kiran Parmar from the University of Leeds for his poster “Integration of hydrothermal carbonisation with anaerobic digestion; Opportunities for valorisation of digestate”,

Kiran Parmar from the University of Leeds

Patrizia Stutzenstein from the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research in Germany for her poster “Engineered Organo-Mineral Particles for long-term Carbon Sequestration in Soil” and Monika Bosilj from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Germany for her poster “Catalyst Supported on Hydrothermal Carbons & their Derivatives” for their Journal of Materials Chemistry A poster prize wins at the Symposium on Hydrothermal Carbon Materials  which took place on the 3rd – 4th April 2017, London, UK.

Patrizia Stutzenstein from the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research in Germany

 

 

 

 

The 1st International Symposium on Hydrothermal Carbonisation brought together scientists, engineers and technologists from across academia and industry to learn about and debate the latest advances in hydrothermal carbon. The programme composed of ONE SINGLE session accompanied by poster sessions over two days aimed at promoting collaborations and stimulate discussions including a set of keynote lectures focused on different applications of hydrothermal carbon materials ranging from bioenergy to agriculture and advanced materials for energy applications and catalysis.

Monika Bosilj from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Germany

 

Many congratulations

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Who says wooden windows wouldn’t work?

Article written by Celia Charron

Scientists in China have turned wood into a transparent material that could be used as a replacement for glass in energy efficient buildings.

Windows are a key factor in making buildings more energy efficient, by helping to control heat and light levels. For instance, windows that transmit visible light but block infra-red light could reduce the need for air conditioning in buildings. ‘Lighting and air conditioning account for 30-40% of the total energy used in buildings, most of which is exchanged via windows,’ says Yanfeng Gao, one of the authors of the research and a professor at Shanghai University.

Source: © Royal Society of Chemistry
A model house with transparent wood windows (left hand house) had a cooler interior than one with glass windows. The cooling effect is improved by adding caesium tungsten oxide nanoparticles (top row)

To read the fill article visit Chemistry World.

Transparent wood containing CsxWO3 nanoparticles for heat-shielding window applications
Ziya Yu, Yongji Yao, Jianing Yao, Liangmiao Zhang, Zhang Chen, Yanfeng Gao and Hongjie Luo
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017,5, 6019-6024
DOI: 10.1039/C7TA00261K, Communication

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#RSCMat category of the RSC Twitter Poster Conference

Congratulations to Adam Squires from the University of Bath on winning Second prize in the #RSCMat category of the #RSCPoster Twitter Poster Conference 2017.

Adam’s subject was Breaking the mould: lipid cubic phases as templates for catalytic metal nanomaterials

We are delighted to award Adam the prize of a £50 RSC book voucher on behalf of Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B & C.

Thank you for participating in the Twitter conference and congratulations again on your achievement!

On behalf of Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B & C

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