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New Lithium Salts of Pentafluorophenylamide Anions as Electrolytes in Lithium Ionic Batteries

The invention provides novel lithium salts of pentafluorophenylamide, in particular, lithium pentafluorophenyl (trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (Li-PFTFSI). Li-PFTFSI has improved thermal stability and ion mobility compared to known lithium salts. These characteristics make Li-PFTFSI desirable for use as electrolytes in lithium ion batteries. 18.04.2017 | nachricht Read more

Gratings on glass surfaces

The newly developed method aims at producing small gratings on different materials, especially on glass surfaces, by ablating small amounts of material. The gratings can be small enough to form patterns with a diffractive effect causing the material to schiller in different colors. 28.03.2017 | nachricht Read more

Oligomeric vaccines

Immunization is an important tool to fight diseases caused by viral, bacterial or fungal pathogenes. The invention provides a new approach for the generation of oligomeric vaccines. The underlying principle is the high affinity interaction between S-protein and a modified S-tag of bovine pancreatic RNase A which is applied to hemagglutinin (H5). The technology can be applied to produce high molecular vaccines. They have many advantages compared to recently used vaccines including high immunogenicity, high stability, short production time and lower production costs. The approach could therefore be used for the immunization of livestock. 27.03.2017 | nachricht Read more

Flexible and rigid, heavy-metal free organic redox polymer batteries

Traditional battery materials, e. g. for Li-ion batteries are brittle, thus not suitable for high capacity flexible batteries. Rigid organic redox polymer batteries have low volumetric energy and power density. Using a new colloid consisting, of redox pol-ymer and graphene oxide that is trans-formed into reduced graphene oxide during preparation, thickness scalable cathodic and anodic battery materials reaching 1.3 mAh/cm2 for flexible and at least 21 mAh/cm2 for rigid materials are available. The new technologa offers the following advantages: higher capacities materials for flexible batteries, scalability 1 – 20 mAh/cm2, tailord redox-potential and non-toxic materials. 09.03.2017 | nachricht Read more

Quat primer polymers – the universal key to permanent surface functionalization

"Q-primers" are ammonium compounds, which make it possible to permanently functionalize virtually any surface. It is an environmentally friendly and cost-effective process that allows the production of ultra-thin layers and an "on demand" functionalization. The carrier quat primer can be equipped with any functional groups so that an universally applicable strategy for the modification of surfaces is now available. 27.02.2017 | nachricht Read more

Novel carbonization process of PAN-nanofiber mats with enhanced surface area and porosity

This innovative carbonization process of carbon precursor fibers creates in a fast and energy saving manner carbon fibers (CF) which are highly porous (small pore diameters from 0.1 to 10 nm) and have a high surface area (100 to 2500 m2/g). The pyrolysis step needs only minutes or even seconds. No additional additives like pore-providing templates, catalytic compounds or corrosive liquids are required. However, filler materials like pigments, dyes, graphene nanoplatelets or metal- and semiconductor nanoparticles can be admixed to vary the performance of the produced carbon fibers, e.g. to increase electrical conductivity. Overall, this technology combines conventional carbonization and activation treatments into one process and is more economical by saving time, costs and resources compared to already known thermal carbonization methods. Applications of carbon fibers are known in the art. Electric applications like super caps and electrodes or filtration and adsorption for gas, water and solvent purification might be preferable. 20.02.2017 | nachricht Read more

Asian plant helps against the Ebola virus

A herbal remedy is effective against the Ebola virus. The natural compound silvestrol reduces the number of pathogens in infected cells. Also the production of virulent proteins is largely suppressed if the natural substance is used. 20.02.2017 | nachricht Read more

Parenteral controlled drug delivery - polymers

Parenteral controlled drug delivery is of crucial importance for the pharmacotherapy of many diseases (e.g. breast and prostate cancer, local inflammation). By means of controlled release systems it is possible to decrease the frequency of administration (from hours to months), to increase drug efficiency and to decrease side effects. The problem is solved by providing Direct Injectable Polymer Solutions (DIPOs) which act as a depot after administration. Their polarity and degradation rate is adjustable. They are much less acidic compared to PLA/PLGA polymers. 10.02.2017 | nachricht Read more

MCR Dendrimers

Dendrimers are spherical, highly branched polymers used in the fields of drug delivery and drug targeting, DNA/RNA delivery, imaging, protein labelling, protein crosslinking and protein separation, coagulation inhibition, and surface, cell and tissue recognition. They are also used as macroamphiphiles and catalyst supports. All previously existing dendrimers require special, branched and partially protected or polyreactive building blocks for their synthesis. A disadvantage is the limited range of dendrimers with varying structures that can be produced, and the concentration to few dendron forming functional groups. The new technology offers the possibility of synthesising dendrimers with almost any combination of branch lengths, degree of branching, internal and terminal groups. This is achieved by means of multiple iterative multicomponent reactions, e.g. with acidic, alkaline, hydrophilic, lipophilic, sugar and other functional groups. 10.02.2017 | nachricht Read more

Low cost cloning

DNA assembly methods such as such as Gibson and Golden Gate cloning are basic tools for synthetic biology. Both methods allow assembly of constructs from multiple DNA fragments in a one-pot one-step assembly reaction. Standardization of parts is another essential element of modern synthetic biology. A novel method has been developed to assemble constructs from several individual DNA parts - each kept on a solid carrier - directly in a one-pot one-step reaction. 10.02.2017 | nachricht Read more
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Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: The pyrenoid is a carbon-fixing liquid droplet

Plants and algae use the enzyme Rubisco to fix carbon dioxide, removing it from the atmosphere and converting it into biomass. Algae have figured out a way to increase the efficiency of carbon fixation. They gather most of their Rubisco into a ball-shaped microcompartment called the pyrenoid, which they flood with a high local concentration of carbon dioxide. A team of scientists at Princeton University, the Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford University and the Max Plank Institute of Biochemistry have unravelled the mysteries of how the pyrenoid is assembled. These insights can help to engineer crops that remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere while producing more food.

A warming planet

Im Focus: Highly precise wiring in the Cerebral Cortex

Our brains house extremely complex neuronal circuits, whose detailed structures are still largely unknown. This is especially true for the so-called cerebral cortex of mammals, where among other things vision, thoughts or spatial orientation are being computed. Here the rules by which nerve cells are connected to each other are only partly understood. A team of scientists around Moritz Helmstaedter at the Frankfiurt Max Planck Institute for Brain Research and Helene Schmidt (Humboldt University in Berlin) have now discovered a surprisingly precise nerve cell connectivity pattern in the part of the cerebral cortex that is responsible for orienting the individual animal or human in space.

The researchers report online in Nature (Schmidt et al., 2017. Axonal synapse sorting in medial entorhinal cortex, DOI: 10.1038/nature24005) that synapses in...

Im Focus: Tiny lasers from a gallery of whispers

New technique promises tunable laser devices

Whispering gallery mode (WGM) resonators are used to make tiny micro-lasers, sensors, switches, routers and other devices. These tiny structures rely on a...

Im Focus: Ultrafast snapshots of relaxing electrons in solids

Using ultrafast flashes of laser and x-ray radiation, scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (Garching, Germany) took snapshots of the briefest electron motion inside a solid material to date. The electron motion lasted only 750 billionths of the billionth of a second before it fainted, setting a new record of human capability to capture ultrafast processes inside solids!

When x-rays shine onto solid materials or large molecules, an electron is pushed away from its original place near the nucleus of the atom, leaving a hole...

Im Focus: Quantum Sensors Decipher Magnetic Ordering in a New Semiconducting Material

For the first time, physicists have successfully imaged spiral magnetic ordering in a multiferroic material. These materials are considered highly promising candidates for future data storage media. The researchers were able to prove their findings using unique quantum sensors that were developed at Basel University and that can analyze electromagnetic fields on the nanometer scale. The results – obtained by scientists from the University of Basel’s Department of Physics, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute, the University of Montpellier and several laboratories from University Paris-Saclay – were recently published in the journal Nature.

Multiferroics are materials that simultaneously react to electric and magnetic fields. These two properties are rarely found together, and their combined...

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