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Resolving the structure of a single biological molecule - Researchers have determined the structure of DNA from measurements on a single molecule, and found that this structure is not as regular as one might think, as they report in the journal Small. Building on previous work in Dr Bart Hoogenboom’s research group at the London Centre for Nanotechnology, and in collaboration with the National Physical Laboratory, first author Alice Pyne has applied “soft-touch” atomic force microscopy to large, irregularly arranged and individual DNA molecules. In this form of microscopy, a miniature probe is used to feel the surface of the molecules one by one, rather than seeing them. Read more on the Physics website here.
A hiding place for the Earth's missing xenon - A collaboration between researchers in Jilin, China and University College London, including Professor Chris Pickard of CMMP, has identified a possible resting place for the Earth’s elusive store of noble xenon. The study was piblished in Nature and you can read more on the Physics website.
Shock-absorbing 'goo' discovered in bone - New findings show that much of the mineral from which bone is made consists of ‘goo’ trapped between tiny crystals, lubricating and allowing movement. It is this flexibility that stops bones from shattering. The UCL/ Cambridge team (including CMMP's Prof Chris Pickard) used a combination of NMR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, imaging and computational modelling to reveal the citrate layers in bone. They say that this is the start of what needs to be an entire shift in focus for studying the cause of brittle bone diseases like osteoporosis, and bone pathologies in general. The study was published in PNAS and you can read more on the Physics website
A Potential Way to make Graphene Superconducting - Scientists from the Department of Physics & Astronomy at UCL and the London Centre for Nanotechnology, including CMMP's Prof Chris Pickard & Dr Chris Howard, have discovered a potential way to make graphene – a single layer of carbon atoms with great promise for future electronics – superconducting. The study, performed in collaboration with Stanford University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is published in Nature Communications. Read more on the Physics website here.
New CDT in Delivering Quantum Technologies announced - Funding by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for a new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Delivering Quantum Technologies at UCL was announced on Thursday 9 January by the Minister for Universities and Science, the Rt Hon. David Willetts. The new CDT’s Director, Professor Andrew Fisher, said: “UCL’s research base in quantum technologies is excellent and extremely broad. We are delighted to have the chance to use those facilities and that expertise to give students the best possible research training across the range of disciplines they will need in their future careers.” The CDT will take on its first students in September 2014. Read more on the Physics website here.
Dr Jochen Blumberger & Marian Breuer have had their paper "Electron flow in multiheme bacterial cytochromes is a balancing act between heme electronic interaction and redox potentials" published in PNAS.
Electrical control of single atom magnets article published by Nature Nanotechnology
Professor Chris Pickard & colleagues have their recent article in PRL highlighted by Chemistry World
Dr Navaratnarajah Kuganathan & Dr Peter Sushko have had their paper "Activation and splitting of carbon dioxide on the surface of an inorganic electride material" published in Nature Communications.
Professor Thanh Nguyen's article in Nanoscale highlighted by the Royal Society of Chemistry
Daiwa Adrian Prize 2013 awarded to UCL/ Tokyo research team