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New natural dyes able to improve optical, thermal and mechanical properties of multiple materials

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The University of Alicante research group in vision and colour has developed a novel procedure for obtaining natural hybrid nanopigments able to optimise the optical, thermal and mechanical properties of the composite materials they are applied to. These new nanopigments allow full control of properties such as the amount of dye adsorbed, the degradation temperature of the dye or final composite material, flexural  strength, resistance to UV degradation, transparency or colour strength, among others. Read More

AI to find optimal electric car recharge point locations

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Researchers at the Universitat Politècnica de València have developed a tool based on Artificial Intelligence techniques which make it possible to study in which spots of cities electric car charge stations are necessary – or if they will be in the future. Three companies are also taking part in the research, two Spanish ones – Global Energy Trading and Gecival – and one from Peru – Green Energy. Read More

Alicante university develops innovative family of colouring agents for plastics

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The Universidad de Alicante’s (UA) Institute of Organic Synthesis (ISO) has synthesised 14 new colouring agents with solvatochromic properties, i.e. their colour changes depending on the substance in which they dissolve or the type of plastic they are applied on. This fundamental and applied research project is part of the PhD theses undertaken by María José Albaladejo and María José González and directed by professor of Organic Chemistry and ISO director Francisco Alonso. Read More

Researchers from the Alicante and Pompeu Fabra Universities use pioneering technique to discover viruses present in saliva

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A group of researchers led by Manuel Martínez García, member of the University of Alicante Department of Physiology, Genetics and Microbiology, has discovered new viruses present in human saliva through the application of techniques that combine flow cytometry, genomics and molecular biology. Òscar Fornas, researcher and head of the Pompeu Fabra UniversityFlow Cytometry Unit and the Centre for Genomic Regulation(CRG), participated in the project, which has been published in the journal Viruses. Read More