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

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

Researchers use NBTs to turn tobacco plants into health-promoting biofactories

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Researchers of the Molecular and Cellular Plant Biology Institute (IBMCP), part of the Universitat Politècnica de València, along with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), are coordinating the NEWCOTIANA project, a research and innovation initiative financed by the European Union which makes use of new plant breeding technologies to produce medicine, cosmetics and other products of added value in tobacco plants. Read More

Researchers create plague-resistant tomatoes

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Researchers at the Plant Molecular and Celular Biology Institute (IBMCP), a joint venture of the Universitat Politècnica de València and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), has performed a study that shows how genetically modified tomato plants have increased resistance towards Tuta absoluta insect plagues. The project’s results have been published in the BMC Plant Biology magazine. Read More

Adhesives developed to prevent bracket stains on teeth

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The white stains that orthodontic brackets often leave on teeth is a result of enamel demineralization caused by bacterial proliferation in the adhesive area, specially when accompanied by inadequate oral hygiene. Researchers at the Odontology Department of Valencia’s Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera in collaboration with the King’s College London Dental Institute and the Universidade Federaldo Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) have compared the efficacy of three new types of experimental adhesives, with bactericidal and enamel remineralisation properties which could prevent the appearance of these white stains around the brackets. Read More

New material lowers the energy consumption associated with ethylene production

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Scientists from ExxonMobil and the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ) of Valencia’s Polytechnic University and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) have developed a new potentially revolutionary material which could significantly reduce the amount of energy and emissions associated with the production of ethylene. This new material, along with other separation processes, could lead to a reduction of up to 25 per cent of the energy currently necessary for the separation of ethylene, as well as the associated carbon dioxide emissions. Results of the investigation have been published in the Science magazine. Read More