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Chemistry

New biodegradable plastics developed

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The Polymer and Advanced Materials research group of the Universitat Jaume I in Castelló (UJI) participates in a European project, financed by the Horizon 2020 programme, which investigates the design of biodegradable containers that may reduce the use of petroleum and greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to advancing towards finding a solution for avoiding plastic waste pollution. The UJI is part of the consortium of 21 members from 11 countries that develops, until the end of 2020, the YPACK initiative, led by the group directed by José María Lagarón from the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA) of the Spanish Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (CSIC). Read More

Polymer Technology Unit receives status boost

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The Polymer Technology Unit of the Universitat Jaume I has obtained the status of an associated unit of R & D & i in the Spanish Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (CSIC), through the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA), for a three-year period. Lecturer Luis Cabedo Mas, as the head of the unit, and José Gámez Pérez, both from the Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Design of the UJI, along with IATA researcher José María Lagarón Cabello, will make up the new unit. Read More

Researchers develop an analytical method capable of improving the diagnosis and monitoring of oncological diseases

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The Spanish Society of Medical Oncology (SEOM) estimates that in 2035 there will be more than 315,000 new cases of cancer in Spain, according to its latest report on 2018 Cancer figures in Spain . In fact, in 2017 alone 228,482 cases were diagnosed although the survival of patients is increasing thanks to early detection techniques. Within this context, the  University of Alicante Faculty of Science  Analytical Atomic Spectrometry Group, in collaboration with the  University of Pau et des Pays de L’Adour (France), has developed an innovative analytical method capable of improving the diagnosis and monitoring of oncological diseases from a blood serum sample. Read More

Researchers discover nerve repair mechanism

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The research group of the Physiology Department of Elche’s Universidad Miguel Hernández (UMH), Hugo Cabedo, has discovered how peripheral nerves induce the repair of the myelin sheath so that communication is properly restored following an injury. This finding of the Institute for Neuroscience group, a joint venture of the UMH and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), “Molecular control of neuron axonal myelinization” can provide clues towards achieve the long sought-after goal of repairing the spinal cord. Read More

The UJI creates a new method to separately synthesize enantiomers in anti-inflammatory, analgesic or ADHD drugs

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The research group “Organic and Medicinal Chemistry” of the Universitat Jaume I in Castelló, led by Florenci V. González Adelantado, has developed a new procedure for the efficient production of enantiomers in certain drugs. The technology, of which the lecturer Santiago Rodríguez Pastor and the predoctoral researcher Lledó Bou Iserte are co-authors, is applicable mainly in pharmaceutical companies dedicated to the production of active ingredients and anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesics or medication indicated for the treatment of attention deficit for hyperactivity (ADHD), specifically profens and phenidates. Read More

Nanoparticles developed to improve magnetic resonance scan images

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Researchers at the Chemical Technology Institute (ITQ) of the Unviersitat Politècnica de València and the Spanish Naitonal Research Council (CSIC), the Bioengineering Institute of the Universidad Miguel Hernández (UMH) and the Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine Networking Biomedical Research Group (CIBER-BBN), the Neurosciences Institute (UMH-CSIC) and company Inscanner SL have developed nanoparticles that improve the contrast in magnetic resonance scan images. Measuring 90 nanometres – a nanometer is one billionth of one metre -, their clinical use could facilitate the diagnosis of hepatic, pulmonary and cardiovascular pathologies, as well as many types of tumours. Their work has been published in the Nanoscale journal. Read More

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