RESEARCHERS DEMONSTRATE HOW LEGIONELLA MANIPULATES THE HOST CELL BY MEANS OF MOLECULAR MIMICS

Using synchrotron light, researchers from CIC bioGUNE have solved the structure of RavN, a protein that Legionella pneumophila uses for stealing functions and resources of the host cell.

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MAGNETIZATION RATCHET IN CYLINDRICAL NANOWIRES

A team of researchers from Materials Science Institute of Madrid (CSIC), University of Barcelona and ALBA Synchrotron reported on magnetization ratchet effect observed for the first time in cylindrical magnetic nanowires (magnetic cylinders with diameters of 120nm and lengths of over 20µm). These nanowires are considered as building blocks for future 3D (vertical) electronic and information storage devices as well as for applications in biological sensing and medicine. The experiments have been carried out at the CIRCE beamline of the ALBA Synchrotron. The results are published in ACS Nano.

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INSULATOR METAL TRANSITION AT THE NANOSCALE

An international team of researchers has been able to probe the insulator-conductor phase transition of materials at the nanoscale resolution. This is one of the first results of MaReS endstation of BOREAS beamline.

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BIOMASS FOR CLEANING WASTEWATERS

A research team from the Autonomous University of Barcelona works to develop new methods based on reusing vegetal waste to remove toxic metals from wastewaters. They have performed an experiment in ALBA Synchrotron in order to understand how pine biomass captures heavy metals present in polluted water.

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CEMENT HYDRATION, NOT CARVED IN STONE

An international team of researchers has restudied the hydration of alite, the main component of ubiquitous Portland cement. Using a multitechnique approach including synchrotron Pair Distribution Function analysis, they have been able to show that C-S-H gel is composed of defective clinotobermorite nanoparticles within a monolayer calcium hydroxide soup. The results are published today in Scientific Reports.

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