Electrons in graphene carry not only electric charge and information about spin, but also information about the so-called pseudospin. Research of the last of these properties will enable the development of a completely new branch of technology - valleytronics (analogous to electronics and spintronics).
Astronomers for the first time simultaneously registered two types of waves: gravitational and electromagnetic waves originating from one phenomenon - a collision of two neutron stars. Polish researchers participated in observations conducted by research teams around the world.
Can a carbon dioxide molecule be bent with metal atoms and converted into something chemically useful? How to influence the gas to make it more susceptible to chemical transformation? Studies on CO2, as well as structural analysis of proteins - such as pancreatic digestive enzymes - are enabled by analytical technique called mass spectrometry.
When the nucleus of the atom is excited, its shape can change for a very short period of time. Until now, this phenomenon has been observed in the most massive elements. Finally, however, the researchers - including Polish scientists - managed to observe the "second face" of a light nucleus.
Researchers have designed molecules that start spinning like helicopter rotors under the influence of UV light. Last year\'s Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded for research on molecular motors. Now it turns out that you can see this movement with your own eyes - under an optical microscope. This was achieved thanks to the work of a Polish researcher, among others.
How do window profiles and concrete age, do "organic" bags from shops actually degrade faster under the influence of sunlight, can the elements of the airborne structures withstand a thermal shock in the air - all this can be tested in a unique laboratory at Lodz University of Technology.