Nanographenes change their properties depending on the shape and method of joining the rings. The structure affects their interaction with light and chemical molecules. In the future, they may be used in electronics, drug transport and gas storage.
Most materials are still discovered by trial and error, because it is difficult to predict the right arrangement of atoms. Dr. Michał Tomza from the University of Warsaw proposes to use quantum simulations to understand the properties of materials that are being designed.
Computers still run slower than the human brain. However, if their speed continues to increase at the current rate, they will reach the capabilities of the human brain in the coming decades - told PAP Prof. Jürgen Schmidhuber, called the "father of modern artificial intelligence".
Every airliner gets struck by lightning once or twice per year, and although current lightning protection solutions protect passengers almost completely, researchers are working on a new material for the exterior of the plane's plating - lighter, cheaper, durable and conductive.