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Graphene oxide macrostructure for the removal of heavy metals from contaminated waters

A group of researchers at the University of Aveiro developed a graphene based material capable of removing mercury from contaminated water. The invention consists on the functionalization of three-dimensional structures of graphene in order to increase the affinity to mercury, the subsequent encapsulation in a permeable casing facilitate its removal from the aqueous medium ...

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Process for converting waste, effluents and organic by-products in recyclable materials

A group of researchers from a Portuguese university has developed a biological process to treat waste, effluents and organic by-products with industrial origin characterized by high biodegradability that adds value to conventional biological treatment processes, integrating their assumptions on the concept of biorefinery. The invention aims to reduce by 96% the organic matter content of the starting substrate allowing generally meet the discharge criteria set out in the legislation.

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Sensor de pressão ótico baseado em nanoestruturas de zircónia

Um grupo de investigadores de uma universidade portuguesa desenvolveu o conceito de um medidor de pressão de gases baseado no controlo da emissão proveniente de nanoestruturas de zircónia. A invenção visa medir a pressão de gases baseando-se na emissão das nanopartículas que é distinta em função da quantidade de moléculas de gás que as envolve ...

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Manufacturing method of metal foams and porous metals metal matrix nanocomposites with nanometric dispersoids uniformly distributed and their uses

A group of researchers from a Portuguese university developed an innovative method for manufacturing a new generation of closed-cell metal foams reinforced with nanodispersoids combining the powder technology method with colloidal processing. The invention respects to a product with excellent energy absorption capacity to impact and sound damping for vehicle applications, houses, machinery, equipment and devices with superior performance ...

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Lighting device with adjustable white light based on zirconia nanostructures

A group of researchers from a Portuguese university has developed the concept of a lighting device with adjustable white light based on zirconia nanostructures. The invention aims to control the color temperature of white light emission that is different depending on the morphology/dimension of the particles, on the surrounding environment and on excitation power ...

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