TIFR Hyderabad study provides crucial insights on designing efficient nano-filters

To utilize porous materials as membrane for chemical separation, it is important to understand the molecular diffusion process. Researchers at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Hyderabad have carried out a fundamental study to understand the molecular diffusion pathway under a chemical concentration gradient. In this work, a metal-organic framework thin film is designed, and molecular diffusion kinetics studies confirmed that molecules can [...]

Defects Can Be Good and Help Combat Climate Change

In the non-noble metal catalyst family, Cu-based catalysts are among the most versatile, with good potential in many industrial processes. A team of researchers led by Prof. Vivek Polshettiwar at TIFR, Mumbai, asked the question, how to improve the catalytic activity and stability of Cu-catalyst using the concept of strong metal support interactions (SMSI) and defect sites cooperativity? They reported a catalyst with active copper sites loaded on [...]

The Most Beautiful Strongly Bound Dibaryon

Using supercomputer, physicists from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and The Institute of Mathematical Sciences have predicted the existence of a new subatomic particle. It is a dibaryon which is made of two baryons. While the deuteron is the only known dibaryon, existence of which is behind the energy-creation in the sun, other dibaryons have not been discovered yet. The fascinating aspect of the predicted particle is that it is [...]

Machine learning techniques identify thousands of new cosmic objects

Scientists of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, India and Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthapuram, India, viz., Prof. Sudip Bhattacharyya (TIFR) and Mr. Shivam Kumaran (IIST & SAC), Prof. Samir Mandal and Prof. Deepak Mishra (IIST), have identified the nature of thousands of new cosmic objects in X-ray wavelengths using machine learning techniques.