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Electron Microscopy – News and Features

Umbrella-shaped antibacterial toxin particles drifting toward and engaging a bacterial target cell.

Soil Bacteria Produce Unique Antimicrobial Particles

Researchers have discovered toxic protein particles, shaped like umbrellas, that soil bacteria known as Streptomyces secrete to squelch competitors, especially others of their own species.
Lars Hultman, professor of thin film physics and Shun Kashiwaya, researcher at the Materials Design Division at Linköping University, pose next to their equipment.

Golden Graphene: Researchers Successfully Synthesize “Goldene”

Researchers have created sheets of gold metal measuring only a single atom layer thick. The new material, dubbed “goldene”, has unique properties that could see it become useful for catalysis, carbon dioxide conversion and much more.
Someone holding out waste metal swarf.

Trash To Treasure: Researchers Turn Metal Waste Into Catalyst for Green Hydrogen

Scientists have found a way to transform metal waste into a highly efficient catalyst to make hydrogen from water, a discovery that could make hydrogen production more sustainable.

A bacteriophage with bacteria in the background.

Researchers Discover Mechanism Behind How Phages Disarm Pathogenic Bacteria

Researchers have uncovered how bacteriophages disarm antibiotic-resistant bacteria, opening doors to the possibility of new treatment methods.
An underwater picture of the sea surface

New Hydrogel Material Removes Microplastics From Water

Scientists have developed a new 3D hydrogel material that can adsorb – and degrade – large volumes of microplastic.
Three in-focus cells with many more out of focus behind them.

Starved Cells Divert Protein Transport Stations to Cellular Recycling Centers

A new study details how nutrient-starved cells break down protein transport stations to deal with stressful conditions.
Holes in material.

Discovery of Nanoscale Voids Poised To Enhance the Performance of Filtration Materials

Researchers have unveiled nanoscale voids in three dimensions, using high-powered microscopy and mathematical theory. This advancement is poised to improve the performance of many filtration materials.
Orange and white pills spill from a prescription bottle.

Researchers Decode the Mechanism of Action of Hepatitis B and D Virus Inhibitor

The molecular mechanisms behind the action of the hepatitis B and D virus inhibitor bulevirtide have been revealed, potentially paving the way to more targeted treatments.
A plastic container lying on a beach.

Researchers Develop Biodegradable Plastic That Won’t Leave Microplastics Behind

The new plant-based polymers biodegrade in under seven months, even at the microplastic level.
A lattice of small grey circles, with one pointed to by a yellow arrow.

New Method for Analyzing Nanoporous Materials

Using only a single electron microscope image, researchers can determine the type and exact position of guest atoms in nanoporous materials.