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Science Writer & Editor

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Alexander is a science writer and editor for Technology Networks. He authors news and features for the Applied Sciences section, leading the site's coverage of topics relating to materials science and engineering.

Before joining Technology Networks in 2023, Alexander worked as a freelance science writer, reporting on a broad range of topics including cannabis science and policy, psychedelic drug research and environmental science. He holds a masters degree in Materials Chemistry from the University of St Andrews, Scotland.


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Ultrafast Laser Tech Can Spot Atomic-Level Defects in Semiconductors

By combining high-resolution microscopy with ultrafast laser pulses, physicists can spot single-atom “defects” on a semiconductor surface.
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Researchers Develop New Tunable Anti-Counterfeiting Material

Researchers have developed a new, tunable persistent luminescence (PersL) nanomaterial that can be used in anti-counterfeiting labels to make currency and important documents even harder to forge.
A sheet of transparent glassy gel sample is stretched over the tip of a nail, without it breaking or being punctured

Researchers Create “Glassy Gels”, A New Class of Materials

Researchers have created a new class of materials that blends the hardness of glass with the stretchability of gels. The new materials – “glassy gels” – can stretch up to five times their original length without breaking.
John Lesica, president, chromatography and mass spectrometry at Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Industry Insight

Optimizing Analytical Tools To Accelerate Translational Research

John Lesica, president of chromatography and mass spectrometry at Thermo Fisher Scientific, joined Technology Networks for an interview at this year's American Society for Mass Spectrometry event.
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New Method Optimizes Lithium Extraction From Seawater and Groundwater

Scientists have demonstrated a new method to extract valuable lithium from very dilute liquids – including seawater, groundwater and the “flowback water” generated from fracking and offshore oil drilling operations.
Jose Castro-Perez and Chris Lock.
Industry Insight

Driving Sensitivity and Resilience in Mass Spectrometry at ASMS 2024

Technology Networks joined SCIEX for a discussion about the company’s latest product launches at this year’s ASMS conference.
Omid Farokhzad, chair and CEO at Seer.
Industry Insight

Pushing the Boundaries of Biological Discovery in Proteomics

Dr. Omid Farokhzad, chair and CEO at Seer, discusses how to achieve deep, unbiased and scalable analysis of the proteome at speed at ASMS 2024.
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Groundbreaking Study Finds Metals Actually Get Stronger When Hot

Metal normally gets soft and malleable when heated. However, a new study suggests that this is not always the case. Metal sheets struck by fast-moving projectiles appear to be stronger at impact when they are hot, compared to room temperature.
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Industry Insight

Unraveling the Impact of PFAS

At analytica 2024, Technology Networks spoke with Dr. Susanne Soelter, field application specialist at Agilent, to learn more about the impact of PFAS and the challenges that come with PFAS testing.
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Mushroom Eco-Leather: The Next Step for Sustainable Fashion?

While there is demand within the fashion industry for vegan alternatives to leather, there are few sustainable options that can match current commercial needs. Now, a new production method could help to make mushroom-based leather a realistic option.