Thursday, September 23, 2010

(SCI) Hebrew University Scientists Discover 'Star Of David' Molecule

"Prof. Uri Banin and Dr. Janet Macdonald believe new nanoparticle could lead to green fuel advance or better diabetes diagnostics.

A three-dimensional cage-shaped, artificial nanoparticle that looks from above like a six-pointed Star of David has been created by Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers. They believe that it could eventually lead to better glucose sensors to diagnose diabetes or a more efficient catalyst using sunlight to turn water into hydrogen for clean fuel.

The achievement by Prof. Uri Banin and Canadian postdoctoral student Dr. Janet Macdonald is an advance because while there were previous existing soccer-ball-shaped molecules, they are so tiny that they cannot hold other things. Nanometers are one-billionth of a meter in size."

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