Source: Tokyo Institute of Technology, Center for Public Information
For immediate release: 25 November 2013
Tokyo Institute of Technology publishes the latest issue of its online newsletter, Tokyo Tech Bulletin: http://www.titech.ac.jp/bulletin/index.html
(Tokyo, 25 November 2013) The development of ‘topological insulators’ for faster computers is just one the cutting edge research projects covered in the November 2013 issue the Tokyo Institute of Technology Bulletin
Research highlights in the November 2013 issue of the Tokyo Tech Bulletin include:
Topological insulators: Breaking symmetry for faster computers
An international team of scientists from Japan, the UK and the USA, led by Takao Sasagawa at Tokyo Institute of Technology, have successfully developed a new TI from bismuth, tellurium and chlorine (BiTeCl). Their new TI is inversion asymmetric, meaning it has different electronic states, and therefore different polarities, on each crystal surface. As a result, it exhibits many topological effects that have not been seen experimentally before
Chemical transformation of carbon dioxide: Copper diphosphine complexes as catalysts for hydrosilylation
Since carbon dioxide (CO2) is an abundant carbon source, the catalytic transformation of CO2 into valuable chemicals is one of the most important technologies to achieve a sustainable society. However, the transformation of CO2 is difficult due to its high stability.
DNA-based maleimide compound enables titration of reactive cysteinyl thiols in proteins
Thiols in protein are often subjected to a variety of oxidative modifications, which play a key role in many cellular processes and are referred to as redox regulation. Therefore, detection of thiol redox states in a specific protein is essential for a deeper understanding of the redox regulation at the molecular level.
Origin of water on Mars inferred from hydrogen isotopic compositions of primitive martian meteorites
The sculpted channels of the Martian southern hemisphere speak loudly of flowing water, but this terrain is ancient. Consequently, planetary scientists often describe early Mars as 'warm and wet' and current Mars as 'cold and dry.' However, despite its crucial role in biological and geological processes, information about water on Mars is still controversial.
The Tokyo Institute of Technology Bulletin also includes updates of news and events:
Tokyo Tech-AYSEAS 2013
Professors Hideo Hosono and Yoshinori Ohsumi chosen as Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates
Interview with Meister
Miwako Kato and Yukiko Tokida,
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