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Center Researcher develops Glass-Polymer Hybrid Metamaterial for Daytime Radiative Cooling (February 2017)

Center seed investigator Xiaobo Yin (second from right) and a team of University of Colorado Boulder engineers have developed a scalable manufactured metamaterial – an engineered material with extraordinary properties not found in nature – to act as a kind of air conditioning system for structures. It has the ability to cool objects even under direct sunlight with zero energy and water consumption. (2/17)

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Center Researchers create New Tool in the Field of DNA/RNA Mimetics (February 2016)

Center researchers have demonstrated the synthesis of a variety of nucleobase-containing monomers using click chemistry and taking advantage of both radically and anionically mediated polymerization mechanisms. With these monomers, the team generated DNA-analogous oligomers with periodic nucleobase sequence motifs that exhibit sequence-specific binding and, when bound to multifunctional polymers, self-assemble into dynamic organogel materials. (2/16)
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Researchers Probe Banana Helical Nanofilaments with Resonant X-Rays (December 2015)

In a collaboration with Center scientists, researchers at the Advanced Light Source in Berkeley have directly measured the pitch of helical nanofilaments in the B4 liquid crystal phase using linearly polarized, resonant soft X-ray scattering. (12/15)
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New study hints at spontaneous appearance of primordial DNA (April 2015)

The self-organization properties of DNA-like molecular fragments four billion years ago may have guided their own growth into repeating chemical chains long enough to act as a basis for primitive life, says a new study by Center members at the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Milan. The findings suggest a novel scenario for the non-biological origins of nucleic acids, which are the building blocks of living organisms. (4/15)
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