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Primeur weekly 2019-04-08

Focus

Fortissimo initiative ready to continue the HPC experience for SMEs ...

Quantum computing

Teams to build new algorithms and software tools for emerging quantum systems ...

Focus on Europe

Piz Daint takes on Tier 2 function in Worldwide LHC Computing Grid ...

Doron Prize 2019 goes to Thomas Schulthess ...

ISC 2019 is now open for registration ...

PRACE 18th Call for Proposals welcomes 2 new HPC systems and includes a Pilot Phase with the Fenix federated data infrastructure ...

PRACE SHAPE 9th Call for Applications is open from 1 April 2019 until 31 May 2019 ...

Middleware

The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre joins the OpenMP effort ...

Altair acquires Cambridge Collaborative's SEAM software, expanding solver portfolio ...

Hardware

DDN PartnerLink recognized in CRN's 2019 Partner Program Guide ...

PLDA announces two innovative vDMA engine IP solutions, delivering robust performance and scalability across a PCIe link or AMBA AXI fabric ...

Hyperion Research reports HPC server market beats forecast for full-year 2018 ...

Intel announces broadest product portfolio for moving, storing and processing data ...

Intel driving data-centric world with new 10nm Intel Agilex FPGA family ...

Intel appoints George S. Davis as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer ...

Indiana University's data centre upgrades, two additional designs approved by Board of Trustees ...

Penguin Computing designs now available with new 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors expanding options for data centre, HPC, and AI ...

Applications

New heart valve modelling technique enables customized medical care for patients ...

Supercomputers help supercharge protein assembly ...

Supercomputers aid our understanding of complex brain waves ...

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research launches new call & matchmaking meeting for Energy System Integration ...

West Virginia University revs up computer resources to help move region forward ...

Rocket fuel that's cleaner, safer and still full of energy ...

Getting a big look at tiny particles ...

The Cloud

Atos and Google Cloud inaugurate unique artificial intelligence lab in France ...

Pixeom announces $15 million funding from Intel Capital, National Grid Partners and others for its software defined edge computing platform ...

Rocket fuel that's cleaner, safer and still full of energy

5 Apr 2019 Montreal - Research published inScience Advancesshows that it may be possible to create rocket fuel that is much cleaner and safer than the hypergolic fuels that are commonly used today. And still just as effective. The new fuels use simple chemical "triggers" to unlock the energy of one of the hottest new materials, a class of porous solids known as metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs. MOFs are made up of clusters of metal ions and an organic molecule called a linker.

Satellites and space stations that remain in orbit for a considerable amount of time rely on hypergols, fuels that are so energetic they will immediately ignite in the presence of an oxidizer - since there is no oxygen to support combustion beyond the Earth's atmospher). The hypergolic fuels that are currently mainly in use depend on hydrazine, a highly toxic and dangerously unstable chemical compound made up of a combination of nitrogen and hydrogen atoms. Hydrazine-based fuels are so carcinogenic that people who work with it need to get suited up as though they were preparing for space travel themselves. Despite precautions, around 12,000 tons of hydrazine fuels end up being released into the atmosphere every year by the aerospace industry.

"This is a new, cleaner approach to making highly combustible fuels, that are not only significantly safer than those currently in use, but they also respond or combust very quickly, which is an essential quality in rocket fuel", stated Tomislav Friscic. He is a professor in the Chemistry Department at McGill, and co-senior author on the paper along with former McGill researcher Robin D. Rogers.

"Although we are still in the early stages of working with these materials in the lab, these results open up the possibility of developing a class of new, clean and highly tunable hypergolic fuels for the aerospace industry", stated the first author, Hatem Titi, a post-doctoral fellow who works in Tomislav Friscic's lab.

Tomislav Friscic is interested in commercializing this technology, and will work with McGill and Acsynam, an existing spin-off company from his laboratory, to make this happen.

The paper titled " Hypergolic zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs) as next-generation solid fuels: Unlocking the latent energetic behavior of ZIFs " is authored by H.M. Titi et al. It has been published inScience Advances- 10.1126/sciadv.aav9044

This research was supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Canada Excellence Research Chairs Programme, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Canada CFI programme. Computations were made on the supercomputer Mp2 from Université de Sherbrooke, managed by Calcul Québec and Compute Canada. The operation of this supercomputer was funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the ministère de l'Économie, de la science et de l'innovation du Québec (MESI), and the Fonds de recherche du Québec-Nature et technologies (FRQ-NT).
Source: McGill University

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Primeur weekly 2019-04-08

Focus

Fortissimo initiative ready to continue the HPC experience for SMEs ...

Quantum computing

Teams to build new algorithms and software tools for emerging quantum systems ...

Focus on Europe

Piz Daint takes on Tier 2 function in Worldwide LHC Computing Grid ...

Doron Prize 2019 goes to Thomas Schulthess ...

ISC 2019 is now open for registration ...

PRACE 18th Call for Proposals welcomes 2 new HPC systems and includes a Pilot Phase with the Fenix federated data infrastructure ...

PRACE SHAPE 9th Call for Applications is open from 1 April 2019 until 31 May 2019 ...

Middleware

The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre joins the OpenMP effort ...

Altair acquires Cambridge Collaborative's SEAM software, expanding solver portfolio ...

Hardware

DDN PartnerLink recognized in CRN's 2019 Partner Program Guide ...

PLDA announces two innovative vDMA engine IP solutions, delivering robust performance and scalability across a PCIe link or AMBA AXI fabric ...

Hyperion Research reports HPC server market beats forecast for full-year 2018 ...

Intel announces broadest product portfolio for moving, storing and processing data ...

Intel driving data-centric world with new 10nm Intel Agilex FPGA family ...

Intel appoints George S. Davis as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer ...

Indiana University's data centre upgrades, two additional designs approved by Board of Trustees ...

Penguin Computing designs now available with new 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors expanding options for data centre, HPC, and AI ...

Applications

New heart valve modelling technique enables customized medical care for patients ...

Supercomputers help supercharge protein assembly ...

Supercomputers aid our understanding of complex brain waves ...

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research launches new call & matchmaking meeting for Energy System Integration ...

West Virginia University revs up computer resources to help move region forward ...

Rocket fuel that's cleaner, safer and still full of energy ...

Getting a big look at tiny particles ...

The Cloud

Atos and Google Cloud inaugurate unique artificial intelligence lab in France ...

Pixeom announces $15 million funding from Intel Capital, National Grid Partners and others for its software defined edge computing platform ...