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Treatments for presbyopia

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Presbyopia is an ocular condition mostly effecting people above the age of 45. The Presbyopia project proposes new ways of treating this condition such as multifocal corrections and accommodating intraocular lenses. The research team will study the ability of the eye's crystalline lens to change shape to focus on near and far away objects. The aim is to develop bio-inspired intraocular lenses that can mimic the eye's ability to continuously focus.

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Understanding H-Bonds

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The QuantumCRaSS project, successfully concluded in 2012, studied the strength of 'H-bonds' between hydrogen molecules and other atoms, such as oxygen or carbon, at the surface of solid materials. Researchers found that quantum nuclear effects can make strong H-bonds stronger and weak H-bonds weaker depending on the surrounding conditions. Furthermore, the research team showed that binding hydrogen to graphene, a promising material, is easier than previously thought. Their findings could help optimise chemical reactions at low temperatures.

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