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Stretching beyond limits

Novel research optimizes both elasticity and rigidity in the same material without the usual tradeoffs.

Engineers develop world’s most wear-resistant metal alloy

The platinum-gold alloy, believed to be the most wear-resistant metal in the world, is 100 times more durable than high-strength steel, making it the first alloy in the same class as diamond and…

New manufacturing technique could improve common problem in printing technology

A new manufacturing technique using nanoparticles may be able to avoid the ‘coffee ring’ effect that plagues inkjet printers.

Novel tissue engineering scaffolds fabricated via controlled ice crystallization

By employing 3D scaffolds with both aligned nanofibers and aligned interconnected macrochannels, researchers have taken a nanotechnology-based tissue engineering approach to accelerate the…

World’s smallest transistor switches current with a single atom in solid state

This quantum electronics component switches electrical current by controlled repositioning of a single atom, now also in the solid state in a gel electrolyte.

Batteries poised for organic revolution

Cathode material made from organic molecules enhances the green credentials of rechargeable batteries.

Magnetic nanoparticles pull last drops of oil from well water

Engineers find nanoscale solution to ‘produced water’ problem.

Light-emitting nanoparticles could provide a safer way to image living cells

Scientists show how tiny, metal-rich particles can be excited with a low-power laser for deep-tissue imaging.

Designing nanocrystals for more efficient optoelectronics

New artificial materials for semiconductors used in solar cells or photoelectrochemical cells that are designed from scratch with totally new and tailored properties.

Chips, light and coding moves the front line in beating bacteria

Multidisciplinary study finds way to examine biofilms with high efficiency.

Nanosized magnetic antiparticles offer new horizons for information technologies

Physicists have revealed new behavior involving the antiparticle equivalent of skyrmions in a ferromagnetic material.

Water matters to metal nanoparticles

Researchers make breakthrough discovery that gold nanoparticles can dissolve when they interact with freshwater aquatic plants?instead of remaining stable as commonly thought.

Transistor technology may improve speed, battery life for computers, mobile phones and other electronics

Researchers have created a new technology design for field effect transistors.

Opto-thermoplasmonic patterning of 2D materials

Researchers have developed an all-optical lithographic technique called ‘optothermoplasmonic nanolithography’ (OTNL) to achieve high-throughput, versatile, and maskless patterning of different atomic…

Artificial placenta created in the laboratory

Researchers have succeeded in creating an artificial placental barrier on a chip, using a high-resolution 3D printing process.

Flexible drug delivery microdevice to advance precision medicine

Researchers have developed a flexible drug delivery device with controlled release for personalized medicine, blazing the path toward theragnosis.

3D inks that can be erased selectively

Scientists develop method for the specific degradation of laser-written microstructures.

Flipping the switch on supramolecular electronics

Researchers combined light-sensitive molecules with layers graphene and other 2D materials to create new devices that could be used in sensors, optoelectronics and flexible devices.

Long-sought carbon structure ‘schwarzite’ joins graphene, fullerene family

Chemists have proved that three carbon structures recently created are in fact the long-sought schwarzites, which researchers predict will have unique electrical and storage properties like those now…

New technology can detect hundreds of proteins in a single sample

Improvement of barcoding technique offers cost-effective alternative to current technology.

From office windows to Mars: Scientists debut super-insulating gel

The aerogel, which looks like a flattened plastic contact lens, is so resistant to heat that you could put a strip of it on your hand and light a fire on top without feeling a thing.

Thermal switch discovered in engineered squid-based biomaterials

Tuning materials for optimal optical and electrical properties is becoming commonplace. Now, researchers and manufacturers may be able to tune materials for thermal conductivity by using a squid-…

Terahertz technology provides new insight into how semiconductor lasers work

Pioneering engineers working with terahertz frequency technology have been researching how individual frequencies are selected when a laser is turned on, and how quickly the selection is made.

Printed nanowire electronics breakthrough could lead to flexible electronics revolution

A new form of electronics manufacturing which embeds silicon nanowires into flexible surfaces could lead to radical new forms of bendable electronics, scientists say.

Five ways that natural design could inspire human nanotechnology

Though nanotechnology is portrayed as a fairly recent human invention, nature is actually full of nanoscopic architectures. They underpin the essential functions of a variety of life forms, from…

Effects of carbon and silicon nanoparticles on on marine microalgae

For the past four years, a group of toxicologists has been studying the effects of carbon and silicon nanoparticles on marine organisms.

For physicists, the 2D form of tungsten ditelluride Is full of surprises

For scientists, the 2-D form of one metallic compound - tungsten ditelluride - is a bevy of quantum revelations. The latest discovery about tungsten ditelluride is that its 2-D form can undergo…

Self-assembling single-digit nanometer memory cells

An international collaborative research team has developed sub-10-nanometer-range spin transfer torque magnetic tunneling junctions.

Flexible nanowire sensors give robots ultra-sensitive skin

The sensors, which are flexible and made of zinc oxide nanorods, are self-powered and do not need any external voltage for operation.

Quantum chains in graphene nanoribbons

Researchers have achieved a breakthrough that could in future be used for precise nanotransistors or - in the distant future - possibly even quantum computers.

Scientists design material that can store energy like an eagle’s grip

What do a flea and an eagle have in common? They can store energy in their feet without having to continuously contract their muscles to then jump high or hold on to prey. Now scientists have…

Nanoparticle therapy could deliver double blow to cancer

A new cancer therapy using nanoparticles to deliver a combination therapy direct to cancer cells could be on the horizon.

Scientists discover fat-blocking effect of nanofibers

Tiny balls of nano-sized cellulose fibres added to food reduced fat absorption by up to half in laboratory and animal experiments.

Tying electrons down with nanoribbons

Scientists have discovered another possible role for graphene nanoribbons: as nanoscale electron traps with potential applications in quantum computers.

Scientists ‘squeeze’ nanocrystals in a liquid droplet into a solid-like state - and back again

Simple chemical technique transforms crystal mixture where two liquids meet.

Scientists create biodegradable, paper-based biobatteries

Proposed design is easy to produce, low-cost, flexible and more efficient than previously proposed paper-based batteries.

Proof-of-concept technique makes nanoparticles attractive for new medications

Researchers believe nanoparticles offer new opportunity to develop protein-based medications, like insulin, that can be delivered in a pill.

Nobel art of science shines light on graphene

The Manchester-based Nobel laureate decorated for isolating 2D ‘wonder material’ graphene has collaborated on a fascinating video art project shedding light on its unique qualities and potential….

High-tech adhesives inspired by feet

Research team increases adhesiveness of silicone using the example of beetles.

Tailoring a large area pseudo-magnetic field in graphene by placing it on a crystal with different symmetry

Researchers have discovered a simple and effective method to produce a large area pseudo-magnetic field on graphene, and demonstrated how it can be tuned with desired spatial distribution and…

Graphene enters the stratosphere

A research collaboration examines how graphene reacts to extreme space conditions and explore its potential for satellite applications.

Flat lenses bring nanoscale features into focus

Flat lenses that enable high-resolution imaging are created by forming nanoscale structures on a surface.

Nanomedicine: Green tea targets tumors

A component of green tea can help deliver drugs to tumors in the body.

Nanostructured gate dielectric boosts stability of organic thin-film transistors

A nanostructured gate dielectric may have addressed the most significant obstacle to expanding the use of organic semiconductors for thin-film transistors.

Quantum computing of an atomic nucleus

The first-ever computation of an atomic nucleus, the deuteron, on a quantum chip demonstrates that even today’s rudimentary quantum computers can solve nuclear physics questions.

New nanoparticles help detect deep-tissue cancers

Researchers have developed a new form of nanoparticle and associated imaging technique that can detect multiple disease biomarkers, including those for breast cancer, found in deep-tissue in the body…

Scientists create UV detector based on nanocrystals synthesized via ion implantation

Researchers have developed a solar-blind UV photodetector.

Scientists develop unique materials to repair damaged organs and tissue

Scientists created unique polymeric materials for medical purposes that repair traumatized human organs.

Electron Beam Patterning for high-resolution full-color OLED displays

Sientists have developed a new micropatterning approach for OLEDs on silicon substrates. This might eliminate the use of color filters and shadow masks in the future and allow full-color displays to…

Expanding the limits of Li-ion batteries: Electrodes for all-solid-state batteries

Scientists have addressed one of the major disadvantages of all-solid-state batteries by developing batteries with a low resistance at their electrode/solid electrolyte interface.

Mapping the inner workings of a living cell

Imaging tool flags new proteins, lipids and DNA to track metabolic changes in animals.

Surface acoustic waves orchestrate neuronal networks

Biophysicists report on the first successful outcome in the targeted dynamic positioning of nerve cells on a chip. The proven surface acoustic wave technology now opens up new ways of understanding…

Concepts for new switchable plasmonic nanodevices

A magneto-plasmonic nanoscale router and a high-contrast magneto-plasmonic disk modulator controlled by external magnetic fields.

The marriage of topology and magnetism in a Weyl system

Topology is a global aspect of materials, leading to fundamental new properties for compounds with large relativistic effects. The incorporation of heavy elements give rise to non-trivial topological…

High-resolution imaging of nanoparticle surface structures is now possible

Using scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM), extremely high resolution imaging of the molecule-covered surface structures of silver nanoparticles is possible, even down to the recognition of…

A periodic table of molecular knots

A new study sheds light on a repertoire as-yet-undiscovered molecular knots that could be used in future physico-chemical applications.

Rethinking ketchup packets: New approach to slippery packaging aims to cut food waste

The study, which has yielded a provisional patent, establishes a method for wicking chemically compatible vegetable oils into the surfaces of common extruded plastics, like those used for ketchup…

Assembly of fluctuating molecules in artificial cell membrane

Domains of hydrophilic-polymer-modified lipids in lipid bilayer membrane.

Electrons in iron-based superconductors can pair up in two different ways

Evidence that electrons form pairs in two distinct ways in iron-based superconductors will help theorists unravel the mechanism of unconventional superconductivity.

Carbon nanotube ‘rebar’ makes graphene twice as tough

Researchers have found that fracture-resistant ‘rebar graphene’ is more than twice as tough as pristine graphene.

‘Strange metals’ just got stranger

A material already known for its unique behavior is found to carry current in a way never before observed.

Integrated sensor could monitor brain aneurysm treatment

Researchers have demonstrated a proof-of-concept for a highly flexible and stretchable sensor that could be integrated with the flow diverter to monitor hemodynamics in a blood vessel without costly…

Advanced microscopy technique reveals new aspects of water at the nanoscale level

A new microscopy technique allows researchers to visualize liquids at the nanoscale level – about 10 times more resolution than with traditional transmission electron microscopy – for the first…

Harmful dyes in lakes, rivers can become colorless with new, sponge-like material

Scientists have created an environmentally friendly way to remove color from dyes in water in a matter of seconds.

Researchers develop ‘tornado’ lab-on-a-chip technology with micro tweezers to detect dangerous viruses, biological contaminants

Researchers have developed a new class of optical nanotweezers that can trap and detect biomolecules, viruses and DNA more rapidly. The technology can also use light to promptly detect cancer or…

New competition for MOFs: Scientists make stronger COFs

Researchers find a way to better ‘weld’ covalent organic frameworks together.

Fast, cheap and colorful 3D printing with nanomaterials

Researchers have tweaked 3D-printing so it can print in all of the colors of the rainbow.

Fire-resistant polymer nanocontainers

Polymers play an essential role in our daily lives, but they also come with an increased risk of fire. Efficient flame retardants are key to ensuring the safety of humans and safeguarding goods from…

Scientists find holes in light by tying it in knots

Physicists have found a new way of evaluating how light flows through space - by tying knots in it.

Insight into loss processes in perovskite solar cells enables efficiency improvements

In perovskite solar cells, charge carriers are mainly lost through recombination occurring at interface defect sites. In contrast, recombination at defect sites within the perovskite layer does not…

Insight into catalysis through novel study of X-ray absorption spectroscopy

An international team has succeeded in investigating electronic states of a transition metal in detail and drawing reliable conclusions on their catalytic effect from the data. These results are…

An elastic puff of air

Superflexible aerogels are highly efficient absorbents, thermal insulators, and pressure sensors.

Scientists discover a first-of-its-kind material for the quantum age

A physicist has discovered a new material that has the potential to become a building block in the new era of quantum materials, those that are composed of microscopically condensed matter and…

Researchers disclose optical secrets of disulfide nanotubes

The team demonstrates a strong light-matter interaction in suspensions and self-assembled films of tungsten disulfide nanotubes.

On-chip optical filter processes wide range of light wavelengths

Silicon-based system offers smaller, cheaper alternative to other ?broadband? filters; could improve a variety of photonic devices.

Microscopic antennas to peer into nano-sized worlds

Affordable and highly sensitive infrared detectors could revolutionise molecular sensing.

New type of nanoparticle for drug delivery lasts longer in bloodstream

Selecting the right packaging to get precious cargo from point A to point B can be a daunting task at the post office. For some time, scientists have wrestled with a similar set of questions when…

Sunscreen for dancing molecules

This study is the first to use heavy water in the field of transmission electron microscopy (TEM). This approach significantly delays sample damage, which is one of the major impediments for broader…

Chip lights up optical neural network demo

Researchers have made a silicon chip that distributes optical signals precisely across a miniature brain-like grid, showcasing a potential new design for neural networks.

A colossal breakthrough for topological spintronics

BiSb expands the potential of topological insulators for ultra-low-power electronic devices.

Dental plaque is no match for catalytic nanoparticles

Twice-daily rinses of FDA-approved nanoparticles broke apart oral biofilms and prevented tooth decay in a study.

The quest for longer-lasting solar cells

Nanoscientists are studying the causes of silicon solar cell degradation in an effort to make solar power more affordable.

Titanium dioxide as a nanoscale sensor of mechanical stress

Scientists have revealed a new property of the cheap and abundant material anatase titanium dioxide, which promises applications as a medium for room-temperature nanosensors of mechanical stress with…

Pushing atoms by picometers tunes nanoparticle catalysis

By combining advanced high-precision electron microscopy and computational methods, researchers have shed new light on the role of strain in nanoparticle catalysis. Catalytic metal nanoparticles…

Better way found to determine the integrity of metals

Researchers have found a better way to identify atomic structures, an essential step in improving materials selection in the aviation, construction and automotive industries.

Supercomputing the ‘how’ of chemical reactions

Scientists use supercomputer systems to uncover the mechanisms behind chemical reactions.

Nano-sized traps show promise in diagnosing pathogenic bacterial infections

New type of lab-on-chip device could quickly detect disease-causing bacteria, save lives.

Trapping light that doesn’t bounce off track for faster electronics

Replacing traditional computer chip components with light-based counterparts will eventually make electronic devices faster due to the wide bandwidth of light. A new protective metamaterial ‘…

Magnetic nanoparticles deliver chemotherapy to difficult-to-reach spinal tumors

Researchers have demonstrated that magnetic nanoparticles can be used to ferry chemotherapy drugs into the spinal cord to treat hard-to-reach spinal tumors in an animal model.

Great Pyramid of Giza inspires nanoparticle design

Study reveals the Great Pyramid of Giza can focus electromagnetic energy.

Extreme conditions in semiconductors

Physicists have succeeded in experimentally demonstrating Wannier-Stark localization.

Memory-processing unit could bring memristors to the masses

A new way of arranging advanced computer components called memristors on a chip could enable them to be used for general computing, which could cut energy consumption by a factor of 100.

Looking inside the lithium battery’s black box

Material scientists use stimulated Raman scattering microscopy to observe – for the first time – ions moving in liquid electrolyte; findings could lead to improving battery safety while also…

Researchers construct all-optical nanowire pocket calculator

New findings have the potential to change how electronics process logic functions, the elementary building blocks of computing.

Lasers write better graphene anodes

Laser-scribed disordered graphene significantly improves sodium-ion battery capacity.

Femtosecond laser creates nanoelectronics on graphene

Traditional CMOS technology cannot be directly merged with graphene applications. Photo- and electron-based lithographies, which are the main processess in today’s semiconductor industry, requires…

An expressway for electrons in oxide heterostructures

Physicists have developed a new methodology for determining the impact of screening effects on charge carrier mobility at the interface of complex material structures.

Individual silver nanoparticles observed in real time

Chemists have developed a new method of observing the chemical reactions of individual silver nanoparticles in real time.

Researchers propose a facile, general, and effective strategy to prepare carbon nanomaterials

A research team proposes a simple, effective, and versatile method to prepare a series of functional carbin nanomaterials from small organic molecules by a transition metal assisted carbonization…

Carbon nanotubes on holey silicon make bright source of single photons

Carbon nanotubes coated onto a holey silicon substrate emit a superabundance of single particles of light.

Tin type

Researchers are examining tin as a silicon-friendly material to help create new cost-effective memory devices. The new candidate offers the same performance advantages of more commonly used elements…

New optics: Nano-hedgehogs of light

Researchers have created a new type of optical system. Their ‘nano-hedgehogs of light’, also known as optical skyrmions, set the stage for a new platform for information processing, transfer and…

Scientists develop novel approach to spontaneous emission using atomic matter waves

The research creates an alternative platform for advancing quantum physics applications.

On the edge: turning graphene into a molecular toggle switch

An international team of researchers has discovered a new mechanism for controlling electronic devices using molecules. The ferroelectric ordering of polar molecules attached to the edge of graphene…

New two-dimensional material could revolutionize solar fuel generation

International group of researchers obtain new material from iron ore with application as a photocatalyst.

Two-faced edge makes nanotubes obey

Theorists find mechanism behind nearly pure nanotubes from the unusual catalyst.

Technique to easily fabricate ceramic films used as OPV inter-layers developed

Researchers develop coating technique to create ceramic ultra-thin films using solution.

Researchers report unraveling the immune recognition of nucleic acid nanoparticles

Particle-specific immune responses may be ‘an alphabet for talking to the immune system’.

Researchers design a nano-carrier to release drugs into damaged cells

Researchers have devised strategies to eliminate senescent cells. Senescence is a cell program that is triggered by many types of damage and senescent cells are present in many diseases.

Scientists use excitons to take electronics into the future

Scientists have developed a transistor based on excitons that is able to function at room temperature. This breakthrough could lead to a new breed of faster, more energy efficient and smaller…

A nanotechnology breath test for early-stage Parkinson’s

Researchers have developed a device with an array of 40 sensors based on gold nanoparticles or single-walled carbon nanotubes.

Vibrations at an exceptional point

Scientists have developed a lasing system already adept at producing tiny light packets called photons into a tunable system that also makes little bits of mechanical energy called phonons - the…

What happens in a solar cell when the lights go out?

Researchers are now able to measure the processes taking place in a perovskite solar cell with great precision.

DOE grant to study single nanoparticles and their ability to act as electrocatalysts

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences has awarded researchers $1.1 million to study single nanoparticles and their ability to act as electrocatalysts.

Scientists unlock the properties of new 2D material

The research succeeded in the first experimental realisation and structural investigation of single-layer vanadium disulphide.

Researchers use nanotechnology to improve the accuracy of measuring devices

Researchers have synthesized multi-layered nanowires in order to study their magnetoresistance properties. Improving this effect will allow scientists to increase the accuracy of indicators of…

Improving nanotube biosensors for implantable sensing

Scientists have developed new nanotube biosensors using synthetic biology, which improves their sensing capabilities in complex biofluids, such as blood and urine.

Made-to-measure silicon building blocks

Researchers describe a new way to produce long-awaited silicon building blocks in a simple and efficient way.

Generation of random numbers by measuring phase fluctuations from a laser diode with a silicon-on-in

Millimeter-scale chip uses less power to create quantum random numbers at high speeds.

Liquid microscopy technique reveals new problem with lithium-oxygen batteries

Using an advanced, new microscopy technique that can visualize chemical reactions occurring in liquid environments, researchers have discovered a new reason lithium-oxygen batteries tend to slow down…

Real-time imaging of chemical processes

Scientists observe the real-time formation of hollow structures in the galvanic replacement reaction between silver and gold with nanometre resolution, gaining insights on the mechanisms behind the…

Scientists introduce new way to mimic ‘machine of machines’ (w/video)

Researchers have introduced a new approach to assemble specially designed microscopic blocks into small gear-like machines.

Researchers charge quest to end ‘voltage fade’

Scientists designed a regime showing that heat treatments removed the defects in the bulk structure of Lithium-rich NMC materials and restored the battery output voltage.

Scientists develop new materials that move in response to light

Elastomeric composites can flex, grip, release, or rotate when exposed to lasers, diffuse light or sunlight.

Engineers model a graphene-based artificial synapse after the human brain

A team of researchers have developed an ‘artificial synapse’ that does not process information like a digital computer but rather mimics the analog way the human brain completes tasks.

Cell-sized robots can sense their environment

Made of electronic circuits coupled to minute particles, the devices could flow through intestines or pipelines to detect problems.

A new metamaterial for solar cells and nanooptics

Researchers have developed a metamaterial-dielectric that has unique characteristics and is easy to manufacture. This ease of access will allow researchers to use it to create the latest optical…

Writing the future of rewritable memory

Scientists have perfected a technique to exceed capacity of current hard drives 1000-fold.

An overview of healthcare monitoring by flexible electronics

A new review articles discusses the recent advances in flexible and stretchable electronics that are currently used for electronic skins and biological devices in human healthcare.

Nanocrystals emit light by efficiently ‘tunneling’ electrons

Using advanced fabrication techniques, engineers have built a nanosized device out of silver crystals that can generate light by efficiently ‘tunneling’ electrons through a tiny barrier.

Scientists report a new strategy to combine microwave thermal therapy with infection inhibition to effectively treat cancer

Scientists propose a novel tumor treatment strategy for simultaneous ablating tumor and inhibiting infection by using specially designed biodegradable metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). The strategy of…

A new ‘periodic table’ for nanomaterials

The table groups molecules according to the nano-shapes they form.

Physicists design a nano-resonator with strong nonlinear response

An international research team has found a way to make light frequency conversion at the nanoscale a hundred times more efficient.

Hybrid bio-inorganic system for water splitting

Researchers have developed a novel Ni nanoparticles-embedded N-doped carbon nanotubes (Ni@N-C) complex for hydrogen evolution reaction.

New MOF vaccines could expand access to immunization

Based on the biomineralization process that grows bone and shells, researchers have developed a new way to encapsulate and transport vaccines at room temperature.

World’s fastest man-made spinning object could help study quantum mechanics

At more than 60 billion revolutions per minute, this machine is more than 100,000  times faster than a high-speed dental drill.

Relax, just break it

The properties of a solid depend on the arrangement of its atoms, which form a periodic crystal structure. At the nanoscale, arrangements that break this periodic structure can drastically alter the…

Two faces offer limitless possibilities

Named for the mythical god with two faces, Janus membranes - double-sided membranes that serve as gatekeepers between two substances - have emerged as a material with potential industrial uses….

Using spin current to convert mechanical vibrations into electricity

A nanodevice that generates an electrical current from a spin current, which in turn is generated by mechanical oscillations, demonstrates the versatility of electron spin to convert between energy…

Research team finds physics treasure hidden in a wallpaper pattern

An international team of scientists has discovered a new, exotic form of insulating material with a metallic surface that could enable more efficient electronics or even quantum computing.

Complete fly brain imaged at nanoscale resolution

Two high-speed electron microscopes. 7,062  brain slices. 21 million images. For a team of scientists these numbers add up to a technical first: a high-resolution digital snapshot of the adult fruit…

Targeting headaches and tumors with nano-submarines (w/video)

Scientists have developed a new method to enable miniature drug-filled nanocarriers to dock on to immune cells, which in turn attack tumors.

New computer model predicts how fracturing metallic glass releases energy at the atomic level

This new modeling technique could improve computer-aided materials design and help researchers determine the properties of metallic glasses.

Future electronic components to be printed like newspapers

A new manufacturing technique uses a process similar to newspaper printing to form smoother and more flexible metals for making ultrafast electronic devices.

Engineers develop world’s most efficient semiconductor for thermal management

New material draws heat away from hotspots much faster than current materials.

Puzzling results explained - a multiband approach to Coulomb drag and indirect excitons

Taking a multiband approach explains ?electron-hole reverse drag? and exciton formation.

Sugar-coated nanosheets selectively target pathogens

Researchers design self-assembling nanosheets that mimic the surface of cells.

Steering light with dynamic lens-on-MEMS

Scientists add active control to design capabilities for new lightweight flat optical devices.

Scientists reported on toxicity of carbon and silicon nanotubes and carbon nanofibers

Nanoparticles with a wide range of applying, including medicine, damage cells of microalgae Heterosigma akashivo badly.

A safe and effective way to whiten teeth with nanoparticles

Researchers modified titanium dioxide nanoparticles so that they could be activated with blue light. In a proof-of-concept experiment. After four hours of treatment, the whitening level was similar…

Nanoscale imaging yields key insights into water splitting

Researchers are another step closer to reaping fuel from sunlight.

Automated diagnostic platform that indicates thrombotic risks or cancer in one drop of blood

A team of international researchers developed an automated diagnostic platform that indicates bleeding - and thrombotic risks in one drop of blood within seconds.

Solar powered synthetic skin for robotics and prosthetics

A new way of harnessing the sun’s rays to power synthetic skin could help to create advanced prosthetic limbs capable of returning the sense of touch to amputees.

Hydrogen from water in iron nanotruss structures

Researchers have discovered a new and efficient way to use electrocatalysis to produce hydrogen gas from water. Instead of using expensive and difficult-to-obtain platinum electrodes, the new method…

Materials processing tricks enable engineers to create new laser material

By doping alumina crystals with neodymium ions, engineers have developed a new laser material that is capable of emitting ultra-short, high-power pulses - a combination that could potentially yield…

Close-ups of grain boundaries reveal how sulfur impurities make nickel brittle

Engineers have shed new light on a scientific mystery regarding the atomic-level mechanism of the sulfur embrittlement of nickel, a classic problem that has puzzled the scientific community for…

DNA-ROM: New grant aims for memory chips based on DNA

Researchers are trying to fuse biology and electrical engineering and to build new types of electronic memory based on DNA.

Gold nanoparticles to find applications in hydrogen economy

An international team of scientist found a way to improve nanocomposite material to use it in hydrogen economy.

Nanocrystal links could lead to better electronics

A new study examines inorganic links between nanoparticles for applications in solar panels, electrons and optical devices.

European Forum on Nanoscale IR Spectroscopy

The forum includes new technology developments and exiting application discoveries made made using photothermal-based nanoIR spectroscopy and scattering SNOM.

Latest nanotechnology books round-up

A collection of new and noteworthy books coming out these weeks.

Chemical engineers pack more energy in same space for reliable battery

Electric car batteries souped-up with fluorinated electrolytes for longer-range driving.

Nanoelectronics stickers to streamline large-scale Internet-of-Things

Researchers have developed a new fabrication method that makes tiny, thin-film electronic circuits peelable from a surface. The technique not only eliminates several manufacturing steps and the…

Faster photons could enable total data security

Researchers have solved a key puzzle in quantum physics that could help to make data transfer totally secure.

In borophene, boundaries are no barrier

Researchers make and test atom-thick boron’s unique domains.

What happens when we heat the atomic lattice of a magnet all of a sudden?

An international team of scientists has now revealed the elementary steps of this process.

Single-celled architects inspire new nanotechnology

Scientists have designed a range of nanostructures resembling marine diatoms. Using a technique known as DNA origami, the group designed nanoscale platforms of various shapes to which particles of…

Researchers show how to directly observe quantum spin effects

Scientists have discovered a new way to closely look at the electronic quantum behaviour of materials, giving a deeper understanding of how they could be used for future quantum computing…

An atom-thick graphene membrane for industrial gas separation

Chemical engineers have demonstrated for the first time that an atom-thick graphene membrane can separate gas mixtures with a high-efficiency.

Folding graphene significantly enhances mechanical performance

A research team succeeded in folding an A5-sized, 400nm polycarbonate film in half 12 times.

High-tech dentures: Fighting bacteria with nanotechnology

Researchers optimize dentures with nanostructured surfaces.

A silicon-nanoparticle photonic waveguide

A line of silicon nanoparticles can transport light efficiently on small scales.

Brighter microscopy using built-in nanobulbs

Hybrid nanoparticle can attach to microscope tips and light up objects too tiny to see with typical optical beams.

Light, finely sliced

A triple bend structure splits light into its two polarization components with unprecedented purity.

Polymeric nanoparticles improve delivery of therapeutic messenger RNA

Polymeric nanoparticles can efficiently administer mRNA to cells of the lungs, liver, and other organs.

Nano-kirigami: ‘Paper-cut’ provides model for 3D intelligent nanofabrication

Researchers have recently formed an international team to apply kirigami techniques to advanced 3D nanofabrication.

Graphene - slippery when dry

Scientists have been working for years to replace oil with solid lubricants such as graphene, which is a cheaper and more efficient substitute, one that lasts significantly longer.

A mechanical way to make light go one way only at nanoscales

This the first of its kind optical ‘isolator’, which might prove useful in quantum computing and optical computing, where you want to precisely control the direction and ‘size’ of the light signals…

Graphene could be key to controlling water evaporation

Graphene coatings may offer the ability to control the water evaporation process from various surfaces, according to new research.

Research finds new molecular structures in boron-based nanoclusters

Researchers have shown that nanoclusters made from boron and lanthanide elements form highly stable and symmetric structures with interesting magnetic properties.

How gold nanoparticles could improve solar energy storage

Study opens door to broader use of sunlight and advanced materials to combat climate change.

Brain function partly replicated by nanotechnology materials

Molecular/carbon nanotube network devices enable artificial spiking neurons that mimic nerve impulse generation.

Electrical contact to molecules in semiconductor structures established for the first time

A new method allows electrical contact to be established with simple molecules on a conventional silicon chip. The technique promises to bring advances in sensor technology and medicine.

Quantum dot white LEDs achieve record efficiency

Novel approach to white LEDs could lead to more energy-efficient lighting.

Controlling the manufacture of stable aerogels

Researchers control the self-assembly of molecules to form an ultralight, porous gel.

Scientists create nano-size packets of genetic code aimed at brain cancer ‘seed’ cells

In a proof-of-concept study, scientists say they have successfully delivered nano-size packets of genetic code called microRNAs to treat human brain tumors implanted in mice. The contents of the…

Hot nanoparticles produce giant and explosive bubbles

When gold nano particles in water are illuminated by a laser, they get very hot: well above the boiling point of water. The formation of vapour bubbles caused by this, is well-known. New experiments…

The future of electronics is chemical

New research reveals how we can make electronic devices 10 times smaller, and use molecules to build electronic circuits instead.

Smallest-ever magnetic vortexes mark step toward new digital memory

By twisting magnetism into record-small spirals, physicists are speeding efforts to turn the digital equivalent of memory lane into a memory racetrack that could save energy and space in next-…

Magnetic vortices: Two independent magnetic skyrmion phases discovered in a single material

For the first time, a team of researchers have discovered two different phases of magnetic skyrmions in a single material.

Graphene smart membranes can control water

Researchers have achieved a long-sought-after objective of electrically controlling water flow through membranes.

Ultracold atoms and ultrafast lasers: Scientists combine experimental expertise

Scientists have united the two research fields and succeeded in observing the emergence of ions in ultracold atoms.

Bubbles and whispers - glass bubbles boost nanoparticle detection

New technology is literally shedding light on some of the smallest particles to detect their presence - and it’s made from tiny glass bubbles.

Researchers couple artificial atom to acoustic resonator

This allows the familiar effects of quantum optics to be studied on acoustic waves and enables an alternative approach to quantum computer design, which is based on acoustics and could make quantum…

Wall of sound

Scientists have been using sound to levitate small objects for 30 years, but researchers have improved upon this container-free approach. They have found a way to enable experiments that use less…

Treating nail fungus with nanotechnology

Scientists studied the potential use of nitric oxide-releasing nanoparticles to improve onychomycosis treatment.

The ‘shine’ in gold nanoparticles has a new use - finding defects in 3D printing

Researchers have developed a technique for gold to actually ‘shine’ inside 3D printed parts to highlight any problems.

On the path to new high-performance transistors

X-rays aid better understanding of electron mobility in a modern transistor.

Why nanowires lose their superpowers

Theoretical prediction about superconductivity confirmed in a lab.

Team demonstrates novel synaptic architecture for brain inspired computing

Researchers have demonstrated a novel synaptic architecture that could lead to a new class of information processing systems inspired by the brain.

Using carbon nanotubes to develop clothing that can double as batteries

Engineers are creating clothing that can charge your cell phone. What makes this possible are the unique properties of carbon nanotubes: a large surface area that is strong, conductive and heat-…

Underlying mechanism discovered for magnetic effect in superconducting spintronics

New work on the interactions between superconductors and ferromagnets bridges the gap between theory on the long-range magnetic proximity effect and recent experimental results.

Wetting of surfaces is surprisingly difficult to measure reliably

Researchers provide a standardized approach to improve the accuracy and reliability of contact angle measurements of surfaces.

Researchers improve conductive property of graphene, advancing promise of solar technology

Researchers have connected a graphene layer with two other atomic layers (molybdenum diselenide and tungsten disulfide) thereby extending the lifetime of excited electrons in graphene by several…

Carbon nanotube catalysts in MINT condition

Carbon nanotubes have been used as catalysts in many relevant chemical processes, however, controlling their catalytic activity is not easy. In new work, researchers describe how to build mechanized…

Trapping light using Tetris-like clusters of crystals

Researchers are developing a technique for the production of new advanced functional materials.

Researchers discover llama-derived nanobody can be potential therapy for hard-to-treat diseases

Finding holds promise to advance targeted treatment for neurological diseases and cancer.

Generating electrical power from waste heat

New solid-state silicon device may one day power space missions.

A step closer to single-atom data storage

Scientists have used Scanning Tunneling Microscopy to demonstrate the stability of a magnet consisting of a single atom of holmium.

Physicists uncover why nanomaterial loses superconductivity

All details predicted by critical theory were confirmed on real objects in a lab.

Boosting immune cells with nanoparticles

Drugs carried in cellular ‘backpacks’ help T cells to destroy tumors.

Qubits as valves: Controlling quantum heat engines

Researchers are designing nano-sized quantum heat engines to explore whether they may be able to outperform classical heat engines in terms of power and efficiency.

Realization of color filter-free image sensors

Researchers have developed a new-concept image sensor that captures vivid colors without color filters.

Plasmonic patch boosts brightness in medical diagnostic tests

A multidisciplinary team has developed a high-tech fix that utilizes metal nanostructures to increase the fluorescence intensity by 100 times in these diagnostic tests. It’s a cheap and easy solution…

Manipulating single atoms in graphene with an electron beam

The same electrons that form images of atomic structures can also be used to move atoms in materials. This technique of single-atom manipulation is now able to achieve nearly perfect control over the…

Perovskite-silicon solar cell combination helps researchers achieve high efficiency in photovoltaic power generation

Scientists developed a tandem cell pairing two materials to convert sunlight into electricity. Their technique could help increase the amount of energy generated at a reasonable cost.

Revolutionizing electronics thermal management technologies with boron arsenide

Researchers develop a new semiconductor with ultrahigh thermal conductivity.

Electrons slowing down at critical moments

In a new study, researchers have determined that electrons in some oxides can experience an ‘unconventional slowing down’ of their response to a light pulse.

Kirigami-inspired technique manipulates light at the nanoscale

Folding and cutting thin metal films could enable microchip-based 3D optical devices.

Ultra-thin sensor that makes inflammation testing and curing 30 times faster

Scientists have developed a C-reactive protein (CRP) sensor integrated onto a medical catheter for direct CRP sensing.

High-power thermoelectric generator utilizes thermal difference of only 5 C

Opening up a pathway to cost-effective, autonomous IoT application.

European Food Safety Authority publishes new guidance on nanotechnologies in food and feed

EFSA has published its guidance on how to assess the safety of nanoscience and nanotechnology applications. The guidance gives practical suggestions on the types of testing that are needed and the…

Bringing fullerene closer to semiconducting polymer boosts the efficiency of organic solar cells

Fine-tuning the structures of polymers can maximize the light-conversion ability of organic solar-cell systems.

Scanning tunneling microscopy reveals molecular dissociation induced by localized surface plasmons

Scanning tunneling microscopy observations of a single molecule provide new insights into photocatalytic reactions.

Semiconductor quantum transistor opens the door for photon-based computing

Researchers have demonstrated the first single-photon transistor using a semiconductor chip.

Nanofiber-based wound dressings induce production of antimicrobial peptide

Nanofiber-based wound dressings loaded with vitamin D spur the production of an antimicrobial peptide, a key step forward in the battle against surgical site infections.

Graphene foam could one day ease osteoarthritis joint pain and prevent the need for joint replacement

Researchers test how graphene foam might function under forces like high impact.

High-power electronics keep their cool with new heat-conducting crystals

Scientists have optimized the crystal-growing process of boron arsenide - a material that has excellent thermal properties and can effectively dissipate the heat generated in electronic devices….

UV narrow-band photodetector based on indium oxide nanocrystals

An international team of researchers has created a narrow-band UV photodetector based on indium oxide nanocrystals embedded in a thin film of aluminum oxide.

Nanoparticle protein corona dramatically affected by blood-brain barrier

New research findings demonstrate that the protein corona formed on engineered nanoparticles is dramatically affected by interaction with the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and is more stable after it…

Nanotechnology machines’ interaction with living systems

Research on micro- and nanomachines has advanced from the observation and understanding of basic motion behavior to the constantly improving capabilities of performing complex tasks. This ranges from…

How to start a nanomotor?

Research team reconstructs motor-cargo complex for ciliary transport.

Adding an inert polymer to plastic solar cells enables high efficiency and easy production

Polymer plastic solar cells remain an industry priority because of their light weight, flexibility and cost-effectiveness. Now scientists have demonstrated that these types of solar cells can be more…

Porous materials shed light on environmental purification

Researchers develop thermally and chemically durable organic frameworks with large surface area.

High performance nitride semiconductor for environmentally friendly photovoltaics

A research team has shown copper nitride acts as an n-type semiconductor, with p-type conduction provided by fluorine doping, utilizing a unique nitriding technique applicable for mass production and…

Ultimate precision for sensor technology using qubits and machine learning

Researchers have come up with a way to measure magnetic fields using a quantum system - with accuracy beyond the standard quantum limit.

Scientists pump up chances for quantum computing

An international team has developed a ground-breaking single-electron pump. The electron pump device developed by the researchers can produce one billion electrons per second and uses quantum…

A new generation of LCD with higher efficiency, resolution and color performance

A research team has developed a new Liquid-crystal display (LCD), which image resolution, energy efficiency as well as color saturation were markedly enhanced, achieving a crucial breakthrough in…

X-ray experiment confirms theoretical model for making new materials

By observing changes in materials as they’re being synthesized, scientists hope to learn how they form and come up with recipes for making the materials they need for next-gen energy technologies….

Graphene and the atomic crystals that could see next big breakthrough in tech

What could we do with layered structures with just the right layers? What would the properties of materials be if we could really arrange the atoms the way we want them?

Electron spectrometer deciphers quantum mechanical effects

Electronic circuits are miniaturized to such an extent that quantum mechanical effects become noticeable. Using photoelectron spectrometers, solid-state physicists and material developers can…

Mixed halide chemistry can be used to control magnetism in ultrathin magnetic devices

Research team reports expanding the planar boundaries that previously confined the manipulation of magnetization.

Electronic skin stretched to new limits

A metal carbide within a hydrogel composite senses, stretches and heals like human skin for use in medicine and robotics.

New coatings make natural fabrics waterproof

Researchers developa process that could offer nontoxic alternative to environmentally harmful chemicals.

Researchers simulate simple logic for nanofluidic computing

Invigorating the idea of computers based on fluids instead of silicon, researchers have shown how computational logic operations could be performed in a liquid medium by simulating the trapping of…

The culprit of some GaN defects could be nitrogen

Scientists present their findings of examining and determining six core configurations of the GaN lattice.

Sintering atomically thin materials with ceramics now possible

For the first time, researchers have created a nanocomposite of ceramics and a two-dimensional material, opening the door for new designs of nanocomposites with such applications as solid-state…

New testing finds synergistic combination leads to toxicity in nanomaterials

A new study finds reason for caution - a clear emergence of toxicity - in nanomaterial product formulations, but it also provides an early testing technique that could help the industry continue to…

Eradicating cancer with immune cells armed with nanorings

Can we use nanotechnology to transform our own immune cells into cancer serial killers?

Thin and flexible organic photovoltaic devices engineered to resist both mechanical and thermal stress

Advanced polymer design enables high-performance solar cells to be coated onto textiles.

New insights bolster Einstein’s idea about how heat moves through solids

New research about the transfer of heat suggests that in thermal insulators, heat is conveyed by atomic vibrations and by random hopping of energy from atom to atom.

Atomic movie of melting gold could help design materials for future fusion reactors

High-speed ‘electron camera’ shows for the first time the coexistence of solid and liquid in laser-heated gold, providing new clues for designing materials that can withstand extreme conditions….

Nanoaggregation on command

Light-controlled reversible aggregation of microtubules mediated by paclitaxel-modified cyclodextrin.

Nanostructured light mixer generates 11 colors simultaneously

A multicolor laser pointer you can use to change the color of the laser with a button click - similar to a multicolor ballpoint pen - is one step closer to reality thanks to a new synthetic…

Building bridges with water molecules

Scientists now have the proof behind the speculations that water molecules can form complex bridge-like structures when they accumulate on mineral surfaces.

New graphene photodetector could improve night vision, thermal sensing and medical imaging

Using graphene, engineers have invented a new type of photodetector that can work with more types of light than its current state-of-the-art counterparts. The device also has superior sensing and…

New solar technology with 2D semiconductor nanomaterials

Physicists are developing and testing innovative 2D nanomaterials for possible use as high-efficiency solar cells.

Chemical reactions in the light of ultrashort X-ray pulses from free-electron lasers

Using a ring of 16 detectors and a circularly polarized laser beam, scientists can determine duration and energy of ultra-short, high-intensity X-ray flashes with attosecond accuracy.

Scientists fine-tune carbon nanotubes for flexible, fingertip-wearable terahertz imagers

Researchers have developed flexible terahertz imagers based on chemically ‘tunable’ carbon nanotube materials. The findings expand the scope of terahertz applications to include wrap-around, wearable…

Strong interactions between photons mediated by a single atom

Physicists observe strong interactions between photons of different colour in an atom-cavity system.

Tricky feat with stand-up molecule

Researchers have achieved a new level of precision working with single molecules. They succeeded in placing an ultrathin molecule in an upright position on a flat layer of silver atoms - and the…

Finding the right balance for catalysts in the hydrogen evolution reaction

Researchers optimize the tradeoff between catalyst activity and stability in acidic liquids.

BNAs improve performance of Li-ion batteries

Scientists investigated the effect of hierarchical Bi2MoO6 nanosheet arrays growing on three-dimensional Ni foam synthesized by one-step template-free route.

The ultimate ‘smell test’: Device sends rotten food warning to smartphones

Scientists report that they have developed a wireless tagging device that can send signals to smartphones warning consumers and food distributors when meat and other perishables have spoiled.

Composite material mimics color changes of living organisms

Researchers have developed a composite material that, by adjusting its composition and exposing it to different types of light, can mimic animals’ changes in color.

Thermal camouflage disguises hot and cold

A new type of camouflage makes a human hand invisible to a thermal camera.

Research shows graphene forms electrically charged crinkles

Researchers have discovered another peculiar and potentially useful property of graphene, one-atom-thick sheets of carbon, that could be useful in guiding nanoscale self-assembly or in analyzing DNA…

How to gather many merry people at a party?

Scientists have managed to control the photon energy density inside opaque materials such as white paint.

DNA drives design principles for lighter, thinner optical displays

Lighter gold nanoparticles could replace thicker, heavier layered polymers used in displays? back-reflectors.

Sintering atomically thin materials with ceramics now possible

For the first time, researchers have created a nanocomposite of ceramics with a two-dimensional material that opens the door to new designs of nanocomposites with a variety of applications, such as…

Fluorescence imaging technique goes from micro to macro, moves closer to clinic

FLIM used to analyze whole mouse tumor with cellular resolution.

Shining a light on gene regulation

This promising method involves coating nanoparticles with gene-regulatory agents and then exposing them to a dose of laser light to unleash that material.

Nanoscale membrane both isolates and couples living and non-living catalysts

Innovation paves the way for scaling up biohybrid systems to synthesize fuels, chemicals.

Nanocellulose-coated PET film provides low-cost, sustainable option for food packaging

Researchers have developed a large-scale manufacturing process that may change the way some grocery store foods are packaged.

Electron paramagnetic resonance in modern carbon-based nanomaterials

Electron Paramagnetic Resonance in Modern Carbon-Based Nanomaterials, is a new book which attempts to fill the abovementioned void by compiling key contributions for researchers interested in the…

New metasurface tech improves ability to reflect sound back to its source

Researchers have developed a device that reflects sound in the direction it came from, rather than deflecting it at an angle. The ‘retroreflector’ can reflect sound across an operating range of 70

Twisted meta-molecules as they really are

Physicists have devised a clever way to truly test the chirality of a material, eliminating the risk of false positives from other techniques.

Research on cancer-frying nanoparticles heats up

Scientists have improved the performance of magnetic nanoparticles designed to roast and destroy tumors.

Nanotweezer lab-on-a-chip holds promise of early cancer diagnosis

Researchers used plasmonics to develop a new kind of nanotweezers that can rapidly trap and detect molecules, viruses and DNA - a device transformative for medicine that also has color printing…

Asymmetric plasmonic antennas deliver femtosecond pulses for fast optoelectronics

Researchers have succeeded for the first time in generating ultrashort electric pulses on a chip using metal antennas only a few nanometers in size, then running the signals a few millimeters above…

Nanomaterials could mean more algae outbreaks for wetlands, waterways

High tech metal particles may inadvertently take a toll on aquatic life.

Team’s e-whiskers may be a touchstone for future of electronic skin

Researchers used shape-memory polymers to create artificial, electronic versions called e-whiskers, which mimic the properties of the real thing.

Engineer creates new design for ultra-thin capacitive sensors

The thin and flexible sensor is ideal for sensing sounds because it can move with the airflow made by even the softest noises and addresses issues with accelerometers, microphones and many other…

Efficient, eco-friendly production of fine chemicals with single-atom catalyst

Chemical engineers have developed a new catalyst for forming a bond between two carbon atoms in a cost-effective and eco-friendly way.

Defining the immunological effects of nucleic acid nanoparticles

Programmable nucleic acid nanoparticle (NANP) technology is a relatively new field that has already given rise to a host of self-assembling nucleic acid nanoparticles that are increasingly viewed as…

Ligands control nanowire growth

Thiol molecules drive gold atoms to form a forest of nanowires with useful properties.

No barrier to applications for a remarkable 2D material

An innovative technique for growing large, uniform sheets of single-layer molybdenum disulfide could lead to new flexible electronic and optoelectronic devices.

Nanoemulsions formed by self-assembly of nanoparticles around droplets

Researchers have developed a single-step technique for creating nanoemulsions that is faster, more energy efficient, and smaller than previous methods.

The photoelectric effect in stereo

In the photoelectric effect, a photon ejects an electron from a material. Researchers have now used attosecond laser pulses to measure the time evolution of this effect in molecules. From their…

Superconducting vortices quantize ordinary metal

Researchers have discovered that a genuine feature of superconductors – quantum Abrikosov vortices of supercurrent – can also exist in an ordinary nonsuperconducting metal put into contact with a…

‘Stealth’ material hides hot objects from infrared eyes

Infrared cameras are the heat-sensing eyes that help drones find their targets even in the dead of night or through heavy fog. Hiding from such detectors could become much easier, thanks to a new…

Insulator-metal transition at the nanoscale: x-ray holography reveals existence of nano-patchwork

In a recent study, researchers have finally been able to probe the phase transitions that occur in thin films of vanadium dioxide using resonant soft X-ray holography.

Sense like a shark: Saltwater-submersible films

A nickelate thin film senses electric field changes analogous to the electroreception sensing organ in sharks, which detects the bioelectric fields of prey.

As future batteries, hybrid supercapacitors are super-charged

A new supercapacitor could be a competitive alternative to lithium-ion batteries.

Is nature exclusively left-handed? Using chilled atoms to find out

Elegant techniques of trapping and polarizing atoms open vistas for beta-decay tests of fundamental symmetries, key to understanding the most basic forces and particles constituting our universe….

Researchers achieve unprecedented control of polymer grids

Materials could find applications in water purification, solar energy storage, body armor.

Researchers solve major challenge in mass production of low-cost solar cells

Spray coating could make perovskite an inexpensive alternative to silicon for solar panels.

Beyond conventional solution-process for 2-D heterostructure

Researchers demonstrated a facile wet-chemical method to directly grow organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite nanocrystals on surfaces of dispersible MoS2 nanosheets.

When fluid flows almost as fast as light - with quantum rotation

Quark-gluon plasma is formed as a result of high energy collisions of heavy ions. After a collision, for a dozen or so yoctoseconds, this most perfect of all known fluids undergoes rapid hydrodynamic…

Thermal radiation from nanoparticles

Scientists have succeeded in performing time-resolved measurements of the internal energy distribution of stored clusters. The clusters investigated consisted of four cobalt atoms and an additional…

Scientists print sensors on gummi candy

Printing microelectrode arrays on gelatin and other soft materials could pave the way for new medical diagnostics tools.

Cell membrane coating as a platform nanotechnology for medicine

Cell membrane coating is a platform technology that presents a facile top-down method for designing nanocarriers with surfaces that directly replicate the highly complex functionalities necessary for…

Graphene assembled film shows higher thermal conductivity than graphite film

Researchers have developed a graphene assembled film that has over 60 percent higher thermal conductivity than graphite film - despite the fact that graphite simply consists of many layers of…

Adaptive 3D printing for the fabrication of multifunctional devices on moving freeform surfaces

Researchers report a new method for, termed adaptive 3D printing, for the fabrication of multifunctional devices on moving freeform surfaces.

Ratchet up the pressure: Molecular machine exploits motion in a single direction

Researchers invent ratchet-like molecular machine, where a chemical reaction is coupled with unidirectional movement, as a possible component for molecular motors.

Chameleon-inspired nanolaser changes colors

Novel device opens door for advances in flexible displays in smartphones and televisions.

Research yields discovery of 12-sided silica cages

Scientists report discovery of 10-nanometer, individual, self-assembled dodecahedral structures ?-12-sided silica cages that could have applications in mesoscale material assembly, as well as medical…

Interaction of paired and lined-up electrons can be manipulated in semiconductors

The way that electrons paired as composite particles or arranged in lines interact with each other within a semiconductor provides new design opportunities for electronics.

A lightweight carbon nanofiber-based collector for lithium anodes

Researchers report a lightweight, high nitrogen-doping level carbon nanofiber framework as the current collector for lithium metal anodes, which could restrain the dendrite growth and achieve the…

The deformation and mechanics of one-atom thin layer materials

Scientists present the latest theoretical advances in nanomechanics of graphene.

The synthetic techniques and applications of quantum dot - graphene composites

Recent research investigates the recent research progress on quantum dot - graphene composites with focus on their industrial preparation and commercial applications.

Chemical ‘caryatids’ improve the stability of metal-organic frameworks

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are porous materials that can change the way we capture carbon, filter water, and an array of other applications. Chemists have now found the link between mechanical…

Electron sandwich doubles thermoelectric performance

Researchers more than doubled the ability of a material to convert heat into electricity, which could help reduce the amount of wasted heat, and thus wasted fossil fuel, in daily activities and…

Photocatalysis: Importance of the aqueous interface

A multi-institutional team of experimentalists and theoreticians present a quantitative structural analysis of the interface between natural (reduced) anatase TiO2 and water.

The world’s first-ever graphene sports shoes

The shoe contains graphene-enhanced rubber outsoles for running and fitness shoes that in testing have outlasted 1,000  miles and are scientifically proven to be 50% harder wearing.

Not always bad - MXenes’ spontaneous oxidation harnessed to create 2-D nanocomposites

Researchers have discovered a new way to harness the potential of a type of spontaneously oxidized MXene thin films, to create nanocomposites that could sense both light and the environment.

The fingerprints of harmful molecules could be detected noninvasively via black silicon

A group of physicists experimentally confirmed that molecular fingerprints of toxic, explosive, polluting and other dangerous substances could be reliably detected and identified by surface-enhanced…

Futuristic data storage

The development of high-density data storage devices requires the highest possible density of elements in an array made up of individual nanomagnets. The closer they are together, the greater the…

An unlikely marriage among oxides

Researchers are looking for new materials with unusual properties that were so far not accessible in experiments. To do this, they connect partners who don’t really fit together: One partner forces…

Addressing the hazard potential of 2D nanomaterials

A new paper reviews the studies to date that have addressed the toxicity of 2D materials, particularly emphasizing the preparation methods and resulting physicochemical properties that dictate their…

Scientists make the first molecular movie of one of nature’s most widely used light sensors

The X-ray laser movie shows what happens when light hits retinal, a key part of vision in animals and photosynthesis in microbes. The action takes place in a trillionth of an eye blink.

Game-changing finding pushes 3D-printing to the molecular limit

New research proves that advanced materials containing molecules that switch states in response to environmental stimuli such as light can be fabricated using 3D printing.

These nanoscale ‘crack-junctions’ can speed up DNA sequencing

The time-consuming, expensive process of sequencing DNA molecules could become a whole lot faster and cheaper as a result of a new nanofabrication method that takes advantage of nano-sized air-gaps,…

A bit of quantum logic - What did the atom say to the quantum dot?

Scientists demonstrate coherent coupling between a quantum dot and a donor atom in silicon, vital for moving information inside quantum computers.

Can you see the invisible glass?

Creating nanotextured glass surfaces completely eliminates reflections of all colors of light, making the glass nearly invisible.

Ground-breaking discoveries could create superior alloys with many applications

Scientists hailed a major breakthrough in understanding how alloys behave at high temperatures, pointing the way to significant improvements in many technologies.

Nanocrystals impact stem cell fate during bone formation

Researchers have identified a master regulator for bone regeneration.

Carbon nanotube optics poised to provide pathway to optical-based quantum cryptography and quantum computing

Researchers are exploring the enhanced potential of carbon nanotubes as single-photon emitters for quantum information processing.

Scientists create continuously emitting microlasers with nanoparticle-coated beads

Team discovers right mix of nanocrystals and light to activate unique laser properties in 5-micron spheres.

Organic crystals twist, bend, and heal

Thermally twistable, photobendable, elastically deformable, and self-healable soft crystal gives a multifunctional, all-in-one material.

MXene’s tour de force

Since the discovery of a large new family of two-dimensional materials, continued exploration has revealed their exceptional ability to store energy, block electromagnetic interference, purify water…

Using gold nanoparticles to trigger sequential unfolding of 3-D structures

Scientists have developed a new technique that takes advantage of gold nanoparticles to trigger the sequential unfolding of three-dimensional structures using different wavelengths of light.

Physicists solve the mystery of vanishing particles in graphene

A team of scientists explained the paradoxical phenomenon of the mutual annihilation of particles and antiparticles in graphene. The theoretical justification for this process was until recently one…

Squeezing light at the nanoscale

Ultra-confined light could detect harmful molecules.

Scientists make an important step towards the control of excitonic effects in 2D van der Waals heterostructures

In the future, this research will help to create electronics with more controlled properties.

Harry Potter had magic - We have metamaterials

In the world of Harry Potter, invisibility cloaks are made from the hair of a magical creature called a Demiguise. In our world, they may one day be made from metamaterials.

Graphene makes its mark on gas separation

Researchers overcame the theoretical limiting performance of membranes in gas separation. This research has potential applications in hydrogen purification and carbon capture and storage.

Nanotechnology research charts the way to more reliable carbon-based microelectronics

A team of mechanical and materials engineers has devised a method for identifying performance variabilities in transistors made from carbon nanotube networks.

A sprinkle of platinum nanoparticles onto graphene makes brain probes more sensitive

Graphene electrodes could enable higher quality imaging of brain cell activity thanks to new research.

Sculpting with graphene foam

Research lab creates conductive 3D carbon blocks that can be shaped for applications.

Researchers discover gold nanoparticles in natural plant tissues

Scientists have identified and investigated the characteristics of gold nanoparticles in two plant species growing in their natural environments.

Realization of high-performance magnetic sensors due to magnetic vortex structures

Researchers have realized novel magnetic sensors that surpass conventional technologies in performance and accuracy.

Minimalist biostructures designed to create nanomaterials

Researchers have generated four peptides capable of self-assembling in a controlled manner to form nanomaterials.

Piezoelectric nanogenerators made from spider silk

Spider silk fibers show nature’s most outstanding mechanical properties, for example, excellent tensile strength and elasticity, and remarkable protein sequence structure. So far, it has remained…

Coral-shaped nanoparticles built by design using engineered peptoids

Scientists manipulate shapes while enhancing optical properties of nanoparticles.

Field-effect transistors made from solution-grown 2D tellurene

Researchers have discovered a two-dimensional nanomaterial derived from the rare element tellurium that may change how infrared technology is used in national defense tools, surveillance equipment,…

E- textiles control home appliances with the swipe of a finger (w/video)

Electronic textiles could allow a person to control household appliances or computers from a distance simply by touching a wristband or other item of clothing – something that could be particularly…

Tracking energy flow in large molecules

Scientists have developed a novel and unambiguous way to track energy flow in polyatomic molecules at ultrashort timescales.

Magnetic nanoparticles attached to polymers remove wine taints

Magnetic nanoparticles attached to polymers have been successfully used to target and remove unwanted flavour compounds from wine.

Flexible, implantable nutrient sensors based on metal-organic frameworks

Researchers have demonstrated materials and techniques to achieve highly sensitive flexible biosensors integrated with metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) - essentially inorganic?organic hybrids that…

Neurons communicate better with graphene carpets

Research reveals that graphene can strengthen neuronal activity, confirming the unique properties of this nanomaterial.

New optical sensor can determine if molecules are left or right ‘handed’

Scientists have designed a nanostructured optical sensor that for the first time can efficiently detect molecular chirality - a property of molecular spatial twist that defines its biochemical…

Eggshell membranes from bio waste could be harvesters for green energy

In new work, researchers explore inexpensive, biodegradable and daily-waste eggshell membrane as a novel bio-piezoelectric material for harvesting green energy. The uniqueness of our work lies in the…

Making quantum puddles

Physicists discover how to create the thinnest liquid films ever.

Nano-decorations in nature’s subsurface water filter

How grains of sediment capture - and release - impurities in water.

Scientists have a blast with aluminum nanoparticles

Scientists proved a decades-old prediction that mixing TNT and novel aluminum nanoparticles can significantly enhance energetic performance.

New graphene bolometer is faster, simpler, and covers more wavelengths

A better device for measuring electromagnetic radiation.

Designing a better superconductor with geometric frustration

Study shows a magnet-controlled ‘switch’ in superconductor configuration provides unprecedented flexibility in managing the location of vortex filaments, altering the properties of the superconductor…

Perovskite solar cell technology for exceptional light harvesting under indoor illumination

The exceptional performance under indoor lighting was achieved by incorporating new solution-processed SnO2/MgO composite electron transport layers between the perovskite semiconductor film and the…

A graphene nanocomposite turbocharge for lithium batteries

A team of material researchers has succeeded in producing a composite material that is particularly suited for electrodes in lithium batteries. The nanocomposite material might help to significantly…

Solar cells combining silicon with perovskite have achieved record efficiency of 25.2 percent

Researchers have combined silicon- and perovskite-based solar cells. The resulting efficiency of 25.2 percent is a record for this type of tandem cell. Their innovative yet simple manufacturing…

Quantum LEGO: building ultracold molecules

If a coupling mechanism between the atom pair and the molecule exists, one can create a situation in which atom pairs ?resonate? with molecules, thereby clicking together and forming the desired end…

MOF material offers selective, reversible and repeatable capture of toxic atmospheric gas

An international team of scientists has developed a metal-organic framework material (MOF) that exhibits a selective, fully reversible and repeatable capability to remove nitrogen dioxide gas from…

Tiny defects in semiconductors create ‘speed bumps’ for electrons

New technique could improve electronics? energy efficiency by removing the microscopic flaws usually formed during manufacturing.

Ice on the spin liquid

Scientists report on the coexistence of liquid and frozen states of electron spins in a magnetic compound under pressure.

Non-crystal clarity: Scientists find ordered magnetic patterns in disordered magnetic material

Study relies on high-resolution microscopy techniques to confirm nanoscale magnetic features.

Physicists create new class of 2D artificial materials

International team verifies 53-year-old theory on ferroelectric metals; findings could spawn a new generation of multi-functional devices and applications.

A new way to measure energy in microscopic machines

New technique enables analysis of how living systems work at small scales.

Electrons take one step forward without two steps back

Scientists use molecular dipoles to accelerate electron transfer in one direction and completely suppress it in the other. This ‘holy grail’ of energy science could hasten the design of new and…

Scientist examines radiation damage in nanostructured materials

An engineering professor examined the potential use of various materials in nuclear reactors in an extensive review article.

Silicon provides means to control quantum bits for faster algorithms

Quantum bits are now easier to manipulate for devices in quantum computing, thanks to enhanced spin-orbit interaction in silicon.

Nano-Saturn

Supramolecular complex formation: Anthracene macrocycle and C60 fullerene.

Nanotechnology sensor turns molecular fingerprints into bar codes

A new sensor system can detect and analyze molecules with very high precision and without needing bulky equipment. It opens the door to large-scale, image-based detection of materials aided by…

Scientists go deep to quantify perovskite properties

Project to study excitons important to next-generation electronics.

Researchers discover an innovative way to manipulate light in silicon

By demonstrating a new type of laser that amplifies light with sound waves in a silicon chip, the team’s research represents a significant advance in the field of silicon photonics.

Light-bending nano-patterns for LEDs

Direct nanoscale patterning of LED surfaces brings new possibilities for the control of light.

Photonics - Getting into the groove

Light focused into nano-grooves in a gold film bonded to an atomically thin crystal flake produces a remarkable frequency doubling effect.

Porous silica protects nickel nanoparticle catalyst

Nanoparticles avoid deactivation and convert biomass-derived gas into methane.

New approach to generating ultrashort laser pulses

Extremely short mid-infrared laser pulses will help scientists explore ultrafast processes in atoms.

Self-propelled droplets can act as programmable micro-carriers

Researchers have shown in a model system that small emulsion droplets can be used as smart carriers. They have developed a method for producing self-propelled liquid droplets capable of providing…

Double-layered porous nanotubes with spatially separated photoredox surfaces

A recent study reveals that double-layered porous nanotubes with spatially separated photoredox surfaces that were synthesized by self-template strategy showed enhanced photocatalytic activity toward…

Surface science: Does nanoconfinement affect the interaction between two materials placed in contact?

A reserach team shows that it is possible to estimate how nanoconfinement affects the number of contacts formed by two materials placed in intimate contact and, hence, the interfacial interactions….

Transparent, conductive films promising for developing flexible screens

Researchers demonstrate silver-based electrode films that could be used for flexible touch displays, televisions and solar cells.

Breakthrough could jumpstart further miniaturization of transistors

Quantum interference may be key to smaller insulators.

Spherical particles in nanoscopes ensure better visualization of materials not transmitting light

Scientists have proposed a method to improve the resolution of optical microscopes operating in the reflection mode, i.e. visualizing materials not transmitting light.

Density gradient ultracentrifugation for colloidal nanostructures separation and investigation

A recent review paper systemtatically introduce the classification, mechanism and applications of density gradient ultracentrifugation with various separation examples, demonstrating the versatility…

Nanotechnology for plant nutrition

Using a nanometric transport platform on plants that was previously utilized for targeted drug delivery, researchers increased the penetration rate of nutrients into the plants, from 1% to…

Study illuminates how quantum magnets mimic light

Scientists have turned an abstract theory about the quantum properties of magnets into a testable hypothesis about a new kind of light.

Fungi-produced pigment shows promise as semiconductor material

Researchers are looking at a highly durable organic pigment, used by humans in artwork for hundreds of years, as a promising possibility as a semiconductor material.

Physicists devise method to reveal how light affects materials

The new method adds to the understanding of the fundamental laws governing the interaction of electrons and light.

Unzipping graphene nanotubes into nanoribbons

New study shows elegant mathematical solution to understand how the flow of electrons changes when carbon nanotubes turn into zigzag nanoribbons.

Making composite material smart with precious metal

How gold-doped polymer brushes become pH-sensitive.

Harnessing silicon nanoparticles to fight infections

Scientists discovered the first example of an effective gene therapeutic against lethal bacterial infections using a nanotherapeutic to deliver short interfering RNA (siRNA) that targets immune…

Ocean carbon imaged on the atomic scale

Researchers have imaged the molecules present in oceanic dissolved organic carbon. This method allows marine scientists to look at the structure of individual molecules in deep ocean basins to gain a…

Golden nanoglue for 2D materials

Researchers have developed a nanojunction, joining one of the most promising novel 2D materials, molybdenum disulfide, with nickel.

Scientists create new functionality in a spin Esaki diode

Magnetoconductance controlled by spin-dependent band engineering.

Mechanotargeting of cancer cells

Diseased cells such as metastatic cancer cells have markedly different mechanical properties that can be used to improve targeted drug uptake.

A non-negligible role of supports in atomically dispersed catalysts direct involvement in catalysis

A recent study revealed that, besides serving as ligands to stabilize single-metal atoms, support also provide metal atoms that are vicinal to catalytic metal atoms and can directly participate in…

Designer materials with completely random structures might enable quantum computing

Topological randomness may be the answer for lossless electronics and making the nuts and bolts of quantum computers.

Capturing light in a waveguide array

Confined, insensitive light could improve lasers, solar cells.

AI-based method could speed development of specialized nanoparticles

Neural network could expedite complex physics simulations.

Researchers devise new way to make light interact with matter

Reducing the wavelength of light could allow it to be absorbed or emitted by a semiconductor, study suggests.

New nanoparticles help to detect serious scarring of wounds

Scientists have developed a new way of seeing when heavy wound scars are forming, and providing doctors the chance to intervene.

Beyond conventional solution-processes for 2-D heterostructure

Researchers have demonstrated a facile wet-chemical method to directly grow organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite nanocrystals on surfaces of dispersible MoS2 nanosheets.

Resolving molecule information in dynamic lipid membrane with metasurfaces

Researchers introduce a mid-infrared biosensor based on a novel multi-resonant metasurface, which, for the first time, is able to distinguish multiple analytes in heterogeneous biological samples non…

Using nanoscale holes in graphene to separate air

Nanoscale holes in graphene can selectively choose which type of air molecules can pass through.

Peering at atomic structures with no more than pencil and paper

Who would guess that cracking the mystery of how infinitesimally small atoms arrange themselves at the edges of crystals in advanced materials could be as simple as one, two, three?

Novel insulators with conducting edges

Theoretical physicists have now predicted a new class of topological insulators that have conducting properties on the edges of crystals rather than on their surface.

Potential nanotechnology applications in combating opioid drug abuse

Drug abuse and dependence/addiction are complex disorders that are regulated by a wide range of interacting networks of genes and pathways that control a variety of phenotypes. Therefore, both…

Breakthrough in controlling DNA-based robots

Researchers use magnets to move tiny nano-devices faster than ever before.

Atomically thin nanowires convert heat to electricity more efficiently

Atomically thin nanowires conduct less heat and more electricity at the same time, yielding unprecedented conversion efficiency in comparison to the same bulk material.

Elon Musk says nanotechnology is ‘BS’ - here’s how it’s already changing the world

It appears there is a size limit to Musk’s technophilia. He recently tweeted that he thinks nanotechnology is ‘BS’.

Why nanotechnology is more than just a buzzword

What does the word ‘nanotechnology’ conjure up for you?

Photoexcited graphene puzzle solved

A boost for graphene-based light detectors.

Direct visualization of dynamic structures of protein disaggregation molecular machines

ClpB, an ATP-fueled protein molecular machine, disentangles and reactivates aggregated proteins. By using high-speed atomic force microscopy, conformational dynamics of ClpB was visualized for the…

Scientists develop material that could regenerate dental enamel

Researchers have developed a new way to grow mineralised materials which could regenerate hard tissues such as dental enamel and bone.

From face recognition to phase recognition

Neural network captures atomic-scale rearrangements.

New Miniature Hexapod for Photonics Alignment provides Dynamics and Precision, and Automated Alignment Algorithms

Engineered by PI for high duty cycle applications, this new hexapod comes with a removable magnetic plate for fiber optic component holders and adapters.

Less is more when it comes to predicting molecules’ conductivity

Scientists’ model predicts more accurately by using two-electron interactions.

The straight path to absolute darkness

Scientists have obtained new insights in the control of light by nanostructures. They discovered for the first time ever how the amount of omnipresent light noise depends on the size of any…

Microfluidics meets silver nanowires: transparent and flexible circuits with ultra precise pattern control

Researchers have developed a new process for completely transparent and flexible circuits of any patterns as one wishes. The circuit patterns are created via the well-developed microfluidic…

Cell-like nanorobots clear bacteria and toxins from blood

Engineers have developed tiny ultrasound-powered robots that can swim through blood, removing harmful bacteria along with the toxins they produce. These proof-of-concept nanorobots could one day…

How to draw a line narrower than a cold virus

Scientists use ion beams to write high-purity metal structures, enabling nanofabrication opportunities.

Building nanomaterials for next-generation computing

Scientists recently developed a blueprint to fabricate new nanoheterostructures using 2-D materials.

A splash of detergent makes catalytic compounds more powerful

Instead of washing dishes, researchers put detergent to work molding nanoparticles into precise shapes to vastly improve their potency.

Turning hair into a biomedical nanomaterial

Scientists have discovered that the hierarchical micro- and nanostructures of human hair can be turned into hierarchical micro- and nanoparticles with a simple top-down procedure and be used as a…

Insulator-metal transition at the nanoscale

By looking at the material with 50 nm resolution, the scientists were able to observe that defects in the material played an important role in initiating the phase transition from the insulator to…

Study shows ceramics can deform like metals if sintered under an electric field

Researchers have observed a way that the brittle nature of ceramics can be overcome as they sustain heavy loads, leading to more resilient structures such as aircraft engine blade coatings and dental…

Engineers design color-changing compression bandage

Bandage is threaded with photonic fibers that change color to signal pressure level.

Plastic crystals hold key to record-breaking energy transport

Scientists have found a way to create plastic semiconductor nanostructures that absorb light and transport its energy 20 times further than has been previously observed, paving the way for more…

‘Smart’ material enables novel applications in autonomous driving and robotics

New research has shown the potential of liquid crystal shells as enabling material for a vast array of future applications, ranging from autonomous driving to anti-counterfeiting technology and a new…

Nanotube analysis system is able to identify pollutants from cosmetics in seawater

Researchers have designed a method that detects the presence of pollutants in seawater in a faster and more efficient way and also at very low concentrations.

Nanoparticle combination pack battles cancer

Nanoparticles with multifunctional drug precursor for synergistic tumor therapy.

Researchers predict materials to stabilize record-high capacity lithium-ion battery

Advancement could pave the way for less expensive, longer-lasting batteries for electric vehicles.

Better, faster, stronger: Building batteries that don’t go boom

Understanding how lithium reacts to pressure developed from charging and discharging a battery could mean safer, better batteries.

Researchers use silicon nanoparticles for bioimaging and drug delivery

An international research team has studied a new cell visualisation and drug delivery system based on nanoparticles coated with luminescent dye molecules.

Water is not the same as water

Water molecules exist in two different forms with almost identical physical properties. For the first time, researchers have succeeded in separating the two forms to show that they can exhibit…

Graphene layered with magnetic materials could drive ultrathin spintronics

Measurements reveal exotic spin properties that could drive new form of data storage.

Switched on: a breakthrough for spintronics

Scientists have discovered a switch to control the spin current, a mechanism needed for information processing with full spin-based devices.

How to code a functional molecular machine?

An international team has developed a model that simulates protein evolution. Starting from stiff, unfunctional proteins, the computer model shows how evolving protein components can work together to…

Simultaneous monitoring of surfaces and protein distribution in cells

The combination of two high-resolution methods produces new insights into the cells? mode of operation.

Deciphering the language of cells with a nanophotonic biosensor

Researchers have developed an innovative label-free method for studying the behavior of single cells continuously and in real time. By placing a cell in a small chamber containing nanosensors and…

Novel method to fabricate nanoribbons from speeding nano droplets

An international team of researchers has discovered a novel method for the synthesis of ultrathin semiconductors. This is a unique growth mechanism, which yielded nanoscopic semiconductor ribbons…

Researchers introduce novel method to grow elastic diamonds

A study has unveiled that brittle diamonds can be bent and stretched elastically when made into ultrafine needles.

Shine bright like a nanoaggregate

Highly luminescent inks made from copper-iodine hybrid clusters with aggregation-induced emission.

An elastic fiber filled with electrodes set to revolutionize smart clothes

The fibers can detect even the slightest pressure and strain and can withstand deformation of close to 500% before recovering their initial shape.

Transparent graphene implant for deep brain imaging and optogenetics

Although advances in optical technologies such as multi-photon microscopy and optogenetics have revolutionized researchers’ ability to record and manipulate neuronal activity, integration of optical…

Rare element to provide better material for high-speed electronics

Researchers have discovered a new two-dimensional material, derived from the rare element tellurium, to make transistors that carry a current better throughout a computer chip.

Battling brain cancer with nanotechnology

Nanoparticles carrying two drugs can cross the blood-brain barrier and shrink glioblastoma tumors.

Microscopy advance reveals unexpected role for water in energy storage material

A material with atomically thin layers of water holds promise for energy storage technologies, and researchers have now discovered that the water is performing a different role than anyone…

Wood to supercapacitors

Sustainable highly conductive electrode materials from ultrathin carbon nanofiber aerogels derived from nanofibrillated cellulose.

Bruker Surface Days

Bruker Nano Surfaces in cooperation with the Institute for Applied Laser Technique and Photonics (Hochschule Aschaffenburg) invite you to their Workshop about today’s surface analysis, tribology and…

A thermal diode based on nanoscale thermal radiation

Researchers explore rectification in the near-field, where heat fluxes are much larger than those in the far-field and can exceed the blackbody limit of far-field thermal radiation, and demonstrate…

Antiferromagnetic materials allow for processing at terahertz speeds

Increased data volume and writing speed in a new antiferromagnetic-based memory.

Could a particle accelerator using laser-driven implosion become a reality?

Scientists have discovered a novel particle acceleration mechanism called ‘Micro-bubble implosion,’ in which super-high energy hydrogen ions (relativistic protons) are emitted at the moment when…

Recombinant E. coli as a biofactory for the biosynthesis of diverse nanomaterials

A metabolic research group has developed a recombinant E. coli strain that biosynthesizes 60 different nanomaterials covering 35 elements on the periodic table.

Scientists crack code to cheap, small carbon nanotubes

Imagine a box you plug into the wall that cleans your toxic air and pays you cash. That’s essentially what researchers produced after discovering the blueprint for turning the carbon dioxide into…

Switching with molecules

Molecular switch will facilitate the development of pioneering electro-optical devices.

Silicon breakthrough could make key microwave technology much cheaper and better

Researchers using powerful supercomputers have found a way to generate microwaves with inexpensive silicon, a breakthrough that could dramatically cut costs and improve devices such as sensors in…

Electron tomography technique leads to 3-D reconstructions at the nanoscale

A new transmission electron microscopy technique determines three-dimensional position of individual atoms.

Universal pH regulated assembly of DNA nanostructures

Scientists have introduced a new strategy for control through altering pH value. It is based on ethylenediamine, which only supports the assembly of DNA components in a neutral to acidic environment…

Supertetrahedra Lego for future batteries

New sodium-based all-solid-state batteries could enable future energy storage devices using only the easy-to-access, cheap and earth abundant elements sodium, silicon and phosphorous (Na, Si and P)….

Researchers squeeze light into nanoscale devices and circuits

Team is first to directly image propagation and dynamics of graphene plasmons at very low temperatures; findings could impact optical communications and signal processing.

Change the face of nanoparticles and you’ll rule chemistry

Depending on the lighting, the surface of appropriately crafted nanoparticles can change its topography. Researchers have shown that the molecular mechanism they have designed makes it possible, by…

Preserving a painter’s legacy with nanomaterials

In an effort to combat the aging process of paintings, researchers are reporting that nanomaterials can provide multiple layers of reinforcement.

Beyond the limits of conventional electronics: stable organic molecular nanowires

Researchers have created the first thermally stable organic molecular nanowire devices using a single 4.5-nm-long molecule placed inside electroless gold-plated nanogap electrodes.

Strain directs spin waves

The relationship between magnetoelastic anisotropy and propagation properties of forward volume spin waves in single-crystalline yttrium iron garnet films grown on three garnet substrates was…

Atomic-scale manufacturing now a reality

Scientists have applied a machine learning technique using artificial intelligence to perfect and automate atomic-scale manufacturing, something which has never been done before.

A chip-scale broadband optical system that can sense molecules in the mid-infrared

This novel system could lead to a spectroscopy lab-on-a-chip for real-time sensing in the microseconds.

Research reveals how order first appears in liquid crystals

Chemists have shown a technique that can identify regions in a liquid crystal system where molecular order begins to emerge just before the system fully transitions from disordered to ordered states…

Understanding the generation of light-induced electrical current in atomically thin nanomaterials

Scientists demonstrated that scanning photocurrent microscopy could provide the optoelectronic information needed to improve the performance of devices for power generation, communications, data…

Inorganic material database ‘AtomWork-Adv’ made available to the public

AtomWork-Adv markedly improves upon the amount of data available and the usability of the current web-based AtomWork database.

Moisture-powered electronics

Very different from piezoelectric and other energy harvesting technologies, new research shows that water vapor or moisture expand the range of natural phenomena that can be used to generate electric…

Scientists put the optical microscope under the microscope to achieve atomic accuracy

New research developments enable optical microscopes to measure these nanometer-scale details with a new level of accuracy.

Using 3D X-rays to measure particle movement inside lithium ion batteries

Researchers applied a technique using 3D X-ray tomography of an electrode to better understand what is happening on the inside of a lithium ion battery and ultimately build batteries with more…

Mimicking biology to shape nanomaterials

Researchers utilize cellular proteins to shape silver nanoplates, suggesting an efficient strategy for controlling the nanostructure of inorganic materials.

Tunable diamond string may hold key to quantum memory

A process similar to guitar tuning improves storage time of quantum memory.

Magnesium magnificent for plasmonic applications

Researchers have synthesized and isolated plasmonic magnesium nanoparticles that show all the promise of their gold, silver and aluminum cousins with none of the drawbacks.

Remote control of transport through nanopores

New study outlines key factors affecting the transfer of molecules through biological channels.

Nanotechnology food packaging releases preservatives on demand

Researchers demonstrate fruit preservative delivery from a nanocomposite packing in response to the signal from the fruit stimuli.

One-way roads for spin currents

Researchers have shown a completely new approach to controlling spin currents based on strong spin-spin interactions, which results in diodes for spin current with a giant rectification.

Nature-inspired nanotechnology: skin-mimicking sensors

Mimicking the exciting skin structure and function, researchers have designed hierarchical nanoporous and interlocked micro ridge structured polymers with gradient stiffness. The gradient elastic…

Nanovalves for nanoparticles

Newly-developed nanovalves allow the flow of individual nanoparticles in liquids to be controlled in tiny channels. This is of interest for lab-on-a-chip applications such as in materials science and…

Injectable nanoengineered bandage targets fatal internal bleeding

Self-administered hydrogel designed to stem fatal blood loss, activate wound healing process.

Leveraging imperfections to create better-behaved quantum dots

Potentially paving the way toward advanced computers, lasers or optical devices, researchers have revealed new effects in tiny electronic devices called quantum dots.

Quantum dot technique can track drug and gene delivery to cells

The new tracking technique uses single-molecule imaging, which allows to observe individual molecules over time, and quantum dots, which act like tiny beacons inside cells.

Versatile nanospheres

Researchers build artificial cellular compartments as molecular workshops.

Nanoparticles could offer a new way to help eradicate polio

The vaccine, which delivers multiple doses in just one injection, could make it easier to immunize children in remote regions of Pakistan and other countries where the disease is still found.

A better way to control crystal vibrations

Researchers have shown that by swapping out just a small fraction of a material’s atoms with atoms of a different element, they can control the speed and frequencies of these vibrations.

Graphene paves the way to faster high-speed optical communications

Researchers created a technology that could lead to new devices for faster, more reliable ultra-broad bandwidth transfers.

Discovery for grouping atoms invokes Pasteur

A new dimension in chemistry could herald new materials, drugs, computers.

Observing cellular activity, one molecule at a time

Using a new mode of atomic force microscopy, researchers have found a way to see and measure protein assembly in real time and with unprecedented detail.

Framework diversity of carbon nitrides offers rich platform for single atom catalysis

Scientists demonstrate broad scope of carbon nitrides as single atom hosts.

New technique reveals 3D shape of nanostructure’s polariton interaction

New method improves upon common spectroscopic imaging technique: scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM), makes it possible to obtain polaritonic, mechanical and electrical…

New nano building block takes a bow

Researchers enhance boron nitride nanotubes for next-gen composites.

Alchemists of the cell environment

Scientists create gold catalysts capable of working as artificial enzymes inside living cells, thus triggering chemical reactions which do not exist in nature.

Nanoparticles derived from tea leaves destroy lung cancer cells

New research shows that nanoparticles derived from tea leaves inhibit the growth of lung cancer cells, destroying up to 80% of them.

Diamond ‘spin-off’ tech could lead to low-cost medical imaging and drug discovery tools

Researchers exploit tiny defects in diamonds to pave the way for enhanced biological imaging and drug studies.

A soft solution to the hard problem of energy storage

It’s great in the lab, but will it actually work? That’s the million-dollar question perpetually leveled at engineering researchers. For a family of layered nanomaterials that answer is now, yes….

Nanorobotic assembly of the world’s smallest house

Nanorobotics team demonstrates their new capability to manufacture optical nanotechnologies.

Simplifying skin disease diagnosis with topical nanotechnology

Researchers share more insight into their unique method for skin disease diagnosis using NanoFlare nanotechnology.

Self-illuminating pixels for a new display generation

Flexible display technology with quantum dots.

Designing safer metal oxide nanoparticles

Significant bioaccumulation of nanomaterials in the liver via inadvertent or systemic exposure, as well as the lack of a mechanistic knowledge that describes the hazard potential of metal oxide…

Can a quantum drum vibrate and stand still at the same time?

A team of researchers have made a key step towards understanding the boundary between the quantum world and our everyday classical world.

Researchers mimic comet moth’s silk fibers to make ‘air-conditioned’ fabric

In exploring the optical properties of the Madagascar comet moth’s cocoon fibers, a research team discovers the fibers’ exceptional capabilities to reflect sunlight and to transmit optical signals…

Molecules’ movements through membrane present new puzzle

A research team investigating how drug molecules in a solution travel through a nanofluidic membrane found that the molecules and membrane do not interact as expected.

Supersonic waves may help electronics beat the heat

Researchers made the first observations of waves of atomic rearrangements, known as phasons, propagating supersonically through a vibrating crystal lattice - a discovery that may dramatically improve…

Self-assembling 3D battery would charge in seconds

Instead of having the batteries’ anode and cathode on either side of a nonconducting separator, researchers intertwine the components in a self-assembling, 3D gyroidal structure, with thousands of…

New blood test rapidly detects signs of pancreatic cancer

The test, which is at the proof-of-concept stage, can rapidly screen a drop of blood for biomarkers of pancreatic cancer. It can provide results in less than an hour.

New concept for structural colors

Researchers have developed a novel concept that enables colorants which are based on non-toxic materials, which further do not bleach in the sunlight and which do not lose their appearance under high…

For Industrial Use: New High Performance High Load Linear Stages Family, Ballscrew/Linear Options

Compared to the competition, these PI-engineered stages offer higher load capacity, allowing for higher dynamics, often required by industrial applications.

Flexible, highly efficient multimodal energy harvesting

A piezoelectric ceramic foam supported by a flexible polymer support provides a 10-fold increase in the ability to harvest mechanical and thermal energy over standard piezo composites.

Metallic drivers of Alzheimer’s disease

The detection of iron and calcium compounds in amyloid plaque cores.

Discovery will impact design of drug delivery systems at the molecular level

Scientists have made a discovery that will impact the design of not only drug delivery systems, but also the development of newer applications in water filtration and energy production.

Glassomer: Processing glass like a polymer

Pure quartz glass is highly transparent and resistant to thermal, physical, and chemical impacts. These are optimum prerequisites for use in optics, data technology or medical engineering. Materials…

Innovative light-delivery technique improves biosensors

New approach improves practicality of high-sensitivity sensors for cancer, other diseases.

Recent developments to control the location, composition, shape, and structure of encapsulated metal nanostructures

A research team reports the ability to stabilize different metallic nanostructures by encapsulating them in porous monocrystalline materials.

Oscillating nanophase magnetite controls ice nucleation

Researchers report that magnetite nanoparticles, which are mechanically rotated by external oscillating magnetic fields, could disturb the water/crystal interface and promote supercooling during the…

Functional films made of environmentally friendly clay minerals and dyes

Transparent hybrid film that changes color with humidity via a novel mechanism.

Researchers control the properties of graphene transistors using pressure

Researchers have developed a technique to manipulate the electrical conductivity of graphene with compression, bringing the material one step closer to being a viable semiconductor for use in today’s…

New device could increase battery life of electronics by a hundred-fold

A group of physicists has developed a magnetic material that employs a unique structure - a honeycomb lattice that exhibits distinctive electronic properties.

An electronic rescue dog

Scientists have developed small and extremely sensitive gas sensors for acetone, ammonia, and isoprene - all metabolic products that we emit in low concentrations via our breath or skin. They…

World’s strongest bio-material outperforms steel and spider silk

Novel method transfers superior nanoscale mechanics to macroscopic fibers.

Tiny shapeshifters

Chemists embark on a project to ultimately produce devices that operate mechanically on direct exposure to light.

Processes in the atomic microcosmos are revealed

Physicists generate attosecond electron pulses with laser light.

Making carbon nanotubes as usable as common plastics

Cresols disperse carbon nanotubes at unprecedentedly high concentrations.

Accumulating over time, even low concentrations of nanosilver can foil wastewater treatment

Research has shed new light on how an increasingly common consumer product component - silver nanoparticles - can potentially interfere with the treatment of wastewater.

Team achieves two-electron chemical reactions using light energy, gold

Scientists are one step closer to building a carbon-recycling system that can harvest solar energy to efficiently convert CO2 and water into liquid fuels. By optimizing many parts of the system, the…

A new method for studying semiconductor nanoparticles has been tested

Researchers have applied a new method to study nanoparticles made of cadmium telluride. They used a peculiar feature of this compound: its interaction with light differs depending on the magnetic…

Flowing cells in a wavy microchannel for effective size-based cell sorting

Researchers have developed a precise microscale manipulation method by rapidly flowing cell suspensions through a specially designed microchannel. This novel microfluidic device enables high-…

Hanging by a nanowhisker

Nanoscale imaging techniques reveal factors that could short out next-generation lithium batteries.

High-sensitivity microsensors on the horizon

Researchers realize design breakthrough that will Improve data gathering from hard-to-monitor environments.

Huge ‘thermometer’ takes temperatures of tiny samples

New spectroscopic technique measures heat in itty-bitty volumes that could reveal insights for electronics and energy technology.

Targeting cancer cells with sugars

Researchers are developing stable and targeted nanocarrier formulations and alternative administration routes. One approach is the targeting of specific sugar receptors expressed on several cancer…

Precise control of bulk, multi-component nanostructures

Researchers have devised a new strategy, depicted here, that allows them to precisely design and construct bulk, multi-component nanomaterials with more complexity beyond previously reported methods…

Scientists discover how a pinch of salt can improve battery performance

Scientists have discovered how a pinch of salt can be used to drastically improve the performance of batteries.

Elastic microspheres expand understanding of embryonic development and cancer cells

A new technique that uses tiny elastic balls filled with fluorescent nanoparticles aims to expand the understanding of the mechanical forces that exist between cells.

Mini tractor beams help arrange artificial cells into tissue structures

Researchers have used lasers to connect, arrange and merge artificial cells, paving the way for networks of artificial cells that act like tissues.

A micro-thermometer to record tiny temperature changes

This new device can be used to explore heat transport on the micro- and nano-scales, and in optical microscopy and synchrotron radiation experiments.

Nano-ribbons from speeding nano-droplets

Scientists have discovered a unique growth mechanism to produce atomically thin semiconductor ribbons that can serve as a building block for high-performance nanoelectronic devices.

Microscale IR spectroscopy enabled by phase change materials and metasurfaces

Researchers have demonstrated that tuneable phase change materials can be used to tune the response of microscale infrared transmissive ‘metasurface’ filters which can be tuned across the broad band…

Strain improves performance of atomically thin semiconductor material

Researchers significantly improved the performance of an atomically thin semiconductor material by stretching it, an accomplishment that could prove beneficial to engineers designing the next…

The photoexcited graphene puzzle solved

A boost for graphene-based light detectors.

Tiny spiders, big color

Study reveals how tiny Madagascar spiders retain their color over decades.

A full gamut of colors in all-dielectric, cheap, and large-scale artificial butterfly wings

Most approaches to making artificial structural colors rely on low-throughput fabrication techniques, use expensive noble metal materials, and are limited to microscopic footprints. To address these…

Researchers offer new technology for liquid-crystal displays

An international research team has proposed a new method for orienting liquid crystals. It could be used to increase the viewing angle of liquid-crystal displays.

Moore’s Law extended with the use of light

Chemists create faster and more efficient way to process information .

Dynamical Casimir effect within reach of optomechanics

Mirrors vibrating at very high frequencies could create photons from nothing.

Nanodiamonds are forever

Say goodbye to the slogan ‘diamonds are forever’. For industries that use dry lubricant, the up-and-coming phrase is more likely to be ‘broken nanodiamonds are forever’.

NASA eyes versatile carbon-nanotube technology for spaceflight applications

An ultra-dark coating comprised of nearly invisible shag rug-like strands made of pure carbon is proving to be highly versatile for all types of spaceflight applications.

Chemists develop molecular switch for on-demand cargo release

Chemists find a molecular switch such that two compounds that would readily react with each other can be in the same solution, separated by a very thin membrane and kept from reacting with each other…

Bubbly graphene: How cool or hot are you?

In a perfect match between theory and experiments, scientists predict, measure and control the temperature of large graphene bubbles with a single laser beam.

Elucidation of vibration energy of a single molecule in an external force field

The vibration of a molecule on a surface contains critical information on the molecule-surface interaction, crucial for understanding surface phenomena and for important processes like catalysis….

Liquid crystals self-regulate the release of drugs in precise, repeating doses with simple nudge from their environment

Researchers have developed liquid crystal films and droplets that can hold a wide range of micro-cargo until their release is cued by body heat or a beam of light or even the wake of swimming…

Microwaved plastic increases lithium-sulfur battery life span

Engineers have figured out a way to tackle plastic landfills while also improving batteries - by putting ink-free plastic soaked in sulfur-containing solvent into a microwave, and then into batteries…

Method assembles cellulose nanofibres into a material stronger than spider silk

Researchers have produced a bio-based material that is reported to surpass the strength of all known bio-based materials whether fabricated or natural, including wood and spider silk.

Visualization of molecular soccer balls

A research team images single doped fullerene molecules using scanning tunneling microscopy.

A new generation of graphene incorporates ‘separators’

The separator molecules are designed to separate graphene flakes without degrading their properties, so as to have control over the material.

Light-induced superconductivity under high pressure

Scientists investigated optically-induced superconductivity in the alkali-doped fulleride K3C60under high external pressures.

Graphene and X-ray laser open new view on Alzheimer’s proteins

Graphene enables structural analysis of naturally occurring amyloids.

Studying strain effects in 2D materials using Kelvin Probe Microcopy

At the nanoscale, materials become exceedingly sensitive to external perturbations. This is quite a relevant factor for wearable and flexible applications, where materials would always bear a certain…

Engineers studying nanodefects suspected of causing early failures of electrical materials

Scientists are working to understand how those nanoscale defects, when subject to extreme electric fields, evolve into material failures. Those failures turn insulators, which do not conduct…

Polarized light: A simple route to highly chiral materials

Researchers have successfully created chiral nanostructures from particles of gold. The trick was to use circularly polarized light to generate electric fields, which localize differently depending…

High-performance graphene sheets for engineering high-tech materials

Today, the common engineering solution to manufacture carbon fiber reinforced plastic composite materials is based on cross-plied carbon fibers in a polymer resin requiring high temperature cure. In…

Unexpected behaviour of atom clouds challenges existing theories

Experiments with ultra-cold atoms have shown surprising results: coupled atom clouds synchronize within milliseconds. This effect cannot be explained by standard theories.

Scientists make strong, super-tough carbon sheets at low temperature

An international research team has developed high-strength, super-tough sheets of carbon that can be inexpensively fabricated at low temperatures.

Transistor fabrication onto curved surface means turn toward better diabetes therapy

The nanotechnology advance is a key step toward an artificial pancreas: a catheter that can detect blood sugar levels and transmit the info to a wearable, computerized insulin pump.

Hematene joins parade of new 2D materials

In the wake of its recent discovery of a flat form of gallium, an international team has created another two-dimensional material that the researchers said could be a game changer for solar fuel…

The apparent inner calm of quantum materials

Physicists have confirmed a theory on topological phase transitions, a field of research initiated by the 2016 Nobel Prize-winners in physics.

Wrap an electrode material for Li-ion battery into the inner spacing of carbon nanotube

Electrochemical characterization of a high capacitive electrode for lithium ion batteries using phosphorus-encapsulated carbon nanotubes.

Built for speed: DNA nanomachines take a (rapid) step forward

In a new study, researchers describe an innovative DNA walker, capable of rapidly traversing a prepared track. Rather than slow, tentative steps across a surface, the DNA acrobat cartwheels head over…

Chemists develop improved method to create artificial photosynthesis

A team of chemistry and chemical engineering researchers has developed a method of creating materials for artificial photosynthesis that is more efficient and cost-effective than current methods….

A smart skin for marine biology research

Frequently, research by marine biologists depends on weighty and invasive sensory and telemetry equipment to understand and assess various aspects of the marine ecosystem. Researchers generally…

Nanoscale measurements 100x more precise, thanks to improved two-photon technique

The precision of measuring nanoscopic structures could be substantially improved, thanks to research into optical sensing.

Engineered polymer membranes could be new option for water treatment

Chemical and biomolecular engineers studied self-assembled block polymer membranes, which allow for both customizable and uniform pore sizes, as a platform for water treatment systems.

Making new layered superconductors using high entropy alloys

Promising strategy for creating state-of-the-art layered superconductors.

All-natural nanobiotechnology instead of synthetic agrochemicals

Widespread use of synthetic agrochemicals in crop protection has led to serious concerns of environmental contamination and increased resistance in plant-based pathogenic microbes. In an effort to…

Atomically thin magnetic device could lead to new memory technologies

Researchers have encoded information using magnets that are just a few layers of atoms in thickness. This breakthrough may revolutionize both cloud computing technologies and consumer electronics by…

A designer’s toolkit for constructing complex nanoparticles

A team of chemists has developed a designer’s toolkit that lets them build various levels of complexity into nanoparticles using a simple, mix-and-match process.

Harvesting clean hydrogen fuel through artificial photosynthesis

A new, stable artificial photosynthesis device doubles the efficiency of harnessing sunlight to break apart both fresh and salt water, generating hydrogen that can then be used in fuel cells.

Mining for nanogold with a computer

Engineers report important new insights into nanoporous gold–a material with growing applications in several areas, including energy storage and biomedical devices–all without stepping into a lab…

Morphing twisted nanoscale objects to tailor applications in future technologies

For the first time scientists have created a way to model the interaction between light and twisted molecules, as these molecules transition from left- to right-handed versions.

Picking one photon out of the flow

Researchers have discovered a way to subtract a single quantum of light from a laser beam.

Long-distance relationships of particles: Electron-hole pairs in two-dimensional crystals

Scientists reveal the nature of optical excitations in two-dimensional crystals within an international collaboration.

Cell membrane inspires new ultrathin electronic film

Researchers have developed a new method to build large areas of semiconductive material that is just two molecules thick and a total of 4.4 nanometers tall. The films function as thin film…

Custom silicon microparticles dynamically reconfigure on demand

First demonstration of self-assembling and self-disassembling silicon microparticles could form the basis for designing artificial muscles and reconfigurable computer systems.

Chemists develop MRI-like technique to detect what ails batteries

A team of chemists has developed an MRI-based technique that can quickly diagnose what ails certain types of batteries–from determining how much charge remains to detecting internal defects–without…

Topological domain walls in helimagnets

Three distinct variants of magnetic domain walls have been discovered in the helimagnet iron germanium (FeGe).

Lining MOF pockets to detect noxious gases

Custom-made gas-sensing material could lead to inexpensive devices for real-time air quality analysis.

Ultrafast atomic snapshots reveal energy flow in superconductor

Scientists have measured the intricate interactions between atomic nuclei and electrons that are key to understanding intriguing materials properties, such as high-temperature superconductivity….

Controlling the crystal structure of gallium oxide

Precise control of the atomic structure of gallium-oxide layers improves the development of high-power electronic devices.

Metal-organic frameworks can enhance sonodynamic cancer therapy

Sonodynamic therapy (SDT) has attracted wide attention as a novel treatment strategy for deep-seated tumors due to its safety, tissue penetration depth and low cost. However, traditional organic…

Innovative nanotransistor for easy measurement of electrolyte concentration in blood

Scientists developed a new method that will make it easier to measure the concentration of different electrolytes in the body using a nanotransistor.

A new approach to study properties of nanodroplets

Researchers have found new methods to measure the internal pressure and surface tension of nano-sized drops of liquid like those involved in cloud formation and airborne pollutants to study how they…

Nanodiamond turns into controllable light source

Researchers have developed a controlled light source based on nanodiamond. Experiments have shown that diamond shell doubles the emission speed light sources and helps to control them without any…

A new point-of-need nanodiagnostic for better healthcare

The Nano4 project takes fast, reliable and low-cost molecular point of care (POC) diagnostic tools down to the nano-scale, offering better healthcare outcomes for patients.

New insight into why most nanoparticles don’t make it through biological barriers

The biological barriers our bodies have developed evolve to keep us safe from infection and parasites. But they also filter out many of the nanoparticle drugs that hold such promise for treatment….

Novel reaction could spark alternate approach to ammonia production

Researchers used nanoscale spikes of carbon to catalyze a reaction that generates ammonia from nitrogen and water, aided by lithium salt and the application of an electric field. The study reveals a…

It all comes down to roughness

Researchers have explained how the surface characteristics of microspheres affect rapid increases in the viscosity of suspensions, thus laying the groundwork for applications such as smoothly flowing…

Piezoelectric nanotechnology platform inhibits breast cancer cell proliferation

Scientists report an innovative nanotechnological approach for inhibiting the proliferation of breast cancer cells. For the first time, a wireless treatment based on piezoelectric nanoparticles has…

Organic printing nanoinks may restore sight to blind people

Fabricated using cheap and widely-available organic pigments used in printing inks and cosmetics, a simple retinal prosthesis consists of tiny pixels like a digital camera sensor on a nanometric…

Ultrafast laser pulse created by golden nanoparticles

The creation of a fast, tunable and stable nanoparticle-array laser is a stepping stone to affordable and efficient sensing and switching.

New class of single atoms catalysts for carbon nanotubes exhibit outstanding electrochemical reduction of CO2 to CO

Experiments using X-rays have helped characterise a new class of single atom catalysts supported on carbon nanotubes that exhibit outstanding electrochemical reduction of CO2 to CO.

One-dimensional material packs a powerful punch for next generation electronics

Engineers have demonstrated prototype devices made of an exotic material that can conduct a current density 50 times greater than conventional copper interconnect technology.

Scientists find a new way to make novel materials by ‘un-squeezing’

Like turning a snowball back into fluffy snow, a new technique turns high-density materials into a lower-density one by applying the chemical equivalent of ‘negative pressure’.

Sweating the small stuff

A membrane with nanoscale pores allows controlled sweat stimulant release, paving the way to measure small samples of sweat in wearable biosensing devices.

Optimal propulsion: Helping nanorobots swim better

Researchers have completed an interdisciplinary study revealing the optimal configuration for nanoscale robots that can travel within the human body to perform a variety of tasks. The model improves…

Dielectric metamaterial is dynamically tuned by light

Metal-free metamaterial can be swiftly tuned to create changing electromagnetic effects.

Physicists find properties of magnetic soliton of interest for brain-inspired computing

A team of physicists has uncovered properties of a category of magnetic waves relevant to the development of neuromorphic computing - an artificial intelligence system that seeks to mimic human-brain…

Laser frequency combs may be the future of Wi-Fi

Discovery has the potential of increasing the capacity of wireless communications.

Valleytronics discovery could extend limits of Moore’s Law

Study finds that light polarization properties of candidate material offer additional computing degrees of freedom.

A nano squeegee to clean nano sheets

By precisely stacking various 2D materials in a predetermined sequence on top of each other, researchers create van der Waals heterostructures that, due to their unique interlayer coupling, have…

A reimagined future for sustainable nanomaterials

Engineered nanomaterials hold great promise for medicine, electronics, water treatment, and other fields. But when the materials are designed without critical information about environmental impacts…

Magnetic nanoparticles leap from lab bench to breast cancer clinical trials

Magnetic nanoparticles will be used for their first breast cancer clinical trial later this year.

Topological insulator ‘flips’ for superconductivity

Topology meets superconductivity through innovative reverse-order sample preparation.

Stagediving with biomolecules improves optical microscopy

Physicists have developed a novel method for optical microscopy. Using biological motors and single quantum dots, they acquire ultra-high-resolution images.

Scientists make tunable light-matter couplings in nanotube films

Researchers discover exceptional points in a unique material they created.

Geometry is key to T-cell triggering

Engineers discover geometric underpinnings of T-cell stimulation through precise engineering of T-cell receptor geometry, building a 3D nanofabricated biomimetic surface that simulates the key…

Scientists create nanomaterials that reconfigure in response to biochemical signals

Researchers are developing self-assembling electronic nanomaterials that can respond to biochemical signals for potential therapeutic use.

Water-repellent surfaces can efficiently boil water, keep electronics cool

Surfaces that repel water can support efficient boiling if all air and vapor is removed from a system first.

Nanoparticles developed to improve magnetic resonance scan images

Clinical use of these nanoparticles in MRI scans could facilitate the diagnosis of hepatic, pulmonary and cardiovascular pathologies, as well as many types of tumours.

Nanopatterning holograms onto commercial contact lenses

Researchers report a new a method to produce optical nanostructures on commercial contact lenses. This method aids in functionalizing and nanotexturing an of the shelf, commercial contact lens. This…

Improving mid-infrared imaging and sensing

Artificial optical materials could allow cheaper, flatter, more efficient detectors for night vision and other uses.

New all-inorganic perovskite solar cells tackle key challenges in solar cell technology: efficiency, stability, and cost

Scientists are using a new perovskite material that is stable, efficient and relatively cheap to produce, paving the way for their use in the solar cells of tomorrow.

Scientists verify a way of how to improve resolution of most powerful microscopes

The resolution and intensity of powerful nanoscopes could be enhanced by over 30% via non-spherical particle lenses.

A new way to produce hydrogen with nanoparticles

The ground-breaking new research centres on the use of a revolutionary photo-electrode made from nanoparticles of the elements lanthanum, iron and oxygen.

Energy-saving windows made from common glass and cheap nanocrystals

One of the main challenges for energy efficient technologies is to lower their cost by making cheap energy-efficient materials and devices by preferably using green manufacturing technologies. For…

Scientists create tiny, super-thin sheets of flowing water that shimmer like soap bubbles

The liquid sheets - less than 100 water molecules thick - will let researchers probe chemical, physical and biological processes, and even the nature of water itself, in a way they could never do…

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World’s smallest transistor switches current with a single atom in solid state 16.08.2018 Nanowerk
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Flexible drug delivery microdevice to advance precision medicine 14.08.2018 Nanowerk
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