Novinky v nanotechnologiích

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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…

High-Precision Linear/Rotary Positioning Systems for Industrial Automation/Motion Control Catalog

This new showcase catalog from PI covers motorized precision motion systems for OEM, manufacturing, and research.

Discovery of new material is key step toward more powerful computing

Scientists have developed an inorganic compound that adopts a crystal structure capable of sustaining a new state of matter known as quantum spin liquid, an important advance toward quantum computing…

Multiple electromagnetic responses from accordion-like plasmonic nanorods

Well-defined complex nanostructures for metamaterials with unique optical properties - such as negative refractive index, strong artificial optical activity and perfect absorption - are usually…

Multifunctional bacterial microswimmer able to deliver cargo and destroy itself

The untethered biohybrid microswimmer is able to transport and deliver cargo encapsulated into a guidable red blood cell, while an attached bacterium, one of the most efficient swimmers in nature,…

Punching holes in graphene to boost hydrogen production

Researchers develop electrode based on ‘holey’ graphene for efficient hydrogen evolution in acidic electrolyte.

Twisting graphene into spirals

Researchers report for the first time the successful synthesis of hexa-peri-hexabenzo[7]helicene, or ‘helical nanographene’.

Engineers develop novel method for resolving spin texture of topological surface states using transport measurements

All-electric measurement of spin texture used for spin current generation will contribute to easier and cheaper way of developing spintronic devices.

Einstein’s ‘spooky action’ goes massive

A research team has shown that entanglement of massive objects can be generated and detected.

Unusual magnetic structure may support next-generation technology

Although helical structures are typically formed by magnetic moments that wind around an axis in a set direction, researchers discovered that Fe3PO7 does not pick a particular direction and allows…

A promising nanoparticle delivery method for immunotherapy combination

Using nanoparticles to bind molecules that can unleash and stimulate immune cells, researchers found they could more effectively trigger the body’s defenses system against cancer in laboratory…

Breaking bottlenecks to the electronic-photonic information technology revolution

Researchers have achieved an optical communications breakthrough that could revolutionize information technology.

A high-tech spin on spider silk

This game-changing technology can transform polymers from soft and thermally insulating materials to an ultra-strong and thermally conductive material.

Novel technique achieves 32-fold increase in bactericidal effects of nanosilver

Silver nanoparticles used in hospital materials and cutting-edge medical research can be obtained by a method that intensifies their potency and also reduces production costs.

Engineers get a grip on slippery surfactants

Researchers extend formulas to account for complex surfactants in enhanced oil recovery.

Researchers create precision optical components with inkjet printing

New additive manufacturing technique could be used to combine optics, microfluidics and electronics on a single chip.

Turning graphene into light nanosensors

Tuning the graphene embedded in a photonic crystal by varying the external temperature can transform it into a light-sensitive sensor.

Quantum dots enable faster, easier photon detection, more secure data

Scientists developed a method of detecting single photons using tiny semiconductors called quantum dots.

Why perovskite solar cells are so efficient

Scientists have gained fundamental insight into the function of perovskite solar cells. They found that bound states of electron-hole pairs can form during the absorption of light.

Watching nanomaterials form in 4-D

Novel technology allows researchers to see dynamic reactions as they happen at the nanoscale.

Nanowires could make lithium ion batteries safer

In an effort to develop a safer battery, scientists report that the addition of nanowires can not only enhance the battery’s fire-resistant capabilities, but also its other properties.

Surface engineering gets the red light

Perovskite particles could improve the performance of solar cells and light-emitting diodes via a simple process to stabilize the nanocrystal surface.

How to eliminate a graphene oxide ‘oil spill’ accident

Carbon nanomaterials, including graphene-based materials, are widely gaining popularity in practical applications of nanomanufacturing. As a result, it becomes more and more likely that the unwanted…

Why we need erasable MRI scans

Gas-filled protein structures could one day be used as ‘erasable’ contrast agents for MRI scans.

Getting electrons to move in a semiconductor

Gallium oxide shows high electron mobility, making it promising for better and cheaper devices.

Nanosculpturing process to join metals without welding

Scientists have developed a versatile alternative to conventional welding and gluing processes.

Getting a better look at living cells

Nanoscale-level imaging of living cells has become a reality in the past few years using transmission electron microscopy and sealed sample holders that keep cells alive in a liquid environment. But…

The dispute about the origins of terahertz photoresponse in graphene results in a draw

A new paper not only puts a period to a long-lasting debate about the origins of direct current in graphene illuminated by high-frequency radiation but also sets the stage for the development of high…

Graphene origami as a mechanically tunable plasmonic structure for infrared detection

Researchers have successfully developed a tunable infrared filter made from graphene, which would allow to change the frequency of a filter simply by controlled mechanical deformation of the filter (…

2D sheets of cadmium telluride can spontaneously fold into nanoscrolls

Researchers have discovered that two-dimensional sheets of cadmium telluride can spontaneously fold into nanoscrolls. This effect may be used in electronics and photonics.

Lighting up DNA-based nanostructures

Scientists describe a mode of super-resolution microscopy that enables all the strands within these nanostructures to be visualized individually.

A second skin with switchable wettability

Creating smart superhydrophobic (i.e. extremely water-repellent) surfaces is of increasing importance in cutting-edge applications such as self-cleaning, anti freezing, anticorrosion, anti biofouling…

New High-Speed Optical Power Meter supports Fast Photonics Alignment Applications

20kHz bandwidth and wide wavelength range, optical, and current input.

A simple method etches patterns at the atomic scale

Researchers have developed a precise chemical-free method for etching nanoscale features on silicon wafers.

Liquid cell transmission electron microscopy makes a window into the nanoscale

Engineers have developed an LC-TEM device that uses multiple windows and patterned features to explore the impacts of high-energy electron bombardment on nanoparticles and sensitive biological…

Neutrons provide insights into increased performance for hybrid perovskite solar cells

Neutron scattering has revealed, in real time, the fundamental mechanisms behind the conversion of sunlight into energy in hybrid perovskite materials. A better understanding of this behavior will…

Paint job transforms walls into sensors, interactive surface (w/video)

Smart walls react to human touch, sense activity in room.

A better fake leather, inspired by plants

Researchers invent nanocoating for synthetic leather that cleans itself - and won’t get sticky on a hot day.

Nanoparticle breakthrough could capture unseen light for solar energy conversion

Scientists demonstrate how organic dyes work as antennas to help harness, convert light .

Nanoengineering concrete with graphene drastically reduces carbon footprint

The new composite material also is more than twice as strong and four times more water resistant than existing concretes.

Molecules brilliantly illuminated

Pjysicists have developed a high-power laser system that generates ultrashort pulses of light covering a large share of the mid-infrared spectrum. The researchers envisage a wide range of…

Physicists gain control over transitions between different states of matter

An international group of physicists managed for the first time to experimentally observe the transition between two different states of matter: propagating polariton-solitons and a Bose-Einstein…

Nanotechnology could give us battery-free electronic toys

A triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) utilizes charges arising from friction similar to the static we experience on dry winter days; and by nanostructuring the materials in a TENG device, the produced…

Making drugs ‘smarter’ using nanotechnology

Scientists have devised a new technique to decorate gold nanoparticles with a protein of choice so they can be used to tailor drug to more accurately target an area on the body, such as a cancer…

Using nanotechnology to improve efficiency in petroleum extraction

Oil companies use nanotechnology to extract resources with the least possible disruption of the environment.

Scientists propose new arguments for checking the properties of topological insulators

On the shape of the ‘petal’ for the dissipation curve.

Magnetic nano-imaging on a table top

Researchers capture nanoscale images of magnetic domains with laser as ultrashort flash.

3D Nanoprinting facilitates communication with light

Researchers use a high-resolution 3D printing process to produce tiny beam-shaping elements directly on optical microchips or fibers and, hence, enable low-loss coupling.

How to bend and stretch a diamond

The brittle material can turn flexible when made into ultrafine nanoneedles, researchers find.

Integrating optical components into existing chip designs

Technique would allow addition of optical communication components to existing chips with little modification of their designs.

Electrical pulses shift the boundaries between magnetic patterns

Electricity can be used to control magnetic patterns in an alloy, opening up the possibility of using them in high-performance devices.

Material defects hinder the dynamics of magnetic skyrmions

A model of the interactions between magnetic vortices and material impurities could aid the development of low-power magnetic memories.

Visualization of molecular soccer balls

Researchers image single doped fullerene molecules using scanning tunneling microscopy.

Remote-control shoots laser at gold to switch on cancer-killing immune cells

A remote command could one day send immune cells on a rampage against a malignant tumor. The ability to mobilize, from outside the body, targeted cancer immunotherapy inside the body has taken a step…

An alternative to antibiotics - weakening superbugs’ grip

The growing threat of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains may pose grave risks for society: A post-antibiotic era means, in effect, an end to modern medicine as we know it. New research findings…

A novel way of creating gold nanoparticles in water

An experiment that, by design, was not supposed to turn up anything of note instead produced a ‘bewildering’ surprise, according to the scientists who made the discovery: a new way of creating gold…

New record on squeezing light to one atom: Atomic Lego guides light below one nanometer

Scientists have been able to confine light down to a space one atom thick in dimension, the smallest confinement ever possible.

New cancer monitoring technology worth its weight in gold

A new blood test using gold nanoparticles could soon give oncologists an early and more accurate prognosis of how cancer treatment is progressing and help guide the on-going therapy of patients….

Energy conversion: Optical ‘overtones’ for solar cells

Scientists have found a new effect regarding the optical excitation of charge carriers in a solar semiconductor. It could facilitate the utilization of infrared light, which is normally lost in solar…

Far-red fluorescent silk can kill harmful bacteria as biomedical and environmental remedy

A silk hybrid material attacks bacteria when illuminated by a green light, thanks to a far-red fluorescent protein researchers transferred to its genetic makeup.

Electrochemical tuning of single layer materials relies on defects

Perfection is not everything, according to an international team of researchers whose 2-D materials study shows that defects can enhance a material’s physical, electrochemical, magnetic, energy and…

Diamond-like carbon is formed differently to what was believed

Researchers have made a significant breakthrough in computational science by combining atomic-level modelling and machine learning. For the first time, the method has been used to realistically model…

Spider silk key to new bone-fixing composite

Researchers have created a biodegradable composite made of silk fibers that can be used to repair broken load-bearing bones without the complications sometimes presented by other materials.

Using tooth sensors to detect disease (w/video)

Collaborative research team developing biological sensors that would analyze saliva, send information electronically to doctors.

Graphene changes elastic properties depending on applied force

Researchers find a universal feature defining unique elastic and electrical graphene properties.

One-dimensional quantum materials can deliver record-high current densities

The advent of graphene resulted in a massive, world-wide, effort directed at investigation of other two-dimensional (2D) layered materials. One-dimensional (1D) bundled materials have received…

Peptide induces chirality evolution in a single gold nanoparticle

For the first time, scientists have successfully created optically active, chiral gold nanoparticles using amino acids and peptides.

Salt boosts creation of 2-D materials

Researchers show how salt lowers reaction temperatures to make novel materials.

This 2-D nanosheet expands like a grow monster

Light causes crystal lattice to swell, opening new possibilities for artificial muscles, tiny electronics.

Robot developed for automated assembly of designer nanomaterials

Scientists have developed an automated robot that greatly speeds up the collection of 2D crystals and their assembly to form van der Waals heterostructures.

Nanoscale transistor brings flexible TVs and high performance wearable smart tech one step closer

Flexible televisions, tablets and phones as well as ‘truly wearable’ smart tech are a step closer thanks to a new nanoscale transistor.

Writing and deleting magnets with lasers

Scientists have found a way to write and delete magnets in an alloy using a laser beam - a surprising effect. The reversibility of the process opens up new possibilities in the fields of material…

A graphene roll-out

Scalable manufacturing process spools out strips of graphene for use in ultrathin membranes.

Molecular scaffolding aids construction at the nanoscale

If you want to build a tall house, you need to use scaffolding. Researchers are applying this construction principle to their lab work, with one major difference: The materials they are working with…

Shielding oxygen production to keep hydrogen coming

A porous cerium-based nanostructured coating boosts the durability of oxygen-forming catalysts while maintaining their inherent water-splitting activity.

Nanotechnology takes steps towards artificial retinas

Sensory substitution with flexible electronics is one of the intriguing fields of research that takes place in nanotechnology labs around the world. In line with this focus on human senses, in the…

Making adaptive composite materials with light-responsive chemistry

Engineers have developed a technique that causes a composite material to become stiffer and stronger on-demand when exposed to ultraviolet light.

Full of hot air and proud of it

Researchers are developing new ways to store, separate, and transport gases with metal organic frameworks.

Novel thermal phases of topological quantum matter in the lab

For the first time in the lab, a group of researchers have observed topological phases of matter of quantum states under the action of temperature or certain types of experimental imperfections….

Some superconductors can also carry currents of ‘spin’

Researchers have shown that certain superconductors can also carry currents of ‘spin’. The successful combination of superconductivity and spin could lead to a revolution in high-performance…

Scientists develop a unified theoretical model for triboelectric nanogenerators

A new paper details a new methodology that allows designers of smart-wearables to better understand and predict how their products would perform once manufactured and in use.

Polymer-graphene nanocarpets to electrify smart fabrics

Polymer carpets based on graphene could make any fabrics generate current.

How does a molecule vibrate when you ‘touch’ it?

Physicists have studied the vibrations of a carbon monoxide molecule that is bonded on a copper surface under the influence of an external force field exerted by the tip of a scanning probe…

A novel, water-stable metal-organic framework for selective CO2 adsorption

Researchers have developed a novel porous material capable of selectively adsorbing CO2.

Scientists measure the energy levels of single molecules on insulators

Our understanding of single-molecule electronics has become clearer and the answer involved using a common household item - salt.

Researchers create a new Bose-Einstein condensate

Unlike most previous Bose?Einstein condensates created experimentally, the new condensate does not need to be cooled down to temperatures near absolute zero. Because the particles are mostly light,…

Graphene-oxide-based membranes for large-scale energy storage systems

As a promising large-scale energy storage technology, redox flow batteries (RFBs) are attracting increasingly more research attention. For RFB separators, the essential requirement is achieving high…

From insulator to conductor in a flash

Using short laser pulses, a research team has shed light on the extremely rapid processes taking place within novel materials.

Course set to overcome ‘mismatch’ between lab-designed nanomaterials and Nature’s complexity

Advances in nanotechnology have made it possible to control the size, shape, composition, elasticity and chemical properties of laboratory-made nanomaterials. Yet many of these materials do not to…

Driving nanomotors through road blocks inside living cells

Researchers demonstrate that helical shaped magnetic nanomotors can be maneuvered inside a living cell. This new and versatile technique has the potential ability to position any payload at any…

Spikes of graphene can kill bacteria on implants

A tiny layer of graphene flakes becomes a deadly weapon and kills bacteria, stopping infections during procedures such as implant surgery.

One bit per atom: Physicists are reaching the ultimate limit for nanoscale data storage

The magnetic moment of single atoms or of small clusters makes it possible for a single atom to write 0 and/or 1 and freeze its state.

Valleytronics discovery could extend limits of Moore’s law

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

Individual impurity atoms detectable in graphene

Physicists have succeeded in using atomic force microscopy to clearly obtain images of individual impurity atoms in graphene ribbons. Thanks to the forces measured in the graphene?s two-dimensional…

Artificial intelligence accelerates discovery of metallic glass

Machine learning algorithms pinpoint new materials 200 times faster than previously possible.

Seeing how next-generation batteries power-up

Scientists directly see how the atoms in a magnesium-based battery fit into the structure of electrodes.

Oxide separation anxiety

Interface interactions delay phase separation in oxide thin films, suggesting new ways to control crystal growth.

Similar charges are attracted to each other

Scientists have finally found out why a material that could potentially become the basis for ultra-fast memory in new computers is formed.

Psst! A whispering gallery for light boosts solar cells

Trapping light with an optical version of a whispering gallery, researchers have developed a nanoscale coating for solar cells that enables them to absorb about 20 percent more sunlight than uncoated…

Tiny structures - huge impact

The surface of materials can have an enormous influence on their function. If the external properties are changed, this also expands the range of possible applications. This is why materials…

A core-shell nanotube array for artificial photosynthesis

Researchers have developed a fabrication method to make a square-inch sized artificial photosystem, in the form of an inorganic core-shell nanotube array.

Nanosilicates grow bone and cartilage tissue from stem cells in the absence of growth factors

Researchers have demonstrated that a specific type of two-dimensional (2D) nanoparticles, nanosilicates, can grow bone and cartilage tissue from stem cells in the absence of growth factors. These…

Anomalous and topological Hall effects can be controlled by an electric field

Controlling the anomalous and topological Hall effects by applying an electric field could lead to new types of memory and logic devices.

Mimicking nanoscale natural movements with the help of DNA origami

Researchers use a technique called DNA origami to mimic a multitude of vital movements seen in nature, such as the sliding motion exerted by protein motors during cell division. Their invention…

Observing biological nanotransporters

Scientists describe with atomic detail how molecules are transported through biological membranes. Computer simulations and spectroscopic experiments provided insights into the work of so-called ABC…

One step closer to using nanoporous graphene membranes as smart filters and sensors

Scientists have developed a new method for creating a graphene membrane with pores whose size, shape and density can be tuned with atomic precision.

Could holey silicon be the holy grail of electronics?

Engineers find that innovative material facilitates effective on-chip cooling.

One string to rule them all

Scientists have engineered a tiny guitar string that vibrates 1 billion times when plucked. They would like to use it as a microphone for light.

Researchers find combination for small data storage and tinier computers

It may sound like a futuristic device out of a spy novel, a computer the size of a pinhead, but according to new research, it might be a reality sooner than once thought.

How advanced nanotechnology can improve cancer care

Researchers discuss untapped potential of targeted nanocarriers to revolutionize cancer therapy.

Mechanism of oxidative unzipping of multiwall carbon nanotubes to graphene nanoribbons

Researchers demonstrate that the oxidative unzipping of MWCNTs is intercalation-driven, not oxidative chemical-bond cleavage as was formerly proposed. The unzipping mechanism involves three…

Wiggling atoms switch the electric polarization of crystals

A time-resolved x-ray experiment elucidates that tiny atomic vibrations shift negative charges over a 1000 times larger distance between atoms and switch the macroscopic polarization on a time scale…

Point-of-care biosensor for rapid and accurate sepsis diagnosis

Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is life-threatening condition in which bacteria or fungi multiply in a patient’s blood - often too fast for antibiotics to help. Without…

Form damages function and magnetism suffers

Researchers discover mechanism that decreases the magnetism of metallic core particles with a metal-organic framework shell, opening doors to new material designs.

The future of ultrafast solid-state physics

In a new paper, scientists assess the current state of the field of ultrafast physics and consider its implications for future technologies.

Scientists unlock path to use cell’s own nanoparticles as disease biomarkers

Extracellular vesicles can now be identified at the individual level.

Nanotechnology wearable self-charging power units

Researchers have developed small standalone devices by integrating maintenance-free power units that produce and use their own fuel instead of relying on an external power source.

Tiny probe can see and take body temperatures

Researchers have invented a world-first tiny fibre-optic probe that can simultaneously measure temperature and see deep inside the body.

Chaos makes quantum sensors work more precisely

Physicists have developed a method with which the measurement accuracy of high-precision sensors could be improved by a further 70 percent.

Biologically inspired nanomembrane purges coal-fired smoke of greenhouse gases

Scientists have developed a biologically inspired membrane intended to cleanse carbon dioxide almost completely from the smoke of coal-fired power plants.

Researchers engineer new pathways for self-assembled nanostructures

Self-assembly is driven mainly by the system’s desire to minimize its energy and achieve equilibrium, but kinetic effects can also play a strong role. Typically, these effects are viewed as…

Sensing interactions between molecules

Nanoscientists have developed an atomically defined probe tip with extraordinary stability which enables them to image molecular structures by atomic force microscopy.

World’s first biosensor chips based on copper and graphene oxide

Researchers have developed biosensor chips of unprecedented sensitivity, which are based on copper instead of the conventionally used gold.

Nanoparticles for lung cancer pass next test

Non-small cell lung cancer nanoparticles pass the next stage of development in preclinical test.

Smart printing: power generating films and luminescent glass

New inks for inkjet printers make it possible to print organic displays or solar cells on film and glass for the use in architecture, the textile industry and many other industries.

Cheaper, less toxic and recyclable light absorbers for hydrogen production

Achieving artificial photosynthesis in solution remains limited by the use of costly and toxic metal-based compounds to harvest light. Researchers propose an efficient alternative using semiconductor…

How to turn light Into atomic vibrations

Converting laser light into nuclear vibrations is key to switching a material?s properties on and off for future electronics.

Superacids are good medicine for super thin semiconductors

Scientists demonstrated that powerful acids heal certain structural defects in synthetic films.

Tubular science improves polymer solar cells

Novel engineered polymers assemble buckyballs into columns using a conventional coating process.

Design of nanochannel interfaces is a key point in energy utilization

The ability of nanochannels to regulate transported substances in confined spaces is of great research interest in innovative applications, such as high-resolution sensing, filtering, and high-…

Machine learning offers new way of designing chiral crystals

Engineers and chemists successfully used the same technology at the core of facial recognition to design chiral crystals. This is the first study reporting the use of this technology, called logistic…

Food packaging could be negatively affecting nutrient absorption in your body

Nanoparticles in food packaging could be negatively affecting the way in which your digestive tract operates.

Bloodless nanotechnology diabetes monitor draws fluid across a single hair follicle

Scientists have created a non-invasive, adhesive patch, which promises the measurement of glucose levels through the skin without a finger-prick blood test.

High efficiency solar power conversion allowed by a novel composite material

A composite thin film made of two different inorganic oxide materials significantly improves the performance of solar cells.

Doing the nano-shimmy

New device modulates light and amplifies tiny signals.

Nanotechnology research team advances to final round of the Carbon XPRIZE

The C2CNT project aims to convert carbon dioxide to carbon nanotubes on a massive scale to impact climate change.

A new way to atomically thin materials

Silicon secedes: titanium carbide flakes obtained by selective etching of titanium silicon carbide.

Latest nanowire experiment boosts confidence in Majorana sighting

New test matches theory and offers the best evidence yet for the oddball particles.

Printed thermo-plasmonic heat patterns for neurological disorder treatment

Researchers have presented a highly customizable neural stimulation method. They developed a technology that can print the heat pattern on a micron scale to enable the control of biological…

Tiny nanomachine successfully completes test drive

Scientists have used nanostructures to construct a tiny machine that constitutes a rotatory motor and can move in a specific direction. The researchers used circular structures from DNA.

Ultra-powerful batteries made safer, more efficient

Team aims to curb formation of harmful crystal-like masses in lithium metal batteries.

Iridescent photonic cellulose, mimicking the structural color of insects, with optical applications

A new study describes, for the first time, the technique to provide structural coloration on a cellulose derivative through its nanostructuration.

Solid research leads physicists to propose new state of matter

The term ‘superfluid quasicrystal’ sounds like something a comic-book villain might use to carry out his dastardly plans. In reality, it is a new form of matter proposed by theoretical physicists….

Enhancing light-molecule interactions via crystal lattice vibrations

Researchers demonstrate a new way to strongly couple infrared light and molecular vibrations, by utilizing phonon polariton nanoresonators made of hexagonal boron nitride, a Van der Waals material….

Gold changes the photoluminescence of silicon quantum dots

Scientists have demonstrated that applying gold stripes to a sample with silicon quantum dots modifies the dots’ properties.

Flexible data storage based on organic nanomaterials

Next-generation electronic devices will be highly portable, wearable - even transplantable - lightweight, and most likely self-powered. Among the various functional block required for these systems (…

Nanostructured alloying with oxygen

Scientists have analysed in-situ copper-iron alloys during annealing to find out when and how oxide is formed and how it can be used to strengthen nanocrystalline materials.

Vehicle particle pollution under the nano-microscope

A EU project is developing a way of measuring polluting particles smaller than 23 nanometres - the smallest size covered by current legislation.

Mirror, mirror - the physics of the superconductor-insulator transition

The world on the other side of Alice in Wonderland’s looking-glass is not what it seems, but the mirror-like physics of the superconductor-insulator transition operates exactly as expected.

Water purification breakthrough uses sunlight and nanostructured hydrogels

Scientists have developed a cost-effective and compact technology using combined gel-polymer hybrid materials. Possessing both hydrophilic qualities and semiconducting properties, these hydrogels…

Sentinel wrap: A transparent patch to detect dangerous food threats

Researchers have developed a test to bring certainty to the delicate but critical question of whether meat and other foods are safe to eat or need to be thrown out.

Light ‘relaxes’ crystal to boost solar cell efficiency

Some materials are like people. Let them relax in the sun for a little while and they perform a lot better. Researchers have found that to be the case with a perovskite compound touted as an…

Why noise can enhance sensitivity to weak signals

A team of researchers has discovered a new mechanism to explain stochastic resonance, in which sensitivity to weak signals is enhanced by noise. The finding is expected to help electronic devices…

‘Frogs’ and ‘mushrooms’ bubble up in quantum fluids

Exotic states of matter mix to form fanciful shapes in supercomputer simulations.

Theorists describe an inertial lift of particles in microchannels

Scientists have described the mechanism of appearance of an inertial lift force acting on finite-sized particles in microchannels. Such calculations were previously possible only for some specific…

Twisting laser light offers the chance to probe the nano-scale

A new method to sensitively measure the structure of molecules has been demonstrated by twisting laser light and aiming it at miniscule gold gratings to separate out wavelengths.

New camera inspired by butterfly eyes improves image-guided cancer surgery

Compact and affordable camera helps surgeons see cancer cells.

Nanoparticles may cause DNA damage to brain cells across a cellular barrier

Discovery has implications for the development of potential drug targets in treatment of neurodegenerative conditions.

Scientists explain what happens when nanoparticles collide

Study results could one day inform the design of new materials for protective gear, energy-harvesting devices and more.

How do very small particles behave at very high temperatures?

Some of the potential applications of nanotechnology, for example in catalysis and aerospace, may subject particles of only nanometre dimensions to very high temperatures. How well will they survive…

Breakthrough made in atomically thin magnets

Scientists have managed to control atomically thin magnets with an electric field, a breakthrough that provides a blueprint for producing exceptionally powerful and efficient data storage in computer…

Tuning in to magnetic ink

A new ink containing iron-oxide nanoparticles can be turned into fully printed and versatile components for cellular networks.

Self-healing metal oxides could protect against corrosion

Researchers find an ultrathin layer of aluminum oxide, though solid, can flow like a liquid instead of cracking.

Smart ink adds new dimensions to 3-D printing

New technique promises to change the shape – and color – of printing.

Research team develops cost effective technique for mass production of high-quality graphene

Novel method uses 50 times less solvent than conventional methods.

Researchers develop nanoparticle films for high-density data storage

New holographic data storage medium could enable wearable technology that captures and stores detailed 3-D images.

Scientists create ‘Swiss army knife’ for electron beams

Pocket accelerator combines four functions in one device.

High-speed and on-silicon-chip graphene blackbody emitters

Integrated light emitters for optical communications.

A new metasurface model shows potential to control acoustic wave reflection

Researchers show how a thin, elastic metasurface could reflect an incoming soundwave?s fundamental frequency as its second harmonic. This new material concept could enhance noise control in…

New research shows how paper-cutting can make ultra strong, stretchable electronics

In new work, a research team describes how kirigami has inspired its efforts to build malleable electronic circuits.

Stretchable, twistable wires for wearable electronics

Researchers have created new conductive ‘felt’ that can be easily patterned onto fabrics to create flexible wires. The felt, composed of silver-coated copper nanowires and silicon rubber, carries…

From the quantum level to the car battery

By combining multi-scale models, data analysis and machine learning, it is possible to develop improved materials much more quickly.

Finding order in disorder demonstrates a new state of matter

‘Spindoctors’ note that topological order, associated with quantum mechanics, also applies to classical material called artificial spin ice.

Non-toxic filamentous virus helps quickly dissipate heat generated by electronic devices

Scientists have discovered that the film constructed by assembling a nontoxic filamentous virus functions as a heat dissipation material, and that can be simply prepared by drying the virus aqueous…

Batch-assembly of reconfigurable, multimodal 3D electronics (w/video)

Whiskers on animals allow them to build a rich understanding of their environment by feeling objects or even the flow of fluids. Many animals can also actively sweep, or ‘whisk’, their whiskers,…

Researchers seek to improve quality control for nanomanufacturing

New monitoring tool would be able to detect imperfections almost instantaneousl.

Single-cell mRNA cytometry via sequence-specific nanoparticle clustering and trapping

Researchers have developed a new technology for a ‘liquid biopsy’ to identify which patients might not respond to standard therapy for prostate cancer before it is delivered.

Microengineered slippery rough surface for water harvesting in air

A slippery rough surface inspired by both pitcher plants and rice leaves outperforms state-of-the-art liquid-repellent surfaces in water harvesting applications.

Cracking eggshell nanostructure

New discovery could have important implications for food safety.

Scientists build army of metal-organic nanoflowers to treat cancer

Tiny frameworks to enter clinical testing for cancer treatment.

Chaos that will keep you warm: Researchers improve heat insulation using deliberate chaos

Powder is extremely well-suited for thermal insulation when there is a jumble of different sized nanoparticles in it.

Making rusty polymers for energy storage

Researchers have developed a straightforward way to make a type of conducting polymer with high surface area that is likely to be useful for energy transfer and storage applications.

A novel test bed for non-equilibrium many-body physics

A study of electronic transport in a one-dimensional quantum wire containing a mesoscopic lattice provides fresh insight into the behavior of electrons in materials.

What a mesh

A team of scientists from across the U.S. has found a new way to create molecular interconnections that can give a certain class of materials exciting new properties, including improving their…

Scientists demo rocking brownian motors for nanoparticles (w/video)

The motors propel nanoscale particles along predefined racetracks to enable researchers to separate nanoparticle populations with unprecedented precision.

The heat is on: Temperature heals lithium dendrites

Researchers have developed a new technique using heat to enable lithium-metal self-healing to eliminate dangerous dendrite buildup in battery anodes, paving the way for more powerful battery…

Sugar-coated nanosheets selectively target pathogens

2-D sheets mimic the surface of cells.

Twisting graphene into spirals

Researchers report for the first time the successful synthesis of hexa-peri-hexabenzo[7]helicene, or ‘helical nanographene’.

Scientists mix the unmixable to create ‘shocking’ nanoparticles

A multi-institutional team of researchers is the first to create nanoscale particles composed of up to eight distinct elements generally known to be immiscible, or incapable of being mixed or blended…

Novel chip for fast and accurate disease detection at low cost

Innovative microfluidic chip uses only standard lab microscope to spot nano-biomolecules without any fluorescent labels.

Single crystalline epitaxy of all inorganic lead-free halide perovskite paves the way for high-performance electronics

Halide perovskites have attracted tremendous interest due to their fascinating optoelectronic properties. Driven by the concerns of toxicity derived from lead and instability caused by organic…

Nanoplatelets could make TVs more energy efficient

Researchers have discovered new optical properties in sheet-like materials that could eventually make flat-screen televisions, laptops and other light-emitting appliances more energy-efficient.

A paperlike LCD - thin, flexible, tough and cheap

Optoelectronic engineers have manufactured a special type of liquid crystal display (LCD) that is paper-thin, flexible, light and tough. With this, a daily newspaper could be uploaded onto a flexible…

Knitting electronics with yarn batteries

When someone thinks about knitting, they usually don’t conjure up an image of sweaters and scarves made of yarn that can power watches and lights. But that’s just what one group is reporting.

Dragonfly-inspired nanocoating kills bacteria upon contact

Inspired by studies on dragonflies and cicadas, scientists grew nanopilllars of zinc oxide, a compound known for its anti-bacterial and non-toxic properties.

New technique accurately measures the water slippage in single graphene nanofluidic channels

For most viscous liquids, the solid surface of surrounding channel walls poses friction resistance to the flowing liquid, causing a loss of velocity at the liquid/solid interface. As a result, for…

Putting quantum scientists in the driver’s seat

Scientists are conducting fundamental physics research that will lead to more control over mercurial quantum systems and materials. Their studies will enable advancements in quantum computing,…

Molecular prison forces diatomic inmates to cell floor

Organic prison too crowded for molecular inmates to move about freely.

Exploring the thermoelectric properties of tin selenide nanostructures

Researchers discover that nanometer-thick tin selenide crafted in thin films of connected ?nanoflakes? shows promise for thermoelectric energy conversion.

New nanotweezers open door to innovations in medicine, mobile tech

Scientists have developed opto-thermoelectric nanotweezers (OTENT) that will help lead to a greater understanding of matter and biological systems and open a range of possibilities for fundamental…

The future of photonics using quantum dots

Quantum-dot lasers are promising for integrated photonic circuits.

New glass-like polymer could conduct electricity for transparent electronics

Researchers have created a transparent polymer film that also conducts electricity, introducing an inexpensive organic material for applications such as the screens of electronic devices.

Cell-penetrating ‘nanodrills’ show promise for intracellular drug delivery

Researchers have created new nanomaterials able to cross cell membranes, establishing a novel platform for the intracellular delivery of molecular drugs and other cargo.

Understanding nanocatalysts’ ‘talk’ could better inform design

Scientists published a paper, the culmination of years of study, that lays out a conceptual framework for understanding how a nanocatalyst particle works. The work could help inform better design of…

Thin-film could help manage heat flow in future devices

Researchers have demonstrated the ability of a thin film to conduct heat on just its surfaces, identifying a potential solution to overheating in electronic devices such as phones and computers….

Tiny, tooth-mounted sensors that can track what you eat

Wireless real-time monitoring could add precision to the linkage between diet and health.

Metal-oxide/graphene nanosheet composite exhibits unprecedented energy storage properties

Single-layer metal oxide nanosheets sandwiched between graphene layers exhibit record energy storage figures of merit.

Modulating superconductivity of 2D atomic layers of indium with charge transfer from self-assembled organic molecules

Charge and spin transfer from copper-phthalocyanine organic molecules self-assembled on superconducting atomic layers of indium modifies the superconducting transition temperature of the indium….

Photostriction of molecular 2D nanosheet

In new work employing the photostrictive effect, researchers have fabricated a flexible two-dimensional (2D) charge transfer molecular (sub-nanometer) nanosheet and observed a sizeable photostrictive…

Atomistic insights into electrocatalysis

Scientists found out that the topmost atomic layers of electrocatalysts contain chemical species, which determine their efficiency and reveal how they can be influenced to speed-up water splitting….

Self-assembling, tunable interfaces found in quantum materials

Highly adaptive electronics could be created using quantum features.

Harvesting energy from light fluctuations

Hybrid plasmonic and pyroelectric harvesting of light fluctuations.

Atomically thin light-emitting device opens the possibility for ‘invisible’ displays

Engineers have built a bright-light emitting device that is millimeters wide and fully transparent when turned off. The light emitting material in this device is a monolayer semiconductor, which is…

Understanding charge transfers in molecular electronics

An international research team has found a way to understand and manipulate the transition of charges in molecular junctions.

Motion Simulation for Image Stabilization, Mars-Rover Proven Actuators, Smart Flexible Transducers

See new PI products and displays in Long Beach, CA on March 27/28 at the leading tradeshow of advanced technologies for aerospace and defense manufacturing.

Artificial bio-inspired membranes for water filtration

Inspired by cellular proteins, researchers have developed membranes with asymmetric artificial channels in the interior, from which they were able to observe ‘chiral’ water.

Edges and corners increase efficiency of catalytic converters

X-rays reveal oxide islands on noble metal nanoparticles.

Improving human-data interaction to speed nanomaterials innovation

New application of data analysis, visualization techniques achieves better representation of multidimensional materials data.

A new way to find better battery materials

Design principles could point to better electrolytes for next-generation lithium batteries.

A simple method developed for 3D bio-fabrication based on bacterial nanocellulose

Researchers have developed a simple and customizable process that uses superhydrophobic interfaces to finely engineer the bacteria access to oxygen in three dimensions and in multiple length scales,…

DNA origami as a novel avenue for creating next-generation optical voltage sensing nanodevices

Over the past few decades, researchers have developed various optical voltage sensing probes in order to overcome the highly invasive nature of electrode-based techniques. These voltage sensing…

Terahertz computer chip is now within reach

Researchers have created technology that will enable our computers - and all optic communication devices - to run 100 times faster through terahertz microchips.

Researchers unveil high-sensitivity 3-D technique using single-atom measurements

Scientists have unveiled a stunningly accurate technique for scientific measurements which uses a single atom as the sensor, with sensitivity down to 100 zeptoNewtons.

Breakthrough antimalarial drug delivery system using mesoporous silica nanoparticles

An international collaborative research group has successfully developed the world’s first drug delivery system for antimalarial drugs. The treatment has increased efficiency up to 240 times as much…

Few-layer antimonene decorated microfiber improves optical modulation communication with enhanced long-term stability

Researchers have used afew-laye antimonene nanosheet to demonstrate all optical modulation in optical signal processing. To utilize the saturable absorption property of few-layer antimonene,…

Reducing noise in silicon quantum dots boosts calculation precision

The quantum equivalents of computer bits can be manipulated quicker and more precisely by using techniques that liberate them from intrinsic ?hyperfine noise?.

Sharpening the X-ray view of the nanocosm

Novel lens enables microscopy with nanometer resolution.

Electric textile lights a lamp when stretched

Researchers have developed a fabric that converts kinetic energy into electric power. The greater the load applied to the textile and the wetter it becomes the more electricity it generates.

Making shiny pellets of graphite from functionalized graphene (w/video)

Researchers use mechano-chemical process to make strong, lightweight material.

Sniffing out the foundational science of sensors

Studying how to make and combine cutting-edge materials is leading to cheaper, more efficient, and more sensitive gaseous sensors.

Small poke - huge unexpected response

Exotic material exhibits an optical response in enormous disproportion to the stimulus - larger than in any known crystal.

In field tests, device harvests water from desert air

The new device could provide drinking water even in extremely arid locations.

Golden touch: Next-gen optical disk to solve data storage challenge (w/video)

New technology offer cost-efficient and sustainable solution to global data storage challenge, while enabling the pivot from Big Data to Long Data and opening new realms of scientific discovery…. 191 042/0/nanowerk/agwb~Electric-textile-lights-a-lamp-when-stretched

Researchers have developed a fabric that converts kinetic energy into electric power. The greater the load applied to the textile and the wetter it becomes the more electricity it generates.

Can objects feel one another before touching?

Scientists have found out the mechanisms whereby two objects feel each other before ‘touching’ and the characteristics of the contact between their first atoms.

Scientists control molecular alignment on a graphene surface

Researchers have developed a simple way to align molecules in one direction on a flat graphene surface. Efficiently controlling molecular alignment is expected to lead to significant progress in…

Researchers discover new accuracies in cancer-fighting, nanomedicine drug delivery

A promising discovery for advanced cancer therapy reveals that the efficiency of drug delivery in DNA nanostructures depends on their shapes.

Nanomaterials hold promise for producing hydrogen from water

Scientists use hollow gold-silver nanoshells to boost the efficiency of photocatalysts, where the combined nanocomposite materials generate hydrogen from water, powered only by sunlight.

Researchers explore enzymetic activities based on nanocomplex sensors

A team of researchers compared the susceptibility of different triangle silver nanoprisms (TSNPRs) towards H2O2 and elucidated the influence of capping agents and structural size on the etching…

Designing a new material for improved ultrasound

Development of a theoretical basis for ultrahigh piezoelectricity in ferroelectric materials led to a new material with twice the piezo response of any existing commercial ferroelectric ceramics….

Design approach developed for important new catalysts for energy conversion and storage

New method could aid in design of pharmaceuticals and optical and data storage materials.

Nanocrystalline graphite enables new class of harsh environment electronics

Researchers have demonstrated reliable operation of microelectromechanical relays by coating the contacts with nanocrystalline layers of graphite, to enable ultra-low-power electronics for harsh…

Cellulose nanofibers won from elephant and cow manure for sustainably making paper

It’s likely not the first thing you think of when you see elephant dung, but this material turns out to be an excellent source of cellulose for paper manufacturing in countries where trees are scarce…

2D materials for aerosolizable nanoelectronics

Tiny floating robots could be useful in all kinds of ways, for example, to probe the human gut for disease or to search the environment for pollutants. In a step toward such devices, researchers…

Multifunctional nanotechnology fire alarm wallpaper

Imagine you are fast asleep in your bedroom when a fire breaks out somewhere else in your house. Fortunately, you have nanotechnology-enhanced wallpaper that detects the fire and automatically rings…

What plants can teach us about oil spill clean-up, microfluidics

Nature-inspired 3-D printed solutions to solve perhaps one of the worst manmade dilemmas.

Researchers improve fabrication process of nanostructures for electronic devices

Use of indium gallium phosphide with I-MacEtch processing shows promise for more cost effective fabrication and increased performance in devices from photonics to telecommunications.

Nanoengineered bioinks for 3D printing

Imagine being able to print out healthy tissue with just a sample of a patient’s own cells. While printed replacement human body parts might seem like science fiction, the use of 3D printing…

Smallest ever sieve separates atoms

Researchers have discovered that the naturally occurring gaps between individual layers of two-dimensional materials can be used as a sieve to separate different atoms.

Physicists discover new quantum electronic material

With an atomic structure resembling a Japanese basketweaving pattern, ‘kagome metal’ exhibits exotic, quantum behavior.

A new kind of quantum bits in two dimensions

Combining two ultra-thin material layers yields new possibilities for quantum electronics.

Scientists invented method of catching bacteria with ‘photonic hook’

An international research team discovered a new type of curved light beams, dubbed a ‘photonic hook’. Photonic hooks are unique, as their radius of curvature is two times smaller than their…

Tiny implants for cells are functional in vivo

For the first time, scientists have succeeded in integrating artificial organelles into the cells of live zebrafish embryos.

Atomic scale study reveals new insights into how hybrid perovskite solar cells work

Research conducted at the atomic scale could help explain how electric currents move efficiently through hybrid perovskites, promising materials for solar cells.

Scientists have a new way to gauge the growth of nanowires

In a new study, researchers observed the formation of two kinds of defects in individual nanowires.

A future colorfully lit by mystifying physics of paint-on semiconductors

Some novel materials that sound too good to be true turn out to be true and good. An emergent class of semiconductors, which could affordably light up our future with nuanced colors emanating from…

Shedding light on the mystery of the superconducting dome

Physicists have induced superconductivity in a monolayer of tungsten disulfide. By using an increasing electric field, they were able to show how the material turns from an insulator into a…

Nanopore-assisted research signals arrival of a complete human genome

New era exposes obscured gaps in our genetic maps critical to human health.

Designing diamonds for medical imaging technologies

Researchers have optimized the design of laboratory-grown, synthetic diamonds.

Liquid-to-glass transition process gains clarity

Scientists have made significant experimental strides in understanding how, when and where the constantly moving atoms in molten metal ‘lock’ into place as the material transitions from liquid to…

High quality graphene from nickel

A new study unveils the catalytic action of nickel in the growth of graphene sheets. The research provides new strategies to improve the industrial production of this material characterized by…

Nanofiber dressings heal wounds, promote regeneration

Drawing inspiration from plants and animals to restore tissue.

Customized design of multiple anti-counterfeiting marks with nanoimprinting

Researchers report a simple method to facilitate the mass production of flexible photonic crystals (FPCs) with full-color grating properties. The nanoimprinted FPC structure is capable of displaying…

Unexpected effect could lead to lower-power memory, computing devices

An unexpected phenomenon known as zero field switching (ZFS) could lead to smaller, lower-power memory and computing devices than presently possible.

Plasmons triggered in nanotube quantum wells

A novel quantum effect observed in a carbon nanotube film could lead to the development of unique lasers and other optoelectronic devices.

Imaging technique pulls plasmon data together

Scientists’ hyperspectral method analyzes many plasmonic nanoparticles in an instant.

Scientists create diodes made of light

Photonics researchers have achieved the extra-ordinary by creating a diode consisting of light that can be used, for the first time, in miniaturised photonic circuits.

Domain walls allow dissipationless chiral edge conduction of electrons

Chiral edge states could offer a way to store and manipulate information in low-power electronic devices.

World’s first observation of spin arrangements using neutron transmission

Scientists have succeeded in observing electron spin arrangements in sample materials by applying a neutron beam to a sample and quantifying the neutrons transmitted through it.

New books on nanotechnology

Here are some now books on nanotechnology topics that just got published.

Sensing cancer before it’s too late

A biomedical engineer develops more sensitive cancer diagnostics and more effective treatments.

Towards carbon nanotube-based quantum devices

Despite the rise of graphene and other two-dimensional (2-D) materials, semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes are still regarded as strong candidates for the next generation of high-…

A better angle on microscopic devices

A flexible, low-cost technique could lead to the mass production of microelectromechanical systems for use in a range of applications.

Nanoscale drug delivery particles that can sense their surroundings

Star-shaped nanoparticles that release their drug payload only after entering cells could improve current treatments.

Spin memory - Dynamic solution for accurate reading

A sensing scheme that responds dynamically to voltage fluctuations could improve accuracy when reading data from spin-based memory storage.

Research on bismuth ferrite could lead to new types of electrical devices

New research makes a significant step toward a new kind of electrical device, which would use the natural properties of materials like bismuth ferrite, along with a different type of current, to send…

Graphene oxide nanosheets could help bring lithium-metal batteries to market

Researchers have developed a form of a graphene-oxide coated ‘nanosheet’ that, when placed in between the two electrodes of a lithium-metal battery, prevents uneven plating of lithium and allows the…

Frequency combs ID chemicals within the mid-infrared spectral region

Our health, safety, and well-being depend on how well we know the chemicals that surround us, and the development of new laser sources will now make it possible to identify chemicals with greater…

Metal-organic frameworks cut energy consumption of petrochemicals

Chemical Engineers have developed a new method for making meta-organic framework membranes that can be used to considerably improve energy-expensive processes such as propylene-propane separation,…

Graphene finds new application as non-toxic, anti-static hair dye

New formula works as well as commercial permanent dyes without chemically altering hairs.

Measuring electrical conductance across a single molecule

Scientists developed a stable mechanical design to measure electrical current across a single molecule that assembles on a noble metal at room temperature.

Splicing together a thin film in motion

Recent work provides a new approach to imaging thin films on the atomic scale. It is made possible using an algorithm for image recovery that splices together a sequence of frames in time.

Thermally driven spin current in DNA

Researchers for the first time explore fundamental aspects of unidirectional spin transport along a double-stranded DNA molecule driven by a temperature gradient.

Speedy surfaces

Researchers have found a new way of applying a structured coating for liquid repellency. By using liquid flame spray, the method is extremely fast. Not only water but also oil drops do not adhere to…

New quantum spin liquid predicted by Nobel Laureate prepared for the first time

This achievement is an important step towards building so-called topological quantum computers.

Ultra-white nanocoating modelled on beetle scales

Researchers have developed a super-thin, non-toxic, lightweight, edible ultra-white coating that could be used to make brighter paints and coatings, for use in the cosmetic, food or pharmaceutical…

Green tea-based drug nanocarriers improve cancer treatment

Scientists have reported superior results using new green tea-based nanocarriers to kill liver cancer cells, compared to existing drug delivery systems.

Chemists use abundant, low-cost and non-toxic elements to synthesize semiconductors

Scientists have focused on sodium-based alternatives and started an 18-month search for a new kind of semiconductor.

Turbocharging fuel cells with a multifunctional nanotechnology catalyst

The new catalyst, a nanotechnology material developed by engineers, markedly speeds up oxygen processing and is the subject of a new study.

The element of surprise

In a new study, chemists have explored protactinium’s multiple resemblances to more completely understand the relationship between the transition metals and the complex chemistry of the early…

Nanostructures could make gene therapies safer, faster and more affordable

Scientists have developed a new method that utilizes microscopic splinter-like structures for the targeted delivery of biomolecules such as genes straight to patient cells. These magnetically guided…

Laser-heated nanowires produce micro-scale nuclear fusion

Using a compact but powerful laser to heat arrays of ordered nanowires, scientists have demonstrated micro-scale nuclear fusion in the lab.

Graphene flakes for future transistors

These nanostructures could open new prospects for the development of innovative devices thanks to quantum effects and unique magnetic properties.

Boron can form a purely honeycomb, graphene-like 2-D structure

Researchers report the successful preparation of a purely honeycomb, graphene-like borophene, by using an Al(111) surface as the substrate and molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) growth in ultrahigh vacuum…

Researchers demonstrate existence of new form of electronic matter

Researchers have produced a ‘human scale’ demonstration of a new phase of matter called quadrupole topological insulators that was recently predicted using theoretical physics. These are the first…

Construction set of magnon logic extended: Magnon spin currents controlled via spin valve structure

Magnon spintronics employs magnons instead of electrical charges for information processing.

Cell sex impacts the biological uptake of nanoparticles

Scientists have discovered that cell sex is an important overlooked factor at the nanobio interfaces. More specifically, depending on their sex, cells respond differently to the exact same type of…

Graphene-based water filter removes more than 99% of natural organic matter

A world-first graphene-based filter that can remove more than 99% of the natural organic matter in treated drinking water is being scaled up for possible use in conventional plants.

Removing heavy metals from water with MOFs

Their unprecedented internal surface areas and easy chemical tunability allow MOFs to ‘pull’ water vapor and other gases from air. These same features make them promising materials also for…

Nanospears deliver genetic material to cells with pinpoint accuracy

In a step toward accelerating the production of new gene therapies, scientists report that they have developed remote-controlled, needle-like nanospears capable of piercing membrane walls and…

Hybrid nanoprobe can detect live cancer cells

Using nano-probes to amplify biochemical signals could lead to targeted, noninvasive treatment of cancer.

Energy level alignment for molecular electronics

Physicists have found that complex electron-electron interactions change the energy levels at molecule-metal interfaces, affecting the performance of molecular electronic devices.

Black phosphorus analogues: Emerging photoelectric materials

Single- or few-layer black phosphorus (BP) is one of the most promising two-dimensional semiconductors for electronic and optoelectronic device applications but its environmental instability has…

New Low Profile Rotary Air Bearing Stages Achieve Superior Accuracy with Virtually Unlimited Life

New design provides 50nm flatness and 50kg payload. PI’s RL series of direct drive air bearing stages is only 60mm tall.

Researchers develop spectroscopic thermometer for nanomaterials

Scientists have found a new way to take the local temperature of a material from an area about a billionth of a meter wide.

Multifunctional metalens unlocks with light

Flat optical device has applications in augmented and virtual reality, ultra-high resolution microscopy, holography.

In search of a photocatalyst to get hydrogen from water with visible light

The COMPHOCAT project has worked on the computational model of titanium dioxide nanoparticles to search for a catalyst which, with visible light, favours the division of water to generate hydrogen….

Quantum dot lighting technology takes forward leap thanks to new superacid treatment

A ‘superacid’ much stronger than automobile battery acid has enabled a key advance toward a new generation of LED lighting that?s safer, less expensive and more user friendly.

Magnetism has the pull to transform our digital lives

Digital memory and security could be transformed according to new research, which has for the first time showed that antiferromagnets can be easily controlled and read by switching the direction of…

Artificial and biological cells work together as mini chemical factories

Researchers have fused living and non-living cells for the first time in a way that allows them to work together, paving the way for new applications.

New nanotechnology workplace design recommendations

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) launched four new products this week intended to provide options to companies for controlling possible exposure of their workers to…

Polymer nanoparticle shows ability to locate and treat breast tumors

Researchers have developed a fluorescing nanoparticle capable of finding tumors, lighting up upon arrival and being activated with light to generate heat to destroy the cancer cells.

Study IDs ‘white graphene’ architecture with unprecedented hydrogen storage capacity

Engineers have zeroed in on the optimal architecture for storing hydrogen in ‘white graphene’ nanomaterials - a design like a Lilliputian skyscraper with ‘floors’ of boron nitride sitting one atop…

A milestone in petahertz electronics

Observation of attosecond optical-field-enhanced carrier injection into the GaAs conduction band.

Glass matters

Researchers find that the chemical topology of silica can influence the effectiveness of many chemical processes that use it.

Extracellular vesicles could be personalized drug delivery vehicles

Creating enough nanovesicles to inexpensively serve as a drug delivery system may be as simple as putting the cells through a sieve, according to an international team of researchers who used mouse…

How to build a better railway - in (almost) every cell in your body

New work shows how a microscopic ‘railway’ system in our cells can optimise its structure to better suit bodies’ needs.

Method to grow large single-crystal graphene could advance scalable 2D materials

A new method to produce large, monolayer single-crystal-like graphene films more than a foot long relies on harnessing a ‘survival of the fittest’ competition among crystals.

Insight into doping efficiency of organic semiconductors

A group of physicists was able to demonstrate in a study how the doping of organic semiconductors can be simulated and experimentally verified.

3D-printing ink highly loaded with iron oxide nanoparticles

Researchers report the preparation and 3D printing of highly loaded iron oxide inks through the minimum use of a single additive that is specifically designed for iron oxide.

Nanometer-thin layer improves efficiency of OLEDs

Scientists have discovered a new method to improve contacts in OLEDs. This new approach leads to a higher energy efficiency and can be used in almost any organic semiconductor element.

Scientists use nanotechnology to detect molecular biomarker for osteoarthritis

For the first time, scientists have been able to measure a specific molecule indicative of osteoarthritis and a number of other inflammatory diseases using a newly developed technology.

New conductive MXene nanocoating may unlock biometric and wearable technology of the future

Researchers have developed a mechanically robust conductive coating that can maintain performance under heavy stretching and bending.

Mastering metastable matter

Insight into metastability and avalanche dynamics in strongly correlated gases with long-range interactions.

A bright idea for on-demand nanopatterns

Focused electron beams can simultaneously synthesize optically active nanocrystals and pattern them into intricate surface arrays.

Flower-shaped gold nanocrystals for photothermal therapy

Gold nanoflowers grown in starfruit juice are promising agents for photothermal cancer therapy. When injected into a tumor and irradiated with near-infrared laser light, the nanoflowers heat up and…

Flat gallium joins roster of new 2-D nanomaterials

Scientists have discovered a method to make atomically flat gallium that shows promise for nanoscale electronics.

Scaling silicon quantum photonics technology

Researchers have developed a large-scale integrated silicon-photonics quantum circuit for the precise and general control of multidimensional entanglement.

Scientists observe nanowires as they grow

Scientists have succeeded in monitoring the growth of minute gallium arsenide wires. Their findings do not only provide for a better understanding of growth, they also enable approaches to…

Novel nanocontainers for anticancer drug delivery on demand

With the goal of minimizing the side effects of chemotherapy on healthy tissues, a team of researchers have developed novel nanocontainers able to deliver anticancer drugs at precise timing and…

Nanopatterning below 5 nm - towards the design of molecular building blocks

Given the vast, and still rising, cost of optical lithography tools, researchers have considered alternative patterning technologies such as electron beam lithography (EBL), and nanoimprint…

Across the metal-molecule interface: Observing fluctuations on the single-molecule scale

Scientists have developed a technique for analyzing structural and electronic fluctuations on the single-molecule scale across the metal?molecule interface in an organic electronic device. This…

‘Floating’ nanostructures for better color

Extremely high-resolution color images are produced using silicon nanostructures that imitate particles floating in free space.

Nature inspires light, robust lattice structures

New technique for creating lightweight materials that are stiffer and stronger than previously possible.

Faster data transfer through plasmons

A transducer that converts electrical signals directly into surface plasmons could allow rapid data transfer and link photonic devices to electronics.

Quantum matter - A surface that makes light work

The quantum states on the surface of conducting materials can strongly interact with light.

Building a better ion channel

Synthetic channel with a strong preference for potassium ions offers rapid transport through artificial membrane.

Scientists develop new tool for imprinting biochips

The new technology could allow researchers to fit more biochemical probes onto a single biochip and reduce the cost of screening and analyzing changes associated with disease development, detecting…

Researchers sew atomic lattices seamlessly together

Scientists have revealed a technique to ‘sew’ two patches of crystals seamlessly together at the atomic level to create atomically-thin fabrics.

Revolutionizing cancer research with nanodiamond

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is being revolutionized: With the nanodiamond the tumor tissue can be detected sooner and distinguished better from the healthy surrounding tissue.

Researchers develop a new class of two-dimensional materials

New kinds of ‘superlattices’ could lead to improvements in electronics, from transistors to LEDs.

For nanomedicine, cell sex matmonoclonal antibodies are crucial to fighting emerging infectious diseases

Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) have shown promise in the fight against cancer and autoimmune diseases. They also may play a role in future battles against emerging infectious disease outbreaks.

Nanostructures made of previously impossible material

How do you combine different elements in a crystal? Researchers have developed a method for incorporating previously unattainably high proportions of foreign atoms into crystals.

A new paradigm: Designing materials one atom at a time

New grant to develop molecular machines that self-replicate, producing pounds of 100-percent pure material.

Physicists tune a spin diode

A team of physicists has offered a new design of a spin diode, placing the device between two kinds of antiferromagnetic materials. By adjusting the orientation of their antiferromagnetic axes, it is…

Mapping battery materials with atomic precision

Researchers map the atoms of battery materials and explored how composition affects structure.

Researcher makes bold move by releasing nanotechnology ‘recipe’

In a rare move, a researcher is sharing his recipe for a new, more affordable way to make nanoparticles. This will empower any laboratory in the world to easily create similar nanoparticles and could…

New approach to measuring stickiness could aid micro-device design

Engineers have devised a new method of measuring the stickiness of micro-scale surfaces. The technique could be useful in designing and building micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), devices with…

Dog’s nose inspires new graphene gas sensor materials

Researchers report that they were able to mimic a dog’s sniffer with graphene-based nanoscrolls.

New insights could pave the way for self-powered low energy devices

Scientists have discovered more details about the way certain materials hold a charge even after two surfaces separate, information that could help improve devices that leverage such energy as a…

Workshop: Battery Innovation through advanced structural, chemical and mechanical characterisation

This interactive workshop highlights how different characterisation techniques combine to address the development, performance and degradation challenges for lithium-ion and solid-state batteries….

New transistor concept, solar cell included

Researchers have developed a novel concept in transistor technology: a two-in-one power source plus transistor device that runs on solar energy.

One for all: super-resolution microscopy with one universal nanobody

Scientists have developed a new strategy for dense, unobtrusive labeling of proteins. They utilize an inert peptide-tag in combination with a high affinity nanobody for close-grained fluorophore…

Direct observation of topology hidden inside materials

Determining the topological nature of materials by their substances is more important than their appearance.

Graphene promise for more efficient fertilisers

Fertilisers with lower environmental impacts and reduced costs for farmers are being developed by researchers in the world-first use of the new advanced material graphene as a fertiliser carrier….

The marriage of metal ions and black phosphorus - a new generation of semiconductor transport materials

Due to its fascinating properties, black phosphorus (BP) has demonstrated appealing potential for not only building (opto)electronic devices, but also in many other areas such as lithium-ion…

Call for Abstracts for the 2018 NanoScientific Symposium on Scanning Probe Microscopy

The first NanoScientific Symposium on Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) will be held at the Park Nanoscience Center at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany NY in September 2018.

Big steps toward controllable and selective fabrication of nanomaterials with prescribed structures

Researchers have developed the diagnostic tools that are being used to advance an improved and integrated understanding of plasma-based synthesis - a widely used but poorly understood tool for…

Researchers reshape the energy landscape of phonons in nanocrystals

Light and vibrations intertwine inside a nanoscale cavity.

A treasure trove for nanotechnology experts

A research team has identified more than 1,000  materials with a particularly interesting 2D structure. Their research paves the way for groundbreaking technological applications.

Lithium-related discovery could extend battery life and improve safety

New solution for mitigating dendrite growth shows promise for all batteries.

Precise layer growth in a superlattice controls electron coupling and magnetism

In this research, single 2-D layers of strontium iridium oxide were sandwiched between either one, two, or three layers of strontium titanium oxide to form three distinct superlattices. Researchers…

Contact lenses with built-in biofuel cells as power supply

Enzymatic biofuel cells (EBFCs) are bioelectronic devices that utilize enzymes as the electrocatalysts to catalyze the oxidation of fuel and/or the reduction of oxygen or peroxide for energy…

Modified, 3D-printable alloy shows promise for flexible electronics, soft robots

The advance paves the way toward the 3D printing of tall, complicated structures with a highly conductive gallium alloy.

A new imaging technique to ‘see’ the quantum world

Scientists have invented a new imaging technique that produces rapid, precise measurements of quantum behavior in an atomic clock in the form of near-instant visual art.

Scientists create multifunctional protein-polymer films

Researchers found that when mixing dendrimers and proteins, multilayer films are spontaneously formed and retain the activity and function of protein enzymes, which determines their potential as a…

Insulator or superconductor? Physicists find graphene is both

When rotated at a ‘magic angle’, graphene sheets can form an insulator or a superconductor.

Cleaning nanowires to get out more light

A simple chemical surface treatment improves the performance of nanowire ultraviolet light-emitting diodes.

Roton quasiparticles observed in quantum gas

This new work paves the way for a novel understanding of paradigmatic states of quantum fluids, such as supersolids.

Controlled coupling of light and matter with nano-optics

Researchers have built the foundations for a new field of nano-optics: they have succeeded in controlling the coupling of light and matter at room temperature.

Capturing brain signals with soft electronics

The new technology is based on a novel elastic material composite, which is biocompatible and retains high electrical conductivity even when stretched to double its original length.

The rise of 2D non-layered materials in optoelectronics

For the first time, liquid-phase exfoliation (LPE) - a widely explored technique to obtain two-dimensional (2D) layered nano-architectures - has been successfully used to exfoliate tellurium, a non-…

Comparison shows value of DNA barcoding in selecting nanoparticles

Study supports transport of therapeutic molecules into cells.

Scientists observe a new quantum particle with properties of ball lightning

This knotted skyrmion may provide insight into a stable ball of plasma that could enhance future fusion reactors.

Dual frequency comb generated on a single chip using a single laser

Engineers have miniaturized dual-frequency combs by putting two frequency comb generators on a single millimeter-sized silicon-based chip; could lead to low-cost, portable sensing, and spectroscopy…

Inexpensive, novel nanotechnology method to transport blood, urine samples without refrigeration

Using nanotechnology, a team of researchers has eliminated the need for refrigeration by developing a new low-cost technique that creates a protective shield around protein biomarkers in the sample….

Mapping nanoscale chemical reactions inside batteries in 3-D

Researchers have developed a new technique that lets them pinpoint the location of chemical reactions happening inside lithium-ion batteries in three dimensions at the nanoscale level.

Graphene material strengthens nerve signaling in the brain

A new study raises the possibility that graphene may enable researchers to change how cells communicate with each other by manipulating the cholesterol content in the cell membrane.

Axion insulator exhibits giant magnetoresistance at low magnetic fields

The resistance of a new design of quantum material varies greatly with magnetic field, making it useful for novel devices.

Method for predicting Dirac points developed, helping next-generation electronics research

Identifying the origins of ‘Dirac points’ could help to tailor two-dimensional materials for next-generation electronic devices.

Fluorinated phosphorene: a new way of solving instability problems in phosphorene

Recently, a new member has been introduced to the family of two-dimensional (2D) materials: phosphorene. Phosphorene has attracted much attention because of its tunable direct band gap and superior…

Durable wood carbon sponge could be the future of wearable sensors, pollutant treatment

Engineers have for the first time demonstrated that wood can be directly converted into a carbon sponge capable of enduring repeated compression and other extreme mechanical conditions.

Buckyball marries graphene

Electronic and structure richness arise from the merger of semiconducting molecules of carbon buckyballs and 2-D graphene.

The shape of things to come for quantum materials?

Single sheets made of pentagons are proven to exist and uniquely combine promising electronic properties and air stability.

Atomic movies explain why perovskite solar cells are more efficient

Tracking atoms is crucial to improving the efficiency of next-generation perovskite solar cells.

Catalysts: High performance lies on the edge

Iron may be more valuable than platinum. Sometimes.

Practical spin wave transistor one step closer

Physicists have managed to alter the flow of spin waves through a magnet, using only an electrical current. This is a huge step towards the spin transistor that is needed to construct spintronic…

A spinning top of light

Short, rotating pulses of light reveal a great deal about the inner structure of materials. Physicists have now developed a new method for precisely characterising such extremely short light pulses…

A nanoscaffold for heart cells

Biophysicists have studied the structure of a nanofibrous scaffold, as well as its interaction with rat cardiac cells. The study revealed that cardiomyocytes - heart muscle cells - envelop nanofibers…

Pointing light

Researchers take a materials approach to the application-rich area of steering light beams without moving parts.

Students find ways to use nanotechnology for good, win funds

The NTEC program encourages diverse, student-led teams to apply nanotechnology-based ideas to sustainability challenges in areas like public health, agriculture, clean water, and renewable energy….

Nanocarriers should cure grapevine trunk diseases

New funding initiative supports research about degradable nanocarriers for plant protection.

Easy printing of biosensors made of graphene

Scientists are now producing biosensors with graphene electrodes cheaply and simply in roll-to-roll printing. A system prototype for mass production already exists.

Converting CO2 into usable energy with graphene nanosheets

Scientists show that single nickel atoms are an efficient, cost-effective catalyst for converting carbon dioxide into useful chemicals.

Controlled release of nanohydrogel from halloysite nanotubes

A popular structure for the development of nanodelivery systems are hollow tubular nanoparticles. In new work, researchers show that a hydrogel can be confined within the cavity of halloysite…

Engineer develops enabling technology for emerging gene therapies

A research team has developed a method enabling effective insertion of large molecules - such as DNA, RNA and proteins - into cells and propels them into the cell nucleus.

Mining hardware helps scientists gain insight into silicon nanoparticles

For the first time, researchers developed a three-dimensional dynamic model of an interaction between light and nanoparticles.

Dressing atoms in an ultracold soup (w/video)

Physicists build bizarre molecules called ‘Rydberg polarons’.

The fine-tuning of two-dimensional materials

Researchers reach a new understanding of why synthetic 2-D materials often perform orders of magnitude worse than predicted.

Sandwich battery with ‘melty’ layer is safe, robust

Engineers have found a new path in the quest to make safer batteries: they took advantage of a chemical reaction that melds them together safely to create a solid-state battery.

How exact is my nanoruler?

The development and evaluation of DNA origami-based nanorulers enables measurements in the nano cosmos with increasing precision.

Smart heat control of microchips

The new approach is based on identifying thermal patterns during normal operation of processors in order to identify deviations through hacking or malfunction.

Magnetic nanoparticles will help stop internal bleeding 15 times more effectively

The researchers developed magnetically-driven nanoparticles containing thrombin. A drug based on these nanoparticles can be injected intravenously and delivered straight to the site of a vascular…

Naked-eye detection of solvent vapor

A research team has recently developed an effective fluorescent sensor for solvent vapor. Their sensor is based on a branched molecule called a dendrimer.

Aqueous storage device needs only 20 seconds to go

Researchers have developed a hybrid energy storage with high energy and power densities along over a long cycle life by assembling fibre-like polymer chain anodes and sub-nanoscale metal oxide…

Optical distance measurement at record-high speed

Microresonator-based optical frequency combs enable highly-precise optical distance ranging at a rate of 100 million measurements per second.

Promising electrolyte structure designs for solid-state lithium-ion batteries

Finding low-cost solid materials capable of efficiently and safely replacing liquid electrolytes in lithium-ion batteries has been a considerable research interest over the past years. Of the various…

A marriage of light-manipulation technologies

Researchers have, for the first time, integrated two technologies widely used in applications such as optical communications, bio-imaging and Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) systems that scan the…

Squid skin could be the solution to camouflage material

Scientists have turned the animal’s pigment particles into spools of fiber that can be used for a number of things.

Optical emission of two-dimensional arsenic sulfide prepared in plasma

Researchers demonstrate for the first time optical emission of two-dimensional ‘beyond graphene’ arsenic sulfide prepared in plasma.

Ultra-fast graphene photonics for next generation datacomms

On show for the first time at the GSMA Mobile World Congress are two graphene based photonics devices which give a glimpse into the future of data communications.

Individual quantum dots imaged in 3-D for first time (w/video)

Researchers have developed an imaging technique that uses a tiny, super sharp needle to nudge a single nanoparticle into different orientations and capture 2-D images to help reconstruct a 3-D…

Supercomputer model reveals how sticky tape makes graphene

Researchers have explained for the first time the mystery of why adhesive tape is so useful for graphene production.

Optical properties of 2D materials could advance infrared technology

Scientists have studied the optical characteristics of a special type of material made of a single layer of phosphorus atoms for the benefit of detecting and interacting with infrared light.

Wile E. Coyote’s fall inspires development of new properties of silicon

An international team of scientists has discovered a new type of silicon that could be used to control light beams in a new kind of photonic chip - a chipset where information is carried by light…

Super-resolution microscopy in both space and time

A research team has developed a technique that can perform both 3D super-resolution microscopy and fast 3D phase imaging in a single instrument.

Light-activated black phosphorus hydrogel releases cancer drugs

As a new member of the two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterial family, black phosphorus (BP) has attracted considerable attention in biomedicine, due to its unique physicochemical properties as well as…

Researchers find metal in ‘metal-free’ graphene catalysts

Study of graphene catalysts finds trace of manganese, suggests better ultrathin fuel-cell components.

Carbon nanotube yarn taps nerves for electroceutical treatments and diagnostics

Yarn weaved from carbon nanotubes monitors brain control of organ functions in rats, paves way for disease diagnosis and treatment at single nerve level.

First nanoscale look at how lithium ions navigate a molecular maze to reach battery electrode

Lithium ions have to travel through layers of molecules in the electrolyte liquid before they can enter or leave a lithium-ion battery electrode. Tweaking this process could help batteries charge…

Clever nanocoating opens door to smart windows

New ultra-thin coating responds to heat and cold.

Bioinspired design for new electrode could boost supercapacitors’ performance

Mechanical engineers have designed a super-efficient and long-lasting electrode for supercapacitors. The device’s design was inspired by the structure and function of leaves on tree branches, and it…

Going with the DNA flow: Molecule of life finds new uses in microelectronics

Researchers have recently designed, created and tested a DNA circuit capable of splitting and combining current, much like an adapter that can connect multiple appliances to a wall outlet.

Glowing designer sponges: New nanoparticles engineered to image and treat cancer

Scientists have designed and synthesized nanoparticles that glow red and are stable, useful properties for tracking cancer growth and spread.

A new way to grow nanowires

The new mask-free fabrication approach uses a liquid ink precursor to produce nanoscale materials, allowing researchers to predict and optimize the geometric shape of the resulting structure.

New technique allows printing of flexible, stretchable silver nanowire circuits

Researchers have developed a new technique that allows them to print circuits on flexible, stretchable substrates using silver nanowires. The advance makes it possible to integrate the material into…

Majorana runners go long range: New topological phases of matter unveiled

Merging of Majorana particles in a topological superconductor opens new avenues for quantum technologies.

Nanomaterials: what are the environmental and health risks?

Over 100 scientists from 25 research institutions and industries in 12 different European Countries have completed one of the first attempts to understand the risks nanomaterials carry throughout…

Largest molecular spin found close to a quantum phase transition

International research project on the border between physics and chemistry.

A new approach towards highly efficient and air-stable perovskite solar cells

New research reveals how to make highly-efficient solar cells, more stable than previous devices made with related materials.

Back to the future: Belgian nanomaterials register retroactively amended

The Belgian federal government unnecessarily delayed the adoption of the Amending Royal Decree until December 2017 and published it only mid-January 2018. It creates legal uncertainty where it should…

Exotic state of matter: An atom full of atoms

Scientists have provided proof for a new state of matter: an electron orbits a nucleus at a great distance, while many other atoms are bound inside the orbit.

Nanomushroom sensors: One material, many applications

Scientists have developed new innovative biosensing material for counting dividing cells and detecting biomolecules.

Opening windows for new spintronic studies

A surprising discovery about spin-electron interactions in a specialized semiconductor material - a ‘sandwich’ of layers with different properties, buffered by a graphene nanoribbon - could…

Attoseconds break into atomic interior

A newly developed laser technology has made it possible to observe the interaction of multiple photons in a single such pulse with electrons in the inner orbital shell of an atom.

Researchers combine metalens with an artificial muscle (w/video)

Artificial eye automatically stretches to simultaneously focus and correct astigmatism and image shift.

Giant intrinsic chirality from planar dielectric nanostructures

Researchers have developed a metasurface, comprised of a single planar layer of nanostructures, which exhibits strong optical chirality in transmission.

Atomic design by water

Scientists show how geometric structures at surfaces can be formed with atomic precision by water.

Chiral magnets show bulk diode effect due to spin fluctuations

Materials with left- and right-handed responses to current exhibit an intriguing diode effect.

Molecular printing with light-actuated pens

The past two decades have witnessed the evolution of advanced physical probe-based nanolithography techniques for molecular printing such as for instance Dip-Pen Nanolithography. Now, researchers…

Luminescent nano-architectures of gallium arsenide

Scientists have succeeded in growing nanocrystals of gallium arsenide on tiny columns of silicon and germanium. This enables extremely efficient optoelectronic components for important frequency…

Using light and gold for targeted, non-invasive drug delivery

The new method uses a unique polymer coating that contains nanoscale gold particles, in addition to the drug itself. The drug only releases when a light shines on the gold particles, causing the…

Remembering really fast

Colossal magnetoresistance at terahertz frequencies in thin composites boosts novel memory devices operated at extremely high speed.

Researchers turn light upside down

A new metasurface for infrared light is based on boron nitride, a graphene-like 2D material, and was selected because of its capability to manipulate infrared light on extremely small length scales,…

Fast Silicon Photonics Alignment Engine is a 2018 Photonics Integrated Circuits Awards Finalist - Polls Open Now

PI’s automated high-speed alignment system is a finalist in the Advances in Manufacturing category. Winners will be announced at the PIC conference 10-11 April 2018, Brussels, Belgium.

Concrete infused with wood nanocrystals is stronger

Researchers studying whether concrete is made stronger by infusing it with nanocrystals from wood are moving from the laboratory to the real world with a bridge that will be built in California this…

Imaging individual flexible DNA ‘building blocks’ in 3-D

Researchers generate first images of 129 DNA structures.

Stiffness matters for nanomedicine

Nanomedicine entry into cancer cells can be tuned by modulating the stiffness of the plasma membrane.

Why burn bagasse when you can 3D print its nanocellulose

Bagasse, a waste plant matter obtained by food industry processes such as sugarcane processing, has great potential as raw material for the production of cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) for a range of…

Flat-packed optical components

Nanostructured thin-films that can bend light by large angles could be a replacement for bulky glass optical components.

Faster data transfer through plasmons

A transducer that converts electrical signals directly into surface plasmons could allow rapid data transfer and link photonic devices to electronics.

Using nanodiamonds to put squeeze on materials

Molecular technique holds potential to make chemistry greener and more precise.

‘Memtransistor’ brings world closer to brain-like computing

Combined memristor and transistor can process information and store memory with one device.

Scientists discover new nanoparticle, dubbed exomeres

A new cellular messenger discovered by scientists may help reveal how cancer cells co-opt the body’s intercellular delivery service to spread to new locations in the body.

Researchers bring high res magnetic resonance imaging to nanometer scale

A new technique that brings magnetic resonance imaging to the nanometer scale with unprecedented resolution will open the door for major advances in understanding new materials, virus particles and…

Reinventing the inductor

Using a new materials-based approach yields a smaller, higher-performing alternative to the classic design.

Tuning quantum light sources

First known material capable of emitting single photons at room temperature and telecom wavelengths.

A nanowire array to screen drugs for neurodegenerative diseases

Engineers develop wires that penetrate neurons and measure their activity.

Robotic crystals that walk n’roll

Scientists may have come a step closer to innovating soft robots to care for people. Its material, however, is something you may have never expected.

Rapid detection of pesticide residue with nanoparticles

Food scientists have developed polystyrene coated magnetic nanoparticles which allow rapid screening of trace amounts of pesticide residue in vegetable crops.

Spatial structure of bound hole states in black phosphorous

Chemists have discovered that the bound states of ‘holes’ in black phosphorus changes from an extended ellipse into a dumbbell shape when it is electrically excited, providing new insights for its…

Splitting crystals for 2D metallic conductivity

Adding oxygen atoms to a perovskite-like crystal material splits it into layers, giving it unique electrical properties.

MEMS chips get metatlenses

Combining metasurface lenses with MEMS technology could add high-speed scanning and enhance focusing capability of optical systems.

Single atoms in nano-cages

Tiny cages can trap and release inert argon gas atoms, allowing their further study and providing a new way to capture rare gases.

Tiny, light-powered wires to modulate brain’s electrical signals

A new study offers a new avenue to shed light on - and perhaps someday treat - brain disorders.

Building a nanoscale filter using DNA

Inspired by biological filters, scientists have designed and built a nanometre-sized pore that helps us to better understand the complex way by which cells transport genetic material and viruses….

The ongoing development of DNA nanotechnology

DNA, the fundamental building block of our genetic makeup, has become an intense nanotechnology research field. Nanotechnology researchers use it to create artificial rationally designed…

A quadrillionth of a second in slow motion

Observing and controlling ultrafast processes with attosecond resolution.

C’mon electrons, let’s do the twist!

Identifying right-handed and left-handed molecules is a crucial step for many applications in chemistry and pharmaceutics. An international research team has now presented a new original and very…

Computers aid discovery of new, inexpensive material to make LEDs with high color quality

Scientists have used data mining and computational tools to discover a new phosphor material for white LEDs that is inexpensive and easy to make.

Seeing the future of new energy materials

Using advanced NMR spectroscopy methods to guide materials design.

Flexible warped nanographene developed for bioimaging

A new water-soluble nanocarbon triggers cell death when exposed to light.

Ultrathin, highly elastic skin display shows electrocardiogram readings

Device displays electrocardiogram recorded by skin sensor, holds promise for home healthcare applications.

Creating highly tunable adhesives with Kirigami-inspired structures

Tuning adhesion without relying on chemical treatment or micro or nanostructured surfaces is now closer with a novel, kirigami-inspired approach. New research shows that by carefully designing arrays…

Many colors from a single dot

Physicists show how even a separate single nanoparticle can be used to emit different colors of light.

Contacting the molecular world through graphene nanoribbons

Scientists create the tiniest magnetic device contacted, made of a single molecule.

Polar bear hair inspires nanotechnology enhanced thermal textile

Inspired by the microstructure and thermal insulation function of the polar bear hair, scientists have used a freeze-spinning technique to continuously fabricate silk fibroin solution into a fiber…

Precision experiments reveal gaps in van der Waals theory

An international research team has performed synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments on titanium disulfide - a transition metal dichalogenide (TMD) material with a layered 2D structure - and…

To untangle the effects of nanoparticles on microbes, look at the genes

Nanoparticles are one of a long list of substances that can perturb microbes, but teasing out their effects is a Sisyphean task.

Deep-brain exploration with nanotechnology material

A less invasive way to stimulate the mouse brain with light.

Biocompatible anti-burn nanotechnology fibers that act as ‘living bandages’

Researchers present a new therapeutic material based on nanofibers made of polycaprolactone modified with a thin-film antibacterial composition and plasma components of human blood. Biodegradable…

PI Expands Its Family of Digital Piezo Nanopositioning Controllers

Integrating different drive technologies from traditional servo and stepper motors to highly specialized piezo-ceramic scanners is easy.

System draws power from daily temperature swings

A new device can draw power out of the daily cycle of temperature swings to power remote sensors or communications systems.

Gel uses nanoparticles for on-demand control of droplet shapes

Scientists discovered a simple way to form stabilized droplets in a variety of structures. Tightly packed nanoparticle-polymer assemblies at droplet surfaces were squeezed into desired shapes…

Creating low-cost, pain-free injections

Researchers devise a new, inexpensive way to fabricate microneedles.

New printing technique uses cells and molecules to recreate biological structures

Researchers have developed a printing technique using cells and molecules normally found in natural tissues to create constructs that resemble biological structures.

Self-healing damage at the atomic level

Scientists discovered a self-healing cycle for defects in ceramics predicted by advanced atomic-level simulations.

Cheap chemical probe makes it possible to optimize recycling and biofuel production

Processing of plant-based material for recycling and biofuel production is a black box. Not knowing the input makes it almost impossible to predict the output.

Demonstration of a single molecule piezoelectric effect

Breakthrough provides a new concept of the design of molecular motors, sensors and electricity generators at nanoscale.

Nanotechnology researchers discover novel exciton interactions in carbon nanotubes

Nanotechnology researchers studying small bundles of carbon nanotubes have discovered an optical signature showing excitons bound to a single nanotube are accompanied by excitons tunneling across…

How bacteria produce manganese oxide nanoparticles

Multiple techniques to characterize an enzyme complex shed light on how bacteria create particles and contribute to global cycles.

Fabricating 2D nanosheets from non-layered materials

Scientists report a systematic study involving theoretical and experimental approaches to evaluate the Li-ion storage capability in 2D atomic sheets of nonlayered MoO2. They describe a new process -…

Graphene membranes make Sydney Harbour ‘drinkable’

Using their own specially designed form of graphene, ‘Graphair’, scientists have supercharged water purification, making it simpler, more effective and quicker.

Making light work of nanopositioning

An integrated design strategy lowers the mass and costs of motors that move objects nanometers at a time.

Scientists use egg whites for clean energy production

Scientists have developed a way to potentially use egg whites as a substrate to produce a carbon-free fuel.

Cells ‘walk’ on liquids a bit like geckos

Researchers report the successful growth of skin cells at the surface of liquid oil droplets.

Nanotechnology could redefine oral surgery

A pre-clinical study is showing that dentists could potentially reduce pain and recovery time with the aid of specialized nanotechnology.

Getting to the heart of carbon nanotube clusters

Researchers create predictable patterns from unpredictable carbon nanotubes.

Smart and comfortable new nanocomposite textiles for high-tech clothing

Researchers have developed new nonwoven materials that are electrically conductive as well as flexible and breathable.

Synthetic nanopores detect interactions between nanomaterials and cell membranes

Researchers propose proposed a low-cost yet efficient in vitro method to assess the nanotoxicity of nanomaterials toward the cell membrane.

Photothermal management with engineered nanophotonics

A new report proposes the use of low-cost and scalable nanophotonic multilayered structures for reutilizing waste thermal emission from solar reflective film for simultaneous passive daytime cooling…

Micromotors made easy

Researchers have devised a simple manufacturing method for versatile graphene oxide-based micromotors. Requiring no specialist equipment, it can be used to produce a range of micromotors that can be…

Innovation could spur faster, cheaper, nano-based manufacturing

Scalable and cost-effective manufacturing of thin film devices.

Park Systems Holds Grand Opening Ceremony of the Park Nanoscience Lab at their European Headquarters

The new office in Germany will serve as a central European AFM research facility, providing technical sales and service with a fully equipped Atomic Force Microscopy Nanoscience Lab on site.

Understanding brain functions using upconversion nanoparticles

Researchers can now send light deep into the brain to study neural activities.

Wood nanotechnology for selective oil/water separation

Cellulose aerogels, made from nanofibrils found in plants, have several unique features, one of which is super high oil absorption capacity that is several times higher than commercial sorbents…

All-terrain microbot moves by tumbling over complex topography (w/video)

A new type of all-terrain microbot that moves by tumbling could help usher in tiny machines for various applications.

A synthetic cell that produces anti-cancer drugs within a tumor

Novel technology induced cancer cell eradication in both cultured cells and in a tumor tissue.

New hole-punched crystal clears a path for quantum light

Photonic chip guides single photons, even when there are bends in the road.

Three’s company: New alloy sets magnetism benchmark

Preliminary atomic moment results for new iron-cobalt-manganese thin film blow past decades-old record by potentially 50 percent.

Graphene on toast, anyone? (w/video)

Scientists create patterned graphene onto food, paper, cloth, cardboard.

Perfect edges in graphene devices sabotage the Hall effect

Researchers have looked closer at the Hall effect in narrow graphene devices - so-called graphene nanoribbons and nanoconstrictions. They were puzzled when they found that the quantization of the…

High-efficiency and low-cost nanocatalyst for water electrolysis

Researchers succeed in the development of alternative and cheapest anode material for excellent and ultra-stable alkaline water electrolysis.

Technique produces powerful nanoengineered DNA wire biosensors

Researchers reported a nanoengineering innovation that offers hope for treatment of cancer, infections and other health problems - conductive wires of DNA enhanced with gold which could be used to…

Tissue paper sensors show promise for health care, entertainment, robotics

Engineers have used nanocomposite materials to turn tissue paper into a new kind of wearable sensor that can detect a pulse, a blink of an eye and other human movement.

Hybrid optics bring color imaging using ultrathin metalenses into focus

Scientists announced that they have successfully combined two different imaging methods - a type of lens designed for nanoscale interaction with lightwaves, along with robust computational processing…

Using injectable self-assembled nanomaterials for sustained delivery of drugs

New injectable delivery system can slowly release drug carriers for months.

Tiny drug-delivering capsules could sustain transplanted insulin-producing cells

A drug-carrying microsphere within a cell-bearing microcapsule could be the key to transplanting insulin-secreting pig pancreas cells into human patients whose own cells have been destroyed by type I…

Today’s highest quality composite-piezoelectric

An international team of scientists has managed to develop a composite material that has the best piezoelectric properties today.

Cancer-fighting nanorobots programmed to seek and destroy tumors

Study shows first applications of DNA origami for nanomedicine.

Scalable two-dimensional materials advance future-gen electronics

Researchers have developed a multistep process to make single crystal atomically-thin films of tungsten diselenide across large-area sapphire substrates.

Preventing the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope from crashing into the surface of a material

Scientists believe they have addressed a long-standing problem troubling scientists and engineers for more than 35 years: How to prevent the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope from crashing into…

Researchers invented light-emitting nanoantennas based on halide perovskites

Researchers have managed to combine a nanoantenna and a light source in a single nanoparticle. It can generate, enhance and route emission via excited resonant modes coupled with excitons.

New process allows 3-D printing of nanoscale metal structures

Synthesizing organic scaffolds that contain metal ions enables 3-D printing of metallic structures that are orders of magnitude smaller than previously possible.

Rubber blanket at an atomic level

Scientists have successfully measured the distortions in 2D materials at microscopic level, which means it is now possible to observe precisely (point for point) how the properties of a material may…

Nanocoating wiggles surface clean

Researchers have developed a nanocoating that wipes off dust and sand from a surface by an electrical trigger, e.g. to clean solar panels in desert like conditions. This novel coating forms dynamic…

Controlling the kinetics of ion-capturing/ion-releasing regimes in liquid crystals by means of nanoparticles

New work describes how to control the kinetics of ion-capturing/ion-releasing regimes in liquid crystals by means of nanoparticles. Various types of nanomaterials and alignment layers are considered…

Stacking on the graphene

Researchers have fabricated two types of trilayer graphene with different electrical properties.

Metasurfaces enable improved optical lens performance

Producing the perfect color images we need and love often requires multiple, heavy lenses so that each color focuses in exactly the same plane. Now engineers have developed a new theory that solves…

Your gadget’s next power supply? Your body

Gold tab attached to skin converts mechanical energy into juice for wearables, self-powered electronics.

A super resolution view of chemical reactions

Researchers have demonstrated, using a super resolution microscopic technique, how to follow chemical reactions taking place in very small volumes. The method of analysis is the first to make it…

Few-layer tellurium as a promising successor of black phosphorus

Scientists have theoretically predicted few-layer alpha-Tellurium to be a promising elementary semiconductor with extremely high carrier mobility, layer-tunable bandgap, strong light absorption,…

Water-soluble warped nanographene and its application for photo-induced cell death

Researchers have introduced ‘warped nanographene’, which is soluble in a broad range of solvents while maintaining its photophysical properties.

Antibacterial applications of graphene oxides

Nano-antibacterial agents represent a novel strategy for bacterial killing.

Innovative antimicrobial adhesive films to reduce infection risk in hospitals

In the framework of the European project FLEXPOL, researchers are designing formulations with antimicrobial properties from essential oils.

Mass production of new class of carbon nanotube semiconductors closer to reality

Chemists have found a way to simultaneously control the orientation and select the size of single-walled carbon nanotubes deposited on a surface.

Ultra-efficient removal of carbon monoxide using gold nanoparticles on a molecular support

New method and mechanism for state-of-the-art gas purification.

Acoustic nanomotors

Active delivery of Cas9-sgRNA complex in the cell by using ultrasound-propelled nanomotors.

Quantum dots display promise for polymers

Scientists simplify process to make polymers with light-triggered nanoparticles.

First 3-D imaging of excited quantum dots

A research team shows how electronically excited quantum dots can be imaged at multiple orientations to gain a fuller understanding of quantum dot behavior.

First hybrid nanotechnology device mimicking blood-brain barrier

The device will be fundamental for studying new strategies to overcome blood-brain barrier and treat brain diseases.

Scientists observe nanowires as they grow

X-ray experiments reveal exact details of self-catalyzed growth for the first time.

‘Zipping-up’ rings to make nanographenes

A fast and efficient method for graphene nanoribbon synthesis.

Interference as a new method for cooling quantum devices

Theoretical physicists propose to use negative interference to control heat flow in quantum devices.

Fast-spinning spheres show nanoscale systems’ secrets

Spin a merry-go-round fast enough and the riders fly off in all directions. But the spinning particles in a lab do just the opposite.

New work on solar cell film phase transitions

The paper focuses on research of the structural-phase transition behaviors in mixed halide perovskite thin films.

Printable, colorful camouflage with polymers

Scientists have developed polymers that can better mimic nature’s color-changing abilities than existing polymers. They say the materials could enable smart decorations, camouflage textiles and…

Super wood could replace steel

New process could make wood as strong as titanium alloys but lighter and cheaper.

Research effort demos new atomic effect for potential isotopic battery

A multinational research team successfully induced a controlled release of stored isotopic energy using a physical effect involving atomic electrons that was proposed more than 40 years ago but never…

Biosensors will be inexpensive, do more, go everywhere

A new review maps the progress and untapped potential of wearable sensors.

Light controls two-atom quantum computation

Scientists realize mathematical operations with a quantum gate between two trapped atoms that is mediated by photons.

‘Molecular bicycle pedal’: researchers present molecular switch

Just like a bicycle pedal that can be turned forwards and backwards - this is how the new molecular switch can be described. The pedal motion is triggered by light.

A rewritable metacanvas for photonic applications (w/video)

The metacanvas is a completely new generation of technology compared to all previous works. It is a tunable photonic devices based on vanadium dioxide that is lithography-free and fully…

A new radiation detector made from graphene

With a simple design and relatively low cost, this graphene-based radiation detector could be scaled up, enabling a wide range of commercial applications.

The future of wireless communications is terahertz

A new platform for light-matter interaction in fiber optics holds promise for enhancing existing and developing nanotechnologies.

Serious shortcomings in aging tests of new solar cell materials

Scientists have found that only a fraction of stability tests done on new types of solar cells meet proper requirements. Tests lack common standards and should have been done in real-world conditions…

The dawn of gallium oxide microelectronics

Gallium oxide has an advantage over silicon in producing cheaper and smaller devices.

40-year controversy in solid-state physics resolved

An international team has shown that the puzzling properties of samarium hexaboride do not stem from the material being a topological insulator, as it had been proposed to be.

New method enables high-resolution measurements of magnetism

Researchers have made significant progress allowing very high resolution magnetic measurements. With their method it is possible to measure magnetism of individual atomic planes.

Theoretical physicists manipulate light with nanoscale objects

Results advance understanding of periodic arrays in nanostructures.

Pores with a memory

Light switch: porous polymer films with shape memory.

Optical ceramic meets metal-organic frameworks

Researchers have developed a new type of materials, i.e. metal-organic frameworks, for preparation of the optical ceramics.

On-demand liquid release from a sponge-like coating

A novel approach to deliver liquids from a solid coating is both location- and time- controlled. The sponge-like coating can repeatedly absorb liquids and release them again. The type of release,…

Liquid crystals form nano rings

Quantized self-assembly enables design of materials with novel properties.

Researchers discover an exceptional metal-oxide magnesium battery cathode material

Move over, lithium-ion; now, there’s a better battery on the horizon.

Advances in fabricating nanocrystalline diamonds to study materials under extreme conditions

These synthetic diamonds have produced nearly twice the pressure found at the center of the Earth.

Researchers solve a materials mystery key to next-generation electronic devices

Researchers have provided evidence of a hole gas coexisting with the electron gas. They designed an ultrathin material, known as a thin film structure, specifically for this research.

Controlling quantum interactions in a single material

Discovery could lead to ultrafast, low-power electronics and quantum computers.

Vanadium dioxyde: A revolutionary material for tomorrow’s electronics

Phase-chance switch can now be performed at higher temperatures.

Taking solar energy to the edge

Engineered stacked perovskite layers harvest light or create light via layer edges.

Super-adsorbent MOF to control humidity

A metal-organic framework that can take up twice its weight in water and then release it when humidity falls.

Smart new method to manufacture organic solar cells

Researchers have developed an improved method to manufacture these thin and flexible solar cells.

Round-the-clock power from smart bowties

Innovative diode design uses ultrafast quantum tunneling to harvest infrared energy from the environment.

Bone-inspired self-crack-healing ceramics capable of quick full strength recovery

Scientists have discovered that self-healing ceramics undergo three healing stages analogous to bone healing processes: inflammation, repair and remodeling.

Breathable, wearable electronics on skin for long-term health monitoring

New nanomesh structure lets skin breathe, prevents inflammation.

Modular DNA nanoswitches get close and light up specific biomarkers

Nature invented many strategies to bring biomolecules closer so that they can meet and interact and these mechanisms are at the basis of life. Now, researchers have demonstrated that this mechanism…

Eesearchers develop new surface design inspired by snake skin

Researchers have developed a design construct inspired in part by the surface of butterflies and snakes, where flexible skins are fully covered by rigid, discrete scales.

Measuring the temperature of two-dimensional materials at the atomic level

Researchers describe a new technique for precisely measuring the temperature and behavior of new two-dimensional materials that will allow engineers to design smaller and faster microprocessors….

Building miniature optical antennas using DNA as a guide

A new fabrication technique combines programmable DNA origami shapes and conventional lithography methods to create metallic nanoantennas and chiral shapes for diverse applications.

New controls scale quantum chips

Engineers and physicists describe a breakthrough that can expand the size of practical quantum processors by reducing interference.

Scientists found and studied complex types of defects in the droplets of liquid crystals

Scientists have studied the droplets of a cholesteric liquid crystal that contained a twisted defect loop.

Scientists discover ‘chiral phonons’ - Atomic rotations in a 2-D semiconductor crystal

Experiments confirm the first chiral phonon that could enable exotic forms of electronics.

Creating an electron-hole liquid at room temperature

Making a liquid out of electrons is complicated, but it opens the door to research in a wide variety of electronics. Now, physicists have created a phase diagram that can help researchers create this…

New nanomaterial risk assessment project kicked off

The newly started H2020 GRACIOUS project will develop a highly innovative science-based framework that supports the assessment of risk posed by the ever increasing array of nanomaterials on the…

Nano-switches in the cell

Researchers have discovered a new mechanism for the regulation of protein synthesis.

Monitoring positive charges in solar materials

Scientists have implemented a novel way of detecting positive charges (holes) and their trapping in solar materials.

Study analyzes the potential and the challenges of flexible mechanical metamaterials

New review article discusses the challenges facing flexible mechanical metamaterials.

Supercomputer predicts good solar cell materials

A supercomputer simulated more than 11,000  compounds to find promising materials for a new type of solar cell.

Superconductors earn their stripes

Scientists have provided the first evidence of a hidden superconducting state above the superconducting transition temperature. Such a state has been elusive to detect since it is invisible to most…

Kirigami nanofluidic devices

Recent research in nanofluidics has adopted reconstructed layered two-dimensional (2D) sheets (such as graphene oxide or clay) as a promising material platform for nanofluidics. These membranes…

Future of semiconductor lasing: Topological insulator lasers

Applying topological physics to lasing creates more highly efficient and robust lasers.

Researchers observe electrons zipping around in crystals

Scientists have tracked electrons moving through exotic materials that may make up the next generation of computing hardware.

Engineers report advances in spintronic devices that will help lead to a new technology for computing and data storage

Discoveries will help realize the promise of faster, energy-efficient spintronic computers and ultra-high-capacity data storage.

Moving beyond graphene

Developing 2D materials similar to graphene remains a challenge, but chemists are making progress - moving closer to smaller and faster electronics and photonics.

A biological approach to precision medicine targets endless number of diseases

Self-assembling platform effectively delivers inhibitory RNA molecules to targeted cell populations.

A higher(er)-definition nose

MXene material could improve sensors that sniff.

Zero gravity graphene promises success in space (w/video)

In a series of experiments, researchers experienced weightlessness testing graphene?s application in space.

New MXene materials could capture wasted frictional energy from smartphones

New research describes how a new family of two-dimensional transition metal carbides, known as MXenes, could be used to harvest wasted frictional energy, for example, from muscle contractions during…

Splashdown: Supersonic cold metal bonding in 3-D

A highly versatile deposition process already used to manufacture aircraft parts and other expensive, delicate surfaces is now 3-D modeled to show the effects of temperature for the first time.

New, safe zinc oxide quantum dots

Chemists have shown that ZnO nanoparticles produced by a new self-supporting organometallic method are safe for human cells. Now it’s only one step towards innovative applications.

Friction found where there should be none: In superfluids near absolute zero

Physicists have discovered unexpected friction while rotating superfluid helium.

Quick HIV detection method could diagnose early disease

Scientists have develped a test capable of detecting HIV early using more efficient, robust methods.

Engineering research gives optical switches the ‘contrast’ of electronic transistors

Engineers have taken an important step toward the creation of a working optical transistor: precisely controlling the mixing of optical signals via tailored electric fields, and obtaining outputs…

Macromolecular order in the plastic kingdom

Researchers have found out how the regularity of polypropylene molecules and thermal treatment affect the mechanical properties of the end product. Their new insights make it possible to synthesize a…

Self-sssembled ‘hairy’ nanoparticles could give a double punch to cancer

‘Hairy nanoparticles made with light-sensitive materials that assemble themselves could one day become nano-carriers providing doctors a new way to simultaneously introduce both therapeutic drugs and…

New magnet-based drug delivery system shows promise for cancer treatment

A team of researchers has developed a non-invasive method of delivering drugs directly to cancerous tissue using magnetic forces, a form of treatment that could significantly reduce the toxic side…

Engineers develop flexible lithium battery for wearable electronics

Shaped like a spine, new design enables remarkable flexibility, high energy density, and stable voltage, no matter how it is flexed or twisted.

Physicists generate terahertz waves with spin current flow

Physicists use a quantum magnetic current flow, so-called spin current, in magnetic metal nanostructures. The cost-effective and material-saving technology has the potential for industry applications…

Nanofoam catalysts efficiently generates hydrogen from water

Researchers have found a way to more efficiently generate hydrogen from water - an important key to making clean energy more viable.

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Moisture-powered electronics 23.05.2018 Nanowerk
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Mimicking biology to shape nanomaterials 22.05.2018 Nanowerk
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Remote control of transport through nanopores 22.05.2018 Nanowerk
Magnesium magnificent for plasmonic applications 22.05.2018 Nanowerk
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