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2D semiconductors found to be close-to-ideal fractional quantum hall platform

Researchers discover a quantum fluid - fractional quantum Hall states, one of the most delicate phases of matter - in a monolayer 2D semiconductor; finding could provide a unique test platform for...

A highly effective and safe nanocrystal to combat dangers of radiation

Inducing surface strain to CeO2/Mn3O4 heterostructured nanocrystals can enhance antioxidant properties.

Electrically focus-tuneable ultrathin lens for high-resolution square subpixels

Researchers have invented an electrically focus-tunable, graphene-based ultrathin subpixel square lens device that demonstrates excellent focusing performance.

Fast-charging and high-capacity nanomesh-based cathodes for Li-ion batteries

The concept of nanostructuring of battery electrodes is not new; it has been frequently employed to improve the charging speed and, in some cases, stability of Li-ion electrodes. Researchers now...

New insights into van der Waals materials

Scientists provide new insights into the interactions of layered materials with laser and electron beams.

Cell 'membrane on a chip' could speed up screening of drug candidates for COVID-19

Researchers have developed a human cell 'membrane on a chip' that allows continuous monitoring of how drugs and infectious agents interact with our cells, and may soon be used to test potential drug...

Ultrathin boron nitride films for next-generation electronics

Researchers have unveiled a novel material that could enable major leaps in the miniaturization of electronic devices.

Enhancing the performance of perovskite solar cells with 'graphene armor'

Researchers have come up with a novel electrode that could greatly improve the stability of perovskite solar cells, the most promising candidate for the next generation solar cells due to their low...

Researchers propose novel method for plasmonic structural color generation

Researchers have developed a novel direct growth method of vertically orientated nanocavity arrays to generate plasmonic structural colors, which feature wide gamut, improved color saturation,...

How to get rid of the coffee-stain effect

Previously, researchers discovered that the well-known coffee-stain effect is caused by a remarkable mechanism, showing avalanche-like behavior of particles in a fluid. They now show how to prevent...

Microscopic structures could further improve perovskite solar cells

Scientists have found microscopic structures in perovskite crystals that can guide the charge transport in the solar cell. Clever alignment of these electron highways could make perovskite solar...

New nano-engineering strategy shows potential for improved advanced energy storage

Researchers using a strategy called strain-engineering in 2D materials now say new types of cathodes, suitable for advanced energy storage, can be developed using beyond-lithium ion batteries.

The superiority of single-layer molybdenum disulfide for water desalination

Researchers show that a nanoporous MoS2 membrane allows a higher water flux compared with other 2D materials such as graphene, boron nitride and phosphorene. The team dug deeply into the physical...

Harvesting hydrogen from nanogardens

Easily produced, nature-like nanostructures of cobalt phosphide are highly effective catalysts for the electrolysis of water.

Towards lasers powerful enough to investigate a new kind of physics

An international team of researchers has demonstrated an innovative technique for increasing the intensity of lasers. This approach, based on the compression of light pulses, would make it possible...

Tiny mineral particles are better vehicles for promising gene therapy

Researchers have developed a safer and more efficient way to deliver a promising new method for treating cancer and liver disorders and for vaccination -- including a COVID-19 vaccine.

Designing better holograms - Nanofabrication adds complexity to optical electronic devices

Researchers demonstrated novel ways to design and build materials for controlling light. The new materials have two layers of metasurfaces.

Integrating variable signals in hydrogels

Scientists sought to form longer-lifetime response complexes in a hydrogel and use those longer responses to produce unique reactions in the hydrogel.

Flexible carbon nanotube material shows potential for use in fabrics to heat, cool

A new study finds that carbon nanotube film has a combination of thermal, electrical and physical properties that make it an appealing candidate for next-generation smart fabrics.

Printed flexible electronics bring us one step closer to smart clothing

Researchers have developed a new system of electrodes that can be implemented into our clothing and withstand our daily routines.

Thermophones offer new route to radically simplify array design, research shows

Scientists have pioneered a new technique to produce arrays of sound produced entirely by heat.

A path to new nanofluidic devices applying spintronics technology

Substantial increase in the energy conversion efficiency of hydrodynamic power generation via spin currents.

Spintronics: Faster data processing through ultrashort electric pulses

Physicists developed a simple concept that could improve significantly magnetic-based data processing. Using ultrashort electric pulses in the terahertz range, data can be written, read and erased...

The lightest shielding material in the world

Researchers have succeeded in applying aerogels to microelectronics: Aerogels based on cellulose nanofibers can effectively shield electromagnetic radiation over a wide frequency range ? and they are...

Laser takes pictures of electrons in crystals

Light microscopes cannot discern how electrons are distributed among atoms in solids. A new type of a light microscope, the Picoscope, that allows overcoming this limitation.

Researchers observe branched flow of light for the first time

Researchers coupled a laser beam to a soap membrane, which contains random variations in membrane thickness. They discovered that when light propagates within the soap film, rather than being...

Building better electron sources with graphene

Graphene substrates can be reused repeatedly for photocathodes that emit high-brightness electron beams in electron microscopes and accelerators.

Magnonic nano-fibers opens the way towards new type of computers

Scientists report a critical advancement in the field of ultralow power computation using magnetic waves.

Tabletop quantum experiment with nanocrystals could detect gravitational waves

Diamond nanocrystals could be used as an incredibly sensitive and small gravitational detector capable of measuring gravitational waves.

New materials of perovskite challenge the chemical intuition

Materials scientists have synthesized a new type of perovskite that goes against conventional thinking about how such structures behave at extreme pressures such as those that exist deep in the Earth.

Scientists use a Teflon pipe to make a cheap, simple reactor for silica particle synthesis

Functional silica beads for biomedical imaging, drug delivery and other important applications could be made using an easy new flow synthesis method.

Bubbling and burping droplets of DNA

Liquid droplets formed from DNA display a peculiar response to enzymes.

Architecture is key: Biomolecule metal-organic hybrids with high bioactivity

Biomacromolecules incorporated into tailored metal?organic frameworks using peptide modulators are well shielded but highly active thanks to carefully tuned nanoarchitecture.

High-end microscopy refined

Scientists have been able to map the synaptonemal complex three-dimensionally with a resolution of 20 to 30 nanometres.

Building a harder diamond

Scientists use computer calculations to propose a new way to rearrange the carbon atoms in a diamond to make it even harder, which may be useful in industrial applications that rely on synthetic...

New chemistry for ultra-thin gas sensors

Researchers established a new fabrication process based on a non-pyrophoric zinc precursor that can be processed at temperatures low enough to allow plastics to be coated.

Being exceptional in higher dimensions

By connecting electromagnetic waves and magnetism to create a system made of magnon polaritons, scientists demonstrated the existence of an 'exceptional surface' for the first time.

Stabilizing water loss in synthetic trees

Scientists are developing 'synthetic trees' that work like their natural counterparts to serve in specific applications. In an important step, scientists fabricated synthetic leaves using nanoporous...

Feel the beat: implanted microlasers scan heart from inside

It sounds like science fiction - but lasers beating to the rhythm of a live heart is exactly what researchers have developed to improve the understanding of heart failure and to help develop more...

Biocompatible, piezoelectric nanofibers can help repair broken bones

Healing broken bones could get easier with a device that provides both a scaffold for the bone to grow on and electrical stimulation to urge it forward.

Wide graphene nanoribbon promises the next generation of miniaturized electronics

A research group introduced the widest graphene nanoribbon prepared by the bottom-up approach with electrical properties surpassing those of silicon semiconductors, promising a new generation of...

Researchers find contactless way to measure thickness of carbon nanotube films

Scientists have figured out a non-invasive way to measure the thickness of single-walled carbon nanotube films, which may find applications in a wide variety of fields from solar energy to smart...

Light from inside the tunnel

Physicists have revealed a so-far overlooked nonlinear optical mechanism that emerges from the light-induced tunneling of electrons inside dielectrics.

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your crystal grow?

Researchers have managed to create structures that are a complete paradox: single, continuous crystals that have multiple domains, an asymmetric shape and curved lines; they are as complex as one...

How to design more reliable nano- and micro-electro-mechanical systems

Scientists present insights from sophisticated small-scale mechanical experiments explaining unexpected plastic deformation of silicon on the nanoscale.

Nanocoatings could reduce complications after implant surgery

Researchers have developed a new method of applying anti-inflammatory substances to implants in order to inhibit undesirable inflammatory reactions in the body.

Researchers catch a wave to determine how forces control granular material properties

Physicists used X-ray measurements and analyses to show that velocity scaling and dispersion in wave transmission is based on grainy particle arrangements and chains of force between them, while...

Cartwheeling light reveals new optical phenomenon

Scientists have discovered details about a novel type of polarized light-matter interaction with light that literally turns end over end as it propagates from a source. Their find could help study...

Producing a gaseous messenger molecule inside the body, on demand

Method could shed light on nitric oxide's role in the neural, circulatory, and immune systems.

Multifunctional nanofiber protects against explosions

Researchers have developed a lightweight, multifunctional nanofiber material that can protect wearers from both extreme temperatures and ballistic threats.

Physicists see surprisingly strong light, high heat from nanogaps between plasmonic electrodes

Seeing light emerge from a nanoscale experiment didn't come as a big surprise to physicists. But it got their attention when that light was 10,000 times brighter than they expected.

The first liquid retina prosthesis

Liquid, biocompatible and micro-injectable, the new retinal prosthesis is an aqueous suspension of photoactive nanoparticles that functionally replace the photoreceptors of the retina damaged by...

Engineers use 'DNA origami' to identify vaccine design rules

In lab tests, virus-like DNA structures coated with viral proteins provoke a strong immune response in human B cells.

A new theory for semiconductors made of nanocrystals

Scientists have provided the first theoretical explanation for how electrical current is conducted in semiconductors made of nanocrystals. In the future, this could lead to the development of new...

Researchers control elusive spin fluctuations in 2D magnets

Researchers developed a new imaging technique that is fast and sensitive enough to observe these elusive critical fluctuations in two-dimensional magnets. This real-time imaging allows researchers to...

Stopping the unstoppable with atomic bricks

A research team developed method for trapping elusive electrons.

Researchers print, tune graphene sensors to monitor food freshness, safety

Researchers are using high-resolution printing technology and the unique properties of graphene to make low-cost biosensors to monitor food safety and livestock health.

Nanoelectromechanical switches based reconfigurable computing

Novel complementary nanoelectromechanical (CNEM) switches based on complementary ferroelectric nanocracks integrate the advantages of ferroelectric and nanoelectromechanical switches, such as...

'Simulation microscope' examines transistors of the future

Using a supercomputer, researchers have simulated and evaluated one hundred possible materials for designing high-performance transistors and discovered 13 promising candidates.

Cellulose nanocrystals for manufacturing advanced materials

A review of the scientific literature highlights the potential of hybrid materials based on cellulose nanocrystals.

Chemistry paves the way for improved electronic materials

Indium nitride is a promising material for use in electronics, but difficult to manufacture. Scientists have developed a new molecule that can be used to create high-quality indium nitride, making it...

Medical nanotechnology research for COVID-19

The only options to control and deal with the spread of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Virus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) are fast, cheap, reliable, and portable means of diagnosing COVID-19 infection (...

Developing new techniques to improve atomic force microscopy

Researchers have developed a new method to improve the noise associated with nanoscale chemical imaging using atomic force microscopy. The improvements will increase the versatility and the precision...

Spin-gapless semiconductors review

Spin-gapless semiconductors with their fascinating spin and charge states hold great potential for future spintronic technology.

New 'hybrid engine' for biodegradable nanomotors that transport drugs to diseased tissue

Inorganic nanoparticles stored in the nanomotors create oxygen nanobubbles for propulsion.

Researchers discover new boron-lanthanide nanostructure

A newly discovered nanocluster has a geometry that has not been observed in chemistry heretofore.

Chemists achieve breakthrough in the synthesis of graphene nanoribbons

Researchers have succeeded in producing graphene nanoribbons for the first time directly on the surface of semiconductors. Until now, this was only possible on metal surfaces.

Scientists unveil mechanism to obtain metal 'nanoscrews'

Researchers deposit gold atoms onto gold nanorods in a practically helicoidal structure.

Intense light pulses bounce on a crystalline bed without rumpling the atomic blanket

Scientists developed a new technique that uses intense X-ray pulses to measure how atoms move in a sheet of material just one molecule thick.

Simple process for 'two-faced' nanomaterials may aid energy, information tech

Researchers used a simple process to implant atoms precisely into the top layers of ultra-thin crystals, yielding two-sided structures with different chemical compositions. The resulting materials,...

Wavy surfaces for better light control

Researchers have developed a method for the production of wavy surfaces with nanometre precision. In the future this method could be used, for instance, to make optical components for data...

Dynamics of DNA replication revealed at the nanoscale

New study using super resolution technology gives new insight into a poorly understood area of DNA replication.

Scientists find out how nanoparticles kill cancer cells

Scientists have studied how magnet nanoparticles affect cancer cells in the human liver.

Physicists obtain molecular 'fingerprints' using plasmons

Researchers have proposed a new way to study the properties of individual organic molecules and nanolayers of molecules. The approach relies on V-shaped graphene-metal film structures.

Researchers realize atomic resolution imaging at 30.1 T in hybrid magnet

Researchers have constructed the world's first atomically resolved scanning tunneling microscope (STM) in a hybrid magnet to obtain atomic resolved STM images of graphite in an ultra-high 30.1 T...

Gold nanoparticles to save neurons from cell death

A new study opens important perspectives for treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer's and Huntington's disease, but also epilepsy, brain trauma and stroke.

Measure squeezing in a novel way

Scientists have developed a completely new method of measuring 'squeezing' - a potential starting point for high-precision sensor technology.

Comb on a chip: New design for 'optical ruler' could revolutionize clocks, telescopes, telecommunications

Just as a meter stick with hundreds of tick marks can be used to measure distances with great precision, a device known as a laser frequency comb, with its hundreds of evenly spaced, sharply defined...

New insights into the energy levels in quantum dots

With their experiments, scientists confirmed certain energy transitions in quantum dots that had previously only been predicted theoretically: the so-called radiative Auger process.

Trapping the sun: New thin-film technology uses sustainable components for solar panels

Environment-friendly solar panels consisting of the abundant materials Cu, Zn, Sn are hindered by their low practical efficiency compared to their theoretical potential. Researchers have now...

Self-powered alarm fights forest fires, monitors environment

Scientists designed and fabricated a remote forest fire detection and alarm system powered by nothing but the movement of the trees in the wind.

Ultrathin boron nitride films for next-generation electronics

A novel material could enable major leaps in the miniaturization of electronic devices.

Researchers cut nanometer-sized patterns into 2D materials

Researchers have developed a high-precision technology that enables them to carve nanometric patterns into two-dimensional materials.

Microscopic computers: The wires of the future may be made of molecules

There are physical limits to how powerful computers can become if they are to maintain their size. Molecular electronics can solve that problem, and now researchers are contributing to this field...

Using chaos as a tool, scientists discover new method of making 3D-heterostructured materials

Scientists have developed a new approach for generating layered, difficult-to-combine, heterostructured solids.

New quantum materials with unique properties

A new EU project focuses on quantum materials, whose properties can be modified significantly by elastic deformation.

'Unboil an egg' machine creates improved bacteria detector

Traditional fluorescent dyes to examine bacteria viability are toxic and suffer poor photostability - but using the Vortex Fluidic Device has enabled the preparation of a new generation of...

A structural light switch for magnetism

Scientists have managed to drive a prototypical antiferromagnet into a new magnetic state using terahertz frequency light.

Twisted WSe2 as a highly tunable platform for the study of exotic phenomena

Researchers report that the twisted bilayer transition metal dichalcogenide WSe2 enables the realization of exotic correlated phenomena, including high-Tc superconductivity and correlated insulators...

Manipulating tiny skyrmions with small electric currents

Researchers have managed to manipulate and track the movement of individual magnetic vortices called skyrmions, which have been touted as strong candidates to act as information carriers in next-...

Fluorocarbon bonds are no match for light-powered nanocatalyst

Engineers have created a light-powered catalyst that can break the strong chemical bonds in fluorocarbons, a group of synthetic materials that includes persistent environmental pollutants.

Geometry of intricately fabricated glass makes light trap itself

Light interacts with itself to form self-sustaining waves in an artificial topological material.

Purifying water with a partly coated gold nanoparticle

'Janus' nanorods convert light to heat that can destroy pollutants.

Strainoptronics: A new way to control photons

Researchers create first efficient 2D material photodetector for telecom wavelengths.

Design method may boost semiconductor performance by better handling heat

Researchers report that a fabrication technique may offer a path toward mastering the often chaotic flow of heat carriers at the nanoscale in silicon and other semiconductors.

Robotic soft matter mimics living creatures (w/video)

When hit with light, the film-thin materials come alive -- bending, rotating and even crawling on surfaces.

World's fastest Bose-Einstein condensate

Researchers have created a Bose-Einstein condensate with record speed, creating the fascinating phase of matter in about 100 femtoseconds.

A fresh twist in chiral topology

Electrons in chiral crystals, solid-state materials with definite handedness, can behave in unexpected ways. An interdisciplinary research team has realized now a theoretically predicted peculiar...

NIH grant to bioprint nanoparticles for ovarian cancer immunotherapy

The particles will be produced using 3D-bioprinting, enabling them to be released at specified intervals, instead of a continuous slow release.

Polymers can fine-tune attractions between suspended nanocubes

Interactions between hollow silica nanocubes suspended in a solution can be adjusted by varying the concentration of polymer molecules added to the mixture.

The new architecture of science: Learning from graphene

What does it mean to design a science lab today? What are the new challenges for the architects of science buildings? And what is the best method to study the constantly evolving architectures of...

'Nanotorch' highlights ultrafast biochemical reactions

Researchers used single nanoparticles that illuminate single fluorescent molecules to detect ultrafast biochemical reactions.

Engineers design a device that operates like a brain synapse

Ion-based technology may enable energy-efficient simulations of the brain's learning process, for neural network AI systems.

Researchers pioneer new production method for heterostructure devices based on 2D materials

The new study focuses on a production method, based around mechanical abrasion, where multilayer structures are formed through directly abrading different Van der Waals material powders directly on...

Researchers create a photographic film of a molecular switch

Molecular switches are the molecular counterparts of electrical switches and play an important role in many processes in nature. Nanotechnologist now produced a photographic film at the atomic level...

Graphdiyne as a functional lithium-ion storage material

Graphdiyne is as flat and thin as graphene, which is the one-atomic-layer-thin version of graphite, but it has a higher porosity and adjustable electronic properties. Researchers describe its simple...

Towards ultra-sensitive diagnostic chips

Researchers have developed an ultra-thin nanostructure gold film with the potential to revolutionise next-generation bio-sensing chips.

Graphene smart textiles developed for heat adaptive clothing

New research on the two-dimensional material graphene has allowed researchers to create smart adaptive clothing which can lower the body temperature of the wearer in hot climates.

Laser technology: The turbulence and the comb

So-called frequency combs play a major role in laser research today. Scientists now succeeded in producing this special kind of light, using simple circular quantum cascade lasers - a result that...

Molecular robot swarms

Scientists are looking for ways to make millions of molecule-sized robots swarm together so they can perform multiple tasks simultaneously.

Nanosafety research without animal experiments

In order to reduce the number of animal experiments in research, researchers are now combining test tube experiments with mathematical modelling.

Exploring the optical behavior of highly dense and randomly distributed nanowire arrays

Vertical semiconductor nanowire arrays are a promising material for retinal prostheses, which could help restore the eyesight of people suffering from severe retinal diseases. These nanowires...

2D Metallene electrocatalysts developed for electrochemical CO2 reduction

As a newly emerging two-dimensional material, the metallenes with ultrathin morphology will enable a superhigh atomic utilization for catalysis, leading to the partial homogenization of such...

Adhesive film turns smartwatch into biochemical health monitoring system

Engineers have designed a thin adhesive film that could upgrade a consumer smartwatch into a powerful health-monitoring system. The system looks for chemical indicators found in sweat to give a real-...

New discovery allows 3D printing of sensors directly on expanding organs

In groundbreaking new research, mechanical engineers and computer scientists have developed a 3D printing technique that uses motion capture technology, similar to that used in Hollywood movies, to...

Can metallic metasurfaces be used for terahertz nanofilm sensing?

Scientists have proposed a toroidal dipole (TD) bound states in the continuum (BIC) inspired Fano resonance metasurface, exhibiting both TD and BIC feature in the same structure.

LEGO construction of nanoparticle assemblies

Designing new levels of complex architectures using DNA strands and nanoparticles.

Building better bridges for moving energy with DNA

Precisely positioning molecules on wire-like DNA assemblies allows high efficiency energy transfer.

Custom-built to ready-made

A project that revolutionizes photonic systems.

Macroscopic quantum interference in an ultra-pure metal

Although the subtle laws of quantum mechanics, that is, wave mechanics, ultimately govern all the processes of electron transportelectrons in solids, their wave-like nature of the electrons is not...

Self-powered 'paper chips' could help sound an early alarm for forest fires

Researchers have developed self-powered 'paper chips' that sense early fires and relay a signal.

Using tiny electrodes to measure electrical activity in bacteria

Scientists have developed an organic electrochemical transistor that they can use to measure and study in fine detail a phenomenon known as extracellular electron transfer in which bacteria release...

Nanosponges could intercept coronavirus infection

Nanoparticles cloaked in human lung cell membranes and human immune cell membranes can attract and neutralize the SARS-CoV-2 virus in cell culture, causing the virus to lose its ability to hijack...

New nanoparticle drug combination for atherosclerosis

Physicochemical cargo-switching nanoparticles can help significantly reduce cholesterol and macrophage foam cells in arteries, which are the two main triggers for atherosclerotic plaque and...

A new platform to stretch 2D materials

The electronic and optical properties of 2D materials can be controlled by mechanical deformations of their crystal structure. This route to tailor the properties of materials is called strain...

Physicists develop a new theory for Bose-Einstein condensates

Bose-Einstein condensates are often described as the fifth state of matter: At extremely low temperatures, gas atoms behave like a single particle. The exact properties of these systems are...

Energy storage using oxygen and MOFs to boost battery performance

Researchers have presented a novel electrode material for advanced energy storage device that is directly charged with oxygen from the air.

Nanomaterial gives robots chameleon skin

A new film made of gold nanoparticles changes color in response to any type of movement. Its unprecedented qualities could allow robots to mimic chameleons and octopi - among other futuristic...

Determining effective magnetic moment of multicore nanoparticles

New research compares the effective magnetic moments of different multicore nanoparticle systems and shows that they are magnetic-field dependent.

Scientists grow optical chips in a petri dish

Researchers propose a quick and affordable method to create optical chips right in a Petri dish.

Researchers light cells using nanosheets for cancer treatment

Scientists are developing new ways to advance the field of regenerative medicine and cancer treatment with a 2D nanosheet that is 1,000 times smaller than a strand of hair.

Borrowing from robotics, scientists automate mapping of quantum systems

Scientists have taken an algorithm used for autonomous vehicles and adapted it to help characterise and stabilise quantum technology.

Beetle that can survive in volcanic areas inspires new cooling materials

A type of beetle capable of regulating its body temperature in some of the hottest places on Earth is the centerpiece of new research with major potential implications for cooling everything from...

Bio-inspired sensor systems based on ion transport, not electronics

Many biological systems transmit signals via ions or molecules, whereas man-made sensors are mainly based on electron transport systems, i.e. electronics. The concept of ionic sensory systems is...

Support drives fate of protected gold nanoclusters as catalysts

Scientists have discovered that the choice of a support material for model catalysts, made from gold nanoclusters protected by organic molecules, may have drastic effects on the structure of the...

The smallest motor in the world consists of 16 atoms

A research team has developed a molecular motor which consists of only 16 atoms and rotates reliably in one direction. It could allow energy harvesting at the atomic level.

Wearable patch may provide new treatment option for skin cancer

Researchers have created a novel wearable patch to provide an improved treatment experience for people with melanoma. The researchers developed a novel wearable patch with fully miniaturized needles...

Melting a crystal topologically

Physicists have successfully melted a very thin crystal of magnetic quasi-particles controllably, as turning ice into water. Novel phases of matter have been discovered and a new model system for...

Excitons form superfluid in certain 2D combos

Mixing and matching computational models of 2D materials led scientists to the realization that excitons - quasiparticles that exist when electrons and holes briefly bind - can be manipulated in new...

With a 'catch-and-release' process, researchers advance graphene electronics

New findings could make fabrication of advanced graphene devices more efficient.

A phase battery for quantum technologies

The first quantum phase battery has been realized. It consist of an indium arsenide nanowire in contact with aluminum superconducting leads and is a key element for quantum technologies based on...

New supelens has potential to circumvent classical optics laws

Researchers have made a first-ever experimental observation of a plasmon nanojet. This physical phenomenon enables nanoscale focusing of light and, theoretically, allows engineers to bypass one of...

Printed perovskite LEDs - an innovative technique towards a new standard process of electronics manufacturing

Researchers have succeeded for the first time in producing light-emitting diodes (LEDs) from a hybrid perovskite semiconductor material using inkjet printing.This opens the door to broad application...

Newly observed phenomenon could lead to new quantum devices

Exotic states called Kohn anomalies could offer clues to why some materials have the electronic properties they do.

Discovery of graphene switch

Scientists have successfully measured the current-voltage curve of graphene nanoribbons that were suspended between two electrodes.

Dirac electrons come back to life in magic-angle graphene

A new symmetry-broken parent state discovered in twisted bilayer graphene.

Three research groups, two kinds of electronic properties, one material

Combining materials science, experimental and theoretical physics, a long-term study paves the way to new designed materials with multiple electrical functionalities.

Shielding vacuum noise with 3D nanostructures

In a recent computational study, scientists find that even tiny photonic crystals effectively shield vacuum noise by 10x or more. The new insights lead to design rules for efficient lasers and LEDs,...

Frontiers in Nanoscience webinar series: Step out of the ordinary to find out the extraordinary

IMDEA Nanociencia organizes a new series of online global seminars called Frontiers in Nanoscience. The first webinar in this series will be held on June 15th at 18:30 (CET) through Zoom and will...

Study shows optical fields can modify electrons in metal

New research describes how applying intense optical fields to electrons in metals can change how electrons flow between the ions. The results could introduce new innovations by using light to control...

Vapor-sensitive materials with self-assembling twisted microstructure

Researchers demonstrate a unique polysaccharide fiber in a twisted structure forming under drying process which showed spring-like behavior.

Minimizing thermal conductivity of crystalline material with optimal nanostructure

Researchers successfully minimized thermal conductivity by designing, fabricating, and evaluating the optimal nanostructure-multilayer materials through materials informatics, which combines machine...

Unlocking peptide nucleic acids' superpowers for self-assembling nanostructures

Scientists have developed a method for self-assembling nanostructures with gamma-modified peptide nucleic acid, a synthetic mimic of DNA. The process has the potential to impact nanomanufacturing as...

New approach to DNA data storage makes system more dynamic, scalable

Researchers have developed a fundamentally new approach to DNA data storage systems, giving users the ability to read or modify data files without destroying them and making the systems easier to...

Two-in-one super molecule for high-density computing

Chemists have developed a new type of molecular computing device that acts both as a switch and storage element for nanoelectronic applications.

Smallest cavity for light realized by graphene plasmons

Researchers report on the smallest cavities ever realized for infrared light by using graphene and metallic cubes of nanometer sizes.

New sensor technology could speed up blood tests for COVID patients

Researchers are using laser-light technology to develop handheld biosensors with the potential to deliver fast, real-time blood test results for patients including those suffering from COVID-19 with...

Nanostructuring improves success of dental implants

Researchers'simple solution is the fabrication of nanopores - which are tiny nano-scale holes of just 40 to 80 nanometres in diameter - to cover the entire surface of the implant.

Researchers synthesize silicon-based quantum dots

Researchers recently developed a new method of creating quantum dots made of silicon, one of the most utilized semiconductors in the world.

Cascade sets the stage for superconductivity in magic-angle twisted bilayer graphene

Study finds that superconductivity in magic-angle twisted bilayer graphene emerges from a highly interacting state of electrons.

Scientists apply 'twistronics' to light propagation and make a breakthrough discovery

The findings provide a promising pathway for leapfrog advancement in imaging, optical-computing technologies, biosensing and more.

Ultra-thin camera lenses of the future could see the light of day

In the future, camera lenses could be thousands of times thinner and significantly less resource-intensive to manufacture. Researchers now present a new technology for making the artificial materials...

Puzzle about passivation of low-friction, hard carbon coatings solved

Diamond and diamond-like carbon reduce friction and wear in bearings and valves by means of so-called passivation layers, which prevent other materials from bonding to the coating. Until now, it was...

Aerosol-printed graphene unveiled as low cost, faster food toxin sensor

Researchers have developed a graphene-based electrochemical sensor capable of detecting histamines (allergens) and toxins in food much faster than standard laboratory tests.

Tens of thousands of artificial brain synapses on a single chip

Engineers have designed a 'brain-on-a-chip', smaller than a piece of confetti, that is made from tens of thousands of artificial brain synapses known as memristors - silicon-based components that...

First confirmation of new theory by topological metamaterial

Physicists have experimentally demonstrated a novel effect for the first time by exploiting topological metamaterials.

A simple way of describing friction - by making it complicated

Scientists have come up with an adjustment to the classical friction model that improves its ability to describe trends in how friction works for layered materials like graphene at the nanoscale.

A 'hole' lot of sponge! New technique to create super-sponges is a game changer

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are sponge-like organic-inorganic hybrid materials and have a variety of uses due to their ultra-high porosity, or the ratio of pores or air pockets to the solid...

Renewable fuel from carbon dioxide with the aid of graphene and solar energy

Recent research results have shown that it is possible to use a novel technique to selectively produce methane, carbon monoxide or formic acid from carbon dioxide and water.

A metal organic framework material opens the door for deeper than ever biological imaging

Scientists established an approach for the creation of a metal-organic framework material that provides new perspectives for the sensitization of near-infrared luminescent lanthanide ions, including...

Spontaneous formation of nanoscale hollow structures could boost battery storage

An unexpected property of nanometer-scale antimony crystals - the spontaneous formation of hollow structures - could help give the next generation of lithium ion batteries higher energy density...

New nanodevice could use solar energy to produce hydrogen

Scientists describe the design of a PSI-GNP-PSII conjugate that could be used as a platform for developing a light-driven, water-splitting nanodevice for generating hydrogen.

A new mechanism improves the efficiency of antibacterial surfaces

Researchers have developed a nanometric-scale theoretical model to create structures that kill bacteria by using elastic forces. The results of this study pave the way to creating new antibacterial...

Harnessing light for nanotechnologies

Scientists found a new way to build silicon nanodisks - extremely tiny, flat, round objects. With this new technology, scientists can guide light along the outside of these tiny structures in a way...

Nanodiamonds slip n' slide

A novel dry solid lubricant includes diamond nanoparticles. It creates a surface coating that reduces friction 20-fold compared to oil-based lubricants.

LEGO construction of nanoparticle assemblies

Scientists developed a new method of selectively attaching DNA strands to specific regions of nanoparticles. The DNA strands then dictate how the nanoparticles assemble into more complex...

Building better bridges for moving energy

Scientists have developed a new type of nanostructure that mimics certain natural light-harvesting systems. The nanostructure is an assembly of molecules that organize using instructions in the form...

Snapshot of exploding oxygen

Physicists used a new experimental technique to 'X-ray' molecules such as oxygen and view their motion in the microcosm for the first time.

With a twist, researchers make a device breakthrough

Putting their own spin on the field of 'twistronics', a team of researchers has found that similar methods can elicit properties that could lead to new optoelectronic devices.

A promising cobalt compound for ultra-thin layers

Researchers have manufactured a novel, highly versatile cobalt compound. The molecules of the compound are stable, extremely compact and have a low molecular weight so that they can be evaporated for...

Experiment shows for the first time in detail how electrolytes become metallic

An international team has developed a sophisticated experimental technique to observe the formation of a metallic conduction band in electrolytes.

Machine learning predicts nanoparticles' structure and dynamics

Researchers have demonstrated that new distance-based machine learning methods are capable of predicting structures and atomic dynamics of nanoparticles reliably. The new methods are significantly...

For the first time, researchers focus plasmons into nanojet

Researchers have been able to experimentally confirm a plasmonic nanojet effect previously forecast in practice. In the future, the effect of plasmon compression can make optical electronics...

Liquid metals break down organic fuels into ultra-thin graphitic sheets

For the first time, researchers show the synthesis of ultra-thin graphitic materials at room temperature using organic fuels. These fuels can be as simple as basic alcohols such as ethanol.

Armor on butterfly wings protects against heavy rain

The research showed how microscale bumps, combined with a nanoscale layer of wax, shatter and spread these drops to protect fragile surfaces from physical damage and hypothermia risk.

New tool helps nanorods stand out

Scientists have developed an easy and affordable tool to count and characterize nanoparticles.

Shedding a new light on 2D materials

New study to explore how light affects 2D materials that can be used for improved data storage.

Crystalline 'nanobrush' clears way to advanced energy and information tech

Researchers synthesized a tiny structure with high surface area and discovered how its unique architecture drives ions across interfaces to transport energy or information. Their 'nanobrush' contains...

Single-cell yolk-shell capsules with high biological activity and stability

Inspired by the yolk-shell structure of eggs and the structural ordering of cell surfaces in the evolution, reseachers propose highly stable single cyanobacterium capsules with an ordered yolk-shell...

Stable skyrmions in graphene-based epitaxial trilayers

Recent advances in the stabilization and manipulation of chiral magnetization configurations in systems consisting of alternating atomic layers of ferromagnetic and nonmagnetic materials hold promise...

Transparent graphene electrodes might lead to new generation of solar cells

New roll-to-roll production method could enable lightweight, flexible solar devices and a new generation of display screens.

Ultrathin MOF nanosheets separate ions from water

Researchers created this ultrathin molecular sieve membrane using 2D nanosheets, developed with water-stable Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs).

Integrating nanomaterial with light-absorbing molecule powers hydrogen production from water and sunlight

Scientists developed a hybrid material constructed from a metal oxide nanosheet and a light-absorbing molecule for splitting water molecules to obtain dihydrogen under sunlight.

Silicon 'neurons' may add a new dimension to computer processors

Using simulated silicon 'neurons', scientists found that energy constraints on a system, coupled with the intrinsic property neurons have to move to the lowest-energy configuration, leads to a...

Physicists create quantum-inspired optical sensor

Researchers have implemented an advanced quantum algorithm for measuring physical quantities using simple optical tools. This study takes us a step closer to affordable linear optics-based sensors...

'Whispering gallery' effect controls electron beams with light

When you speak softly in one of the galleries of St Paul's cathedral, the sound runs so easily around the dome that visitors anywhere on its circumference can hear it. This striking phenomenon has...

Researchers experimentally prove flat mirror ability to focus light

Physical properties of the effect and simplicity of its reproduction make it promising for application in microelectronics, photonics, and the on a chip systems, where a single microcircuit functions...

Scientists iron out the physics of wrinkling

Scientists have shown how wrinkles can be increased or reduced by altering the curvature at the edge of a material.

Filling the knowledge gap about the thermal properties of bismuth antimonide at the nanoscale

Bismuth antimonide (BiSb) is an important material in nanoelectronics as a topological insulator and as a thermoelectric material. However, some of its thermal properties are still mostly unknown...

Breaking symmetry leads to responsive organic photodetectors

A response to light usually seen only in inorganic compounds has been realized in organic liquid crystals, opening the way to highly responsive photodetectors.

Self-assembling, biomimetic composites possess unusual electrical properties

Sometimes, breaking rules is not a bad thing. Especially when the rules are apparent laws of nature that apply in bulk material, but other forces appear in the nanoscale.

Discovery unlocks 'hot' electrons for more efficient energy use

Researchers have demonstrated how a technique using a scanning tunneling microscope integrated with lasers and other optical components reveals the energy distribution of hot electrons.

Butterfly-inspired nanotechnology makes natural-looking pictures on digital screens

Taking inspiration from nature's nanotechnology, a researcher is creating technology to make extremely low-power, ultra-high-definition displays and screens that are easier on the eyes.

New material, modeling methods promise advances in energy storage

Researchers report a structural supercapacitor electrode made from reduced graphene oxide and aramid nanofiber that is stronger and more versatile than conventional carbon-based electrodes.

Showtime for photosynthesis

One of nature's most important chemical reactions is now being captured in a breakthrough 'molecular movie'.

Micro-pipette probe for tuning the volume and particle concentration of liquids

Researchers have developed a micro-sized pipette probe for handling multiple liquids. It is the first time that such a small probe can dose fluid volume, and simultaneously control the concentration...

Scientists design microfluidic flexible strain sensor based on wave-patterned liquid metal

Researchers developed a microfluidic flexible strain sensor by introducing liquid metal eutectic gallium indium embedded into wave-shaped microchannel elastomeric matrix.

Modulation of topological edge states in twisted bismuthene homojunctions through moire superstructure

Scientists have successfully realized the modulation of topological edge states in twisted bismuthine homojunctions through Moire superstructure, which has potential applications in nano electronics...

Two-dimensional layers of gold or silver become semiconductors

For the first time, it is possible to produce crystalline layers of precious metals that consist of a single atomic layer and which are semiconducting.

The sensitive strain sensor that can detect the weight of a feather

The sensor can stretch up to 80 times higher strain than strain gauges currently on the market and show resistance changes 100 times higher than the most sensitive materials in research development.

High-speed atomic video

Single molecules captured on video at an unprecedented 1,600 frames per second.

One-of-a-kind microscope enables breakthrough in quantum science

Scientists have made a dramatic breakthrough in the field of quantum science: a quantum microscope that records the flow of light, enabling the direct observation of light trapped inside a photonic...

Metasurface design methods can make LED light act more like lasers

Researchers continue to push the boundaries of LED design a little further with a new method that could pave the way toward more efficient and versatile LED display and lighting technology.

Boosting energy efficiency of 2D material electronics using topological semimetal

Researchers have discovered a new strategy to resolve the contact resistance problem in 2D semiconductors.

Graphene and 2D materials could move electronics beyond Moore's Law

Researchers have published a new review on a field of computer device development known as spintronics, which could see graphene used as building block for next-generation electronics.

Lighting the way to porous electronics and sensors

Researchers introduce a straightforward fabrication method that dramatically improves the gas sensing performance of a common ceramic.

Solar cells, phone displays and lighting could be transformed by nanocrystal assembly method

Applying a specific level of electric field is a shortcut to near-perfect alignment of the building blocks in vital technologies, including integrated chips and biosensing devices.

New Precision Linear Stage Family for Ultra High Vacuum Applications

This precision stage series is available in 3 linear motion ranges, for 3 different vacuum levels, and with different motors, from PI.

Smart gold nanocages break chemoresistance

Researchers have developed a smart nanosystem with enhanced curative efficacy and lower side effects than conevntional chemotherapy.

Exotic nanotubes move in less-mysterious ways

Scientists show boron nitride's promise for composites, biomedical applications.

Molecular circuitry: International team breaks one-diode-one resistor electronics

By creating a new type of molecular circuit switch, the team may have just opened the door to ultra-high-density computing within our lifetime.

Smart molecules could be key to computers with 100-times bigger memories

Researchers have discovered a single molecule switch that can act like a transistor and offers the potential to store binary information.

From dark to light in a flash: Smart film lets windows switch autonomously

Researchers have developed a new easy-to-use smart optical film technology that allows smart window devices to autonomously switch between transparent and opaque states in response to the surrounding...

Stretchable variable color nanosheet changes color with expansion and contraction

Variable color sheets with a film thickness of 400 nanometers are expected to be applied to adhesive-type display elements, as they can adhere to skin or be transferred to various electronic devices...

Joined nano-triangles pave the way to magnetic carbon materials

Graphene triangles with an edge length of only a few atoms behave like peculiar quantum magnets. When two of these nano-triangles are joined, a 'quantum entanglement' of their magnetic moments takes...

Researchers build sensor consisting of only 11 atoms

The sensor is capable of capturing magnetic waves and consists of an antenna, a readout capability, a reset button and a memory unit.

A remote control for neurons

Scientists synthesized three-dimensional fuzzy graphene on a nanowire template to create a superior material for photothermally stimulating cells.

Carbon nanotube transistors make the leap from lab to factory floor

Technique paves the way for more energy efficient, 3D microprocessors.

New stretchable, self-healing and illuminating electronic material for wearables and soft robots

Imagine a flexible digital screen that heals itself when it cracks, or a light-emitting robot that locates survivors in dark, dangerous environments or carries out farming and space exploration tasks...

Carbon nanotubes can make home refrigeration more accessible for low-income households

Researchers replaced widely-used, but environmentally unfriendly, R134a refrigerant with the more energy-efficient R600a. They dosed R600a with multi-walled carbon nanotubes.

Paper-thin gallium oxide transistor handles more than 8,000 volts

The advancement surpasses silicon and other mature technologies, and could help improve distances that electric cars, locomotives can travel.

Researchers develop experimental rapid COVID-19 test using nanoparticle technique

Advanced nanotechnology provides 'naked eye' visual detection of virus in 10 minutes.

Nanopatterning electronic properties of twisted 2D semiconductors

Researchers have demonstrated that atomic lattices of slightly twisted 2D transition metal dichalcogenides undergo extensive lattice reconstruction, which can pattern their optoelectronic properties...

Photonic crystals: 'even thin is functional'

It was always thought that photonic crystals should be thick and bulky to be functional. Scientists now discovered that even very thin 3D photonic band gap crystals are powerful devices to strongly...

Construction of hollow nanoreactors for enhanced photo-oxidations

Researchers have demonstrated a facile synthesis of hollow-structured photocatalysts with controllable spatial location of active metals, chemical compositions and tunable shell thickness.

Kirigami/origami: unfolding the new regime of advanced 3D microfabrication/nanofabrication

3D micro-/nanofabrication holds the key to build a large variety of micro-/nanoscale materials, structures, devices, and systems with unique properties that do not manifest in their 2D planar...

Scientists devise a way to determine the viability of predicted 2D materials

An international team of researchers has proposed a new way to test the structural stability of predicted 2D materials. The testing revealed a number of materials erroneously proposed earlier. The...

Using in-situ AFM to get a sneak peek of a key process in battery 'life'

Researchers visualized the formation of a solid electrolyte interphase on battery-grade carbonaceous electrode materials using in situ atomic force microscopy (AFM). This will help researchers design...

Van der Waals junction spin valves without spacer layer

Distinct from traditional spin valves with a sandwich structure consisting of two ferromagnetic metals decoupled by the insertion of a non-magnetic spacer, recently, a research team has demonstrated...

New antiviral and antibacterial nanostructured surface

Researchers have found a way to impart durable antiviral and antibacterial properties to an aluminum alloy used in hospitals.

Like Moses parting the sea: spontaneous segregation of a superconducting quantum fluid revealed

More than 25 years since the discovery of superconductivity in strontium ruthanate (SRO), understanding the properties of this material remains as challenging as ever. Researchers now demonstrated...

Self-cleaning aluminium surface without scrubbing and using chemicals

Scientists have developed a self-cleaning metallic surface that is structured with a laser process in such a way that water droplets no longer adhere and dirt particles can be removed from the...

Nanodevices show how cells change with time, by tracking from the inside (w/video)

For the first time, scientists have added microscopic tracking devices into the interior of cells, giving a peek into how development starts.

Flow-through electrodes make hydrogen 50 times faster

Experiments find the sweet spot for surface area and bubbles to store energy.

Untwisting plastics for charging Internet-of-things devices

Scientists are unraveling the properties of electricity-conducting plastics so they can be used in future energy-harvesting devices.

Lossless conduction at the edges

Atomically thin layers of the semimetal tungsten ditelluride conduct electricity losslessly along narrow, one-dimensional channels at the crystal edges. The material is therefore a second-order...

The negative-capacitance transistor - Building an ideal MOSFET

Electrical and computer engineering researchers demystify the role of negative capacitance in modern MOSFETs.

Novel insight reveals topological tangle in unexpected corner of the universe

Scientists find a unique knotted structure - one that repeats itself throughout nature - in a ferroelectric nanoparticle, a material with promising applications in microelectronics and computing.

Nanoneedles to increase the capacity and robustness of digital memories

Researchers developed a new technique to locally modify the properties of a metamagnetic material. The method consists in applying local pressure to the surface of the material using nanometric...

Study finds electrical fields can throw a curveball

Particle-scale phenomenon akin to the swerving of a curveball could allow selective separation of suspended nanomaterials.

New single particle diffraction method

Algorithms, gold and holographic references boost biomolecule diffraction.

High-security identification that cannot be counterfeited

Reseaerchers create millimeter-size chips with unique color patterns that cannot be forged.

Interfacing synthetic biology with microelectronics

New research demonstrates the integration of synthetic biology with electronic circuitry through engineered population dynamics that regulate the accumulation of charged metabolites. The resulting...

New double-contrast technique picks up small tumors on MRI

A new technique offers a significant advance in using magnetic resonance imaging to pick out even very small tumors from normal tissue.

Understanding ceramic materials' 'mortar' may reveal ways to improve them

New research shows that in the important ceramic material silicon carbide, carbon atoms collect at those grain boundaries when the material is exposed to radiation. The finding could help engineers...

Watching single protons moving at water-solid interfaces

A new study has provided the first-ever glimpse of the behavior of protons when water comes into contact with a solid surface, going down to the ultimate scale of single proton and single charge.

Researchers obtain 2D magnetism in both carbon and polyradical nanosheets

Scientists report that they have obtained edge-induced room-temperature ferromagnetism in both carbon nanosheets and two-dimension (2D) organic antiferromagnetic polyradical nanosheets.

Record-high data transmission using a soliton crystal

An international team of researchers has developed an efficient way to create micro-combs and exploit them in highly performing and robust frequency multiplexed optical fibre networks.

Microbial cyborgs: Bacteria supplying power

One day, 'microbial cyborgs' might be used in fuel cells, biosensors, or bioreactors. Scientists have created the necessary prerequisite by developing a programmable, biohybrid system consisting of a...

New molecules for innovative high-tech materials

Sandwich compounds based on rare earths might serve as novel molecular materials for more efficient storage media or displays in future.

Oriented hexagonal boron nitride foster new type of information carrier

A novel alternative to current computers is to utilize the wave quantum number of the electrons by which the information encoding is possible without physically moving the carriers. This study shows...

When predictions of theoretical chemists become reality

Making 2D topological polymers a reality.

3D-printing functional bone tissues with nanoengineered bioink

A novel printable bioink could be used to create anatomical-scale functional tissues.

Membrane nanopore transport gets picky

Trying to determine how negatively charged ions squeeze through a carbon nanotube 20,000 times smaller than a human hair is no easy feat. Not only did scientists do that but they found that those...

Researchers report new method for characterizing materials that might eventually help store energy

As the search for materials to efficiently address energy storage and transport needs continues, researchers report new techniques for characterizing complex materials with the potential to overcome...

Implantable biosensor operates without batteries

Researchers have revealed their new biodegradable motion sensor - paving the way for implanted nanotechnology that could help future sports professionals better monitor their movements to aid rapid...

'One-way' electronic devices enter the mainstream

Engineers build high-performance non-reciprocal devices on a compact chip, paving the way for applications from two-way wireless to quantum computing.

Novel nanostructure stimulates growth of stem cells for Parkinson's disease treatment

Researchers have invented a nanostructure that can stimulate neural stem cells to differentiate into nerve cells. They found that the transplantation of these nerve cells into rats with Parkinson's...

Novel device harnesses shadows to generate electricity

Researchers are giving shadows a positive spin by demonstrating a way to harness this common but often overlooked optical effect to generate electricity. This novel concept opens up new approaches in...

Ultrasonic technique discloses the identity of elastic constant of graphite crystal

Scientists evaluated the interplanar bond strength of graphene by measuring the elastic constant of graphite, demonstrating that the elastic constant of monocrystalline graphite was above 45...

Breakthrough in research on production of 2D crystals with excellent optical properties

For the first time, monolayers of transition metal dichalcogenides with excellent optical properties were grown.

Synthesizing large-scale 2D conjugated polymers

Structurally reconfigurable two-dimensional conjugated polymers can give a new breadth to applications of two-dimensional materials in electronics.

Researchers develop material capable of being invisible or reflective in IR spectrum

Researchers have proposed a new metamaterial capable of changing its optical properties without any mechanical input. This development could result in a significant improvement in the reliability of...

Attosecond physics: Quantum brakes in molecules

Physicists measured the flight times of electrons emitted from a specific atom in a molecule upon excitation with laser light. This has enabled them to measure the influence of the molecule itself on...

'Nanometrology lab on a chip' within reach thanks to new compact, optical sensor

Researchers have developed a new, integrated optical sensor that provides increased resolution in measurements and paves the way for fully integrated and compact optical sensors including lasers and...

Visualizing at the single-molecule level the processes involved in a biological nanomachine

Researchers have for the first time ever succeeded in visualizing at the single-molecule level the processes involved in a biological nanomachine, known as the cellulosome, as it degrades crystalline...

Nanobowls serve up chemotherapy drugs to cancer cells

Researchers report a way to stabilize liposomes by embedding a stiff nanobowl in their inner cavity.

One-step synthesis of new nanomaterials with higher anti-SARS-CoV-2 activity

The goal of a new project is to use green, environmentally friendly, one-step synthesis routes of new silver-nanoparticle-based nanomaterials with anti-SARS-CoV-2 activity.

Scientists use light to accelerate supercurrents, access forbidden light, quantum world

Scientists are using light waves to accelerate supercurrents and access the unique properties of the quantum world, including forbidden light emissions that one day could be applied to high-speed,...

Novel acoustofluidic technology isolates nanoparticles

Researchers developed a novel nanoacoustic trapping device that manipulates particles within submicron ranges by applying a structured elastic layer at the interface between a microfluidic channel...

True colors: Using X-rays to trace the evolution of insects' structural colors

While different families of insects grow different kinds of nanostructures, they all converge on similar lustrous qualities. These are not colors made with pigments, so they don't fade with time. The...

Liquid-phase fabrication method for producing nanocellulose films with multiple axes of alignment

Researchers develop liquid-phase 3D-patterning to create nanocellulose films aligned along multiple axes within the same sheet. This work may lead to ever more sophisticated optical and thermal...

Injecting biomedical electronics for monitoring and therapy of body organs

Miniaturized needle-like carriers in high aspect ratio structures are a novel class of implantable electronic devices. They are used to deliver tiny sensors and stimulation tools inside the body...

Pretty as a peacock: The gemstone for the next generation of smart sensors

Scientists have taken inspiration from the biomimicry of butterfly wings and peacock feathers to develop an innovative opal-like material that could be the cornerstone of next generation smart...

Scientists use pressure to make liquid magnetism breakthrough

It sounds like a riddle: What do you get if you take two small diamonds, put a small magnetic crystal between them and squeeze them together very slowly? The answer is a magnetic liquid, which seems...

A spreadable interlayer could make solid state batteries more stable

An interlayer, made of a spreadable, 'butter-like' material helps improve the current density tenfold, while also increasing performance and safety.

New wearable sensor tracks Vitamin C levels in sweat

Researchers developed a wearable, non invasive Vitamin C sensor that could provide a new, highly personalized option for users to track their daily nutritional intake and dietary adherence.

Engineers develop first tunable, chip-based 'vortex microlaser' and detector

Encoding information in twisting beams of light could break bandwidth bottleneck in optical communications.

Graphene-reinforced carbon fiber may lead to affordable, stronger car materials

A new way of creating carbon fibers -- which are typically expensive to make -- could one day lead to using these lightweight, high-strength materials to improve safety and reduce the cost of...

Quantum Hall effect 'reincarnated' in 3D topological materials

2D order protects several entangled states that could be used in quantum computing.

Scientists demonstrate the first chemically synthesized optical switch based on a MOF

Scientists have demonstrated how to create, using a femtosecond laser, an all-optical switch based on a metal-organic framework which can be synthesized in vitro and is usually used in chemistry for...

'Tantalizing' clues about why a mysterious material switches from conductor to insulator

Tantalum disulfide is a mysterious material. According to textbook theory, it should be a conducting metal, but in the real world it acts like an insulator. Using a scanning tunneling microscope,...

A perfect novel optical vortex with controllable impulse ring profile

Researchers demonstrated a perfect novel optical vortex with controllable impulse ring profile based on Circular Dammann Gratings.

High hopes for new-age rubber

Imagine a self-repairing rubber, or super-adhesive made entirely from waste materials. It sounds like science fiction, but researchers have discovered a new kind of rubber and catalyst that together...

Researchers present a new route for designing a graphene-based active spintronic component

Highly efficient charge-to-spin interconversion in graphene heterostructures.

Riddled with holes: Making flexible thin-film electronics more durable

Researchers developed a simple approach for controlling the otherwise random formation of cracks in flexible thin-film conductors, greatly increasing the durability of flexible electrodes and...

A new library of atomically thin two-dimensional materials

Researchers have created a whole new library of atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) materials, christened 'ic-2D', to denote a class of materials based on self-intercalation of native atoms into the...

Interfaces the key in atomically-thin, 'high temperature' superconductors

An international research team published a review of atomically-thin 'high temperature' superconductors finds that each has a common driving mechanism: interfaces.

A theoretical boost to nanoscale devices

Scientists have developed a new approach to the underlying physics of semiconductors to engineer nano-scale transistors hit the limits of miniaturization at the atomic level.

Light, fantastic: the path ahead for faster, smaller computer processors

Researchers build modular bridge design for nanoscale photonic chip.

Scientists break the link between a quantum material's spin and orbital states

The advance opens a path toward a new generation of logic and memory devices based on orbitronics that could be 10,000 times faster than today's.

Efficient NIR-triggered nanocomposite developed for killing extensively drug-resistant Acinetobacter Baumannii

The researchers found that the composite nanomaterial consisting of a photosensitizer and lanthanide-doped upconversion nanoparticles can accumulate on the surface of XDR-AB and produce reactive...

'Hot and messy' entanglement of 15 trillion atoms

Researchers report the production of a giant entangled state that may help medical researchers detect extremely faint magnetic signals from the brain.

Imaging structural changes in catalysts during reaction conditions

Scientists imaged the structural changes in noble metal catalysts during carbon monoxide (CO) oxidation, showing that the catalysts switch between inactive and active states depending on temperature.

Light-emitting silicon: no longer a 'holy grail' for computing

Researchers reported an innovative alloy of silicon and germanium that is optically active. They showed that this material is very suitable for light emission, and that it is compatible with silicon.

2D sandwich sees molecules with clarity

A sandwich of molybdenum, sulfur and selenium turns out to be deliciously useful for detecting biomolecules.

Making quantum 'waves' in ultrathin materials

Study reveals how wavelike plasmons could power up new technologies.

'Microscope on a chip' could bring medical expertise to distant patients

Scientists are reducing the size and costs of medical microscopes to make it possible to use them more widely, and hook them up to experts able to diagnose an illness even from far away.

Atomically thin magnets for next generation spin and quantum electronics

Researchers develop a ferromagnetic semiconductor that works at room temperature, solving one of science's most intractable problems.

Designing flexible and stretchable single crystal electronic systems

Researchers have discovered that certain crystals are more flexible and stretchable compared to current materials used for electronic applications. These new materials could therefore be used for...

Multifunctional polymeric nanoparticles with trimodal affinity for liver cancer therapy

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is is the most common type of primary liver cancer and one of the most aggressive and hyper-vascularized forms of cancer. Many current chemotherapeutics fail to...

A new, highly sensitive chemical sensor uses protein nanowires

Scientists have developed bioelectronic ammonia gas sensors that are among the most sensitive ever made. It uses electric-charge-conducting protein nanowires derived from the bacterium Geobacter to...

Molecular switches retain their function in 2D-array

Researchers have synthesized regular 2D assemblies of isotopically labelled molecular switches and measured the properties of their isomerization, revealing that formation of such an assembly doesn't...

New nanomaterials to remove antibiotics from water

Researchers synthesized the new metal-organic framework (MOF) nanomaterials to successfully remove antibiotics from water.

The makings of a crystal flipper

Insights into a flipping crystal could further research into the development of autonomous robots.

Brain signal measurement using printed tattoo electrodes

Researchers developed ultra-light tattoo electrodes that are hardly noticeable on the skin and make long-term measurements of brain activity cheaper and easier.

Carbon nanotubes pave the way for human breath analysis of lung disease

Breath is one of the main sources of human health parameters that can be used for predicting the state of internal organs. Exhaled breath composition is very complex and the existence of disease...

Noble metal aerogels enabled by freezing: Multi-scale structured materials for electrocatalysis and photoelectrocatalysis

Chemists developed a freeze-thaw method, capable of synthesising various noble metal aerogels with clean surfaces and multiscale structure. The research provides new ideas for designing various gel...

2D Material based transistor sets a new standard for energy efficiency

Researchers have designed and demonstrated a new type of technology based on 2D semiconducting materials that's almost as energy-efficient as the human brain.

Silver nanocubes make point-of-care diagnostics easier to read

Researchers use plasmonics to enhance fluorescent markers in lab-on-a-chip diagnostic devices.

Nanofiber membranes transformed into 3D scaffolds

Researchers develop a new way to create 3D scaffolds for biomedical applications.

A new imaging approach to see multiple proteins simultaneously

Novel technology allows for the simultaneous imaging of multiple proteins in a single cell.

New results contradict a long-held classical theory of crystal nucleation

Researchers capture crystal Nnucleation with atomic resolution in 4D (3D plus time).

Linking properties to defects in 2D materials

This is the first time that 2D material properties have been linked to specific defects in the materials' crystal structure. This approach enables systematic defect engineering in 2D materials.

Researchers develop anti-COVID-19 nanocoating surface

Researchers are developing safe, new anti-viral nanoparticle coatings that demonstrate significant potential in preventing active surface infection with SARS-CoV-2.

Nanotechnology-based approaches to testing for COVID-19 infections in high-risk individuals

In the absence of vaccines, many scientists argue that the best approach to control the spread of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Virus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) would be fast, cheap, reliable, and...

Future information technologies: 3D Quantum spin liquid revealed

So far, quantum spin liquids have usually only been found in one or two dimensional magnetic systems. Now scientists have found spin liquid behaviour in 3D, due to a so called hyper hyperkagome...

Artificial synapses on design

Tiny material differences are crucial for the functional behavior of memristive devices.

Raise your glass: new nanotechnology clears haze from white wine

New research is ensuring white wines will always look their best as novel magnetic nanotechnology is proving to quickly and efficiently remove haze-forming proteins in white wine.

Unraveling the magnetism of a graphene triangular flake

Triangulene is a triangular graphene flake, which possesses a net magnetic moment: it is a graphene nanometer-size magnet. This magnetic state opens fascinating perspectives on the use of these pure-...

Chameleon materials: The origin of color variation in low-dimensional perovskites

Some light-emitting diodes (LEDs) created from perovskite, a class of optoelectronic materials, emit light over a broad wavelength range. Scientists have now shown that in some cases, the explanation...

Material manufacturing from particles takes a giant step forward

Researchers have shown another remarkable property of nanocelluloses: their strong binding properties to form new materials with any particle.

Scientists create new recipe for single-atom transistors

Linking multiple copies of these devices may lay the foundation for quantum computing.

Glioblastoma-coated nanotubes target and kill brain cancer cells

Researchers exploited for the first time cellular self-recognition process for targeting glioblastoma cells with boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs), a biocompatible, yet inorganic, nanomaterial. The...

Researchers reveal switching mechanism of plasmonic pixels based on magnesium

Scientists have succeeded to observe switching processes at previously unattained nanometer resolution. It opens the door towards new and innovative ultra-high-resolution displays of the future.

Defective graphene has high electrocatalytic activity

Researchers have conducted a theoretical study of the effects of defects in graphene on electron transfer at the graphene-solution interface. Their calculations show that defects can increase the...

Dendrimers finally have what it takes to break into the laser scene

Researchers have synthesized branched polymer crystals that are tough enough to be used as tiny laser sources.

New route to thin porous membranes

Scientists create flexible, ultrathin films of nanoparticles using a polymer 'corona' approach.

Scientists use lasers and gold particles to turn titanium oxide into nanocomposite for photocatalysts

Researchers have demonstrated how a femtosecond laser can be used to tune the structure and nanocomposite properties for titanium dioxide films filled with gold nanoparticles.

How to manipulate light on the nanoscale over wide frequency ranges

Scientists discovered an effective method for controlling the frequency of confined light at the nanoscale in the form of phonon polaritons (light coupled to vibrations in the crystal).

Nanoparticles doped with quantum dots for restoring monuments

The fluorescence emitted by tiny zinc oxide quantum dots can be used to determine the penetration depth of certain substances used in the restoration of historical buildings.

Chemistry breakthrough with nanodroplets could speed up drug development

Scientists have successfully developed a new technique to reliably grow crystals of organic soluble molecules from nanoscale droplets, unlocking the potential of accelerated new drug development.

Researchers map tiny twists in 'magic-angle' graphene

Results could help designers engineer high-temperature superconductors and quantum computing devices.

Magnetic nanopropellers deliver genetic material to cells

Researchers used a magnetic material that outperforms the strongest known micromagnets, yet is chemically stable, non-toxic and biologically compatible. Such new nanopropellers hold great potential...

How nanosensors help with diabetes treatment

Carbon nanotubes based sensors can measure pressure with high precision.

Ultrathin superconductor ages like fine wine

Superconducting materials, which entirely lose their electrical resistance at low temperatures, have become ever more widespread over recent years. Nevertheless, the fascinating phenomenon of...

Graphene sets sail in microgravity

Researchers demonstrate the laser-propulsion of graphene sails in microgravity. The light sails use a scalable micro-membrane design that minimizes their mass and hence increases their thrust upon...

High color purity 3D printing with nanoparticles

Researchers report on a new method to obtain high color purity 3D objects with the use of a new class of nanoparticles.

2D oxide flakes pick up surprise electrical properties

Researchers have found evidence of piezoelectricity in lab-grown, two-dimensional flakes of molybdenum dioxide.

Researchers pave the way to designing omnidirectional invisible materials

Scientists have discovered a new fundamental symmetry in electromagnetism, acoustics and elasticity laws: a temporal supersymmetry.

Ultra-long-working-distance spectroscopy with 3D-printed aspherical microlenses

Researchers have designed tiny lenses that can easily be manufactured by laser 3D printing technique on top of various materials, including fragile novel 2D graphene-like materials.

Shape-shifting carbon fibre could replace mechanical systems for planes and more

Imagine wind turbine blades that change shape to achieve the most efficiency in varying wind speeds, or airplane wings that bend and alter their own form without hydraulic rudders and ailerons.

How (and why) to talk to business leaders about nanotechnology

Those of us who work in the field of nanoscience know all about the uniqueness of the nanoscale. However, now that use cases for nanotechnology are ramping up across virtually all industry sectors...

Is dendrite-free lithium sufficient for next-generation Li metal battery technology?

Scientists revealed that eliminating the growth of the dendritic Li structure seemed not to be sufficient to propel the LMB technology from laboratory research to practical applications considering...

Artificial intelligence is energy-hungry - new hardware could curb its appetite

Quantum material could offset energy demand of artificial intelligence.

Mats made from nanofibers linked to a red wine chemical could help prevent oxidation

Engineering researchers have created mesh-like mats made with tannic acid; used in bandages or inside food storage containers, they can help promote prolonged antioxidant activity.

MOFs filter out toxic chromium from water

Chemists have developed sponges to capture various target substances, like gold, mercury and lead, dissolved in solution. The sponges are actually porous crystals called metal organic frameworks, and...

Spin-dependent processes in the 2D material hexagonal boron nitride

Quantum technology was once considered to be something very expensive and available only to the largest research centers. However, in our days it is widely used in many applications, and one of them...

3D nanowire networks promise new horizon for security screening and medical imaging

The devices could be used in new, safe imaging technology with far higher resolution than current ultrasound devices used to detect small tumours.

Gas nanomedicine: An emerging cutting-edge field

Several therapeutic gases are quite helpful for treatment of many inflammation-related diseases including cancer, but also exhibit some shortcomings such as limited therapy efficacy. Gas nanomedicine...

Breathable second skin materials provide smart protection against chemical and biological agents

Researchers propose the smart protection mechanism of responsive single walled carbon nanotube membranes against environmental threats.

Researchers develop large-scale stretchable and transparent electrodes

Wavy silver nanowire network on stretchable substrate were fabricated for large-scale stretchable and transparent electrodes.

Screw cancer: Microneedle sticks it to cancer tissue

A drug-loaded microrobotic needle effectively targets and remains attached to cancerous tissue in lab experiments without needing continuous application of a magnetic field, allowing more precise...

Eavesdropping on single molecules with light by replaying the chatter

The structure of individual molecules and their properties, such as chirality, are difficult to monitor in real time. It turns out that temporarily bridging molecules together can provide a lens...

Nanoparticles break down explosives in wastewater

An activated carbon filter can purify your drinking water, but it's no match for wastewater that contains military-grade explosives. To clean wastewater from munitions processing and demilitarization...

Gene-disabling nanoparticles prevent obesity in mice

Disabling a gene in specific mouse cells, researchers have prevented mice from becoming obese, even after the animals had been fed a high-fat diet.

Scientists take steps to create a 'racetrack memory', potentially enhancing digital data storage

'Racetrack memory', which reconfigures magnetic fields in innovative ways, could supplant current methods of mass data storage, such as flash memory and disk drives, due to its improved density of...

Towards metallic polymers by exploiting two faces of the same coin: topological order and pi-conjugation

Researchers present a new strategy to fabricate quasi-metallic 1D polymers with atomic precision. These findings advance the possibility to design stable organic polymers with vanishing electronic...

Drops of nanoparticles self-stir and communicate

Researchers have discovered a new mechanism of self-organization of active matter. When photochemically active nanoparticles are enclosed at high density within a drop and are exposed to UV light, a...

An artificial 'tongue' of gold to taste maple syrup

It's said that maple syrup is Quebec's liquid gold. Now scientists have found a way to use real gold -- in the form of nanoparticles -- to quickly find out how the syrup tastes.

Hydrogen and nanomaterials may transform energy industry

Scientists argue that hydrogen, used as a zero-carbon energy carrier, has the potential to significantly transform the global energy landscape.

Water-splitting module a source of perpetual energy

Researchers have created an efficient, low-cost device that splits water to produce hydrogen fuel.

Crystal power

A single-crystal electrode that promises to yield pivotal discoveries for advanced batteries under development worldwide for electric vehicles, consumer electronics and other applications.

New imaging technology allows visualization of nanoscale structures inside whole cells and tissues

New technology allows scientists to measure wavefront distortions induced by the specimen, either a cell or a tissue, directly from the signals generated by single molecules - tiny light sources...

Preventing cancer recurrence thanks to nanotechnologies

The project XtraUS - Fighting cancer relapse with remote activation of smart and targeted nanoconstructs - is aimed at testing and validating an innovative technology to contrast the presence of...

Controlling the movements of molecular machines

Researchers report that they have found a way to control molecular machines so that they move in a certain direction - for example, into the bloodstream.

To make an atom-sized machine, you need a quantum mechanic

Researchers turn a single atom into a quantum engine and a quantum fridge.

The smallest microelectronic robot in the world

Researchers report the development of the smallest microelectronic robot in the world, which is driven and controlled by a twin-jet-engine.

Sintering advanced ceramics membranes for safe solid-state batteries in just 10 seconds

Sintering is a critical processing technology in the production of ceramic materials that uses high heat to compact ceramic powders into a solid form. Sintering of pure oxide ceramics requires...

How to put neurons into cages

Nerve cells have now been introduced into spherical cage structures using acoustic bioprinting technology, so that multicellular nerve tissue can develop there.

Red light for stress

Researchers have created a biphasic luminescent material that changes color when exposed to mechanical stress. This work has many applications in the field of smart materials, which includes sensors...

New study reveals unexpected softness of bilayer graphene

Research has found that bilayer graphene is much softer than multi-layered graphite.

Team makes breakthrough in separation science with sub-Angstrom precision

An international research team is the first to successfully separate two ions with very, very small size differences, a major advancement in separation science with widespread potential application.

Nanostimulators boost stem cells for muscle repair

Scientists demonstrated that 'nanostimulators' - nanoparticles seeded with a molecule the body naturally produces to prompt stem cells to heal wounds - can amp up stem cells' regenerative powers in a...

Pressing 'pause' on nature's crystal symmetry

From snowflakes to quartz, nature's crystalline structures form with a reliable, systemic symmetry. Researchers have shown that it's now possible to control how crystals grow - including interrupting...

Twisting 2D materials uncovers their superpowers

Researchers have developed a completely new method for twisting atomically thin materials, paving the way for applications of 'twistronics' based on tunable 2D materials.

In search of the lighting material of the future

Researchers have gained insights into a promising material for organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). The substance enables high light yields and would be inexpensive to produce on a large scale -...

A flexible piezoresistive pressure sensor with zero standby power consumption

This work showed a new way to fabricate flexible graphene-based pressure sensors with comprehensive performance via a low-cost process.

'Magnetic drugs' could stay at disease sites longer

New research suggests that a novel magnetism-based drug delivery approach could help ensure drugs are not removed from where they are needed in the body.

Nanodevices for the brain could thwart formation of Alzheimer's plaques

In a multidisciplinary study, scientists have developed an approach to prevent plaque formation by engineering a nano-sized device that captures the dangerous peptides before they can self-assemble.

Groovy photoelectrodes: How a textured surface can dramatically boost their performance

Researchers find that a promising photoelectrode material for producing hydrogen using sunlight can be made even better by increasing its surface roughness.

Optical 'nanomixer': Scientists propose new method for mixing liquids

Scientists propose a method that can help solve problem of controlling over the mixing speed: they decided to use the so-called radiation pressure.

'Breathable' electronics pave the way for more functional wearable tech

Engineering researchers have created ultrathin, stretchable electronic material that is gas permeable, allowing the material to 'breathe'.

Scientists reveal the magnetic states of nanoscale gyroids

Researchers revealed the magnetic states of nanoscale gyroids, 3D chiral network-like nanostructures. The findings add a new candidate system for research into unconventional information processing...

Scientists prove the existence of Skyrmion tubes

For the first time, an international team of researchers succeeded in demonstrating the previously unknown structure of magnetic skyrmion tubes in 3D. This knowledge makes it possible to better...

Researchers measure cancer cell mechanics in living animals using nanoparticles

Scientists have developed a first-of-its-kind nanoparticle-based in vivo imaging technique that may one day be used to help diagnose and even treat cancer.

Molecules with a spin on a topological insulator: a hybrid approach to magnetic topological states of matter

Controlling the interactions at the interface of a magnetic/topological insulator heterostructure is an outstanding challenge with implications in fundamental science and technology. New resesearch...

Stretchable lithium-ion battery is based on new micro-honeycomb structure

Researchers developed a lithium-ion battery that is flexible enough to be stretched.

'Strange effect' raises possibility of smaller, smarter optical filters

Polarization, in sync. On the macro, everyday level, it reads as an oxymoron. To nanoscientists, though, the apparent contradiction makes a kind of harmonious sense.

Scientists proposed a new approach for efficient nanomaterials' modeling

With the new modeling method, the calculations became simpler, which gives a possibility to predict the mechanical response to tension and to study its failure mechanism.

MOF material offers optical sensing of NO2 pollutant for air quality measurements

This proof-of-concept material would be sensitive enough to detect straightforward low concentration of NO2 in conventional luminescence displays.

MRI scanning assists with next generation battery design

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can provide an effective way of supporting the development of the next generation of high-performance rechargeable batteries.

Perovskite/graphene nanosensor detects nitrogen dioxide with 300% improved sensitivity

Graphene and perovskites hybrid resulted in a material that can more sensitively detect these kinds of gas.

Scientists outsmart nature by building super liquid-repellent dry adhesives

A specific fibril tip shape design is the key to achieving elastic dry fibril adhesives with super liquid repellency. This new bioinspired material opens up many possibilities for use, as it prevents...

Polymer membranes could benefit from taking a dip

A simple pretreatment step enables membranes to be enhanced using atomic layer deposition, a technique that can improve performance and introduce new surface properties.

Nanoarchitected metamaterial with material achieves the theoretic limits of stiffness and strength

The strength of the carbon plate structures was up to 639% stronger and up to 522% stiffer than same-weight beam nanolattices of the same material. This is the first experimental evidence that plate-...

Novel nanostructure design lends extraordinary strength to a promising battery anode

Researchers developed a unique nanostructure that limits silicon's expansion while fortifying it with carbon. Their work could inform new electrode material designs for other types of batteries and...

Success in specific detection of molecules using deformation of a single graphene sheet

Researchers developed a test chip using graphene. The chip has a trampoline structure with a narrow gap of 1 micrometer or less formed under a monoatomic graphene film, and can specifically trap a...

Light-driven thin-film robots feal the heat

Inspired by living organisms, researchers have developed a somatosensory light-driven robot (SLiR) that can simultaneously sense strain and temperature. The SLiR subsumes pyro/piezoelectric...

New study reveals how impurities affect the electrical properties in anisotropic 2D materials

A new study shows how impurities affect the electrical properties in anisotropic germanium arsenide (GeAs).

Scientists develop stable luminescent composite material based on perovskite nanocrystals

Scientists develop light-emitting composite material based on perovskite nanocrystals with air- and water resilient optical characteristics.

New metasurface laser produces world's first super-chiral light

Researchers have demonstrated the world's first metasurface laser that produces 'super-chiral light': light with ultra-high angular momentum. The light from this laser can be used as a type of "...

Electronics for high-altitude use can get smaller and sturdier with new nanomaterials

Scientists are creating new metal-based nanomaterials for circuit boards that could be resistant to the high-altitude radiation encountered by electronics in aerospace equipment, fighter jets and...

Two steps closer to flexible, powerful, fast bioelectronic devices

Researchers design biocompatible ion-driven soft transistors that can perform real-time neurologically relevant computation and a mixed-conducting particulate composite that allows creation of...

Abundant element to power small devices

A thin, iron-based generator uses waste heat to provide small amounts of power.

Ultra-fast vector microscopy is a breakthrough in nano-optics

The duration of their snapshot relates to a second as this second does to the age of the universe: Physicists have developed ultra-fast vector microscopy as a means of determining electric fields on...

Personalized nutrition smart patch to reduce diabetes risk

A wearable smart patch will deliver precision data to help people personalise their diets and reduce their risk of developing lifestyle-related chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes.

Applying quantum-impurity theory to quantum fluids of light

Scientists develop a new approach to directly observe correlated, many-body states in an exciton-polariton system that go beyond classical theories.

Synthesis of silicon intercalated monolayer blue phosphorus

Chemists have developed a method to synthetically produce monolayer blue phosphorus for potential semiconductor applications.

Novel hollow nanostructure is promising for new class of materials

Researchers created a hollow nanostructure for metal halide perovskites that would allow the material to emit a highly efficient blue light.

Engineers open door to big new library of nanoparticles

A new study expands the landscape of nanomaterials - and what we can do with them.

'Decoy' nanoparticles can block HIV and prevent infection

Cloaking nanoparticles in cell membranes draws HIV away from immune cells.

New solution to capture microplastics before they enter waterways

A novel method utilizes nanocellulose structures for early particle identification. Nanocellulose would allow particles to be captured even before they enter waterways.

Scientists develop MOF nanomaterial to remove antibiotics in water

Researchers used a hydrothermal synthesis method to fabricate the nanomaterial that can work as an absorbent to remove norfloxacin, a kind of antibiotics in water.

Researchers watch the dynamics of plasmonic skyrmions made from light on ultra-smooth gold platelets for the first time

Researchers have succeeded for the first time in filming light vortex patterns on the nanometer scale, which are named skyrmions after their discoverer Tony Skyrme.

Multi-functionalization of graphene for molecular targeted cancer therapy

Scientists have developed a type of nanomedicine based on multi-functional graphene that allows for targeted cancer treatment at molecular level.

Wiring the quantum computer of the future: a novel simple build with existing technology

The basic units of a quantum computer can be rearranged in 2D to solve typical design and operation challenges.

Ultrashort laser pulses induce point defects in fused silica for anti-counterfeiting

Researchers report tunable point defects in hydroxyl fused silica enabled by ultrashort laser pulses for anti-counterfeiting and functional module fabrication.

New dual-action coating keeps bacteria from cross-contaminating fresh produce

Over the course of their journey from the open fields to the produce displays at grocery stores, fresh vegetables and fruits can sometimes become contaminated by microorganisms. These items can then...

Electronic skin fully powered by sweat can monitor health

Electronic skin monitors body's vitals signs while being powered by sweat.

Controlling ion transport for energy, environment

In a recent study, scientists showed that ion transport near a hydrophobic interface is dependent not only on applied voltage, but on the type of ion.

Researchers discover ferroelectricity at the atomic scale

A team of researchers have managed to grow ultra-thin material on silicon that can power small electronic devices.

A novel method to precisely deliver therapeutics inside the body

A new way to deliver therapeutic proteins inside the body uses an acoustically sensitive carrier to encapsulate the proteins and ultrasound to image and guide the package to the exact location...

Novel method for gentle laser processing of perovskites at the nanoscale

Scientists have developed a method for precise, fast and high-quality laser processing of halide perovskites, promising light-emitting materials for solar energy, optical electronics, and...

Spider combs tame unruly nanofibers

Researchers have patterned an antiadhesive nanostructure inspired by the comb on spiders'legs onto a foil surface, creating a handy tool to control sticky lab-made nanomaterials for medical, smart...

Windows will soon generate electricity, following solar cell breakthrough

Two square metres of solar window will do the same job as a standard rooftop solar panel.

A hydrogel to cool down electronic devices, recover waste heat

Researchers have developed a hydrogel that can both cool down electronics, such as cell phone batteries, and convert their waste heat into electricity.

Scientists uncover major cause of resistance in solid electrolytes

The study involved two powerful techniques - electron holography and atom probe tomography - that allowed scientists to observe the boundaries at an unprecedentedly small scale. The resulting...

The future of semiconductors is clear

A clear semiconductor based on tin could improve solar power generation.

'Nanocardboard' flyers could serve as martian atmospheric probes

Engineers are suggesting a new way to explore the sky: tiny aircraft that weigh about as much as a fruit fly and have no moving parts. These flyers are plates of 'nanocardboard,' which levitate when...

Nanoengineers marry molecular farming and advanced manufacturing to develop a COVID-19 vaccine

Nanoengineers are working on a COVID-19 vaccine using an unconventional candidate: a plant virus.

Flexible pressure sensor for human-machine interaction

Researchers have developed a high-performance and zero-standby-power-consumption flexible pressure sensor with ultrahigh sensitivity in wide linear response range.

New hybrid nanomaterial improves the performance of silicon in Li-ion batteries

Researchers have developed a new hybrid material of mesoporous silicon microparticles and carbon nanotubes that can improve the performance of silicon in Li-ion batteries. Advances in battery...

High-quality hexagonal boron nitride grown at atmospheric pressure

Researchers have reported a significant step forward in growing monoisotopic hexagonal boron nitride at atmospheric pressure for the production of large and very high-quality crystals.

A nanostructured biosensor detects SARS-CoV-2 concentration in the air

A team of researchers has succeeded in developing a novel sensor for detecting the new coronavirus. In future it could be used to measure the concentration of the virus in the environment -- for...

Terahertz science discloses the ultrafast photocarrier dynamics in carbon nanotubes

Scientists come closer to unraveling the physics of quasiparticles in carbon nanotubes.

Diamond nanothreads shine in energy storage solution

Researchers have proposed the design of a new carbon nanostructure made from diamond nanothreads that could one day be used for mechanical energy storage, wearable technologies, and biomedical...

Combining data-driven science and computational chemistry can significantly accelerate materials discovery

Siloxanes - a class of manufactured silicone derivatives, also know as silicones - are widely used (with an annual volume of 2.8 million tonnes in 2018) in medicine and industrial applications,...

Cool down fast to advance quantum nanotechnology

Rapidly cooling magnon particles proves a surprisingly effective way to create an elusive quantum state of matter, called a Bose-Einstein condensate. The discovery can help advance quantum physics...

Mass-produced microscopic sensors see the light

Theologians once pondered how many angels could dance on the head of a pin. Not to be outdone, researchers who build nanoscale electronics have developed microsensors so tiny, they can fit 30,000 on...

Advanced memory from advanced materials

Electrical manipulation of magnetic particle allows for large high-speed memory.

Unprecedented 3D images of live cells plus details of molecules inside

No damage caused by strong light, no artificial dyes or fluorescent tags needed.

Scientists uncover principles of universal self-assembly

Self-assembly is the process that built up life and its surrounding, atom-by-atom. Now, a team of scientists has demonstrated the fundamental principles of a universal self-assembly process acting on...

New 'brick' for nanotechnology: Graphene Nanomesh

Researchers have successfully demonstrated the fabrication of large-area suspended graphene nanomesh by helium ion beam microscopy.

Self-aligning microscope smashes limits of super-resolution microscopy

Medical researchers have achieved unprecedented resolution capabilities in single-molecule microscopy to detect interactions between individual molecules within intact cells.

Researchers advance neuromorphic computing with protein nanowires

Researchers discovered, while on their way to better understanding protein nanowires, how to use biological, electricity conducting protein filaments to make a neuromorphic memristor, or 'memory...

Deep brain stimulation therapies benefit from graphene fiber electrodes

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an effective treatment for many neurological disorders, but despite its widespread utilization the underlying mechanisms and downstream effects of DBS remain poorly...

MOF nanoparticles: Acidic alert

Researchers have synthesized nanoparticles that can be induced by a change in pH to release a deadly dose of ionized iron within cells. This mechanism could potentially open up new approaches to the...

Under pressure: New bioinspired material can 'shapeshift' to external forces

Inspired by how human bone and colorful coral reefs adjust mineral deposits in response to their surrounding environments, researchers have created a self-adapting material that can change its...

New nanocarrier drug delivery technology crosses the blood-brain barrier

Researchers developed a cyclic peptide (a chain of amino acids bonded circularly) that enhances blood-brain barrier (BBB) penetration. By attaching the cyclic peptide to the surface of nanoparticles...

Flatter graphene, faster electrons

Bumps on a road slow down our pace, so do corrugations in graphene to travelling electrons. By flattening the corrugations out, we help electrons move effectively faster through a graphene sheet.

Single atom layer trap for lithium-ion migration

Scientists have observed a new type of microscopic feature that can significantly influence ionic transport.

Enhanced light absorption in silicon by phase engineering

New research shows the formation of large-area R8-Si within the top n-layer of the p-n junction Si solar cell using spherical nanoindentation, and experimentally measured optical properties of R8-...

Pushing the limits of 2D supramolecules

Scientists have reached a new milestone in the development of two-dimensional supramolecules - the building blocks that make areas of nanotechnology and nanomaterial advancement possible.

A carbon nanotube adhesive sheet with extremely high thermal conductivity

Thermal conductivity three times higher than conventional materials, enabling practical use as a heat dissipation material.

High-capacity nanocarbon battery material uses salmon DNA

Stabilizing the surface of over-lithiated layered oxides using DNA from salmon and carbon nanotubes. Improved catalyst performance and lifespan found through the use of integrated advanced analytical...

New System Configurator for Inverted Microscopes & XY Motorized Stages, What to Use When

Learn how to combine the best micrometer or nanometer class motorized stages, piezo stages, and sample holders while achieving requirements of high velocity and long term stability.

Nanosized-wall tin 'bubbles' spur advances in the development of integrated chips

Researchers developed an extremely low-density tin 'bubble', which makes the generation of extreme ultraviolet reliable and low cost. This novel technology paves the way for various applications in...

Fitting two co-catalysts on one nanosheet for better water purification

Scientists designed and tested a new two-dimensional catalyst that can be used to improve water purification using hydrogen peroxide.

Carbon nanotube nanosensor alerts smartphone when plants are stressed

Carbon nanotubes embedded in leaves detect chemical signals that are produced when a plant is damaged.

Light from stretchable sheets of atoms for quantum technologies

New research, using an atomically-thin material, constitute a significant step forward in understanding light?matter interactions of quantum systems in 2D materials, and the journey towards scalable...

Nanometer-thick MXene films can be used as electromagnetic shields

Researchers developed an ultrathin nanometer-thick film, using MXene, a new two-dimensional nanomaterial for EMI shielding.

Substances trapped in graphene nanobubbles exhibit unusual properties

Scientists modeled the behavior of nanobubbles appearing in van der Waals heterostructures and the behavior of substances trapped inside the bubbles. The new model will help obtain equations of state...

Tiny self-powered temperature sensors built with graphene

Researchers have demonstrated that graphene can be used to build sensitive and self-powering temperature sensors. The findings pave the way for the design of highly sensitive thermocouples, which...

Protocol identifies fascinating quantum states

Topological materials attract great interest and may provide the basis for a new era in materials development. Physicists now present a new measuring method that allows to identify and characterize...

Seeking the sounds of superfluids

A new study examines the propagation of energy as sound waves in a quantum gas, revealing for the first time strong variations in the nature of the sound wave as a function of temperature.

Development of graphene-based attachable sticker-type rechargeable batteries

Researchers have developed're-attachable micro-supercapacitors using highly swollen laser-induced-graphene electrodes.

Graphene heterostructures with black phosphorus, arsenic layers enable new infrared detectors

Scientists have calculated the parameters of photodetectors comprised by layers of graphene and a combination of black phosphorus and black arsenic. These sensors are able to detect radiation with...

Engineers design carbon nanostructure stronger than diamonds

Novel plate-cell architecture reaches theoretical limit of performance.

Remote control of hormone release with magnetic nanoparticles

Researchers have developed magnetic nanoparticles that can stimulate the adrenal gland to produce stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol.

CarbonHagen goes online during the lock-down

The organizers revive Carbonhagen as a Zoom online forum during the COVID-19 lock-down.

Hair surface engineering to be advanced by nano vehicles

A nanotechnology that can help both drug delivery and hair cosmetics industry.

A new strategy to create 2D magnetic order

Scientists discovered the spin-valve magnetoresistance at the ferromagnetic SrRuO3 grain boundary owing to the nature of non-magnetic metallic grain boundary revealed by electron microscopy and first...

Single-electron pumping in a ZnO single-nanobelt transistor

Single electron pumping devices with high efficiency and controllability at room temperature play an essential role in implement spin-based quantum computing and quantum information processing....

3D Bioprinting 101: Making bioprinting more accessible

Recent developments in hydrogel chemistries, reinforcement approaches, and crosslinking methods have expanded the applications of 3D bioprinting to pharmaceutics, regenerative medicine, and...

Electric jolt to nanocarbon makes better water purifier

Nanocarbons for purifying water get a lot more efficient by exposing a precursor mixture to high voltage.

World's most complex microparticle: A synthetic that outdoes nature's intricacy

Synthetic microparticles more intricate than some of the most complicated ones found in nature have been produced by an international team. They also investigated how that intricacy arises and...

Successful development of photovoltaic commercialization technology with improved quantum dot efficiency

A technology to further accelerate the commercialization of Colloidal Quantum Dot Photovoltaic devices, which are expected to be next-generation photovoltaic devices, has been developed.

Sliding walls - a new paradigm for microfluidic devices

Researchers propose a new paradigm for actuation in microfluidic devices based on rigid or semi-rigid walls with transversal dimensions of hundreds of micrometres that are able to slide within a...

Tiny 'cages' show how glass goes from liquid to solid

A new clue may get researchers closer to cracking the physics mystery of why glass looks and behaves the way it does.

Scientists capture 3D images of nanoparticles, atom by atom, with unprecedented precision

Scientists have developed a technique that produces atomic-scale 3D images of nanoparticles tumbling in liquid between sheets of graphene, the thinnest material possible.

Improving the toughness of graphene films

Researchers have developed black phosphorus (BP) functionalized graphene films, resulting in record toughness. The formation of covalent bonding between BP and graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets not...

New 'refrigerator' super-cools molecules to nanokelvin temperatures

Technique may enable molecule-based quantum computing.

Researchers present revolutionary light-emitting silicon

Researchers have developed an alloy with silicon that can emit light.

Nanoparticles offer large potential for brain cancer treatment

Scientists describe a small carbon nanoparticle engineered by the two labs that could both deliver chemotherapy drugs across the blood-brain barrier and mark tumor cells with fluorescence in mice....

Nanodiagnostics for early stage disease detection

Researchers used nanotechnology in biomedical diagnostics - a process called nanodiagnostics - to create a new, ultrasensitive DNA biosensor. The new sensor could potentially detect DNA-based...

Tracking the atomic pathways by in-situ liquid cell TEM

Technical advantages of in-situ liquid electron microscopy allow us to monitor the growth trajectory of pure metal nanoparticles in liquid media, including nucleation growth, nanorod self-assembly,...

A step ahead in the race toward ultrafast imaging of single nanoclusters

Using a combination of experimental and computational data, researchers discover paths to optimize pulses from highly intense X-ray beams.

Harnessing the power of electricity-producing bacteria for programmable biohybrids

Researchers have developed a material that enabled them to create a programmable biohybrid system that conducts electrons from electricity-producing (exoelectrogenic) bacteria.

Using nano-scale spintronics, researchers aim to build novel artificial brain

New research project to develop novel AI hardware; a completely new kind of computer system that mimics how the human brain is built. The artificial neural networks can increase computer performance...

House cleaning on the nanoscale

A team of scientists has developed a novel mechanical cleaning method for surfaces on the nanoscale. The technique successfully removes even the tiniest contaminants down to the atomic scale,...

Engineers use metal-oxide nanomaterials deposited on cloth to wipe out microbes

Nanomaterials are rough on microbes such as bacteria. They actually puncture the cell walls of the single-cell microbes, causing leaks and ultimately death. Put that on a cloth and you could have an...

Producing iron oxide nanoparticles for 150,000 COVID-19 tests per week

Iron oxide nanoparticles coated with silica may seem like an unlikely player in enabling Norway to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

Engineers 'program' liquid crystalline elastomers to replicate complex twisting action simply with the use of light

Researchers designed a polymer known as a liquid crystal elastomer that can be 'programmed' to both twist and bend in the presence of light. Especially in the field of soft robotics, this is...

Protein implicated in dry eye and PTSD visualized at atomic level

Researchers have captured an atomic-level high-definition image of a protein and the small molecule that binds to it. Both have been implicated in conditions including dry eye and post- traumatic...

Personalized microrobots swim through biological barriers, deliver drugs to cells

Biohybrid robots on the micrometer scale can swim through the body and deliver drugs to tumors or provide other cargo-carrying functions. The natural environmental sensing tendencies of bacteria mean...

New method to monitor Alzheimer's proteins

Terahertz waves detect the fibrillization state of amyloid beta proteins in solution.

Atomic force microscopy reveals high heterogeneity in bacterial membrane vesicles

Scientists report that the physical properties of extracellular bacterial membrane vesicles are significantly diverse. The properties for a single type of bacterium as well as for different types are...

Physicists produce stable water-based graphene dispersion

Researchers show how activated graphene, activated carbons and other hydrophobic carbons can be dispersed in water in a form of micrometer-sized particles. The key agent that helps to make these...

New nanophotonic saliva/nasal swab test to instantly detect coronavirus with lasers

European photonics scientists are developing an ultrasensitive laser sensor that detects coronavirus at the earliest point of infection from a saliva or nasal swab in minutes.

Using nanotechnology to develop new treatment for painful gynecological condition

Scientists have developed a precise, nanotechnology-based treatment to alleviate the pain and fertility problems associated with endometriosis, a common gynecological condition in women of...

A new method to generate substantial volumes of nanobubbles in water

Researchers have discovered a new energy-efficient method to generate and release substantial volumes of metastable, nano-scale gas bubbles in water, in excess of natural solubility levels. The...

A twist connecting magnetism and electronic-band topology

Combined optical and torque measurements establish the microscopic mechanism linking magnetism and electronic-band topology in a Dirac material.

Developing personalized vaccines with biomimetic nanotechnology

Nanotechnology offers many benefits that can be leveraged to increase the potency of vaccine formulations. For anticancer vaccination, antigenic material can be collected directly from a patient's...

A combined optical transmitter and receiver

Researchers have developed a tiny unit with perovskite diodes that is both an optical transmitter and a receiver. This is highly significant for the miniaturisation of optoelectronic systems.

Harnessing the rain for hydrovoltaics

Drops of water falling on or sliding over surfaces may leave behind traces of electrical charge, causing the drops to charge themselves. Scientists have now begun a detailed investigation into this...

Capturing 3D microstructures in real time

Researchers have invented a machine-learning based algorithm for quantitatively characterizing, in three dimensions, materials with features as small as nanometers.

Turning cells into computers with protein logic gates

Biochemists have created 'smart' proteins that function inside human cells by turning genes on and off.

A new way to fine-tune exotic materials: Thin, stretch and clamp

Turning a brittle oxide into a flexible membrane and stretching it on a tiny apparatus flipped it from a conducting to an insulating state and changed its magnetic properties.

3D reconstructions of individual nanoparticles

Liquid phase electron microscopy illuminates 3D atomic structures of platinum nanoparticles, advancing full control of nanoengineering.

Newly discovered biostability in DNA structures may lead to enhanced design of therapeutics

Researchers discovered an already existing biostable DNA motif applicable to the design of new drug carriers and diagnostics.

Molding molecular matter

Scientists used a focused beam of electrons to stitch platinum-silicon molecules into graphene, marking the first deliberate insertion of artificial molecules into a graphene host matrix.

New Custom Rotary Stages with Large Aperture based on Air Bearings

Superior positioning and geometric performance, absolute high-resolution encoders, and a large, 260mm clear aperture makes this air bearing stage a precision instrument for optical alignment,...

Bacteria on nanowires convert sunlight, carbon dioxide and water to organic building blocks

Researchers have developed a hybrid system combining bacteria and nanowires that can capture the energy of sunlight to convert carbon dioxide and water into building blocks for organic molecules.

Artificial intelligence finds 2D materials in the blink of an eye

Scientists demonstrated a novel artificial intelligence system that can find and label 2D materials in microscope images in the blink of an eye. This work can help shorten the time required for 2D...

Graphene-based actuator swarm enables programmable deformation

Graphene-based actuators featuring fast and reversible deformation under various external stimuli are promising for soft robotics and MEMS. However, these bimorph actuators are incapable of complex...

Textile-fiber-embedded multiluminescent device for future wearable devices

Researchers cross-inserted a new type of electrode made of fibers inside the light emitting layer unlike existing light emitting devices, through which they could develop a new light-emitting...

Nanocages trap and separate elusive noble gases

2D nanoscale compound traps noble gases at above-freezing temperatures, a difficult and important industrial challenge.

Engineers 3D print soft, rubbery brain implants

Technique may enable speedy, on-demand design of softer, safer neural devices.

Manipulating noble metal aerogels by reductant chemistry

One of the key issues that is holding back widespread applications of noble metal aerogels is a lack of understanding of the underlying structure-performance correlations. Presumably, this is...

Global Graphene Call, business ideas relating to graphene

A collaboration in Spain is launching the Global Graphene Call designed to develop business ideas linked to graphene.

3D-printed nanowire sensors could make breath tests for diabetes possible

Researchers have developed a procedure to produce extremely sensitive and energy-efficient sensors using 3D printing.

Novel graphene-based filters to make gas purification more effective

Researchers have shown how a new class of low-cost graphene-based membranes can be selectively tuned to separate different gases from gaseous mixtures.

Nanocrystals will help detect methanol and other alcohols

Researchers developed highly sensitive sensors based on cobalt oxide nanoflakes which are capable of detecting various alcohols in the air. The new sensors can be used for both medical diagnostics...

Double-walled carbon nanotubes have electro-optical advantages

One nanotube could be great for electronics applications, but there's new evidence that two could be tops.

Creating safer ceramic coatings with gold and silver nanoparticles

Scientists report progress toward a new type of glaze that includes gold and silver nanoparticles, which are less toxic and more environmentally friendly than currently used formulations, while still...

Novel light funnel device could serve as platform for hypersensitive optical detectors

The light accumulation achieved by the light funnel could be the basis for improving the sensitivity of optical detectors and thus enabling unprecedented optical applications.

Understanding differences in streptavidin-biotin binding

A recent paper uses computational tools to explain the mechanism of how streptavidin and biotin binding is affected by streptavidin's tethering.

A new battery chemistry promises safer high-voltage lithium-ion batteries

Researchers develop a cyclic phosphate-based battery electrolyte for high voltage and safe operation.

Just add salt to enhance the spatial resolution of single-molecule Raman spectroscopy

A thin substrate of sodium chloride aids the spectroscopic resolution of single-molecule vibrations.

Skyrmions seen in a kagome lattice

Magnetic vortices have been made and seen in a crystal with a special structure.

'Native oxide' allows controllable thinning of two-dimensional materials

An international team of researchers show how to take advantage of the natural interaction of 2D materials with air to reduce their thickness with (sub-)monolayer precision.

Experiments in mice and human cells shed light on best way to deliver nanoparticle therapy for cancer

Researchers in the cancer nanomedicine community debate whether use nanoparticles can best deliver drug therapy to tumors passively. Now, new research on human and mouse tumors in mice suggests the...

Upgrading biomass with selective surface-modified catalysts

Scientists demonstrated how the conversion of a plant derivative into fuels and other valuable chemicals can be achieved by loading single atoms of platinum onto titanium dioxide.

Quantum phenomenon governs organic solar cells

Vibronic coherence contributes to photocurrent generation in organic semiconductor heterojunction diodes.

As electronics shrink to nanoscale, will they still be good as gold?

Engineers wonder whether this tried and true precious metal, found in the bowels of most electronic devices, can stand up to the strain of next-generation data processing.

Artificial intelligence identifies optimal material formula

One algorithm replaces countless time-consuming experiments.

Innovative thinner electrolyte can improve functioning of solid oxide fuel cells

Scientists have synthesized a new thin film that could make energy production more efficient and cleaner.

Novel hybrid nanocomposite sheds light on therapy of deep-seated orthotopic lung tumors

The nanocomposite was developed through the assembly of gold nanobipyramids on black phosphorus nanosheets. This nanocomposite could simultaneously enhance singlet oxygen generation and hyperthermia...

Freeze-thaw made noble metal aerogels: Clean and hierarchical materials for photoelectrocatalysis

Noble metal aerogels are widely investigated for electrocatalysis applications due to their large specific surface areas and the high catalytic activity of noble metals. However, their...

A new method for the fabrication and characterization of atomic-sized photonic cavities

This discovery may be fundamental for the understanding and design of new, nanometric size, opto-electronic devices which will be key for the development of new technologies based on quantum...

A nanoscale device to generate high-power Terahertz waves

Researchers have developed a nanodevice that operates more than 10 times faster than today's fastest transistors.

3D-Printing complex nanocellulose-based objects

Researchers have demonstrated 3D printed complex objects with higher cellulose content than that of any other additively manufactured cellulose-?based parts. To achieve this, they used a clever trick.

'Whiskey webs' are the new 'coffee ring effect'

The 'coffee ring effect' has fascinated scientists for decades, but now a team says they have uncovered the mechanism behind an even more striking, web-like pattern that forms when drops of whiskey...

First ultra-low threshold continuous-wave lasing in Germanium-Tin

Researchers have implemented a new material engineering method to fabricate a laser microdisk in strained Germanium-Tin (GeSn) alloy. They demonstrate for the first time the laser device with a group...

Bioprinting techniques advance from shape to function

Biofabrication is a revolutionizing toolkit for regenerative medicine that allows cells and other biomaterials to be precisely combined and patterned into three-dimensional (3D) constructs through...

Shifting dimensions: Exciting excitons in phosphorene

Scientists have shed light on how excitons - an excited state of matter at the core of optoelectronics - move and interact within phosphorene.

A genetic nano-toolkit for the generation of new bacterial magnetic nanoparticles

Scientists have developed a modular system for the genetic reprogramming of bacteria, thereby turning the organisms into cell factories for multifunctional magnetic nanoparticles that combine various...

Upconverting nanolasers from subwavelength plasmons

To design these nanolasers, researchers combined arrays of nanopillars with nanoparticles that can absorb two photons of light and emit them as a single photon with higher energy.

Crumpled graphene makes ultra-sensitive cancer DNA detector

Crumpling graphene makes it more than ten thousand times more sensitive to DNA by creating electrical 'hot spots'.

Novel metal-organic framework is potential next-gen semiconductor

Researchers demonstrated a novel double-helical metal organic framework architecture in a partially oxidized form that conducts electricity, potentially making it a next-generation semiconductor.

Engineered nanowrappers carry and release tiny cargo

Scientists have discovered a new method for creating hollow metallic nanostructures with regularly spaced and sized pores. The pores are large and regular enough to carry molecule or nanoscale-size...

New metasurface helps make the switch to terahertz frequencies

The new highly efficient metasurface switch needs no metal or backing material. This means detectors using the switch would be smaller, thinner, more efficient, and require less power.

Unraveling the optical parameters: New method to optimize plasmon enhanced spectroscopy

Researchers report the first accessible method to gain unprecedented insights into the plasmonic activity of a single nanoparticle during a typical tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy experiment.

A key development in the drive for energy-efficient electronics

Scientists have made a breakthrough in the development of a new generation of electronics that will require less power and generate less heat. It involves exploiting the complex quantum properties of...

Stacked nanodevice quickly detects harmful bacteria in blood

Engineers have created a tiny device that can rapidly detect harmful bacteria in blood, allowing health care professionals to pinpoint the cause of potentially deadly infections and fight them with...

Optical control allows physicists to simulate and understand interactions between atoms

Scientists used silica micro-particles mixed into liquid crystals to investigate how atoms behave and interact. They explored optical control of hexagonal silica micro-particles whose surfaces were...

Wrapped, layered semiconductors catch the light

Researchers discovered a new way to integrate semiconductor layers to make heterostructures. They found that layers of different compounds of tin and sulfur spontaneously separated during synthesis....

Graphene flakes on medical devices kill bacteria and prevent infections

Graphite nanoplatelets integrated into plastic medical surfaces can prevent infections, killing 99.99 per cent of bacteria which try to attach - a cheap and viable potential solution to a problem...

Wearable strain sensor based on optical transmittance of a CNT-embedded elastomer

Rsearchers have developed a novel wearable strain sensor based on the modulation of optical transmittance of a carbon nanotube (CNT)-embedded elastomer. The sensor is capable of sensitive, stable,...

How do you power billions of sensors? By converting waste heat into electricity

Scientists have revealed how the thermoelectric effect, or converting temperature differences into electricity, can be optimally used to power small, flexible devices. Their study has shown why...

Graphene cleans water more effectively

Graphil is a project that aims to create a market prototype for a new and improved way to purify water, using graphene.

A self-healing nanofiber sensor for temperature-sensitive logistics

Researchers fabricated an innovative type of time-temperature sensor that can be used to detect and record temperature changes throughout the entire cold-supply chain. This nanofiber-based sensor...

Electric jolt to nanocarbon makes better water purifier

Scientists have developed a one-step fabrication process that improves the ability of nanocarbons to remove toxic heavy metal ions from water. The findings could aid efforts to improve universal...

Putting artificial intelligence to work in the lab

Automated Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) controlled by artificial intelligence. First demonstration of fully autonomous, long-term SPM operation.

A pigment from ancient Egypt for modern microscopy

Research team produces new nanosheets for near infrared imaging.

Scientists propose new approach to measuring atoms

Scientists proposed a new method of statistical analysis of intermolecular interactions and sizes of atoms.

Researchers studying biomass enabled nanomaterials for desalination and water purification

Researchers are working to develop a holistic approach to green technology for water desalination and purification to meet societal demands.

Powering up bacteria for green electricity

Researchers have identified the potential of using nanoscale carbon dots on bacteria for augmented bioelectricity production. They used this to demonstrate a novel method for significantly...

Stretchable supercapacitors to power tomorrow's wearable devices

Researchers demonstrate robust supercapacitors that still work when stretched to 8 times their original size.

Researchers control the size of molecular superstructures on surfaces

To better understand the growth of macroscopic structures from molecules, a research team of physicists and chemists has mimicked such processes with custom-made molecules.

Graphene underpins a new platform to selectively ID deadly strains of bacteria

Prototype demonstrates the first selective, electrical detection of two pathogenic bacterial species.

A nanoscale laser made of gold and zinc oxide

Nanoparticles composed of metals and semiconductors could serve as light sources in components of future optical computers, as they are able to precisely localize and amplify incident laser light.

Nanoimaging the intracellular space to aid drug development

Iridium-based metallodrugs are emerging as novel tools to destroy cancer cells by disrupting their intracellular redox balance. Scientists now have imaged the anticancer agent at work in the...

Dancing electrons solve a longstanding puzzle in the oldest magnetic material

Physicists use extreme infrared laser pulses to reveal frozen electron waves in magnetite.

Electronic skin sensor detects heatstroke danger

A tattoo-like sensor system that sticks to the skin and can indirectly tell the body's hydration level could help prevent heat strokes. The research team behind this invention demonstrated a...

An advance in molecular moviemaking shows how molecules respond to two photons of light

Hitting molecules with two photons at once set off unexpected processes that were captured in detail with an X-ray laser; the new approach should yield new insights into molecular behavior.

'White graphene' aerogel material creates pleasant laser light

Research team develops an extremely porous material made of 'white graphene' for new laser light applications.

Self-assembly required: Neutrons probe novel polymer behavior for biomedical materials

A versatile class of flexible, protein-like polymers could significantly advance future drug delivery methods. But first, scientists have to develop a reliable process for tailoring these polymers...

Recyclable nanofiber filtered face masks in times of Coronavirus

Researchers announced that they have developed a nanofilter that maintains excellent filtering efficiency even after hand washing.

Fish scales could make wearable electronics more sustainable

New research describes a way to make electronic tattoo displays, which would likely be discarded after a single use, more environmentally friendly using a plentiful and biodegradable resource: fish...

Magnetic measurements reveal 'Kagome-Spin-Ice' state

Scientists found a new flavor of magnetic monopoles in a material which is even electrically conducting. This is the first realization of a state called kagome spin ice.

Researchers report epitaxial growth of single-crystal hexagonal boron nitride monolayers

Researchers reported the successful epitaxial growth of single-crystal hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) monolayers on a Cu (111) thin film across a two-inch c-plane sapphire wafer.

Amplification and imaging of microRNA as a biomarker to detect tumor development

Scientists found a way to amplify miRNA in live tumor cells for bioimaging. Their assay is based on a robust cellular autocatalytic biocircuit triggered by synthetic DNA and nanoparticles.

Scientists propose a way of producing water-soluble fullerene compounds for medicine

Researchers developed a single-step method to obtain water-soluble fullerene compounds with remarkable biological properties, such as the ability to effectively suppress the human immunodeficiency...

Novel approach to enhance performance of graphitic carbon nitride

Scientists underline the importance of defect engineering to promote catalytic performance by providing a simple and efficient way for modifying and optimizing metal-free semiconductor photocatalyst...

Seeing with electrons: scientists pave the way to more affordable and accessible cryo-EM

Researchers have developed a cheaper and more user-friendly cryo-electron microscope, which could ultimately put cryo-EM in reach of thousands of labs.

A dynamic game of hide and seek at the nanoscale

A novel statistical model analyses an electron microscopy movie to reveal atomic rearrangements in nanoparticles over time.

Biophysicists blend incompatible components in one nanofiber

Researchers showed the possibility of blending two incompatible components -- a protein and a polymer -- in one electrospun fiber. The study also demonstrates that the resulting mat can gradually...

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A highly effective and safe nanocrystal to combat dangers of radiation 06.07.2020 Nanowerk
2D semiconductors found to be close-to-ideal fractional quantum hall platform 06.07.2020 Nanowerk
New insights into van der Waals materials 06.07.2020 Nanowerk
Fast-charging and high-capacity nanomesh-based cathodes for Li-ion batteries 06.07.2020 Nanowerk
Cell 'membrane on a chip' could speed up screening of drug candidates for COVID-19 06.07.2020 Nanowerk
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Enhancing the performance of perovskite solar cells with 'graphene armor' 03.07.2020 Nanowerk
Ultrathin boron nitride films for next-generation electronics 03.07.2020 Nanowerk
New nano-engineering strategy shows potential for improved advanced energy storage 03.07.2020 Nanowerk
Microscopic structures could further improve perovskite solar cells 03.07.2020 Nanowerk
How to get rid of the coffee-stain effect 03.07.2020 Nanowerk
Harvesting hydrogen from nanogardens 03.07.2020 Nanowerk
The superiority of single-layer molybdenum disulfide for water desalination 03.07.2020 Nanowerk
Towards lasers powerful enough to investigate a new kind of physics 03.07.2020 Nanowerk
Tiny mineral particles are better vehicles for promising gene therapy 02.07.2020 Nanowerk
Integrating variable signals in hydrogels 02.07.2020 Nanowerk
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