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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…

Nanostructured rubber-like material with optimal properties could replace human tissue

Researchers have created a new, rubber-like material with a unique set of properties, which could act as a replacement for human tissue in medical procedures.

New study presents hygroscopic micro/nanolenses along carbon nanotube ion channels

A novel technology, capable of analyzing nanomaterials in our daily lives with the use of common ‘salt’ has been developed. This allows various molecules to amplify up to hundreds of times the…

Discovery of zero-energy bound states at both ends of a one-dimensional atomic line defect

Scientists discovered Majorana zero modes at both ends of 1D atomic line defects in two-dimensional iron-based high-temperature superconductors.

Pathways toward realizing the promise of all-solid-state batteries

Nanoengineers offer a research roadmap that includes four challenges that need to be addressed in order to advance a promising class of batteries - all-solid-state batteries - to commercialization.

3D Hierarchically porous nanostructured catalyst helps efficiently reduce CO2

Researchers developed a three-dimensional hierarchically porous nanostructured catalyst with carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide conversion rate up to 3.96 times higher than that of conventional…

Water-free way to make MXenes could mean new uses for the promising nanomaterials

The new discovery removes water from the MXene-making process, which means the materials can be used in applications in which water is a contaminant or hampers performance, such as battery electrodes…

A scalable production system for MXenes

Researchers have designed a system that can be used to make large quantities of the material while preserving its unique properties. The lab-scale reactor system can convert a ceramic precursor…

Laser metallizes 2D insulator

Scientists uncovered an anomalous metallic behavior in an otherwise insulating ceramic material. The team used ultrashort light pulses with a wide range of colors to watch what happens when the…

New nano strategy fights superbugs

Scientists have a new strategy for ‘trapping and zapping’ antibiotic resistant genes, the pieces of bacteria that, even though theirs hosts are dead, can find their way into and boost the resistance…

How impermeable is the impermeable graphene?

New experiments have placed the best limits yet on impermeability of graphene and other two-dimensional materials to gases and liquids. The work has also revealed that the carbon sheet can act as a…

Nanoparticles and heat cure intestinal cancer in mice

Researchers presented the test results of an innovative oncotherapy technology based on hyperthermia - heating a tumor to a certain temperature due to nanoparticles introduced into it. The drug based…

Universal 3D-printing nanocarrier ink paves way for personalized biomaterial implants

Researchers have produced a gel from cellulose fibres and biodegradable nanoparticles that liquifies when pressed through the nozzle of a 3D printer, but then quickly returns to its original shape.

Gold nanoparticles uncover amyloid fibrils

Scientists have developed powerful tools to unmask the diversity of amyloid fibrils, which are associated with Alzheimer?s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. They made the breakthrough by…

Flexible electronics made with wood-based nanotechnology

Researchers have developed a method to produce a wood-derived, fully bio-based, and environmentally friendly flexible electronic circuit. They tailored the wood nanostructure to create a wood film…

‘Spillway’ for electrons could keep lithium metal batteries from catching fire

Nanoengineers developed a safety feature that prevents lithium metal batteries from rapidly heating up and catching fire in case of an internal short circuit.

Ultrathin organic solar cell is both efficient and durable

Using a simple post-annealing process, scientists created a flexible organic cell that degrades by less than 5 percent over 3,000  hours in atmospheric conditions and that simultaneously has an energy…

Dark excitons can make a high contribution to light emission from nanotubes

The high conversion of dark to bright excitons in long carbon nanotubes can lead to more efficient optoelectronics devices.

How does flow effect forces of charged surfaces/particles and surfactants in liquids?

Flowing liquids are a major part of industry and occurs inside our very own bodies. Investigating how flow effects the charges of the particles in liquid, and therefore its aggregation and dispersion…

Promoting cancer cell growth using silica-coated gold nanorods

The cell growth with NIR exposure to Si-AuNRs nano heat islands could be an alternative way to grow cells in comparison to the conventional system, such as an incubator.

Wood-based nanocatalyst to keep fruit fresh

To prevent excessive food waste due to accelerated ripening, researchers are developing a new catalyst that degrades ethylene into water and carbon dioxide.

For the first time, scientists observe the elusive Kondo screening cloud

An international research group has ended a fifty-year quest by directly observing a quantum phenomenon known as a Kondo screening cloud. This phenomenon, which is important for many physical…

Graphene’s ultimate stretchability and ‘realistic’ strength discovered

The realistic mechanical properties of monolayer graphene have been successfully studied by a new method. The groundbreaking discovery will promote the application of graphene in different areas,…

A graphene innovation that is music to your ears

Not too far in the future, expect graphene components in earbud headphones and amplifiers that are integrated into products made by established audio-product manufacturers.

Researchers quantify disorder in 2D materials to build better quantum technologies

Scientists have combined experimental and theoretical techniques to measure atomic positions of all the atoms in a 2D material and calculate how the arrangement impacts the electronic properties of…

Caught in a spin: Spiral vortex streamlines delivery of nanomaterials into cells

Researchers develop a low-cost and simple device that can rapidly and efficiently deliver nanomaterials into cells.

XY Positioning Stages with Precision Air Bearings from PI

A compact lightweight planar solution for precision automation, testing and assembly, PI’s new air bearing systems deliver extremely precise XY motion with travel ranges from 50x50 to 300x300mm.

Researchers develop first model to guide large-scale production of ultrathin graphene

Researchers have developed a mathematical model that can be used to guide the large-scale production of these ultrathin layers of carbon.

Direct laser-writing of graphene on Kevlar makes protective clothing ‘smart’

Researchers report the direct writing of laser-induced graphene on a Kevlar textile. The transformation of Kevlar into graphene can be attributed to the photothermal effect induced by CO2 laser…

To make ultra-black materials that won’t weigh things down, consider the butterfly

Some butterflies have ultra-black wings that rival the blackest materials made by humans, using wing scales that are only a fraction as thick. Here?s how they do it.

Inverse design software automates design process for optical, nanophotonic structures

Better design optimization of optical and photonic components may speed their commercial viability and open new possibilities for a wide range of integrated photonics.

Physicists keep improving ‘smart’ composites for biomedical sensors

Physicists have successfully tested the new magnetic micro wire-based concept of ‘smart’ composites production.

Scientists develop innovative technique to pinpoint coordinates of single atoms

Research team produces most accurate 3D images of 2D materials.

Magic twist angles of graphene sheets identified

Researchers identified how twisted graphene sheets behave and their stability at different sizes and temperatures.

An ultimate one-dimensional electronic channel in hexagonal boron nitride

A zero bandgap boundary discovered in insulating hexagonal boron nitride sheets with could pave the way for new nano-electronic devices.

Bouquets of nanoflowers with a golden touch

Using nano size spheres as a starting point, a researcher creates fascinating structures that can have a wide range of shapes and functionalities. They can even get a beautiful flower-like appearance…

Scientists develop a solution for preparing macroscopic two-dimensional MXenes

Obtaining of macroscopic MXene will not only provide the possible to probe its application in electronic and photonic devices but also stimulate the preparation and applications of other macroscopic…

Super lightweight foam uses sunlight to harvest water from evaporation

Around the world, research teams are addressing the rising global demand of water via the development of sustainable and straightforward technologies that make use of what nature has to offer….

Groovy key to nanotubes in 2D

Ultrathin carbon nanotubes crystals could have wonderous uses, like converting waste heat into electricity with near-perfect efficiency, and engineers have taken a big step toward that goal.

Getting a closer look at living cells and batteries: a little bit of graphene goes a long way

Researchers have devised a way to eliminate a long-standing problem affecting our understanding of both living cells and batteries.

Two-dimensional metals open pathways to new science

A new, atomically-thin materials platform will open a wide range of new applications in biomolecular sensing, quantum phenomena, catalysis and nonlinear optics.

Quantifying exchange interactions on the atomic scale

Scientists have reported on ultra-high magnetic resolution of a magnetic spiral structure and quantification of exchange interactions at the atomic scale.

Getting a closer look at living cells and batteries: a little bit of graphene goes a long way

Researchers have devised a way to eliminate a long-standing problem affecting our understanding of both living cells and batteries.

Safer high-performing batteries with ‘cupcake’ electrolyte

New innovative method improves safety in lithium-sulfur battery, and unlocks its potential for electronic and energy storage applications.

Comprehensive review of heterogeneously integrated 2D materials

A new paper provides a comprehensive review of heterogeneously integrated two dimensional (2D) materials from an extensive library of atomic 2D materials with selectable material properties to open…

3D-printed tough, flexible graphene-rubber sensor for wearables

Researchers have utilized 3D printing and nanotechnology to create a durable, flexible sensor for wearable devices to monitor everything from vital signs to athletic performance.

Nanoscale 4-D printing technique may speed development of new therapeutics

The technology combines nanolithography, microfluidics, and organic chemistry to create synthetic surfaces at the scale and with the complexity of nature.

Magnonic nanoantennas demonstrated: Optically-inspired computing with spin waves one step closer

An international research team demonstrates a new methodology for generating and manipulating spin waves in nanostructured magnetic materials. This work opens the way to developing nano-processors…

Proposed optical terahertz graphene transistor

Researchers have proposed a transistor made of graphene and a two-dimensional superconductor that amplifies terahertz (THz) signals.

Tissue-digging nanodrills do just enough damage

Scientists advance case for use of molecular machines to treat skin diseases.

Exploiting the photovoltaic effect in 2D hybrid perovskites

Scientists have demonstrated a BPVE-driven highly efficient polarized light detection based on a two-dimensional (2D) trilayered hybrid perovskite ferroelectric.

Here’s how nanoparticles could help us get closer to a treatment for COVID-19

The idea of using nanoparticle is that the virus behind COVID-19 consists of a structure of a similar scale as his nanoparticles.

Curcumin is the spice of life when delivered via tiny nanoparticles

Researchers have developed a nano formulation which changes curcumin?s behaviour to increase its oral bioavailability by 117 per cent.

Bacteria killed by new light-activated coating

A new coating activates in low intensity light to kill bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli.

Water splitting observed on the nanometer scale

New investigation method provides fundamental insights into electrocatalytic water splitting under operating conditions.

Using molecules to draw on quantum materials

Scientists used circular molecules to change the properties of a surface.

Carbon nanotube composite could turn clothing into a health monitor

Researchers have reported a new material, pliable enough to be woven into fabric but imbued with sensing capabilities that can serve as an early warning system for injury or illness.

Gold-coated pantyhose inspire a technique for comfortable light-emitting clothing

An approach for developing light-emitting fabric based on typical ultrasheer pantyhose coated in a thin gold film may enable the development of softer, more wearable luminous clothing.

High-tech metamaterial contact lenses correct color blindness

Researchers have incorporated ultra-thin optical devices known as metasurfaces into off-the-shelf contact lenses to correct deuteranomaly, a form of red-green color blindness.

Micromotors get supercharged with three ‘engines’

Researchers have developed micromotors with three ‘engines’ that they can control separately with chemical fuel, magnets and light.

First bufferless lasers grown directly on silicon wafers in Si-photonics

Researchers have reported the world’s first 1.5 um III-V lasers directly grown on the industry-standard 220 nm SOI (silicon-on-insulators) wafers without buffer, potentially paving an opening to the…

A talented 2D material gets a new gig

Scientists tap into graphene’s hidden talent as an electrically tunable superconductor, insulator, and magnetic device for the advancement of quantum information science.

A small step for atoms, a giant leap for microelectronics

Researchers have successfully grown atom-thick sheets of hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) as two-inch diameter crystals across a wafer.

New type of indoor solar cells for smart connected devices

Researchers have developed a new type of dye-sensitised solar cells that harvest light from indoor lamps.

Fast and furious: MXenes store electrical energy

Two dimensional titanium carbides, so-called MXenes, are being discussed as candidates for the rapid storage of electrical energy. Like a battery,MXenes can store large amounts of electrical energy…

New imaging tools show a way forward for large-scale storage of renewable energy

A technique based on the principles of MRI and NMR has allowed researchers to observe not only how next-generation batteries for large-scale energy storage work, but also how they fail, which will…

Scientists realize a broadly tunable laser of a single perovskite nanowire

In this work, researchers constructed single perovskite alloy nanowire with a widely tunable bandgap (2.41-2.82 eV) through a solid-solid anion-diffusion process.

Graphene oxide biomaterial discovery enables 3D printing of tissue-like vascular structures

Researchers have developed a way to 3D print graphene oxide with a protein which can organise into tubular structures that replicate some properties of vascular tissue.

Exciting apparatus helps atoms see the light

Researchers have generated Rydberg atoms - unusually large excited atoms - near nanometer-thin optical fibers.

Scientists demonstrate first non-volatile nano relay operation at 200 C

Discovery is significant step in developing electronics for extreme energy efficiency and harsh environments.

The analogy between electrolytes and ion-generating nanomaterials in liquid crystals

Both display and non-display applications of liquid crystals rely on advanced liquid crystal materials. Liquid crystal materials with new functionalities can be produced by dispersing…

New DNA origami motor breaks speed record for nano machines

Through a technique known as DNA origami, scientists have created the fastest, most persistent DNA nano motor yet. The findings provide a blueprint for how to optimize the design of motors at the…

Scientists created the first diamond x-ray micro lens

The thinner-than-human-hair lenses may be used for in the most powerful synchrotrons and x-ray lasers.

Magnetic whirls in future data storage devices

Scientists observed that skyrmions and antiskyrmions can coexist, bringing about the possibility to expand their capabilities in storage devices.

Obtaining and observing single-molecule magnets on the silica surface

Following the latest research in the field of obtaining single-molecule magnets, scientists have taken another step on the way toward obtaining super-dense magnetic memories and molecular neural…

Wearable thermal camouflage device works in any weather (w/video)

Researchers have developed a wearable technology that can hide its wearer from heat-detecting sensors such as night vision goggles, even when the ambient temperature changes - a feat that current…

Technology provides a new way to probe single molecules

Precision measurements can aid understanding of disease, infection and vaccines.

Atomic-scale imaging reveals secret to thin-film strength

Breakthrough discovery pushes limits of microscopy to improve efficiency of fuel and plastic production.

New process for creating nanoarchitected materials

A new process makes it possible for the first time to manufacture large quantities of materials whose structure is designed at a nanometer scale - the size of DNA’s double helix.

Novel desalination method with nearly perfect salt rejection and high water flux

Nanofluidic membranes based on two-dimensional materials are promising materials for next-generation water desalination and purification. For instance, pristine and chemically modified graphene…

Scientists pair machine learning with tomography to learn about material interfaces

Researchers have put a new technique based on machine learning to work uncovering the secrets of buried interfaces and edges in a material. By using machine learning as an image processing technique…

Joint venture at the nanoscale - when superconductivity material science meets nuclear physics

Scientists report fabricating and testing a superconducting nanowire device applicable to high-speed photon counting for nuclear physics experiments that were previously thought impossible. This…

Graphene, perovskites, and silicon - an ideal tandem for efficient solar cells

Researchers have successfully combined graphene with tandem perovskite-silicon solar cells to achieve efficiencies of up to 26.3%. Moreover, they envisioned a new manufacturing method that, thanks to…

Scientists succeed in measuring electron spin qubit without demolishing it

Scientists have succeeded in taking repeated measurements of the spin of an electron in a silicon quantum dot, without changing the spin in the process. This type of ‘non-demolition’ measurement is…

Ultrafast probing reveals intricate dynamics of quantum coherence

Ultrafast, multidimensional spectroscopy unlocks macroscopic-scale effects of quantum electronic correlations. Researchers found that low-energy and high energy states are correlated in a layered,…

Atomic vacancy as quantum bit

Phycsicists for the first time have experimentally observed spin centers in two-dimensional materials. Such centers can act as quantum bits - even at room temperature.

Handed light throws electronic curve balls in quantum flatland

An international team of researchers has demonstrated that the Berry curvature - an important property of quantum materials - can be imaged with chiral light.

Twisted 2D material gives new insights into strongly correlated 1D physics

Researchers have revealed that the possibilities created by stacking two sheets of atomically thin material atop each other at a twist are even greater than expected.

New study explains why superconductivity takes place in graphene

Theoretical physicists take important step in development of high temperature superconductors.

Stress-relief substrate helps OLED stretch two-dimensionally

Researchers have created stretchable OLEDs (Organic Light-Emitting Diodes) that are compliant and maintain their performance under high-strain deformation. Their stress-relief substrates have a…

A new template for nonspherical viral nanocage

In nature, viruses use nanocages to protect their genome. Some of these viruses can be disassembled into protein units to remove their genome. These protein units can then be reassembled into…

A nanoconcrete for casting under negative temperature conditions

Engineers have developed concrete mixture with nano additives for monolithic construction up to ten stories high. The concrete casting is possible within a very humid climate and negative temperature…

Freestanding microwire arrays for transparent solar cells with flexibility

The new solar cell takes a structure in which cylindrical silicon rods are embedded in a flexible and transparent polymer material. As the visible lights passes between polymer materials without…

New state-of-the-MOF materials

Converting crystalline metal-organic frameworks into glass or liquid could give them unique properties and lead to the design of new materials.

Oil separation made easier with 2D material membrane

Researchers have made a leap forward in overcoming one of the biggest problems in membrane technology - membrane fouling.

Tying up molecules as easily as you tie up your laces

Researchers have developed a simple and effective technique for tying knots in molecules, and have for the first time observed the changes in properties that result from these interlockings. The…

Assessing the risks associated with nanoparticles in medical applications

Researchers have conducted an environmental hazard assessment for a class of substances used in drug delivery.

Nanoelectronics enables brain neurons and artificial neurons to communicate with each other

This study has for the first time shown how three key emerging technologies can work together: brain-computer interfaces, artificial neural networks and advanced memory technologies (also known as…

New technique to create nanomaterials may help detect cancer earlier

For the first time, a team of scientists has created functional nanomaterials with hollow interiors that can be used to create highly sensitive biosensors for early cancer detection.

Nanoscale precipitates make big difference in mitigating strength-ductility tradeoff

Researchers have found that nanoscale precipitates provide a unique sustainable dislocation source at sufficiently high stress.

Light-shrinking device enables detection of ultra-tiny substances

Engineers have created light-based technology that can detect biological substances with a molecular mass more than two orders of magnitude smaller than previously possible. The advance was made…

Researchers discover new way to control the phase of light using 2D materials

Researchers use atomically thin materials to manipulate the phase of light without changing its amplitude, at extremely low power loss; could enable applications such as LIDAR, phased arrays, optical…

Metal-organic frameworks can separate gases despite the presence of water

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are promising materials for inexpensive and less energy-intensive gas separation even in the presence of impurities such as water.

MOF co-catalyst allows selectivity of branched aldehydes of up to 90%

Approach represents a powerful tool for designing selective catalytic heterogeneous processes.

3D-printing metal-organic framework solids for high-pressure gas storage and separation

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) rank among the best materials for catalysis, gas storage and gas storage and processing. So far, more than 20 000 different MOFs have been fabricated and…

When bonding noble metals to 2D materials, interfaces matter

Researchers have developed new materials for improved single-atom catalysis and future electronics.

Production of high yield Si-C for anodes in Li batteries

Novel composite combining the high energy storage capacity of silicon and the elastic property of carbon.

Safe method of adding metal particles to organic nanomaterials paves way for better batteries

Novel liquid-based method for safe synthesis of carbon-based materials containing ultrafine metallic atoms.

Breaking the temperature barrier in small-scale materials testing

Researchers have demonstrated a new method for testing microscopic aeronautical materials at ultra-high temperatures. By combining electron microscopy and laser heating, scientists can evaluate these…

Synthesizing a superatom

Scientists have demonstrated how superatoms of a desired valency, stability, and volume can be synthesized in a solution medium by altering the number of atoms in a cluster structure. This is an…

Defects add color to quantum systems

Researchers are investigating light-emitting defects in materials that may someday form the basis of quantum-based technologies, such as quantum computers, quantum networks or engines that run on…

Shining a new light on biomimetic materials

Researchers have merged optical, chemical and materials sciences to utilize light to control the local dynamic behavior within a hydrogel, much like the ability of the iris and pupil in the eye to…

Developing lensless imaging at the nanoscale

Researchers are planning to develop imaging that can look at biological systems at a much higher resolution and definition.

Going super small to get super strong metals

A new study has resulted in a new understanding of how individual atoms of metal grains interact with each other, as well as a way to use those physics to achieve super-strong metals.

A simple retrofit transforms electron microscopes into high-speed atom-scale cameras

Patented ‘beam chopper’ provides cost-effective way to investigate super-fast processes important for tomorrow’s technology.

Novel gold nanocatalyst with high activity and excellent stability

Researchers prepared a SiO2 modified gold nanocatalyst through co-deposition of gold and silica precursors on the TiO2 support and subsequent high temperature calcination.

Watching magnetic nano ‘tornadoes’ in 3-D

Scientists have developed a three-dimensional imaging technique to observe complex behaviours in magnets, including fast-moving waves and ‘tornadoes’ thousands of times thinner than a human hair.

Short film of a magnetic nano-vortex

For the first time, researchers have recorded a ‘3D film’ of magnetic processes on the nanometer scale. This reveals a variety of dynamics inside the material, including the motion of swirling…

Directing nanoparticles straight to tumors

A team of researchers has produced tiny nanoparticles that are designed to specifically target cancer cells. They can navigate directly to the tumor cells and visualize those using advanced imaging…

An exceptionally stable single-atom catalyst

Scientists have shown that single platinum atoms trapped in C12A7 crystals act as a stable and effective catalyst for the hydrogenation of nitroarenes, an essential process in the production of many…

DNA nanostructures suit up for future missions

A broadly applicable and simple chemical protection strategy removes a major roadblock in the development of therapeutic and diagnostic DNA nanostructures.

Sneaking up on nanocrystals with electron diffraction

Scientists present a method for serial electron diffraction of protein nanocrystals combining the benefits of serial X-ray crystallography and rotation electron diffraction.

When plasmons reach atomic flatland

Researchers have discovered a significant new fundamental kind of quantum electronic oscillations, or plasmons, in atomically thin materials. Their work has potential implications for novel imaging…

Cellulose nanocrystals and water form an ‘eco’ super-glue

Plant-based cellulose nanocrystals have remarkable inherent properties, and when combined with water, a powerful adhesive is formed that competes in strength with Superglue, without the need for…

Printable organic photodiodes that can distinguish wavelengths

Researchers develop printable organic photodiodes that can distinguish wavelengths and, hence, enable data transmission by light.

Black phosphorous tunnel field-effect transistor as an ultra-low power switch

Researchers have developed a thickness-controlled black phosphorous tunnel field-effect transistor (TFET) that shows 10-times lower switching power consumption as well as 10,000 -times lower standby…

Researchers develop high-capacity EV battery materials that double driving range

Newly developed silicon anode materials can increase battery capacity four-fold in comparison to graphite anode materials and enable rapid charging to more than 80% capacity in only five minutes….

Experimental identification of the foremost AFM tip atom

The foremost atom of the tip in a scanning probe microscope is critically important for precise imaging results. In atomic force microscopy, the front atom significantly affects atomic-scale…

Scientists develop new method to isolate atomic sheets and create new materials

New exfoliation method makes large-area atomically thin layers that can be stacked in any desired order and orientation to generate a whole new class of artificial materials; opens the door to new…

MoS nanoparticles provide a cheaper way to obtain hydrogen

Researchers propose molybdenum sulfide as a material for the catalysts which is, firstly, more effective than molybdenum, and, secondly, much cheaper since the total amount of expensive metal in…

New graphene-based metasurface capable of independent amplitude and phase control of light

Researchers describe a new strategy of designing metamolecules that incorporates two independently controllable subwavelength meta-atoms. This two-parametric control of the metamolecule secures the…

In acoustic waves, engineers break reciprocity with ‘spacetime-varying metamaterials’

Scientists have experimentally demonstrated that it?s possible to break reciprocity in acoustic waves with material properties that change simultaneously in time and space.

Plant-based relatives of cholesterol could give boost to nanoparticle gene therapy

Gene-infused nanoparticles used for combating disease work better when they include plant-based relatives of cholesterol because their shape and structure help the genes get where they need to be…

Programmable doping of 2D materials by nonvolatile ferroelectric domains

Two-dimensional (2D) materials could offer new building blocks for future technologies, but this requires approaches to control the carrier type in 2D semiconductors. A number of pioneering works…

A green chemistry preparation of fullerene films

The method enables fabrication of organic electronics without using toxic organic solvents and costly vacuum technologies, thus reducing the environmental risks and making organic electronics more…

Smart contact lens has potential to improve sight for many

Researchers have inserted a microchip into an electrically powered contact lens. This technological feat could improve the lives of many suffering from a range of sight-related ailments and lead to…

Cellulose nanomaterials could make renewable energy cheaper

Researchers have taken to the trees to look for ways to make new sustainable materials from abundant natural resources - specifically, within the chemical structure of microfibers that make up wood.

New world record for the conversion of solar energy to electricity using quantum dots

The development of next generation solar power technology that has potential to be used as a flexible ‘skin’ over hard surfaces has moved a step closer, thanks to a significant breakthrough.

Improving the electrical and mechanical properties of carbon-nanotube-based fibers

Researchers recently developed a technique that can be used to build carbon-nanotube-based fibers by creating chemical crosslinks; the technique improves the electrical and mechanical properties of…

An early warning system for damage in composite materials

New mechanophore senses damage to fiber reinforced polymers.

Time-resolved measurement in a memory device

Researchers have measured the timing of single writing events in a novel magnetic memory device with a resolution of less than 100 picoseconds. Their results are relevant for the next generation of…

Topological materials outperform through quantum periodic motion

Scientists have discovered that applying vibrational motion in a periodic manner may be the key to preventing dissipations of the desired electron states that would make advanced quantum computing…

Ultrasound device improves charge time and run time in lithium batteries

A novel ultrasound-emitting device brings lithium metal batteries, or LMBs, one step closer to commercial viability. Although the research team focused on LMBs, the device can be used in any battery…

Highly sensitive sensors show promise in enhancing human touch

Ultrathin crack-based sensors operate on a principle similar to a spider’s sense organ and display remarkable sensitivity to movement.

Color mixing for nanoplasmonic painters

Similar to the way painters mix different hues and tones of colors on their palette, researchers demonstrated a method for continuous mixing of different structural colors at the nanoscale on a…

Supersensitive nanomaterials for DNA diagnostics and targeted drug delivery

Scientists have developed a smart material with unique properties, which holds promise for express DNA analysis and next-generation drugs against cancer and other serious diseases.

Flat lens gets ahead of the optical curve

Researchers dotted metasurfaces with 600-nanometer-high silicon cylinders that alters the path and speed of light as it passes through them.

Power sources for smart contact lenses

Researchers have demonstrated a multifunctional AC and/or DC power supply on soft, moist contact lenses.

Creating custom light using 2D materials

Scientists have discovered an entire class of two-dimensional materials that are the thickness of one or a few atoms. When combined together, these atomically thin crystals are capable of forming…

Air-powered generator creates electricity ‘out of thin air’

Researchers have developed a device that uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air, a new technology they say could have significant implications for the future of…

Fast-charging, long-running, bendy graphene energy storage breakthrough

A new bendable supercapacitor made from graphene, which charges quickly and safely stores a record-high level of energy for use over a long period.

Light moves spins around

Combining experiment and theory, researchers have disentangled how laser pulses can manipulate magnetization via ultrafast transfer of electrons between different atoms.

The origins of roughness

Researchers investigate the origins of surface texture.

New nanocatalyst recycles greenhouse gases into fuel and hydrogen gas

Scientists have taken a major step toward a circular carbon economy by developing a long-lasting, economical catalyst that recycles greenhouse gases into ingredients that can be used in fuel,…

Van der Waals magnets, a material for future semiconductors

Overcoming the limits of current magnetic materials, giving hope for development of next-generation semiconductors.

Does graphene cause or prevent the corrosion of copper? New study settles the debate

Scientists observe an unprecedented way in which graphene forms a hybrid layer that prevents copper corrosion.

Scientists propose new properties in hollow multishell structure

The Chinese puzzle ball is an ornate decorative artwork consisting of several concentric shells that move independently of each other. In the past decade, scientists provided a universal method for…

Ultrafast switching of an optical bit

Researchers have realized an all-optical bit that is temporarily written into a planar semiconductor nanostructure only using light and that can also be reconfigured only using optical techniques.

Is hematene worth pursuing?

Hematite as a magnetic photocatalyst can support the production of oxygen in its magnetic ground state and thereby improve the efficiency of hydrogen production. When hematite is made thinner,…

Catalyst deposition on fragile chips

Researchers have developed a new method of depositing catalyst particles to tiny electrodes. It is inexpensive, simple and quick to perform.

Skyrmions like it hot: Spin structures are controllable even at high temperatures

Investigation of the temperature dependence of the skyrmion Hall effect reveals further insights into possible new data storage devices.

Movement of a liquid droplet generates over 5 volts of electricity

Scientists have developed an energy harvesting device that generates over 5 volts of electricity from a liquid droplet. This device, made of flexible thin films, generates electricity when drops of…

New nanosensor detects cancer biomarkers in drop of blood

Researchers developed a nanosensor able to accurately detect biomarkers for cancer in an extremely broad range of concentrations: from 10 particles per microliter to a million particles per…

A fast light detector made of two-dimensional materials

The novel light detector consists of two-dimensional layers of different materials that are coupled to a silicon optical waveguide. In the future, this approach can also be used to make LEDs and…

Nanotechnology lab reveals new Micro Electro-Mechanical advances for maritime sector

New advances in Micro Electro-Mechanical’ technology including progression towards new semiconductors with greater capacity will open the door to a myriad of new opportunities for the maritime sector…

Shaping waveforms

Researchers have succeeded for the first time in temporally shaping the electric field of an attosecond pulse.

Machine learning models accelerate the search for critical electrocatalysts

Oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), oxygen evolution reaction (OER), and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) are among the core electrochemical processes in clean energy conversion and storage devices…

New etching technique could advance the way semiconductor devices are made

Using a technique called molecular layer etching can help manufacturers and researchers develop new ways of making nanostructures.

Bubble-capturing surface helps get rid of foam

Bubbly buildup can hinder many industrial processes, but a new method can reduce or even eliminate it.

Graphene forms under microscope’s eye (w/video)

You don’t need a big laser to make laser-induced graphene. Scientists are using a very small visible beam to burn the foamy form of carbon into microscopic patterns.

Discovery brings nanoscale thermal switches needed for next-gen computing

Researchers have developed nanoscale thermal switches that are key to thermal management of nanoscale devices, refrigeration, data storage, thermal computing and heat management of buildings.

Wearable medical sensors to get major sensitivity boost

Scientists describe a way to increase the sensitivity of biological detectors to the point where they can be used in mobile and wearable devices.

X-ray microscopy shows that nanoparticles can change cells

Nanoparticles easily enter into cells. New insights about how they are distributed and what they do there are shown for the first time by high-resolution 3D microscopy images.

Small world: atom-scale materials are the next tech frontier

‘Atomaterials’ is short for ‘atomic materials’, so called because their properties depend on the precise configuration of their atoms.

Something from nothing: Using waste heat to power electronics

Researchers develop an improved energy-harvesting device that can convert heat to electricity.

‘Atomic dance’ reveals new insights into performance of 2D materials

Researchers used electron microscopy to observe the cause of failure in a widely used 2D material, which could help researchers develop more stable and reliable materials for flexible electronic…

A novel formulation to explain heat propagation

Researchers have developed a novel formulation that describes how heat spreads within crystalline materials. Their equations will make it easier to design next-generation electronic devices at the…

The shape of water: what water molecules look like on the surface of graphene

Scientists combine data analysis techniques with molecular dynamics simulations to understand the structure of water on material surfaces.

3D-printing of perovskite nanostructures

Organic-inorganic metal halide perovskites have emerged as a promising optoelectronic material with exceptional structure and property tunability. This new generation of functional materials…

Harnessing the domino effect for metamaterials

Researchers use models and experiments to guide and harness transition waves in multi-stable mechanical structures.

Physicists proposed fast method for printing nanolasers from perovskites

An international research team has developed a new method of synthesizing miniature light sources. It is based on a special laser which produces millions of nanolasers from a perovskite film in a few…

Atom or noise? New method helps cryo-EM researchers tell the difference

Cryogenic electron microscopy can in principle make out individual atoms in a molecule, but distinguishing the crisp from the blurry parts of an image can be a challenge. A new mathematical method…

The human brain’s meticulous interface with the bloodstream now on a precision chip

This new human blood-brain barrier on a chip gets its surprising edge by giving astrocytes 3D living space.

DNA-like material could bring even smaller transistors

A material shaped like a one-dimensional DNA helix might further push the limits on a transistor’s size. The material comes from a rare earth element called tellurium.

Scientists found a way to treat cancer with iron oxide nanoparticles

Scientists non-invasively released antitumor drug from polymer containers modified with iron oxide nanoparticles inside primary cancer cells.

Physicists gain new insights into superconducting processes in nanostructures

Superconductors are regarded as promising components for quantum computers, but so far they only function at very low temperatures. Scientists now demonstrated a so-called energy quantization in…

Smallest all-digital circuit opens doors to 5 nm next-gen semiconductor

Scientists have designed the world’s smallest all-digital phase-locked loop (PLL). PLLs are critical clocking circuits in virtually all digital applications, and reducing their size and improving…

A thermometer can be stretched and crumpled by water

Researchers have developed a flexible ionic conductor that is water-processable and thermal stable.

Researchers virtually ‘unwind’ lithium battery for the first time

An international team of researchers has revealed new insights into the workings of a lithium battery by virtually ‘unrolling’ its coil of electrode layers using an algorithm designed for papyrus…

Silver sawtooth creates valley-coherent light for nanophotonics

Scientists used a silver sawtooth nanoslit array to produce valley-coherent photoluminescence in two-dimensional tungsten disulfide flakes at room temperature. Until now, this could only be achieved…

Magnetic microrobots use capillary forces to coax particles into position

New research shows how simple, microscopic robots, remotely driven by magnetic fields, can use capillary forces to manipulate objects floating at an oil-water interface.

The power of going small: Copper oxide sub-nanoparticle catalysts prove most superior

Scientists have shown that copper oxide particles on the sub-nanoscale are more powerful catalysts than those on the nanoscale. These subnanoparticles can also catalyze the oxidation reactions of…

Portable lab you plug into your phone can diagnose illnesses like coronavirus

Engineers have created a tiny portable lab that plugs into your phone, connecting it automatically to a doctor’s office through a custom app.

Engineers mix and match materials to make new stretchy electronics

Next-generation devices made with new ‘peel and stack’ method may include electronic chips worn on the skin.

Graphene mapping 50 times faster

Researchers added a smart algorithm to the detection, resulting in Raman working at least fifty times faster and making it more ‘gentle’ to sensitive materials.

Scientists offer an inkjet printing technology to make compact, flexible battery elements

Researchers propose printing electrodes for lithium-ion batteries on an inkjet printer, which will reduce the electrodes’ thickness by 10-20 times. This opens new perspectives for manufacturing…

With nanogenerators, static electricity as strong as lightening can be saved in a battery

Researchers presented a new technology that can increase the amount of power generated by a triboelectric nanogenerator. They developed a high-efficiency integrated circuit to obtain reliable and…

Scientists learn more about the first hours of a lithium-ion battery’s life

New technology enables nanoscale molecular view of self-assembling gateway structure within.

Novel magnetic nanostructures for emerging biomedical applications

New types of magnetic nanostructures have interesting properties that enhance novel medical applications in diagnosis and allow the exploration of new therapeutic techniques. In a new paper,…

Improved ruthenium nanocatalyst branches out and outperforms

By creating branched nanoparticles from the metal ruthenium, researchers developed a way to increase the speed of catalysis while maintaining the catalyst’s stability. Because they have precise…

A nanoscale gold butterfly can make its own semiconductor skin

A nanoscale gold butterfly provides a more precise route for growing/synthesizing nanosized semiconductors that can be used in nano-lasers and other applications.

How manipulating ligand interactions in metal clusters can spur advances in nanotechnology

Researchers uncover how interactions among ligands dictate the final structure of metal clusters, which have various applications in modern electronic devices.

Crystal-stacking process can produce new materials for high-tech devices

Stacking ultrathin complex oxide single-crystal layers allows researchers to create new structures with hybrid properties and multiple functions. Now, using a new platform, researchers will be able…

A new way to trace nanoparticles inside the skin

Scientists have conducted a series of experiments with upconversion luminescent nanoparticles and various models of human skin to determine how many nanoparticles penetrated the skin and how quickly…

Scientists create artificial virus in the fight against superbugs

Scientists have developed a mechanism of antibacterial persistence to combat persistent and resistant bacterial infections.

Machine learning accelerates metamaterial design

Scientists used machine learning techniques to analyze databases of information. The computer program predicted the ideal metamaterial design for absorbing low-energy light. Conventional models would…

Bending diamond at the nanoscale

Researchers discovered diamond can be bent and deformed, creating possibilities for the design and engineering of new nanoscale devices.

Researchers propose new concept for DNA-based nanorobot to fight cancer

This is the first ever nanorobot to combine two functions: cancer diagnostics and treatment. Made of DNA fragments, the nano-sized robot detects a pathogenic RNA strand in a gene and destroys it so…

Cathode ‘defects’ improve battery performance

A counterintuitive finding revealed by high-precision powder diffraction analyses suggests a new strategy for building better batteries.

Building upon carbon nanotubes to create a novel functional structure

For the first time, researchers have grown crystals of various materials uniformly onto the surface of carbon nanotubes. They hope these modified structures will exhibit functions useful in…

Fireproof, lightweight solid electrolyte for safer lithium-ion batteries

Researchers have developed a solid-state electrolyte that won’t burn up.

No strain, no gain! breakthrough in 2D material that produces single photons

Scientists discovered a new method to generate single photons. They used strain in a 2D material made of tungsten and selenium. By grafting a thin film of the WSe2 onto an ultra-sharp tip made of…

Fastest high-precision 3D printer for metamaterials with sub-micrometer accuracy

Researchers have developed a system to print highly precise, centimeter-sized objects with submicrometer details at a so far unmatched speed.

Researchers successfully test coin-sized smart insulin patch, potential diabetes treatment

Biomedical engineers led preclinical experiments for a new device to automatically manage glucose levels and deliver needed insulin quickly.

Researchers report progress on molecular data storage system

A team of researchers has made substantial progress in an effort to create a new type of molecular data storage system.

Lasers etch a ‘perfect’ solar energy absorber

Researchers use powerful femto-second laser pulses to etch metal surfaces with nanoscale structures that selectively absorb light only at the solar wavelengths, but not elsewhere.

Sweet nanoparticles trick kidney

Researchers engineer nanoparticles with sugar molecules to prevent side effect in cancer therapy.

New funding for project to develop nanodevices against epilepsy and Parkinson’s

Novel nanotechnologies could be used as brain implants, modulating the activity of nerve cells electrochemically and treating neurological diseases.

Retina-inspired carbon nitride-based photonic synapses for selective detection of UV light

Scientists have developed photo-sensitive artificial nerves that emulated functions of a retina by using 2-dimensional carbon nitride nanodot materials.

Vibrations on a chip feel a magnetic field

Physicists have made mechanical vibrations on a chip behave as if they were electrical currents flowing in a magnetic field.

Laser-engraved metal to reduce environmental impact

Anti-fouling, hydrophobic metal or plastic surfaces that imitate shark skins, engraved by a new laser technology, could soon replace the toxic varnishes used in ship coatings to stop algae or…

Finding the source of chemical reactions

Scientists have demonstrated a way to experimentally detect the most hidden aspect of all chemical reactions - the extremely short-lived transition state that occurs at their initiation. This pivotal…

Acoustically driven microrobot outshines natural microswimmers

Researchers have designed and fabricated an untethered microrobot that can slip along either a flat or curved surface in a liquid when exposed to ultrasound waves. Its propulsion force is two to…

Thinning down Weyl semimetals provides a new twist to spintronics

Using a material’s spin property to carry current opens up the possibilities to transfer data at much higher speed and achieves better energy efficiency than traditional devices that rely on…

Single atom as measuring probe uses quantum information for the first time

Researchers have succeeded for the first time in using a single caesium atom as a sensor for ultracold temperatures.

New quantum switch turns metals into insulators

Researchers have demonstrated an entirely new way to precisely control electrical currents by leveraging the interaction between an electron’s spin and its orbital rotation around the nucleus.

Detecting diseases with magnetically levitated plasma proteins

Proteins present in human plasma mirror a person’s physiology and the ability to rapidly profile the plasma proteome holds the promise of a revolution in point-of-care disease diagnosis and…

Scientists discover new non-sticky gels

Researchers show that networks and from and persist without the particles sticking to one another if the particles behave as liquid crystals.

New graphene amplifier unlocks hidden frequencies in the electromagnetic spectrum

Researchers have created a unique device which will unlock the elusive terahertz wavelengths and make revolutionary new technologies possible.

Accelerating chemical reactions without direct contact with a catalyst

Findings expand understanding of catalyst-intermediary-reaction relationship.

Autonomous microtrap for pathogens

Self-propelled onion-like microvehicle can attract, trap, and destroy biological threats.

Simulations identify importance of atomic-level distortions in certain fuel cell materials

Using supercomputer simulations and a large dataset of materials, researchers found a connection between distortions in the material’s atomic structure and the amount of energy required to separate a…

2D materials - Stretched to the limit and sparkling on curved surfaces

Scientists grew tungsten disulfide 2D crystals over donut shapes. With this approach, they created strain that changed the materials’ growth dynamics and light emission properties.

If you want to catch more light, twist it

Scientists created devices based on one Weyl semimetal, tantalum arsenide. They observed that this material was able to convert more light to electricity than any other material. The conversion was…

Harvesting water from thin air with metal-organic frameworks

Researchers have identified highly absorbent materials that can extract drinkable water out of thin air - which could potentially lead to technologies that supply potable water in the driest areas on…

A quantum of solid

Scientists have demonstrated the cooling of a levitated nanoparticle to the motional quantum ground state.

Machine learning technique speeds up crystal structure determination

Nanoengineers have developed a computer-based method that could make it less labor-intensive to determine the crystal structures of various materials and molecules, including alloys, proteins and…

Researchers’ golden touch enhances quantum technology

Scientists discovered a new platform for quantum technologies by suspending two-dimensional crystals over pores in a slab of gold. This new approach may help develop new materials for secure…

Hybrid technique to produce stronger nickel for auto, medical, manufacturing

Researchers have created a hybrid technique to fabricate a new form of nickel that may help the future production of lifesaving medical devices, high-tech devices and vehicles with strong corrosion-…

First successful generation and detection of pure spin currents in antiferromagnetic materials

To help turbocharge spintronics, condensed matter physicists have developed a method for terahertz waves to convert spin excitations into electrical signals.

Coupled quantum dots may offer a new way to store quantum information

Researchers have for the first time created and imaged a novel pair of quantum dots – tiny islands of confined electric charge that act like interacting artificial atoms. Such ‘coupled’ quantum dots…

A nanoscale lattice of palladium and yttrium makes for a superlative carbon-linking catalyst

A group of materials scientists has shown that a palladium-based intermetallic electride can improve the efficiency of carbon-carbon cross-coupling reactions. Their findings point the way to a more…

Cheap nanoparticles stimulate immune response to cancer in the lab

Researchers have developed nanoparticles that, in the lab, can activate immune responses to cancer cells. If they are shown to work as well in the body as they do in the lab, the nanoparticles might…

Stress test reveals graphene won’t crack under pressure

Researchers have discovered that the carbon-based material can withstand more than one billion cycles of high stress before breaking.

It’s closeness that counts: how proximity affects the resistance of graphene

Researchers investigated the influence of the underlying crystal on graphene’s electrical resistance. Contrary to previous assumptions, results show that the process known as the ‘proximity effect’…

Microswimmers swim faster over slippery surfaces

Tiny self-propelling spheres, measuring only micrometers, move faster over a hydrophobic silicone surface than they do over hydrophilic glass.

Unexpected behaviour of the material: From 2D crystal to 1D wire

No volume, not even a surface: a one-dimensional material is like a wire and has properties that are completely different to its 3D counterpart. Physicists have now discovered a system that, at…

Theoretical study points to jade-like materials as quantum spin liquids

This exotic liquid-like state of matter in which magnetism never freezes could give rise to high-temperature superconductivity and form the basis for quantum computing.

How tiny misalignments in encapsulated graphene lead to a strong modification of its electronic properties

Researchers explain how a higher order periodic modulations due to the encapsulation of graphene between hexagonal boron nitride, called supermoire, affects the electronic and structural…

Optical vacuum cleaner can manipulate nanoparticles

Researchers have developed the concept for constructing an ‘optical vacuum cleaner’. Due to its optical properties, it can trap nanoparticles from the environment.

Crab-shell and seaweed compounds spin into yarns for sustainable and functional materials

Biobased fibres are made from two renewable marine resources and with promise in advanced applications, in wovens and medical materials, among others. The threads draw strength from the crab chitin…

Putting a nanomachine to work

A team of chemists has successfully coupled the directed motion of a light-activated molecular motor to a different chemical unit - thus taking an important step toward the realization of synthetic…

Making sense of flexible sensor systems

Flexible sheet-type magnetic sensor systems developed with tenfold improvement in sensitivity.

New magnetic interaction discovered

The discovery is not only important for basic research in physics, but the scientists also expect it to be beneficial in technical innovations. As an example, the interaction could help create…

Atomic layer 3D printing

A team of scientists and engineers plan to combine expertise in the chemical control of atomic layer deposition, in gas delivery, microelectromechanical devices, and microprocessing and automation,…

Nanocontainers introduced into the nucleus of living cells

An interdisciplinary team has succeeded in creating a direct path for artificial nanocontainers to enter into the nucleus of living cells. To this end, they produced biocompatible polymer vesicles…

Nanoparticle chomps away plaques that cause heart attacks

Scientists have invented a nanoparticle that eats away - from the inside out - portions of plaques that cause heart attacks.

Science at the interface: Bioinspired materials reveal useful properties

Researchers explore new materials with physical properties that can be custom-tailored to suit particular needs. The work is inspired by mechanisms in nature, where the complex three-dimensional…

How to take a picture of a light pulse

Until now, complex experimental equipment was required to measure the shape of a light pulse. Researchers have now made this much easier.

Turning trash into valuable graphene in a flash

‘Green’ process promises pristine graphene in bulk using waste food, plastic and other materials.

Seeing inside a battery while it’s working

Thin radio-frequency detector monitors capacity of commercial lithium-ion battery.

New type of curved acoustic beams to provide manipulations with nanoparticles

Scientists modeled and confirmed the existence of a new type of curved acoustic wave beams - acoustical hooks.

Looking at light that is forbidden

Scientists have developed a fully experimental method for determining the photonic band gap, literally making visible the unseen.

A new stretchable battery can power wearable electronics

The experimental device promises to provide a safe and comfortable power source for technologies that must bend and flex with our bodies.

New method to detect defects in 2D materials for future electronics, sensors

The researchers’ solution is to use laser light combined with a phenomenon called second harmonic generation, in which the frequency of the light shone on the material reflects at double the original…

Nano-thin flexible touchscreens could be printed like newspaper

New touch-responsive technology is 100 times thinner than existing touchscreen materials and so pliable it can be rolled up like a tube.

How disorder in nanocrystals enables heat-therapeutic systems

Nanocrystals, when they are dressed by the right kind of imperfections, adjust their electronic properties to favorably convert energy into heat, an important attribute for potential use in smart…

A breakthrough in molding materials at the nanoscale

In a potential game-changing shift in how nano- and quantum devices are designed and manufactured, researchers have discovered that these materials are actually very conducive to nanomolding, thanks…

The paints that eat pollutants and heat homes

Applying a coat of paint on the walls of a house may soon help to heat it, saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions. It could also clean the air that we breathe, breaking down chemicals and…

A megalibrary of nanoparticles

Using straightforward chemistry and a mix-and-match, modular strategy, researchers have developed a simple approach that could produce over 65,000  different types of complex nanoparticles, each…

New nanotechnology books in January

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

Well-designed substrates make large single crystal bi-/tri-layer graphene possible

Researchers fabricate single crystal copper nickel alloy foils as substrates for the growth of multilayer graphene with specific stacking pattern, and unprecedented quality and size.

Predicting the degradation behavior of advanced medical devices

Thin film studies are suggested as a fast and reliable method to determine the degradation of complex biomacromolecules.

A new way to count and identify microscopic particles in fluids

A new method is proposed to automate the measurement of nano- to microscale particles suspended in fluid. The single particle extinction and scattering (SPES) method can accurately determine the…

Tuning of Optical absorbance of graphene quantum dots by high magnetic fields

Scientists report the synthesis of graphene quantum dots under an external high magnetic field and their applications in photothermal therapy.

Ghostly particles detected in condensates of light and matter

Scientists make first detection of ‘ghost particles’ from Bose-Einstein condensates made of light and matter.

New liquid metal wearable pressure sensor created for health monitoring applications

This technology is capable of sensitive, precise, and continuous measurement of physiological and physical signals and shows great potential for health monitoring applications and the early diagnosis…

3D-printable nanocomposite opens an entirely new world of printable smart materials

As 3D printing enters the mainstream, nanotechnology scientists are finding remarkable new ways to extend its future promise.

Integrate micro chips for electronic skin

Researchers present the first fully integrated flexible electronics made of magnetic sensors and organic circuits which opens the path towards the development of electronic skin.

Physicist obtain atomically thin molybdenum disulfide films on large-area substrates

Researchers have managed to grow atomically thin films of molybdenum disulfide spanning up to several tens of square centimeters. It was demonstrated that the material’s structure can be modified by…

Coating helps electronics stay cool by sweating

Researchers present a MOF coating for electronics that releases water vapor to dissipate heat from running devices - a new thermal management method that could prevent electronics from overheating…

Physicists trap light in nanoresonators for record time

The reference particle captured light for a time exceeding 200 periods of one wave oscillation, 20-40 times longer than usual; this opens new perspectives in such areas as manufacturing compact…

The quest for perfect quantum dot biomarkers

Tiny nanoparticles can illuminate tissues and cells, but safer, more effective materials are needed before their mainstream application.

Atomic force microscopy - Mapping the unseen

Atomic force microscopy techniques enable scientists to map and modify material properties at the nanoscale for broad applications in energy, biology, medicine and beyond.

Self-moisturising smart contact lenses

Researchers have developed a new type of smart contact lenses that can prevent dry eyes. The self-moisturising system maintains a layer of fluid between the contact lens and the eye using a novel…

Ultrafast camera takes 1 trillion frames per second of transparent objects and phenomena

Researchers adapted picosecond imaging technology to take pictures and video of transparent objects like cells and phenomena like shockwaves.

Dialing up the heat on nanoparticles

Rapid progress in the field of metallic nanotechnology is sparking a science revolution that is likely to impact all areas of society.

Taming electrons with bacteria parts

Scientists report a new synthetic system that could guide electron transfer over long distances.

Precision Motion and Automation Sub-System Solutions to Showcase at SPIE Photonics West 2020

PI will highlight new gantries, air bearings, and precision motion control sub-systems for laser material processing, high resolution metrology / microscopy, and silicon photonics (SiP) alignment…

New self-assembled monolayer is resistant to air

Scientists have created self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) using buckyballs functionalized with ‘tails’ of ethylene glycol. These have all the properties of thiol SAMs but remain chemically unchanged…

Smart soft robotic grippers enabled by self-powered tribo-skins

Grippers or end effectors are an essential tool integrated with robotic arms for implementing grasping and manipulating functions in a variety of tasks, ranging from picking up and holding objects…

Let the europium shine brighter

A stacked nanocarbon antenna makes a rare earth element shine 5 times more brightly than previous designs, with applications in molecular light-emitting devices.

Engineering defects in ferroelectrics provides key to improved polarisation stability

Improved polarisation retention in ferroelectric a significant step forward for domain-wall nanoelectronics in data storage.

Taming ultrafast electrons with light

Physicists have exploited light to control the motion of electrons in a metallic nanocircuit. This could have major implications for the future of data processing and computing.

Walking with atoms - chemical bond making and breaking recorded in action

Scientists have for the first time captured and filmed atoms bonding together, using advanced microscopy methods they captured a moment that is around half a million times smaller than the width of a…

Addressing global warming with new nanoparticles and sunshine

Artificial photosynthesis:visible-light-driven photocatalysts convert CO2 into oxygen and pure CO under water.

Light-up wheels: Unique organic light-emitting molecular emitters

Researchers design and synthesize highly efficient carbon-based 3rd-generation OLED molecular emitters by linking the donor and acceptor modules into a ring.

Programmable nests for cells

Researchers developed novel composites of DNA, silica particles, and carbon nanotubes - properties can be tailored to various applications.

Charge model for calculating the photoexcited states of one-dimensional Mott insulators

Clarification of photoinduced phenomena through the theoretical analysis of optical spectra.

How sensitive can a quantum detector be?

A new device measures the tiniest energies in superconducting circuits, an essential step for quantum technology.

Miniature double glazing: Material developed which is heat-insulating and heat-conducting at the same time

Researchers developed and characterized a novel, extremely thin and transparent material that has different thermal conduction properties depending on the direction. While it can conduct heat…

A wearable gas sensor for health and environmental monitoring

A highly sensitive wearable gas sensor for environmental and human health monitoring may soon become commercially available.

3D printing with applications in the pharmaceutical industry

Researchers have, for the first time, succeeded in printing a 3D image with stabilised gold nanoparticles with biodegradable and biocompatible polymer systems.

Edible ‘security tag’ to protect drugs from counterfeit

Researchers are aiming to stump counterfeiters with an edible ‘security tag’ embedded into medicine. To imitate the drug, a counterfeiter would have to uncrack a complicated puzzle of patterns not…

A superlattice based STT-MRAM with extra-high performance

Researchers have developed a superlattice based STT-MRAM with extra-high performance, called SS-MARM or SL-STT-MARM, which has several advantages, including not only ultra-low power consumption,…

Light powers world’s fastest-spinning object

Nanoparticle levitated by light rotates at 300 billion rpm.

Colloidal quantum dot photodetectors can now see further than before

An new study reports on the development of a colloidal quantum dot photodetector capable of detecting light in the far infrared.

Pretty with a twist

Complex, porous, chiral nanopatterns arise from a simple linear building blocks.

Decontaminating pesticide-polluted water using engineered nanomaterial and sunlight

Researchers develop a new ecological process to degrade atrazine.

Brain-like network uses disorder to create order

A disordered network that is capable of detecting ordered patterns: it sounds contradictory, but it comes close to the way our brain works.

Nanoengineering technique could aid exploration, scalability of next-gen electronics

Researchers have shown that sulfur can spice up a nanomaterial sandwich by putting a literal twist on the multi-layered classic.

Reinventing the computer: Brain-inspired computing for a post-Moore’s Law era

As Moore’s Law comes to an end with a limit to the number of transistors that fit on a chip, a paradigm of brain-inspired neuromorphic computing paves the way forward with new directions in computing…

Imprinted structural color patterns

Azopolymer material allows light-assisted imprinting of nanostructures for structurally colored surfaces.

The mysterious movement of water molecules

Thanks to a new experimental method, researchers have now delivered insights into the atomic-level movement of water molecules.

Sniffing out cancer is as easy as breathing

Researchers have developed an accurate and non-invasive way to detect cancer through a person’s breath. The hand-held sensor can be used by anyone without medical supervision in combination with…

Colloidal quantum dot laser diodes are just around the corner

Researchers reach a critical milestone on the path to versatile colloidal quantum dot laser diodes by successfully demonstrating a quantum dot LED that also operates as an optically pumped laser.

A tool to democratize nanopore research

A team of researchers is democratizing entry into the field of nanopore research by offering up a unique tool to accelerate the development of new applications and discoveries.

MOSHEMT - innovative transistor technology reaches record frequencies

Researchers have succeeded in developing a novel type of transistor with extremely high cut-off frequencies: metal oxide semiconductor HEMTs, in short MOSHEMTs.

Silica particles may lead to new treatments for obesity and diabetes

Engineered ingestible molecular traps created from mesoporous silica particles introduced to the gut can have an effect on food efficiency and metabolic risk factors. The results from studies on mice…

Most engineered nanoparticles enter tumours through cells, not between them

Scientists have discovered that an active, rather than passive, process dictates which nanoparticles enter solid tumours. The finding upends previous thinking in the field of cancer nanomedicine and…

Surface acoustic waves in graphene: straintronics with nanoquakes

Researchers have modulated the properties of graphene locally and dynamically by means of a surface acoustic wave, a kind of earthquake on a chip.

Physicists prove that 2D and 3D liquids are fundamentally different

A 50-year-old puzzle in statistical mechanics has been solved by an international team of researchers who have proved that two-dimensional (2D) liquids have fundamentally different dynamical…

Magnetically levitating proteins to precisely measure their density

The density of proteins in solution is an important fundamental biophysical quantity that has not been accurately measured yet. This has led to extensive debate in the literature regarding the…

Nano-objects of desire: Assembling ordered nanostructures in 3D

Using shape-programmable DNA frames, scientists established a new nanofabrication platform for directing nanomaterial components of different natures (inorganic and biological) into 3-D arrays with…

Bacteria shredding liquid metals to fight drug-resistant superbugs

Researchers have used liquid metals to develop new bacteria-destroying technology that could be the answer to the deadly problem of antibiotic resistance.

Engineers develop ‘chameleon metals’ that change surfaces in response to heat

Just like a chameleon changes its skin color in response to its environment, engineers have found a way for liquid metal - and potentially solid metal - to change its surface structure in response to…

A new approach to making airplane parts, minus the massive infrastructure

Carbon nanotube film produces aerospace-grade composites with no need for huge ovens or autoclaves.

Divorce in a one-dimensional world

In a strictly one-dimensional quantum world, an electron’s electric charge and its ‘spin’ are separable from each other. This fifty-year-old prediction has now been confirmed by an experiment.

Generation and manipulation of spin currents for advanced electronic devices

Scientists demonstrate that spin currents can be generated and manipulated in graphene-based heterostructures at room temperature. The results of this study provide relevant information on the…

An 18-carat gold nugget made of plastic

Researchers have created an incredibly lightweight 18-carat gold, using a matrix of plastic in place of metallic alloy elements.

‘Superdiamond’ carbon-boron cages can trap and tap into different properties

A long-sought-after class of ‘superdiamond’ carbon-based materials with tunable mechanical and electronic properties predicted and synthesized.

Scalable and flexible covert polarization displays

Researchers have developed numerous applications with structural colors, among them the creation of sophisticated security features for anti-counterfeiting. Covert polarization displays, for…

Researchers discover new building blocks of catalyst zeolite nanopores

Scientists used systematic analyses and Raman spectroscopy, plus quantum mechanical modeling, to discover new nano-scale building blocks they call ‘tricyclic bridges’, to help explain zeolites’…

Growing strained crystals could improve performance of perovskite electronics

By growing thin perovskite films on substrates with different compositions, engineers have invented a way of fabricating perovskite single crystals with precisely deformed, or strained, structures.

Molecular factories: The combination between nature and chemistry is functional

Researchers have succeeded in developing molecular factories that mimic nature. To achieve this they loaded artificial organelles inside micrometer-sized natural blisters (vesicles) produced by cells.

New kind of bandage helps stop bleeding without adhering to the wound

Researchers have developed a new kind of bandage that helps blood to clot and doesn’t stick to the wound. This marks the first time that scientists have combined both properties in one material.

A new method to study lithium dendrites could lead to better, safer batteries

Lithium ion batteries often grow needle-like structures between electrodes that can short out the batteries and sometimes cause fires. Now, an international team of researchers has found a way to…

Illuminating the world of nanoparticles

Scientists have developed a light-based device that can act as a biosensor, detecting biological substances in materials; for example, harmful pathogens in food samples.

Nanoparticles deliver ‘suicide gene’ therapy to pediatric brain tumors growing in mice

Medical researchers report that a type of biodegradable, lab-engineered nanoparticle they fashioned can successfully deliver a ‘suicide gene’ to pediatric brain tumor cells implanted in the brains of…

Study finds salt nanoparticles are toxic to cancer cells

Sodium chloride nanoparticles - more commonly known as salt - are toxic to cancer cells and offer the potential for therapies that have fewer negative side effects than current treatments.

Researchers take exploration of key ‘building block’ particles into space

As part of SpaceX’s CRS-19 resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), researchers are set to begin a new scientific investigation to explore how a group of microscopic particles…

Nanobubbles in nanodroplets

Researchers observed the ultrafast reaction of nanodroplets of helium after excitation with extreme ultraviolet radiation (XUV) using a free-electron laser in real time.

Scientists create world’s first monolayer amorphous film

Previously thought to be impossible, the discovery of monolayer amorphous carbon (MAC) could finally settle a decades-old debate of exactly how atoms are arranged in amorphous solids, and open up…

Nano antennas for data transfer

For the first time, physicists have successfully converted electrical signals into photons and radiated them in specific directions using a low-footprint optical antenna that is only 800 nanometres…

New method gives robust nanometer-thin transistors

A new method to fit together layers of semiconductors as thin as a few nanometres has resulted in not only a scientific discovery but also a new type of transistor for high-power electronic devices.

New production method for single-walled carbon nanotubes gets green light

A new method of producing carbon nanotubes has been given the green light by researchers, meaning work in this crucial field can continue.

Nanopharmaceuticals in the environment

Nanomedicine is making headways. However, the tiny nanoparticles that are being used as carriers for drugs could find their way into water, soil and air. Researchers are investigating potential risks.

Scientists use nanotechnology to fight late-stage sepsis

Researchers manipulate natural process to boost cells’ antibacterial properties.

Clusters of gold atoms form peculiar pyramidal shape

Freestanding clusters of twenty gold atoms take the shape of a pyramid, researchers discovered. This is in contrast with most elements, which organize themselves by forming shells around one central…

Wearable air conditioning without needing electricity

Engineers design on-skin electronic device providing a personal air conditioner without needing electricity.

Complete filling of batches of nanopipettes

Researchers report an efficient method for filling a batch of nanopipettes with a pore opening below 10 nanometer. The method is based on the application of a temperature gradient to the nanopipette…

Nanosensors help to better see how high pressure affects materials

Researchers have developed new nanoscale technology to image and measure more of the stresses and strains on materials under high pressures.

Exploring the ‘dark side’ of a single-crystal complex oxide thin film

New analysis reveals never-before-seen details about a type of thin film being explored for advanced microelectronics.

Sublimation, not melting: Graphene surprises researchers again

Physicists have used computer modeling to refine the melting curve of graphite that has been studied for over 100 years, with inconsistent findings. They also found that graphene ‘melting’ is in fact…

Metal-organic-framework-derived 2D carbon nanosheets for localized bacterial eradication and anti-infective therapy

The combination of multiple therapeutic modalities with synergetic effects is a promising approach to enhance antibacterial efficiency and possibly decrease the needed concentration of…

Physicists find ways to overcome signal loss in magnonic circuits

Researchers have demonstrated that the coupling elements in magnonic logic circuits are so crucial that a poorly selected waveguide can lead to signal loss. The physicists developed a parametric…

Strategies to generate larger pores in metal-organic frameworks

A new paper reviews recent methodology advances of hierarchically porous MOF synthesis.

Scientists create tiny lasers from nanoparticles and plastic beads

Researchers found a way to create lasers smaller than red blood cells. These microlasers convert infrared light into light at higher frequencies. Made from nanoparticles, these are among the smallest…

Soundwaves carry information between quantum systems

Researchers invented a unique way for different types of quantum technology to ‘talk’ to each other using sound. The study provides a step towards bringing quantum technology closer to reality.

Scientists develop ceramic materials that are IR-transparent

Researchers have developed nanocomposite ceramics with uniform distribution of two phases, microhardness over 11 GPa, and average grain size of 250 nm. It capable of transmitting over 70% of IR-range…

Paving the way for spintronic RAMs: A deeper look into a powerful spin phenomenon

Scientists explore a new material combination that sets the stage for magnetic random access memories, which rely on spin - an intrinsic property of electrons - and could outperform current storage…

Nanowire device splits and recombines superconducting electron pairs

A nanowire device could help explore a form of superconductivity that features exotic particles with potential uses in quantum computing.

A fast and inexpensive nanotube device to capture and identify viruses

Researchers synthesized a gradient of aligned carbon nanotube forest arrays to capture different viruses according to their size and detect them in-situ using Raman spectroscopy. They designed and…

Surface acoustic waves in graphene: straintronics with nanoquakes

Researchers have shown that the properties of graphene can be locally and dynamically modulated by means of a surface acoustic wave, a kind of earthquake on a chip, generated with an integrated…

Brain-like functions emerging in a metallic nanowire network

Emerging fluctuation-based functionalities are expected to open a way to novel memory device technology.

High-performance anode for all-solid-state Li batteries is made of Si nanoparticles

Large volume expansion during charging, the obstacle to using Si anodes in conventional liquid electrolytes, helps a Si anode composed of nanoparticles in solid electrolytes has high-rate discharge…

Researchers break the geometric limitations of moire pattern in graphene heterostructures

Researchers have uncovered interesting phenomena when multiple two-dimensional materials are combined into van der Waals heterostructures (layered ?sandwiches? of different materials).

Microsensor implants for 24/7 health monitoring

Researchers have developed a new wireless reader that is so sensitive to minute changes in a sensor’s readings that it enables the creation of sub-millimetre microsensors, tiny enough to be injected…

Arrangement of atoms measured in silicene

In contrast to the ultra-flat material graphene, which is made of carbon, silicene shows surface irregularities that influence its electronic properties. Now, physicists have been able to precisely…

Electronics at the speed of light

A team of researchers has found a way of transporting electrons at times below the femtosecond range by manipulating them with light. This could have major implications for the future of data…

From 3-D to 2-D and back: reversible conversion of lipid spheres into ultra-thin sheets

Scientists have developed a technique for the reversible conversion of 3D lipid vesicles into 2D ultra-thin nanosheets. Both the stable nanosheets and the reversible 2D?3D conversion process can find…

Scientists create thin-films with tantalizing electronic properties

As predicted by theorists, experiments show that barium zirconium sulfide thin films hold great promise for solar cells, LEDs.

New rules illuminate how objects absorb and emit light

Researchers have uncovered new rules governing how objects absorb and emit light, fine-tuning scientists’ control over light and boosting research into next-generation solar and optical devices.

Scientists develop gentle, microscopic hands to study tiny, soft materials

Handling very soft, delicate items without damaging them is hard enough with human hands, let alone doing it at the microscopic scale with laboratory instruments. Three new studies show how…

Researchers to develop a theory of transients in graphene

The research considers behavior of graphene in the moment of its transition from the state of thermal equilibrium and the process of returning to this state.

Saving Moore’s Law by 3D integration with 2D materials

By selecting certain 2D materials and stacking them, according to the researchers, not only does the monolithic 3D conserve precious space on the chip, but also allows for configuration based on the…

Computing with molecules: A big step in molecular spintronics

Chemists and physicists joined forces to design, deposit and operate single molecular spin switches on surfaces. The newly developed molecules feature stable spin states and do not lose their…

New nano-barrier for composites could strengthen spacecraft payloads

Researchers have developed a robust multi-layed nano-barrier for ultra-lightweight and stable carbon fibre reinforced polymers that could be used to build high precision instrument structures for…

Super-resolution at all scales with active thermal detection

Researchers have found that the temperature increase caused by the probe beam could be utilized to generate a signal per se for detecting objects. Notably, this so-called ‘active thermal detection’…

Bubble- and convection-assisted trapping significantly speed up nanotweezers

Plasmonic ‘nanotweezers’ are structures made of noble metals that concentrate and absorb light, resulting in ‘plasmonic hotspots’ that make it possible to manipulate nanoscale objects suspended in…

Researchers realize a quantum heat engine in the lab

A new experimental proof-of-concept quantum Otto cycle, using nuclear spins, has reached an efficiency close to its thermodynamic limit at maximum power.

Why are alloy metal nanoparticles better than monometallic ones for carbon nanotubes growth?

Revealing a long-term mystery of why certain nanoparticles are more efficient in incorporating carbon atoms and achieving a faster carbon nanotube growth.

Researchers directly measure ‘Cheerios effect’ forces for the first time

In a finding that could be useful in designing small aquatic robots, researchers have measured the forces that cause small objects to cluster together on the surface of a liquid – a phenomenon known…

Researchers apply temperature gradients to grow and move liquid crystals

Researchers have discovered that applying a small difference in temperature to a watered-down mixture of a compound called zirconium phosphate initiates its liquid crystallization. As zirconium…

Playing the angles with dramatic effect

Researchers develop new materials theory relevant to ultrafast electronics, batteries and more.

New quantum material with intrinsically magnetic and topological properties

An international consortium of chemists and physicists has discovered a new type of quantum material with intrinsic magnetic and topological properties. Since they manifest without doping or strong…

Improved 3D nanoprinting technique to build nanoskyscrapers

Simply adding ‘table salt’ helps to build self-stacked nanoarchitectures.

Quantum-dot tattoos hold vaccination record

Bioengineers reveal dissolving microneedles that also embed fluorescent medical info.

Large-area and flexible near-infrared light-emitting diodes

Researchers have developed highly efficient, large-area and flexible near-infrared light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for new wearable device technologies.

Nanopores can identify the amino acids in proteins, the first step to sequencing

While DNA sequencing is a useful tool for determining what’s going on in a cell or a person’s body, it only tells part of the story. Protein sequencing could soon give researchers a wider window into…

Proof of a decades-old theory hides in the thinnest of materials

By layering two-dimensional materials, scientists have confirmed electrochemical phenomena based on theory established in the 1950s.

Free short story collection to entangle readers in the quantum world

Are you ready to get entangled in the science of the very small? That’s the thread running through a new anthology, Quantum Shorts: Collected Flash Fiction Inspired by Quantum Physics.

Biocompatible hydrogel printing for soft robotic systems made easy

Researchers have developed a facile and versatile strategy to directly print hydrogels into biomimetic soft robots. Hydrogel materials possess intrinsic softness and they also exhibit other…

Storing data in everyday objects

Researchers have discovered a new method for turning nearly any object into a data storage unit. This makes it possible to save extensive data in, say, shirt buttons, water bottles or even the lenses…

Chemists glimpse the fleeting ‘transition state’ of a reaction

New technique for observing reaction products offers insights into the chemical mechanisms that formed them.

Turning light energy into heat to fight disease

Scientists have developed a method involving terahertz radiation to monitor temperature changes when laser light is focused on tiny gold particles in water.

Nanocellulose-based air filter offers cost-effective low resistance

Researchers have developed a new nanocellulose-based material that has outstanding air filtration performance.

Camouflage made of quantum material could hide you from infrared cameras

Infrared cameras detect people and other objects by the heat they emit. Now, researchers have discovered the uncanny ability of a material to hide a target by masking its telltale heat properties.

Gantry Motion System for Inspection, Assembly, and 3D Printing

PI’s new compact XY / XYZ gantry motion system provides overhead motion for industrial automation applications in assembly, pick-and-place, alignment, inspection, and custom 3D printer design.

Researchers close in on new nonvolatile memory

Researchers have achieved a breakthrough on the way to new types of nonvolatile memory devices. The team came up with a unique method for measuring the electric potential distribution across a…

Advanced viral nanovaccine for cancer immunotherapy

Researchers have discovered a novel system to generate an artificially enveloped oncolytic adenovirus to direct the immune response against cancer.

Researchers observe brain-like behavior in nanoscale device

‘Tiny silver brains’ could have long-term implications for more powerful, energy-efficient computing.

A new gene therapy strategy, courtesy of Mother Nature

Scientists have developed a new gene-therapy technique by transforming human cells into mass producers of tiny nano-sized particles full of genetic material that has the potential to reverse disease…

The world’s fastest molecular shuttle

Thanks to a clever chemical design, researchers have succeeded in making a very fast molecular machine. The moving parts shift more than one nanometre relative to each other in a record-breaking time…

Liquid-like behaviour displayed but phase remains stable in ultrathin hexagonal gold nanoribbons

Scientists have discovered that the ultrathin gold nanoribbons with unique hexagonal (4H type) crystal phase shows ‘liquid-like’ behaviour under heating, but its hexagonal crystalline structure…

Mind the gap - new wide-bandgap topological insulator

Researchers have discovered a ‘telephone number’ compound combining wide bandgap and robust topological surface state, which could enable room-temperature operation of ultra-energy efficient…

What happens to gold nanoparticles in cells?

Gold nanoparticles, which are supposed to be stable in biological environments, can be degraded inside cells.

Researchers combine quantum dot ‘atoms’ and create new ‘molecules’

Scientists developed a method that enables quantum dots to join together and form new molecular structures.

A new tool tidies up molecules at the nano level

A new study reports the design of new, artificial cellular parts that can organize, ‘tidy up’, targeted molecules inside living cells.

How we transport water in our bodies inspires new water filtration method

A multidisciplinary group of engineers and scientists has discovered a new method for water filtration that could have implications for a variety of technologies, such as desalination plants,…

Artificial intelligence may help scientists make spray-on solar cells

Artificial Intelligence may be just the thing to accelerate spray-on solar cell technology, which could revolutionize how consumers use energy. A research team used Machine Learning, aka Artificial…

Growing carbon nanotubes with the right twist

Researchers synthetize nanotubes with a specific structure expanding previous theories on carbon nanotube growth.

New discovery reveals tractionless motion is possible

Sientists have answered the fundamental question: ‘Is it possible to move without exerting force on the environment?’, by describing the tractionless self-propulsion of active matter.

Creating a nanoscale on-off switch for heat

Polymer thermal regulator transforms from conductor to insulator and back again.

More efficient risk assessment for nanomaterials

Researchers analyse biological mechanisms of action and identify biomarkers.

Looking inside 3D silicon nanostructures without leaving a trace: ‘the Good, the Bad, the Ugly’

Scientists have discovered a new method to non-destructively look inside three-dimen­sional (3D) nanostructures without breaking them. The study is timely since 3D nanostruc­tures are drawing a fast-…

Living biosensors and micromotors as platform for precision medicine

Optical biosensors and micromotors that can sense and actuate biological environments are considered promising theranostic devices because of their high spatial resolution and flexibility….

Nanoscience breakthrough: Probing particles smaller than a billionth of a meter

Scientists developed a new methodology that allows researchers to assess the chemical composition and structure of metallic particles with a diameter of only 0.5 to 2 nm.

Better studying superconductivity in single-layer graphene

An existing technique is better suited to describing superconductivity in pure, single-layer graphene than current methods.

A self-cleaning surface that repels even the deadliest superbugs

Researchers create the ultimate non-stick coating, with medical settings and food industry in mind.

Researchers create synthetic nanopores made from DNA

Researchers have constructed a synthetic DNA nanopore capable of selectively translocating protein-size macromolecules across lipid bilayers.

Freestanding microwire-array enables flexible solar window

Transparent solar cells (TSC) are emerging device that combines the benefits of visible transparency and electricity generation. Scientist have developed a new-concepted TSC consisting of…

A nano-sized slice of pie (w/video)

Scientists explain why some molecules spontaneously arrange themselves into five slices of nanoscale pie.

Deadly ‘superbugs’ destroyed by molecular drills

Motorized molecules activated by light target and drill through highly antibiotic resistant bacteria and kill them within minutes. The molecules can open bacteria to attack by drugs they previously…

A new way to induce the quantum anomalous Hall effect

A ferromagnetic layer can induce the quantum anomalous Hall effect in a topological insulator.

Researchers perfect nanoscience tool for studies of nuclear waste storage

The study involved the first-ever use of antimatter to investigate processes connected to potential long-term storage of waste from nuclear reactors.

The first optical nanomanipulator on solid substrates

Researchers show that by introducing a surfactant layer to modify the particle-substrate interactions, a variety of colloidal particles can be manipulated in a non-invasive and contactless way…

Tiny quantum sensors watch materials transform under pressure

Scientists convert diamonds’ atomic flaws into atomic sensors with front-row seats to a quantum world of materials under extreme pressure.

Slippery when wet: how does lubrication work?

Researchers have developed a new method using fluorescent molecules to directly observe nanometric lubrication films with a sensitivity of a single molecular layer.

Novel e-skin achieves self-powered hippocampal neural stimulation

Researchers have developed a flexible electronic skin (e-skin) capable of self-powered neural stimulation and inducing a neural response. The technology will be useful in characterizing synaptic…

Project aims to improve efficiency of evaporation and condensation in critical processes

Scientists study how evaporation and condensation processes can be improved or controlled at the micro- and nano- level.

Scientists harvest energy from light using bio-inspired artificial cells

By replicating biological machinery with non-biological components, scientists have found ways to create artificial cells that accomplish a key biological function of converting light into chemical…

Fundamental discoveries for future nanotools: Chemists distinguish multiple weak forces

The process of building a tiny cube has revealed some of the fundamental mysteries of how molecules bind together in natural environments. Researchers hope to apply this knowledge to future projects…

Morphable metamaterials made with hierarchical kirigami

Researchers have identified kirigami as an intriguing tool to create programmable mechanical metamaterials with unconventional mechanical and morphological responses. These reconfigurable…

Maxwell’s electromagnetism extended to smaller scales

Scientists present a model that extends the validity of the macroscopic electromagnetism into the nano regime, bridging the scale gap.

New nano-spray gel could help take the bite out of frostbite

Researchers have developed a convenient gel that could be sprayed onto frostbite injuries when they occur, helping wounds heal.

Atomic-scale manufacturing method could enable ultra-efficient computers

Researchers have developed a new manufacturing process that could enable ultra-efficient atomic computers that store more data and consume 100 times less power.

Blueprint for nanomaterial development offers hope to newborns, elderly and busy doctors

Newborn babies, elderly people, sick hospital patients and sports enthusiasts all stand to gain from a breakthrough in the development of wearable technology using nanomaterials.

Combined technique measures nanostructures ten times better than before

Scientists have combined two techniques that are used to measure the structure of biomolecules, creating a method that is ten times more sensitive.

Metal-organic frameworks as high-performance water desalination membranes

Reverse osmosis (RO) is one of the most effective desalination technologies for producing freshwater from seawater. The reverse osmosis membrane water reclamation processes is very energy…

Self-driving microrobots

Engineers propose a strategy for microscale robots that can sense symptoms of a material defect and navigate autonomously to the defect site, where corrective actions could be performed.

New laser technique images quantum world in a trillionth of a second

Technique captures a process that commonly causes electrical resistance in materials while, in others, can cause the absence of resistance, or superconductivity.

Pushing the precision of nanoscale mapping

Like all scanning probe microscopes, AFM is susceptible to instrument ‘crosstalk’, or background signals that can mask the true atomic force measurement of interest and create misleading results. For…

Tiny crystals work better when they double up with designer frameworks

Researchers wrote a set of design rules that they then used to direct the self-assembly of the crystals and the cages into new types sheet-like structures.

Getting a closer look inside biomolecules

Researchers demonstrated the first use of electron microscopy for non-destructive isotope tracking in an amino acid.

Researchers close in on new nonvolatile memory

Researchers came up with a unique method for measuring the electric potential distribution across a ferroelectric capacitor - the device underlying the memory of the future, which would be orders of…

How to induce magnetism in graphene

Researchers have succeeded in synthesizing a unique nanographene predicted in the 1970s, which conclusively demonstrates that carbon in very specific forms has magnetic properties that could permit…

Lighting up cardiovascular problems using nanoparticles

New nanotechnology will allow detection of blocked arteries more effectively than ever before.

Converting graphene into diamond film without high pressure

Researchers demonstrated synthesis of the thinnest possible diamond-like material starting from bilayer graphene and without high pressure.

Electrons caught flowing like water for the first time

The findings could help reduce resistance in electronic devices.

Creating switchable plasmons in plastics

Researchers have developed optical nanoantennas made from a conducting polymer. The antennas can be switched on and off, and will make possible a completely new type of controllable nano-optical…

Detours may make batteries better

Scientists show point defects in cathode crystals may speed lithium absorption.

Electronics integrated to the muscle via kirigami

Donut-shaped kirigami device enabling accurate and robust signal acquisition from the muscle.

Speedy and precise multicolor imaging of biomolecules now possible

For the first time, researchers can track biological molecules with unprecedented speed and precision thanks to the use of multi-metallic nanoparticles.

Ultrafast stimulated emission microscopy of single nanocrystals

Researchers report on a new ultrafast stimulated emission microscopy technique that allows imaging of nano-objects and investigating their dynamics.

Liquid flow is influenced by a quantum effect in water

A study sheds new light on the viscosity of aqueous solutions. It shows that, contrary to the traditional view that repulsive interactions between polymers are solely responsible for the increase in…

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