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Study provides insight into how nanoparticles interact with biological systems

Findings can help scientists engineer nanoparticles that are ‘benign by design’.

Scientists find unusual behavior in topological material

Scientists have identified a new class of topological materials made by inserting transition metal atoms into the atomic lattice of a well-known two-dimensional material.

Nanocages in the lab and in the computer: How DNA-based dendrimers transport nanoparticles

Physicists investigated methodologies to synthesize DNA-based dendrimers in the lab and to predict their behavior using detailed computer simulations.

Future data storage technology - Extremely small magnetic nanostructures with invisibility cloak imaged

By putting an ‘invisibility cloak’ over magnetic nanostructures, researchers wre able to reduce tha magnetic stray field in a fashion allowing for small yet mobile bits.

New machine learning framework could lead to breakthroughs in material design

A novel framework not only uses the machine learning in a unique fashion for the first time but it also dramatically accelerates the development of accurate computational models of materials.

What does graphene do in our lungs?

Researchers have conducted the first studies on a three-dimensional lung model to examine the behavior of graphene and graphene-like materials once they have been inhaled.

Carbon fiber can store energy in the body of a vehicle

A study has shown that carbon fibres can work as battery electrodes, storing energy directly. This opens up new opportunities for structural batteries, where the carbon fibre becomes part of the…

Taking steps toward a wearable artificial kidney

Researchers report a new urea sorbent based on MXene that could accelerate progress toward the development of a lightweight, wearable artificial kidney with the potential to make dialysis more…

On the way to new electronic materials with metal-organic networks

Scientists have developed and characterized a novel, metal-organic material which displays electrical properties mimicking those of highly crystalline silicon.

New reservoir computer marks first-ever microelectromechanical neural network application

Researchers used oscillations from a microscopic beam of silicon to enable the nonlinear dynamics that allow neural networks to complete tasks ranging from processing image patterns to recognizing…

Ruthenium as a new nanocatalyst for obtaining hydrogen

Chemists have used catalysts with ruthenium nanoparticles to obtain hydrogen under the influence of visible light and UV radiation.

Toward unhackable communication: Single particles of light could bring the quantum internet

Hacker attacks on everything from social media accounts to government files could be largely prevented by the advent of quantum communication, which would use particles of light called photons to…

Exploring new spintronics device functionalities in graphene heterostructures

In new work, scientists show heterostructures built from graphene and topological insulators have strong, proximity induced spin-orbit coupling which can form the basis of novel information…

Study shows faster, scalable way to make molecular semiconductors

Recent work may enable scalable production of the nanoscale electrodes that are needed in order to explore molecules and exploit their behavior as potentially valuable electronic materials.

Blue phosphorus - mapped and measured for the first time

Until recently, the existence of blue phosphorus was pure theory: Now scientists examined samples of blue phosphorus for the first time and confirm via mapping of their electronic band structure that…

High entropy alloys hold the key to studying dislocation avalanches in metals

New research findings have made it possible to understand how dislocations organize and react at nanoscale.

Graphene expertise for touch screens with a twist

Bendable, rollable, scrunchable - touch screen technology is on the move, and the scope for flexibility is just one of the possibilities that has emerged. With its many exciting properties, graphene…

High-performance flexible transparent force touch sensor for wearable devices

Researchers reported a high-performance and transparent nanoforce touch sensor by developing a thin, flexible, and transparent hierarchical nanocomposite film.

Metal-organic frameworks: ready for electronics

Scientists have observed unequivocally for the first time band-like electron transport in an organic based material, a metal organic framework. This semiconducting behavior, together with its cost-…

Covalently modified two-dimensional arsenic for electronics

Scientists have introduced a new 2D material by successfully modifying arsenene (arsenic in a graphene-like structure) with chloromethylene groups.

New model helps define optimal temperature and pressure to forge nanodiamonds in an explosion

Researchers have developed a procedure and a computer model that can simulate the highly variable conditions of explosions on phenomenally short time scales.

Fluorine flows in, makes 2D material metal

By getting in the way, fluorine atoms help a two-dimensional material transform from a semiconductor to a metal in a way that could be highly useful for electronics and other applications.

Tri-layer silicene may beat bulk GaAs as high-efficiency photovoltaic absorber

In the past few years, monolayer and multilayer silicenes have been successfully grown on various metal substrates. Unfortunately, silicene on metal substrate generally exhibits metallic or semi-…

Perovskites - materials of the future in optical communication

Researchers have shown how an inorganic perovskite can be made into a cheap and efficient photodetector that transfers both text and music.

Artificial intelligence aids automatic monitoring of single molecules in cells

Researchers have developed an automated method of tracking single fluorescently labeled molecules in living cells, enabling large numbers of molecules to be analyzed and characterized rapidly and…

Disrupting crystalline order to restore superfluidity

Scientists disrupted crystalline order in a quantum system in a controlled manner by shining light on it that oscillates in time at a specific frequency.

Researchers quickly harvest 2-D materials, bringing them closer to commercialization

Efficient method for making single-atom-thick, wafer-scale materials opens up opportunities in flexible electronics.

Nanosurf User Meeting 2018

Join your fellow Nanosurf AFM users and take the opportunity to discuss applications, techniques, and breakthroughs with your peers from research, industry, and life science.

World’s fastest camera freezes time at 10 trillion frames per second

T-CUP makes it possible to see phenomena – and even light! – in extremely slow motion.

Light switch: Scientists develop method to control nanoscale manipulation in scanning tunneling microscopes

Scientists have taken a step toward faster and more advanced electronics by developing a way to better measure and manipulate conductive materials through scanning tunneling microscopy.

Scientists succeed in controlling the wettability of a nanofiber

Researchers succeeded to switch wettability of a nanofiber obtained out of polymers with piezoelectric properties. The time of response to an external trigger was shortened to a few seconds instead…

Graphene shows unique potential to exceed bandwidth demands of future telecommunications

A new review paper concludes that graphene offers a unique evolutionary pathway for next-generation communications.

Hidden gapless states on the path to semiconductor nanocrystals

When chemists were starting work on yet another material designed for the efficient production of nanocrystalline zinc oxide, they didn’t expect any surprises. They were greatly astonished when the…

Self-healing material can build itself from carbon in the air

Taking a page from green plants, new polymer ‘grows’ through a chemical reaction with carbon dioxide.

Optical and electronic excitations hybridize and flow together in novel topological insulator

For the first time, physicists have built a unique topological insulator in which optical and electronic excitations hybridize and flow together.

New half-light half-matter particles may hold the key to a computing revolution

Scientists have discovered new particles that could lie at the heart of a future technological revolution based on photonic circuitry, leading to superfast, light-based computing.

‘Fudge factors’ in physics?

What if your theory to model and predict the electronic structure of atoms isn’t accounting for dispersion energy? You come up with some ‘fudge factors’ to make it all work. But getting the right…

Ultrasmall targeted nanoparticles with engineered antibody fragments as an anti-cancer weapon

Scientists have equipped ultrasmall silicon nanoparticles with antibody fragments. These nanoparticles allow for renal clearance while achieving the specificity needed for efficient tumor targeting…

Medication you can wear

Novel polymer fibers can be equipped with drugs. The smart fibers recognize the need for therapy all by themselves and dose the active ingredients with precision and accuracy.

Microfluidic molecular exchanger helps control therapeutic cell manufacturing

Researchers have demonstrated an integrated technique for monitoring specific biomolecules - such as growth factors - that could indicate the health of living cell cultures produced for the…

Simple fabrication of full-color perovskite LEDs

A recent study has introduced a simple technique to extract the three primary colors (red, blue, green) from perovskite nanoparticles.

Fundamental research sheds light on new many-particle quantum physics in atomically thin semiconductors

Research on light-matter interaction could improve electronic and optoelectronic devices.

Synergy in two-dimensional materials and membranes research

Where researchers who worked with two-dimensional materials and those who worked with membranes were once separate, synergistic opportunities are resulting in exciting new developments.

Micro energy harvesters for the Internet of Things

Thin organic layers provide machines and equipment with new functions. They enable, for example, tiny energy recuperators.

Efficient light conversion with perovskite nanocrystals

Researchers show that carrier multiplication exists in perovskite nanocrystals.

Stamp-sized graphene sheets riddled with holes could be boon for molecular separation

Fabrication technique could be integrated into manufacturing to make large-scale membranes.

Color-changing contact lens could enhance monitoring of eye disease treatments

Researchers have developed a contact lens that changes color as drugs are released. This visual indicator could help eye doctors and patients readily determine whether these medications are where…

Fighting forgetfulness with nanotechnology

An international team of researchers is working on a nanomedicine treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

Heusler, Weyl and Berry

A new review paper about magnetic topological materials in the family of Heusler compounds explains the connection between topology, symmetry and magnetism at a level suitable for undergraduate…

Harvesting solar fuels through a bacterium’s unusual appetite for gold

The bacterium Moorella thermoacetica has an appetite for gold. And in exchange for this special treat, the bacterium has revealed a more efficient path to producing solar fuels through artificial…

Scientists forge ahead with electron microscopy to build quantum materials atom by atom

A novel technique that nudges single atoms to switch places within an atomically thin material could bring scientists another step closer to realizing theoretical physicist Richard Feynman’s vision…

Next-gen ultrafast optical fiber-based electron gun to reveal atomic motions during transition state

Ultrabright electron pulses and a streak camera will enable researchers to directly observe and capture atomic motions at surfaces and interfaces in real time.

Chemists create nanoreactors to synthesize organic substances under visible light

Hollow nanocubes of titanium dioxide with ultra-thin walls act like nanoreactors and provide for 28 fold more effective organic reactions at room temperature under the influence of visible light….

Unzip, turn around, rezip

Scientists have long known that double-stranded DNA can be unwound into single-stranded DNA by molecular motor proteins called helicases, just like pulling a zipper. But researchers have discovered…

Free online course on plasmonics - from fundamentals to modern applications

The course starts on edX on November 1st, 2018. Listeners will learn the latest achievements and modern applications about plasmonics.

Beware the fake graphene

A new study on worldwide graphene production shows unequivocally that the quality of the graphene produced in the world today is rather poor, not optimal for most applications, and most companies are…

Engineers build smallest integrated Kerr frequency comb generator

Low-power chip unites lasers and frequency combs for the first time and can be powered by an AAA battery, opening the door to portable devices for a wide range of applications from spectroscopy to…

Copper ions flow like liquid through crystalline structures

Atomic insights into superionic crystals could lead to safer, more efficient rechargeable batteries.

Study opens route to flexible electronics made from exotic materials

Cost-effective method produces semiconducting films from materials that outperform silicon.

Researchers uncover new insights about polymer nanoparticles

The team’s findings include properties such as surface mobility, glass transition temperature and elastic modulus.

A MOF rack for ammonia

Metal?organic framework as a robust material for the uptake and storage of ammonia at densities that come close to that of the liquefied gas.

Graphene controls surface magnetism at room temperature

Researchers found that the proximity effects of graphene on a magnetic semiconducting substrate affect the substrate’s magnetism down to several layers below the surface.

Novel method determines catalytic active sites using carbon nanotubes

Catalytic research has developed a new and more definitive way to determine the active site in a complex catalyst.

Nanoscale pillars as a building block for future information technology

Researchers propose a new device concept that can efficiently transfer the information carried by electron spin to light at room temperature - a stepping stone towards future information technology…

Nanopore technology with DNA computing easily detects microRNA patterns of lung cancer

Researchers have developed a simple technique that allows detection of two independent microRNAs as an early diagnosis marker of Small Cell Lung Cancer , which is very aggressive. In this technique,…

Atomically thin, part-organic semiconductor for bendable phones

Engineers have invented a semiconductor with organic and inorganic materials that can convert electricity into light very efficiently, and it is thin and flexible enough to help make devices such as…

Flexible piezoelectric acoustic sensors for speaker recognition (w/video)

Researchers fabricated a flexible piezoelectric membrane by mimicking the basilar membrane in the human cochlear. Resonant frequencies vibrate corresponding regions of the trapezoidal piezoelectric…

New spheres trick, trap and terminate water contaminant

Scientists have developed something akin to the Venus flytrap of particles for water remediation.

A self-powered heart monitor taped to the skin

Scientists have developed a human-friendly, ultra-flexible organic sensor powered by sunlight, which acts as a self-powered heart monitor.

How to make a lab-on-a-chip clear and biocompatibel with nanocoatings

Researchers streamline the design of microfluidic devices to be see-through to observe their inner workings.

Enhancement of piezoelectric properties in organic polymers all in the molecules

The inability to alter intrinsic piezoelectric behavior in organic polymers hampers their application in flexible, wearable and biocompatible devices, but now a molecular approach can improve those…

Plasmonic effect that allows nanocatalyst to work at lower energy

Nanoscientists have demonstrated a new catalyst that can convert ammonia into hydrogen fuel at ambient pressure using only light energy, mainly due to a plasmonic effect that makes the catalyst more…

Nanoparticles to treat snakebites

Scientists describe a new approach to treating snake bites, using nanoparticles to bind to venom toxins and prevent the spread of venom through the body.

Molecular multitools

Researchers have developed surfaces that can easily be patterned with different functionalities using visible light.

Extracting energy from a 60 nanometers thin layer

Scientists have demonstrated the viability of the direct piezoelectric effect in a thin film bismuth ferrite material for the first time.

Making a movie of nanocrystals’ structural evolution

Combined ultrafast snapshots suggest that the crystal symmetry of copper sulfide nanocrystals changes due to interactions between electrons and atoms vibrating in the crystal lattice - an…

New materials are powering the battery revolution

For the most part, advances in energy storage will rely on the continuing development of materials science, pushing the limits of performance of existing battery materials and developing entirely new…

Toughening up polymers with nanoparticles

Adding nanoparticles to a polymer matrix enhances the thermo-mechanical properties of the materials.

Measuring microviscosity inside cells

A rotating fluorescent molecule that stays brighter in more viscous environments could shed light on the inner workings of the cellular environment.

Nanostructured coatings deliver killing touch for bacteria

Tiny zinc oxide-based spikes that mimic natural antibacterial coatings puncture and damage microbial cell walls via oxidation.

A new brain-inspired architecture could improve how computers handle data and advance AI

Researchers designed a new computer architecture with co-located memory and processing. In studies, their prototype ran 200 times faster than conventional computers.

Unmasking corrosion to design better protective thin films for metals

Researchers from three universities team up to analyze oxide films at atomic level.

Flowing salt water over this super-hydrophobic surface can generate electricity

Engineers have developed a super-hydrophobic surface that can be used to generate electrical voltage. When salt water flows over this specially patterned surface, it can produce at least 50

Neuristor circuits could lead to more energy-efficient computing

Scientists are developing ‘neuristor’ circuits that behave similarly to biological neurons in the human brain, which can perform complex computations using an incredibly small amount of power.

Non-destructive nanotechnology diagnostics for artwork restoration

Recent publications describe a new, fast and non-invasive diagnostic tool for the conservation of artworks, capable of detecting signs of degradation in oil paintings and plastic-based sculptures….

Revolutionary ultra-thin metalens enables full-color imaging

Flat, micron-thick lens offers performance comparable to top-of-the-line compound lens systems; could drastically reduce the size and weight of any optical instruments used for imaging, including…

Emissions-free molecular energy system saves heat from the summer sun for winter

Macroscopic heat release in a molecular solar thermal energy storage system.

Nanoradiators allow precise optical manipulation of nanoparticles (w/video)

Researchers have developed a new type of optical manipulation method to achieve versatile manipulation of objects with different sizes and types using optical heating. In this new technique,…

Topological material shows superconductivity…and not just at its surface

Scientists demonstrate a new property of topological materials: the non-superconducting material bismuth shows lossless current conduction.

Transition metal dichalcogenides could increase computer speed, memory by a million times

Transition metal dichalcogenides possess optical properties that could be used to make computers run a million times faster and store information a million times more energy-efficiently.

The promise of deep grooves

The materials synthesis method known as sequential infiltration synthesis, or SIS, has the potential to improve not only chip manufacturing but also things like hard drive storage, solar cell…

Imaging accumulated charges at solid-electrolyte interfaces

Researchers develop microscopy technique for three-dimensional visualization of interfacial charge distributions.

New concept to cool boiling surface may help prevent nuclear power plant accidents

Study finds that boiling heat transfer was much more favorable with a new concept that involves coating the hot surface using nanoscale bimorphs.

Single atoms break carbon’s strongest bond

Scientists discovered that single atoms of platinum can break the bond between carbon and fluorine, one of the strongest known chemical bonds.

Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 for optical tweezers

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the NobelPrize in Physics 2018 ‘for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics’.

XY Positioning Table w/Linear Motors and Encoders Provides High Accuracy and Velocity

The V-738 XY linear translation stage is a computer controllable, two axis high-precision, positioning system with a clear aperture.

Simulations show new phenomenon with nanopore DNA sequencing

Using supercomputers, scientists found a surprising amount of water compression at the nanoscale. These findings could help advance medical diagnostics through creation of nanoscale systems that…

Red glow helps identify nanoparticles for delivering RNA therapies

A new screening process could dramatically accelerate the identification of nanoparticles suitable for delivering therapeutic RNA into living cells.

Coming soon to exascale computing: Software for chemistry of catalysis

A new 4-year project aims to develop software that will bring the power of exascale computers to the computational study and design of catalytic materials.

3-D bioprinting of living structures with built-in chemical sensors

Researchers have implemented oxygen sensitive nanoparticles into a gel material that can be used for 3D printing of complex, biofilm and tissue like structures harboring living cells as well as built…

Chemists develop highly porous material, more precious than diamonds

DUT-60 is a new crystalline framework with the world’s highest specific surface and the highest specific pore volume measured so far among all known crystalline framework materials.

Keeping our cells stable: A closer look at microtubules

Researchers have used cryo-electron microscopy to shed light on how a certain protein keeps microtubules stable, and regulates microtubule-based transport within cells.

Nanoparticles show promise in therapy for triple-negative breast cancer

Researchers found by encapsulating medication use nanoparticles, treatment is more effective in triple-negative breast cancer cells.

Eco-friendly nanoparticles for artificial photosynthesis

Researchers have developed a nanoparticle type for novel use in artificial photosynthesis by adding zinc sulfide on the surface of indium-based quantum dots. These quantum dots produce clean hydrogen…

Machine learning helps improving photonic nanostructures

Nanostructures can increase the sensitivity of optical sensors enormously - provided that the geometry meets certain conditions and matches the wavelength of the incident light.

New, highly stable catalyst may help turn water into fuel

Researchers report a new hydrogen-generating catalyst that clears many of the obstacles- abundance, stability in acid conditions and efficiency.

Composite significantly reduces electromagnetic pollution

Scientists have synthesized PANI/Zn ferrite composites which have shown excellent microwave absorption performance.

Polymer coating cools down buildings

Engineers make white paint whiter - and cooler - by removing white pigment and invent a polymer coating, with nano-to-microscale air voids, that acts as a spontaneous air cooler and can be fabricated…

How swarms of nanomachines could improve the efficiency of any machine

Researchers are studying the thermodynamics of small nanomachines only consisting of a few atoms. They outline how these small machines behave in concert.

New method could show how aging affects nanomaterials’ properties

A combination of gamma ray spectroscopy and ‘center of gravity’ allows researchers to assess the quality of iron oxide samples, potentially providing a way to understand their effects on patient…

Nanotechnology-enabled devices could soon tap their owners as a battery source

Scientists came up with an innovative solution for powering the next generation of electronic devices by using Triboelectric Nanogenerators (TENGs). Along with human movements, TENGs can capture…

Desiging a self-folding metamaterial

Physicists have designed a metamaterial structure that folds itself up in several steps.

A self-powered heart monitor taped to the skin

Scientists have developed a human-friendly, ultra-flexible organic sensor powered by sunlight, which acts as a self-powered heart monitor.

Spheres can make concrete leaner, greener

Scientists have developed micron-sized calcium silicate spheres that could lead to stronger and greener concrete, the world?s most-used synthetic material.

‘Paintable’ chemotherapy shrinks skin tumors in mice

Researchers have taken the first steps in developing a chemotherapy for melanoma that can be ‘painted’ directly on the skin, rather than injected or taken orally.

Oxygen vs. nanochip: Scientists show vulnerability of a promising 2D semiconductor to air

Researchers have managed to trace in details the structural changes of two-dimensional molybdenum disulfide under long-term environmental impact. The new data narrows the scope of its potential…

Study demonstrates new mechanism for developing electronic devices

Scientists have demonstrated a new mechanism that can potentially allow the control of electrons on the nanometer spatial scale and femtosecond temporal scales using light.

Chemical engineers functionalize boron nitride with other nanosystems

Researchers unlock potential for improving composite material.

Multimodal imaging shows strain can drive chemistry in a photovoltaic material

A unique combination of imaging tools and atomic-level simulations has allowed researchers to solve a longstanding debate about the properties of a promising material that can harvest energy from…

Heterometallic copper-aluminum super atom discovered

On the outside, the cluster made of 55 copper and aluminum atoms looks like a crystal, but chemically it has the properties of an atom. The heterometallic superatom provides the prerequisites for…

Oxide materials discovery may advance electronic device development

Materials scientists have made a breakthrough discovery in the study of oxide heterostructures, substances that have the potential to revolutionize advanced electronics, memory technologies and…

Study of tiny vortices could lead to new self-healing materials, other advances

Scientists hope that tiny vortices, driven by various magnetic fields, will be able to move microscopic particles.

A nanoglazed facade that is a power plant and a guarantee

A new building facade produces more energy than the unit needs over the course of the year.

New study sheds light on - and through - 2D materials

High-performance computing helps to survey optical qualities of atom-thick materials for optoelectronics.

New insight into properties of polymer nanoparticles

Researchers have uncovered new insights about polymer nanoparticles including properties such as surface mobility, glass transition temperature and elastic modulus.

Robotic electronic skin made from spray-coated tactile sensor

A research team has reported a stretchable pressure insensitive strain sensor by using an all solution-based process.

Breakthrough in blending metals on the atomic scale

Precise control of multimetallic one-nanometer cluster formation achieved.

Reconstructing healthy liver cells using a nanomaterial-based matrix

A team of pharmaceutical scientists and clinicians have developed a nanomaterial-based hydrogel that encourages amniotic epithelial cells (a type of stem cell) to grow into mature liver cells.

DNA-based nanocomposite hydrogel as a potent injectable drug delivery platform

Investigating the potential of DNA to form self-assembled injectable hydrogels via physical crosslinking with silicate nanodisks, researchers have utilized DNA as a high molecular weight polymeric…

‘Pinning down’ how salty droplets dry

Artificial control over drying pattern morphology for droplets of salt solutions on surfaces.

New nanotherapy offers hope in treating drug-resistant renal cell carcinoma

Scientists have developed a nanoplatform technology that works in combination with existing chemotherapeutic drugs that may reverse drug-resistance in renal cell carcinoma.

Spray-on antennas could unlock potential of smart, connected technology

Researchers develop antennas made from mxene ‘spray paint’.

Viral RNA sensing

Optical detection of picomolar concentrations of RNA using switches in plasmonic chirality.

‘Papertronics’ could fold, biodegrade and be the basis for the next generation of devices

Instead of adding more trash to the ever-growing piles of electroic waste, researchers are looking to the emerging field of paper-based electronics - known as papertronics. They?re flexible - even…

Ultrathin organic photodetectors put wearable diagnostics at one?s fingertips

A polymer that maintains its light-sensing capabilities while wrapped around a fingertip could be used in low-cost diagnostic devices that are comfortable to wear.

Two-dimensional multibit optoelectronic memory

Scientists have developed multibit optoelectronic memory using a heterostructure made of two-dimensional (2D) materials for next generation devices.

Graphene bilayer provides efficient transport and control of spins

Physicists have have built an optimized bilayer graphene device which displays both long spin lifetimes and electrically controllable spin-lifetime anisotropy. It has the potential for practical…

Quick and not-so-dirty: A rapid nano-filter for clean water

Liquid metal-based innovation can clean dirty water over 100 times faster than current technology.

Scientists develop 2D materials capable of having magnetism

An international team of physicists and chemists have been able to create materials similar to graphene from a molecular synthesis. These are MUV-1, robust materials with great chemical versatility…

Nanotechnology applications for food contact materials

Nanomaterials can improve the properties of food contact materials. Innovations of this kind are of particular interest for food packaging made out of plastic materials. The purpose of their use is…

Interfacial engineering core@shell nanoparticles for active and selective direct H2O2 generation

In a review article, scientists present the latest advances in direct H2O2 generation.

How long does a quantum jump take?

With the help of sophisticated experiments and calculations, it has now become possible to measure the duration of the famous photoelectric effect.

New nanoparticle superstructures made from pyramid-shaped building blocks

Researchers have assembled complex macroscale superstructures from pyramid-shaped nanoparticle building blocks. This research demonstrates a promising new way to bring the useful properties of…

Diatom microbubble scrubber destroys dangerous biofilms (w/video)

Researchers have developed a system that harnesses the power of bubbles to propel tiny particles through the surfaces of these tough films and deliver an antiseptic deathblow to the microbes living…

Engineers develop method for controlling nanomotors (w/video)

Breakthrough for nanotechnology as engineers develop first method for switching the mechanical motion of nanomotors.

Nanocomposite fiber optic sensor measures tiny magnetic fields

New technology is sensitive enough to detect magnetic fields from the brain and heart.

Origami inspires highly efficient solar steam generator

Inspired by origami, researchers have devised a solar steam generator that approaches 100 percent efficiency for the production of clean water.

Snooker in the live cell

Multi-directional activity control of cellular processes as a new tool.

Graphene tunnelling junctions: beyond the breaking point

Scientists tudied the charge transport in a novel system, the ‘graphene mechanical break junction’ ,which for the first time allowed direct experimental observation of quantum interference effects in…

Nucleation a boon to sustainable nanomanufacturing

Engineers have used a unique set of state-of-the-art imaging techniques to discover how calcium carbonate nanoparticles nucleate, which is important for those manufacturing the carbonate…

Commercially relevant bismuth-based thin film processing

Researchers demonstrate a photoresponsive film processing technique that balances morphological properties with electronic performance.

Light provides spin

Scientists decipher the dynamics of electrons in perovskite crystals.

Device uses graphene plasmons to convert mid-infrared light to electrical signals

A team of researchers has developed a device that uses the material graphene to detect mid-infrared light and efficiently convert it to electrical signal at room temperature. It?s a breakthrough that…

Using donut-shaped lithium sulfide for higher performing batteries

Researchers have developed a lithium-sulfur battery with a doughnut-shaped active material structure showing a record lifecycle of over 600 cycles.

Two quantum dots are better than one: Using one dot to sense changes in another

Researchers fabricate the first nanoelectronic device that can detect single-electron events in a target quantum dot using a second dot as a sensor.

Scientists use artificial neural networks to predict new stable materials

Predicting the stability of materials is a central problem in materials science, physics and chemistry. Now, researchers are training artificial neural networks to predict new stable materials.

Greater than the sum of its parts

Scientists are combining existing theories to form a more general theory of electrochemistry that predicts unexplained behavior.

Extremely small and fast: Laser ignites hot plasma

Physicists observe plasma acceleration with unprecedented precision at the nanoscale.

Nanomembranes turn your skin into a loudspeaker

Researchers haev developed ultrathin, transparent, and conductive hybrid nanomembranes with nanoscale thickness. They demonstrated their nanomembrane by making it into a loudspeaker that can be…

Nanotechnology based drug delivery systems for nanomedicine

Development of an effective approach for delivering a new drug is as important as inventing a new drug. Even if a developed new drug has excellent pharmacokinetic and therapeutic properties, it shows…

Sophisticated nanostructure for solar cells: Rough optics, smooth surface

Thin-film solar cells made of crystalline silicon are inexpensive and achieve efficiencies of a good 14 percent. However, they could do even better if their shiny surfaces reflected less light.

Clarified why some nanoparticles pass through nanopores whereas other smaller ones do not

A study has determined the link between the size and elasticity of soft nanoparticles which allows them to translocate or otherwise.

Modeling crystal behavior: Towards answers in self-organization

Researchers have created a model based on the conflict between different lattice interactions.

Graphene helps protect photocathodes for physics experiments

Graphene comes up big to increase the lifetime of photocathodes, which convert light to electricity in accelerators and other physics experiments.

Nanomaterials design beyond the limit of geometrical symmetry

Scientists have theoretically demonstrated that special tetrahedron nanostructures composed of certain metals have a higher degree of symmetry than the geometrical symmetry of spherical atoms….

World’s first passive anti-frosting surface fights ice with ice

Study provides proof of concept for keeping surfaces 90 percent dry and frost free indefinitely - without chemicals or energy inputs.

Exploring how DNA can enable the rational design of nanomaterials

Why is DNA attractive for the self-assembly of new nanoscale materials?

Understanding surface science to manufacture quality cosmetics

Scientists examined the rates of liquid penetration on rough or patterned surfaces, especially those with pores or cavities. Their findings provide important insights into the development of everyday…

Researchers perfectly transfer nanowires onto a flexible substrate

A research team succeeded in developing nanowire-transfer technology that is expected to enhance the existing chemical reaction-based nanowire fabrication technology that has this far showed low…

2D material produces highest ever signals for human embryonic stem cell detection

Researchers have developed a way to achieve an ultra-high bioelectric signal from human embryonic stem cells using direct current-voltage measurements facilitated by few-layered 2D molybdenum…

New Combustion Synthesis Research Facility heats up high-throughput manufacturing of nanomaterials

Argonne National Laboratory’s Combustion Synthesis Research Facility leverages the power of science and engineering to deliver significant process improvement insights for manufacturers of powder-…

Nanoparticles with shell structure absorb light from all directions

Researchers have used complex geometry to develop tiny shell-shaped coverings that can increase the efficiency and speed of photodetectors.

Seeing between the atoms

New detector enables electron microscope imaging at record-breaking resolution.

A new scientific field: Quantum metamaterials

Groundbreaking experiment applying metamaterials to quantum optics paves the way for new interdisciplinary area.

All-in-one light-driven water splitting with a novel nanocatalyst

A novel catalyst based on semiconductor nanoparticles has now been shown to facilitate all the reactions needed for artificial photosynthesis.

Laser sintering optimized for printed electronics

New study sheds (laser) light on the best means of laying down thin-film circuitry.

Scientists study light to create technologies of the future

Scientists predict new optical effects in light beams which in perspective will help create technologies of the future, and even reveal cancer in early stages.

An almost perfect material for research into quantum effects

Researchers have successfully developed nanowires allowing individual electrons to be captured by a quantum dot on which superconductivity can take place.

The rise of phosphorene analogue optoelectronic materials

Black phosphorus (BP or phosphorene), a novel two-dimensional semiconducting material, has gained tremendous attention because of its intriguing properties, such as ON/OFF ratio, high carrier…

Scaling up single-crystal graphene to over a foot long

The novel method, which produces a single layer of graphene, relies on harnessing a ‘survival of the fittest’ competition among graphene crystals.

Nano-sandwiching improves heat transfer, prevents overheating in nanoelectronics

Sandwiching two-dimensional materials used in nanoelectronic devices between their three-dimensional silicon bases and an ultrathin layer of aluminum oxide can significantly reduce the risk of…

Enabling ‘internet of photonic things’ with miniature sensors

Whispering gallery mode resonators recorded real-time temperature data and, mounted on a drone, mapped temperature distribution.

Wearable ultrasound patch monitors blood pressure deep inside body

A new wearable ultrasound patch that non-invasively monitors blood pressure in arteries deep beneath the skin could help people detect cardiovascular problems earlier on and with greater precision….

Scientists discover a ‘tuneable’ novel quantum state of matter

Scientists demonstrate quantum-level control of an exotic topological quantum magnet.

A wearable device for regrowing hair

Researchers have developed a flexible, wearable photostimulator that speeds up hair growth in mice.

Detecting hydrogen using the extraordinary hall effect in cobalt-palladium thin films

Researchers have conducted the first systematic study of hydrogen detection through Extraordinary Hall Effect in CoPd alloy thin films. The technique could improve hydrogen’s safety and efficiency as…

How medicine literally gets under your skin with nanocontainers

Researchers are developing nano-containers for therapeutic agents that can be controlled by light.

Probing individual edge states with unprecedented precision

A new technique makes it possible to obtain an individual fingerprint of the current-carrying edge states occurring in novel materials such as topological insulators or 2D materials.

Researchers speed up 3D-printing with nanodiamonds

Researchers have developed a plastic material suitable for consumer and industrial use, enabling faster 3D printing and improving the mechanical durability of the printouts.

Bismuth shows novel conducting properties

New work establishes bismuth as a higher-order topological insulator and opens the way to identify new ones.

Shrinking semiconductor lasers to the nanoscale

An ultracompact laser has been made using semiconductor nanoscale columns.

Another step closer to tunable liquids

By investigating the influence of electric fields on liquids, scientists could develop a new technique for controlling their friction and adhesive properties.

Stepping up water splitting with nanostructured cobalt phosphides

Cheap and accessible cobalt-based catalysts could fast-track the industrial-scale production of hydrogen from water.

Predicting diffusion data

A high-throughput computer model predicts diffusion data for the transport of light elements within solids.

Bringing the power of nanotechnology to particle physics

Researchers are using nanoparticles to make photodetectors better able to handle the ultraviolet radiation produced in high-energy physics experiments.

Engineers protect artifacts by graphene gilding

Inspired by ancient gilding processes, engineers have added a single layer of graphene on top of metal leaves, thereby doubling the protective quality of gilding against wear and tear.

Magnetization in small components can now be filmed in the laboratory

Technique for imaging magnetization dynamics developed in a joint project.

Breakthrough opens door to $100 ultrasound machine

Engineers have developed a new ultrasound transducer, or probe, that could dramatically lower the cost of ultrasound scanners to as little as $100. Their patent-pending innovation is portable,…

Carbon nanodots do an ultrafine job with in vitro lung tissue

New work with carbon nanodots seeks to provide the first model of how ultrafine carbon-based particles interact with the lung tissues.

Scientists have discovered a novel color-generation mechanism in nature

Similar structures could one day be used for brighter cosmetics and better fibre optics.

A one-size-fits-all master equation could pave the way towards better design of 2D material electronics

By employing a rigorous theoretical analysis, researchers have developed a new theory to describe different variants of 2D-material-based Schottky diodes under a unifying framework.

160 Page Catalog on Piezo Linear Motors, Rotation Stages, and Multi-Axis Motion Systems

PI’s new comprehensive piezo motor solutions catalog covers a large number of linear, rotary, and multi-axis motion systems based on a variety of piezo motor types along with their appropriate…

Diamond dust enables low-cost, high-efficiency magnetic field detection

The technology could revolutionize how we measure the magnetic fields that flow through our electronics, our planet, and even our bodies.

Graphene enables clock rates in the terahertz range

Scientists have now shown for the first time that graphene can actually convert electronic signals with frequencies in the gigahertz range - which correspond to today’s clock rates - extremely…

Researchers discover how caged molecules ‘rattle and sing’

Breakthrough discovery could improve production of fuels and chemicals.

First truly black solar modules roll off industrial production line

Joint European research and development team shows that black silicon with reflectance below 1% is ready for industrial solar panel production.

Novel cascadable magnetic majority gate that is based on magnetic tunneling junctions

For the first time, complete logic family have been implemented in very straightforward ways.

Researchers develop a solid material with mobile nanoparticles that react to the environment

A new ‘active nanocomposite’ is teeming with motion: small particles connect or separate, thus changing the color of the entire material.

Golden sandwich could make the world more sustainable

Scientists have developed a photoelectrode that can harvest 85 percent of visible light in a 30 nanometers-thin semiconductor layer between gold layers, converting light energy 11 times more…

Algorithm accurately predicts how electromagnetic waves and magnetic materials interact

Computational tool allows for the development of next-generation communications devices.

Understanding origami in 2D materials

Researchers have been studying the folding of 2D materials at the level of single atomic sheets and discovered completely new bending behaviour which is forcing us to look again at how materials…

Nanoparticles improve smart-window energy efficiency

A new process synthesizes vanadium dioxide nanoparticles that makes manufacturing energy-efficient smart windows economical.

Getting an up-close, 3D view of gold nanostars

Scientists can now measure 3-D structures of tiny particles with properties that hold promise for advanced sensors and diagnostics.

Nanoparticles form supercrystals under pressure

Investigations may lead to easier ways to synthesise nanoparticle supercrystals.

Single molecule control for a millionth of a billionth of a second

Physicists have discovered how to manipulate and control individual molecules for a millionth of a billionth of a second, after being intrigued by some seemingly odd results.

Bioadhesive, wirelessly-powered implant emitting light to kill cancer cells

Scientists develop a new device for metronomic photodynamic therapy to facilitate a minimally-invasive and effective cancer treatment in delicate organs.

Artificial synaptic device simulating the function of human brain

A research team has succeeded in developing an artificial synaptic device that mimics the function of the nerve cells (neurons) and synapses that are response for memory in human brains.

Researchers study bismuth films to develop electromagnetic radiation protection shields

Bismuth is a heavy metal with high density and big number of shell electrons. This makes it analogous to such widely used materials as lead. However, in the ratio of the protection efficiency to mass…

Scaling up single-crystal graphene

New method can make films of atomically thin carbon that are over a foot long.

New electron glasses sharpen view of atomic-scale features

A new approach to atom probe tomography promises more precise and accurate measurements vital to semiconductors used in computers, lasers, detectors, and more.

Tuning terahertz beams with nanoparticles

Scientists uncover a way to control terahertz radiation using tiny engineered particles in a magnetic field, potentially opening the doors for better medical and environmental sensors.

Carbon nanotubes give two excitons for the price of one

Efficient generation of photon pairs from modified carbon nanotubes shows path to new types of light sources.

First ever large-scale 2D surface deposition of piezoelectric material

Researchers have developed a revolutionary method to ‘print’ large-scale sheets of two dimensional piezoelectric material, opening new opportunities for piezo-sensors and energy harvesting.

Researchers use silicon nanoparticles for enhancing solar cells efficiency

An international research group improved perovskite solar cells efficiency by using materials with better light absorption properties. For the first time, researchers used silicon nanoparticles….

Cooling in color

Recently developed concepts in photonic designs and meta- and nanomaterials have improved the effectiveness of passive radiative coolers that function in the daytime. Whereas all of these radiative…

Novel 3D nanoprinted polymer lenses for X-ray microscopes

Scientists have invented a new and cost-effective method for making X-ray lenses with nanometer-sized features and excellent focusing capabilities.

Why size matters for gold as a catalyst

Advanced microscopy study reveals insights into the catalytic activity of gold nanoparticles.

Heat transfer surprise could lead to thermal transistors

As much as 100 times more heat than predicted by the standard radiation theory can flow between two nanoscale objects, even at bigger-than-nanoscale distances.

Researchers confirm improved theory of atomic nucleus by measuring nuclear radii

Physicists have performed laser spectroscopy on cadmium isotopes to confirm an improved model of the atomic nucleus. It has been developed to describe the exceptional behaviour of the radii of…

A pill for delivering biomedical micromotors

Scientists report that they have found a way to encapsulate micromotors into pills. The pill’s coating protects the devices as they traverse the digestive system prior to releasing their drug cargo…

Controlling light at the nanoscale with graphene

Researchers are developing ways to use graphene efficiently in novel optical technologies with potential applications in medical imaging, biosensing, signal processing and computing.

2D atomic crystals probe: how hot it is in a plasmonic ‘hotspot’

Scientists have developed a quantitative SERS technique to probe the maximum plasmonic fields before effects such as electron tunneling become dominant.

Scientists probe molecular limits of plasmonics

Optical effect detailed in organic molecules with fewer than 50 atoms.

Ion generation and ion trapping in liquid crystals by means of nanomaterials

The reorientation of elongated liquid crystalline molecules under the action of the applied electric field is a major physical effect enabling the use of liquid crystals in a variety of applications…

Ultracold atoms used to verify 1963 prediction about 1D electronics

Atomic physicists have verified a key prediction from a 55-year-old theory about one-dimensional electronics that is increasingly relevant thanks to Silicon Valley’s inexorable quest for…

Measuring the nanoworld

Researchers establish a benchmark for accurate determination of internal dimensions within individual molecules .

Peering into private life of atomic clusters - using the world’s tiniest test tubes

Having already succeeded in ‘filming’ inter-molecular chemical reactions - using the electron beam of a transmission electron microscope (TEM) as a stop-frame imaging tool - researchers have now…

Tilted pulses

Physicists have produced extremely short and specifically-shaped electron pulses for materials studies in the femtosecond and attosecond range.

Researchers grow blood vessels with 2D nanosilicates

Researchers have developed a clay-based platform to deliver therapeutic proteins to the body to assist with the formation of blood vessels.

Hierarchical 3D-printing of nanoporous gold could ‘revolutionize’ electrochemical reactor design

Scientists report on the hierarchical 3D printing of nanoporous gold, a proof of concept that could revolutionize the design of chemical reactors.

Terahertz spectroscopy enters the single-molecule regime

Researchers showed that long-wavelength terahertz spectroscopy can detect motion of single molecules, not just molecular ensembles. They used a single-molecule transistor design, where pairs of metal…

Neutrophil nanosponges soak up proteins that promote rheumatoid arthritis

Engineers have developed neutrophil nanosponges that can safely absorb and neutralize a variety of proteins that play a role in the progression of rheumatoid arthritis.

Graphene applications for bioelectronics and neuroprosthetics

Graphene bioelectronics has become a ground-breaking field that offers exciting opportunities for developing new kinds of sensors capable of establishing outstanding interfaces with soft tissue….

2D material cannibalizes itself for atomic building blocks

Scientists induced a two-dimensional material to cannibalize itself for atomic ‘building blocks’ from which stable structures formed.

Watching atoms and electrons at work

Layered crystals are used worldwide as a basis for exploring the nano-cosmos.

Dual-layer solar cell sets record for efficiently generating power

Materials scientists have developed a highly efficient thin-film solar cell that generates more energy from sunlight than typical solar panels, thanks to its double-layer design.

Sampling for nanomaterial workplace exposure in the air and on surfaces

A new reports provides an assessment of methods of sampling and characterizing engineered nanomaterials in the air and on surfaces in the workplace.

Introducing high-performance non-fullerene organic solar cells

Researchers have introduced a novel method that can solve issues associated with the thickness of the photoactive layers in organic solar cells.

3D-printing colloidal crystals

Engineers have united the principles of self-assembly and 3-D printing using a new technique.

Nanotechnology makes for better hair care products and textile microfibers

Nanotechnology researchers now have developed a natural and non-damaging hair surface engineering technique for making hair coloring formulations that do not use any chemical reactions but instead…

Tuning into the potential of phosphorene

Better understanding of the wetting characteristics of phosphorene could pave the way for new applications in biological engineering.

Charged polymer nanoballs attack tumors directly, without drugs

By using nanosized charged polymer balls to attack tumors directly rather than carry drugs, researchers have found a way to overcome drug resistance.

Boron nitride separation process could facilitate higher efficiency solar cells

A team of semiconductor researchers has used a boron nitride separation layer to grow indium gallium nitride (InGaN) solar cells that were then lifted off their original sapphire substrate and placed…

Building miniature lasers using nanowire

Researchers have built a miniature laser in the form of a nanowire. It’s the uniformity of the superlattice of the nanowire that makes this miniature laser exceptional.

International nanotechnology authorities dialogue

At this recent meeting, environmental, health and workers protection authorities as well as industry, science and civil society organisations discussed current topics in the area of nano governance…

Watching 2D materials grow

Atomically thin crystals will play an ever greater role in future – but how can their crystallisation process be controlled? A new method is now opening up new possibilities.

Environmentally friendly photoluminescent nanoparticles for more vivid display colors

Researchers created a new type of light-emitting nanoparticle that is made of ternary non-toxic semiconductors to help create displays and LED lighting with better colors that are more…

Friction loss at first contact: The material does not forgive

The exact cause of wear is still unclear. Scientists recently proved that the effect occurs at the first contact already and always takes place at the same point of the material. Their findings help…

Science behind world’s lightest graphene watch revealed

The RM 50-03 watch was made using a unique composite incorporating graphene to manufacture a strong but lightweight new case to house the watch mechanism which weighed just 40 grams in total,…

All that is (nano)gold is not biochemically stable

Researchers stumble upon the lesson that typically stable gold nanoparticles can’t always be trusted.

Electric polarization in the macroscopic world and electrons moving at atomic scales

Femtosecond x-ray experiments in combination with a new theoretical approach establish a direct connection between electric properties in the macroscopic world and electron motions on the time and…

FeCo-selenide – Next-generation material in energy storage devices?

Researchers have fabricated an asymmetric supercapacitor based on FeCo-selenide nanosheet arrays as positive electrode and Fe2O3 nanorod arrays as negative electrode.

Researchers develop a method for cloaking nano-sensors for optics and biomedicine

Researchers have developed a model of a new metamaterial, which will improve the accuracy of nano-sensors in optics and biomedicine by cloaking them from external radiation.

Researchers reveal the growth of graphene near polycrystalline substrate grain boundaries

Scientists have shown how the morphological structure of a catalytic substrate influences the growth of graphene on it. This provides more guidance on the synthesis of high-quality graphene with less…

Nanocrystals pave the way for new design of digital devices

Researchers have developed a tiny electrical circuit that may enable an entirely new design of digital devices.

All wired up: New molecular wires for single-molecule electronic devices

Scientists have designed a new type of molecular wire doped with organometallic ruthenium to achieve unprecedentedly higher conductance than earlier molecular wires.

A novel DNA-nanoparticle actuator system

Researchers have developed a novel nanoactuator system, where conformation of biomolecule can be tuned by electric field and probed using optical properties of gold nanoparticle.

Carbon in color: First-ever colored thin films of nanotubes created

A novel method can produce large quantities of pristine single-walled carbon nanotubes in select shades of the rainbow. The secret is a fine-tuned fabrication process - and a small dose of carbon…

Levitating 2D semiconductor for better performance

Scientists have suspended a 2D semiconductor on a dome-shaped nanostructure to produce a highly efficient semiconductor at a low cost.

Reducing friction with an onion-like carbon material

Researchers developed a new self-generating lubricant with great potential for industrial applications.

Medical nanorobot enters Guinness World Records

A 120 nanometer long robot is now world record holder in the Guinness World Records for creating the Smallest Medical Robot.

Water vapor annealing technique on diamond surfaces for next-generation power devices

The existing surface termination technique using hydrogen to stabilize the diamond’s structure for application in electronic power devices results in two-dimensional hole gas layers (2DHG)….

A novel graphene quantum dot structure takes the cake

In a marriage of quantum science and solid-state physics, researchers have used magnetic fields to confine groups of electrons to a series of concentric rings within graphene, a single layer of…

Improved efficiency and stability of quantum dot solar cells using an organic thin film

Researchers have achieved highly stable and efficient colloidal quantum dot-based solar cells by using an amorphous organic layer to block oxygen and water permeation.

Getting a charge out of MOFs

Researchers develop a modular metal-organic framework with highest electron charge mobilities ever observed.

Nanotubes change the shape of water

Engineers show how water molecules square up in nanotubes.

Producing hydrogen from splitting water without splitting hairs

New model explains interactions between small copper clusters used as low-cost catalysts in the production of hydrogen by breaking down water molecules.

Genetically engineered virus spins gold into beads

The discovery could make production of some electronic components cheaper, easier, and faster.

High performance graphene-based catalysts

Scientists have developed design guidelines that increase the catalytic effectiveness of graphene-based solid state catalysts for potential industry applications.

A human enzyme can biodegrade graphene

Researchers discovered that a natural human enzyme can biodegrade graphene. These findings could have great implications in the development of graphene-based biomedical devices.

Crystalline structure ‘a la carte’ - Laser-assisted photoactivation of TiO2 films at room temperature and ambient air

Achieving high-quality crystalline TiO2 films at room-temperature remains one of today’s most important technical challenges toward low-cost optoelectronic devices including photovoltaic cells and…

Researchers develop novel process to 3D-print graphene

Because of its strength, 3D-printed graphene objects would be highly coveted in certain industries, including batteries, aerospace, separation, heat management, sensors, and catalysis.

Large scale preparation method of high quality SWNT sponges

Researchers have developed a simple flame burning method to prepare single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) sponges on a large scale. The SWNT sponge has multifunctional properties and can be used in…

Nanoscale polymer antibodies efficiently target and eliminate cancer cells

Scientists have demonstrated the possibility of developing a new type of anti-neoplastic drugs based on nanoMIPs, or ‘plastic antibodies’. NanoMIPs are synthetic polymers that can function as…

Nanotechnology against viruses - flexible nanogels exhibit broad-spectrum antiviral activity

An international interdisciplinary team of virologists and biochemists has developed low-cost and ‘cell-friendly’ nanogels that can efficiently prevent viral infections.

Added disorder drives transition to photonic topological insulator

Researchers have experimentally demonstrated that a messy topological insulator can be restored in its properties by inducing random disorder.

Reimagining MRI contrast: Iron nanoparticles outperform gadolinium

Nanoscientists have demonstrated a method for loading iron inside nanoparticles to create MRI contrast agents that outperform gadolinium chelates, the mainstay contrast agent that is facing increased…

Breaking down band structures

System could help researchers design new materials with specific properties.

Connecting the (nano) dots: How big-picture thinking can advance nanoparticle manufacturing

Nanoparticle researchers, manufacturers and administrators should ‘connect the dots’ by considering their shared challenges broadly and tackling them collectively rather than individually. This…

New topological insulator could improve efficiency of computer processing and memory

In this study, researchers started with bismuth selenide. They then used a thin film deposition technique called sputtering, which is driven by the momentum exchange between the ions and atoms in the…

Graphene laminated pipes could reduce corrosion in the oil and gas industry

Researchers have found a way of incorporating graphene into a polymer liner used in pipes that transport crude oil and gas from the sea floor.

Nanoparticle targets kidney disease for drug delivery

Researchers have engineered peptide nanoparticles to outsmart the biological system and target the kidney cells. The innovation may prove critical to addressing chronic kidney disease.

Nanoparticles in the environment can be more hamful than we think

Researchers warn that a combination of nanoparticles and contaminants may form a cocktail that is harmful to our cells.

Quantum simulation reveals mobility edge in a low-dimensional disordered landscape

Scientists using an innovative quantum simulation technique have made one of the first observations of a mobility edge in a low-dimensional system.

A materials scientist’s dream come true

In the 1940s, scientists first explained how materials can deform plastically by atomic-scale line defects called dislocations. Researchers have now found a way of manipulating individual…

‘Smart’nanotechnology brings wooden ships and artifacts back to life

Scientists report a new way to use ‘smart’ nanocomposites to conserve wooden artifacts.

Nanobot pumps destroy nerve agents

Researchers have made nanobot pumps that destroy nerve agents, while simultaneously administering an antidote.

Super-resolution microscopy: Getting even closer to the limit

By exploiting the sequence-specificity and versatility of DNA hybridization, it is possible to image the distributions of large numbers of molecules in single cells at super-resolution.

Researchers discover link between magnetic field strength and temperature

By exploiting properties of quantum spin in crystal vacancies, researchers have attained micron-level resolution in temperature measurement.

Once a performance barrier, material quirk could improve telecommunications

Researchers show domain walls can enhance microwave transmission.

Future filters

Chemical engineers uncover ways to pattern solid surfaces to enhance how water interacts with them.

Research advances state-of the-art vibration analysis of carbon nanotube

New research has resulted in computationally efficient methods to predict the vibratory behavior of carbon nanotubes with inevitable defects.

Graphene phase modulators hold the key to faster mobile technology

Researchers have created and tested a graphene based phase modulator that outperforms existing silicon based ones.

A new generation of artificial retinas based on 2D materials

Scientists report they have successfully developed and tested the world’s first ultrathin artificial retina that could vastly improve on existing implantable visualization technology for the blind….

Autonomous gene expression control nanodevice will contribute to medical care

Scientists construct integrated gene logic-chips called ‘gene nanochips’.

A GPS for inside your body

Novel wireless system suggests future where doctors could implant sensors to track tumors or even dispense drugs.

A valley so low: Electrons congregate in ways that could be useful to ‘valleytronics’

A new study has revealed an emergent electronic behavior on the surface of bismuth crystals that could lead to insights on the growing area of technology known as ‘valleytronics’.

A paper battery powered by bacteria

Researchers made a paper battery by printing thin layers of metals and other materials onto a paper surface. Then, they placed freeze-dried ‘exoelectrogens’ on the paper.

Weaponizing oxygen to kill infections and disease

Scientists are using light to activate oxygen, which then wipes out antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The method also could be used to treat other microbial infections, and possibly even cancer.

Novel nanoparticle-based approach detects and treats oral plaque without drugs

Researchers have devised a practical nanotechnology-based method for detecting and treating the harmful bacteria that cause plaque and lead to tooth decay and other detrimental conditions.

Energy-efficient spin current can be controlled by magnetic field and temperature

Spin colossal magnetoresistance effect simplifies the design of fundamental spintronic components.

Color effects from transparent 3D-printed nanostructures

New design tool automatically creates nanostructure 3D-print templates for user-given colors.

Novel nanotechnology sensors could enable smarter textiles

A team of engineers is developing next-generation smart textiles by creating flexible carbon nanotube composite coatings on a wide range of fibers, including cotton, nylon and wool.

Twisted electronics open the door to tunable 2D materials

Researchers use boron-nitride-encapsulated graphene to demonstrate a new class of electronic materials.

Scientists discover why silver clusters emit light

Until recently, scientists did not know exactly how and why these small particles emit light. An interdisciplinary team of physicists and chemists has now demonstrated for the first time where these…

Stretching beyond limits

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

Engineers develop world’s most wear-resistant metal alloy

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

New manufacturing technique could improve common problem in printing technology

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

Novel tissue engineering scaffolds fabricated via controlled ice crystallization

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

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

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

Batteries poised for organic revolution

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

Magnetic nanoparticles pull last drops of oil from well water

Engineers find nanoscale solution to ‘produced water’ problem.

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

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

Designing nanocrystals for more efficient optoelectronics

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

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

Multidisciplinary study finds way to examine biofilms with high efficiency.

Nanosized magnetic antiparticles offer new horizons for information technologies

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

Water matters to metal nanoparticles

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

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

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

Opto-thermoplasmonic patterning of 2D materials

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

Artificial placenta created in the laboratory

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

Flexible drug delivery microdevice to advance precision medicine

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

3D inks that can be erased selectively

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

Flipping the switch on supramolecular electronics

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

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

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

New technology can detect hundreds of proteins in a single sample

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

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

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

Thermal switch discovered in engineered squid-based biomaterials

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

Terahertz technology provides new insight into how semiconductor lasers work

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

Printed nanowire electronics breakthrough could lead to flexible electronics revolution

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

Five ways that natural design could inspire human nanotechnology

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

Effects of carbon and silicon nanoparticles on on marine microalgae

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

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

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

Self-assembling single-digit nanometer memory cells

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

Flexible nanowire sensors give robots ultra-sensitive skin

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

Quantum chains in graphene nanoribbons

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

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

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

Nanoparticle therapy could deliver double blow to cancer

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

Scientists discover fat-blocking effect of nanofibers

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

Tying electrons down with nanoribbons

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

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

Simple chemical technique transforms crystal mixture where two liquids meet.

Scientists create biodegradable, paper-based biobatteries

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

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

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

Nobel art of science shines light on graphene

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

High-tech adhesives inspired by feet

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

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

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

Graphene enters the stratosphere

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

Flat lenses bring nanoscale features into focus

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

Nanomedicine: Green tea targets tumors

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

Nanostructured gate dielectric boosts stability of organic thin-film transistors

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

Quantum computing of an atomic nucleus

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

New nanoparticles help detect deep-tissue cancers

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

Scientists create UV detector based on nanocrystals synthesized via ion implantation

Researchers have developed a solar-blind UV photodetector.

Scientists develop unique materials to repair damaged organs and tissue

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

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

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

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

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

Mapping the inner workings of a living cell

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

Surface acoustic waves orchestrate neuronal networks

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

Concepts for new switchable plasmonic nanodevices

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

The marriage of topology and magnetism in a Weyl system

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

High-resolution imaging of nanoparticle surface structures is now possible

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

A periodic table of molecular knots

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

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

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

Assembly of fluctuating molecules in artificial cell membrane

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

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

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

Carbon nanotube ‘rebar’ makes graphene twice as tough

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

‘Strange metals’ just got stranger

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

Integrated sensor could monitor brain aneurysm treatment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New competition for MOFs: Scientists make stronger COFs

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

Fast, cheap and colorful 3D printing with nanomaterials

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

Fire-resistant polymer nanocontainers

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

Scientists find holes in light by tying it in knots

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

Insight into loss processes in perovskite solar cells enables efficiency improvements

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

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

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

An elastic puff of air

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

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

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

Researchers disclose optical secrets of disulfide nanotubes

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

On-chip optical filter processes wide range of light wavelengths

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

Microscopic antennas to peer into nano-sized worlds

Affordable and highly sensitive infrared detectors could revolutionise molecular sensing.

New type of nanoparticle for drug delivery lasts longer in bloodstream

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

Sunscreen for dancing molecules

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

Chip lights up optical neural network demo

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

A colossal breakthrough for topological spintronics

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

Dental plaque is no match for catalytic nanoparticles

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

The quest for longer-lasting solar cells

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

Titanium dioxide as a nanoscale sensor of mechanical stress

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

Pushing atoms by picometers tunes nanoparticle catalysis

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

Better way found to determine the integrity of metals

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

Supercomputing the ‘how’ of chemical reactions

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

Nano-sized traps show promise in diagnosing pathogenic bacterial infections

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

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

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

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

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

Great Pyramid of Giza inspires nanoparticle design

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

Extreme conditions in semiconductors

Physicists have succeeded in experimentally demonstrating Wannier-Stark localization.

Memory-processing unit could bring memristors to the masses

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

Looking inside the lithium battery’s black box

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

Researchers construct all-optical nanowire pocket calculator

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

Lasers write better graphene anodes

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

Femtosecond laser creates nanoelectronics on graphene

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

An expressway for electrons in oxide heterostructures

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

Individual silver nanoparticles observed in real time

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

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

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

Carbon nanotubes on holey silicon make bright source of single photons

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

Tin type

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

New optics: Nano-hedgehogs of light

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

Scientists develop novel approach to spontaneous emission using atomic matter waves

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

On the edge: turning graphene into a molecular toggle switch

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

New two-dimensional material could revolutionize solar fuel generation

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

Two-faced edge makes nanotubes obey

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

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

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

Researchers report unraveling the immune recognition of nucleic acid nanoparticles

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

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

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

Scientists use excitons to take electronics into the future

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

A nanotechnology breath test for early-stage Parkinson’s

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

Vibrations at an exceptional point

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

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

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

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

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

Scientists unlock the properties of new 2D material

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

Researchers use nanotechnology to improve the accuracy of measuring devices

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

Improving nanotube biosensors for implantable sensing

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

Made-to-measure silicon building blocks

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

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

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

Liquid microscopy technique reveals new problem with lithium-oxygen batteries

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

Real-time imaging of chemical processes

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

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

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

Researchers charge quest to end ‘voltage fade’

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

Scientists develop new materials that move in response to light

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

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

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

Cell-sized robots can sense their environment

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

A new metamaterial for solar cells and nanooptics

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

Writing the future of rewritable memory

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

An overview of healthcare monitoring by flexible electronics

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

Nanocrystals emit light by efficiently ‘tunneling’ electrons

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

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

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

A new ‘periodic table’ for nanomaterials

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

Physicists design a nano-resonator with strong nonlinear response

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

Hybrid bio-inorganic system for water splitting

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

New MOF vaccines could expand access to immunization

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

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

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

Relax, just break it

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

Two faces offer limitless possibilities

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

Using spin current to convert mechanical vibrations into electricity

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

Research team finds physics treasure hidden in a wallpaper pattern

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

Complete fly brain imaged at nanoscale resolution

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

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

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

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

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

Future electronic components to be printed like newspapers

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

Engineers develop world’s most efficient semiconductor for thermal management

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

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

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

Sugar-coated nanosheets selectively target pathogens

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

Steering light with dynamic lens-on-MEMS

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

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

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

A safe and effective way to whiten teeth with nanoparticles

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

Nanoscale imaging yields key insights into water splitting

Researchers are another step closer to reaping fuel from sunlight.

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

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

Solar powered synthetic skin for robotics and prosthetics

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

Hydrogen from water in iron nanotruss structures

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

Materials processing tricks enable engineers to create new laser material

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

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

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

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

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

Gold nanoparticles to find applications in hydrogen economy

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

Nanocrystal links could lead to better electronics

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

European Forum on Nanoscale IR Spectroscopy

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

Latest nanotechnology books round-up

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

Chemical engineers pack more energy in same space for reliable battery

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

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

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

Faster photons could enable total data security

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

In borophene, boundaries are no barrier

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

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

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

Single-celled architects inspire new nanotechnology

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

Researchers show how to directly observe quantum spin effects

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

An atom-thick graphene membrane for industrial gas separation

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

Folding graphene significantly enhances mechanical performance

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

High-tech dentures: Fighting bacteria with nanotechnology

Researchers optimize dentures with nanostructured surfaces.

A silicon-nanoparticle photonic waveguide

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

Brighter microscopy using built-in nanobulbs

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

Light, finely sliced

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

Polymeric nanoparticles improve delivery of therapeutic messenger RNA

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

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

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

Graphene - slippery when dry

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

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

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

Graphene could be key to controlling water evaporation

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

Research finds new molecular structures in boron-based nanoclusters

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

How gold nanoparticles could improve solar energy storage

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

Brain function partly replicated by nanotechnology materials

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

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

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

Quantum dot white LEDs achieve record efficiency

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

Controlling the manufacture of stable aerogels

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

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

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

Hot nanoparticles produce giant and explosive bubbles

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

The future of electronics is chemical

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

Smallest-ever magnetic vortexes mark step toward new digital memory

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

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

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

Graphene smart membranes can control water

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

Ultracold atoms and ultrafast lasers: Scientists combine experimental expertise

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

Bubbles and whispers - glass bubbles boost nanoparticle detection

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

Researchers couple artificial atom to acoustic resonator

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

Wall of sound

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

Treating nail fungus with nanotechnology

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

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

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

On the path to new high-performance transistors

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

Why nanowires lose their superpowers

Theoretical prediction about superconductivity confirmed in a lab.

Team demonstrates novel synaptic architecture for brain inspired computing

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

Using carbon nanotubes to develop clothing that can double as batteries

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

Underlying mechanism discovered for magnetic effect in superconducting spintronics

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

Wetting of surfaces is surprisingly difficult to measure reliably

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

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

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

Carbon nanotube catalysts in MINT condition

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

Trapping light using Tetris-like clusters of crystals

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

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

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

Generating electrical power from waste heat

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

A step closer to single-atom data storage

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

Physicists uncover why nanomaterial loses superconductivity

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

Boosting immune cells with nanoparticles

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

Qubits as valves: Controlling quantum heat engines

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

Realization of color filter-free image sensors

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

Plasmonic patch boosts brightness in medical diagnostic tests

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

Manipulating single atoms in graphene with an electron beam

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

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

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

Revolutionizing electronics thermal management technologies with boron arsenide

Researchers develop a new semiconductor with ultrahigh thermal conductivity.

Electrons slowing down at critical moments

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

Kirigami-inspired technique manipulates light at the nanoscale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scanning tunneling microscopy reveals molecular dissociation induced by localized surface plasmons

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

Semiconductor quantum transistor opens the door for photon-based computing

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

Nanofiber-based wound dressings induce production of antimicrobial peptide

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

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

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

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

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

UV narrow-band photodetector based on indium oxide nanocrystals

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

Nanoparticle protein corona dramatically affected by blood-brain barrier

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

Nanotechnology machines’ interaction with living systems

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

How to start a nanomotor?

Research team reconstructs motor-cargo complex for ciliary transport.

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

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

Porous materials shed light on environmental purification

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

High performance nitride semiconductor for environmentally friendly photovoltaics

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

Ultimate precision for sensor technology using qubits and machine learning

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

Scientists pump up chances for quantum computing

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

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

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

X-ray experiment confirms theoretical model for making new materials

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

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

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

Electron spectrometer deciphers quantum mechanical effects

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

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

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

Electronic skin stretched to new limits

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

New coatings make natural fabrics waterproof

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

Researchers simulate simple logic for nanofluidic computing

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

The culprit of some GaN defects could be nitrogen

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

Sintering atomically thin materials with ceramics now possible

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

New testing finds synergistic combination leads to toxicity in nanomaterials

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

Eradicating cancer with immune cells armed with nanorings

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

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

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

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

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

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New machine learning framework could lead to breakthroughs in material design 18.10.2018 Nanowerk
Carbon fiber can store energy in the body of a vehicle 18.10.2018 Nanowerk
What does graphene do in our lungs? 18.10.2018 Nanowerk
Taking steps toward a wearable artificial kidney 17.10.2018 Nanowerk
On the way to new electronic materials with metal-organic networks 17.10.2018 Nanowerk
New reservoir computer marks first-ever microelectromechanical neural network application 17.10.2018 Nanowerk
Ruthenium as a new nanocatalyst for obtaining hydrogen 16.10.2018 Nanowerk
Toward unhackable communication: Single particles of light could bring the quantum internet 16.10.2018 Nanowerk
Exploring new spintronics device functionalities in graphene heterostructures 16.10.2018 Nanowerk
Study shows faster, scalable way to make molecular semiconductors 16.10.2018 Nanowerk
High entropy alloys hold the key to studying dislocation avalanches in metals 16.10.2018 Nanowerk
Blue phosphorus - mapped and measured for the first time 16.10.2018 Nanowerk
Graphene expertise for touch screens with a twist 16.10.2018 Nanowerk
Metal-organic frameworks: ready for electronics 15.10.2018 Nanowerk
High-performance flexible transparent force touch sensor for wearable devices 15.10.2018 Nanowerk
Fluorine flows in, makes 2D material metal 15.10.2018 Nanowerk