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Breakthrough in air purification with a catalyst that works at room temperature

Turning ammonia into harmless substances using gold nanoparticles on a metal oxide framework.

Molecular modeling may accelerate the development of new organic materials for electronics

Scientists have developed a faster way of creating molecular models by using machine learning. The new models dramatically accelerate the screening of potential new organic materials for electronics…

Optical tweezers combine with X-rays to enable analysis of crystals in liquids

Scientists have developed a new technique that combines the power of nanoscale ‘tractor beams’ with high-powered X-rays, enabling them to position and manipulate crystals in solution that are not in…

Chemicals induce dipoles to damp plasmons

A study finds that molecules alter gold nanoparticles’ electronic properties.

4D-printed materials can be stiff as wood or soft as sponge

Engineers’ unique smart materials change shape as temperatures change.

How nanotechnology enables wearable electronics

Smart watches, fitness trackers, smart garments, smart medical attachments, data gloves - the market for wearable electronics is quickly evolving beyond health care, fitness and wellness into…

Nanotechnology approach may lead to precision-based strategy for triple negative breast cancer

Researchers recently reported several important findings related to triple negative breast cancer and its future treatment.

Making solar cells is like buttering bread

Formamidinium lead iodide is a very good material for photovoltaic cells, but getting the correct and stable crystal structure is a challenge. The techniques developed so far have produced rather…

Nanomembrane could help regrow tissue lost to periodontal disease

Researchers report development of a membrane that helps periodontal tissue regenerate when implanted into the gums of rats.

Golden ball in a golden cage

‘Golden fullerene’: ligand-protected nanocluster made of 32 gold atoms.

Miniature Piezo Components for Medical Device Manufacturing

PI’s new family of micro components are suitable for the most precise applications, including medical imaging, nanopositioning, fiber alignment, and optics / photonics.

Materials could delay frost up to 300 times longer than existing anti-icing coatings

Scientists describe for the first time several unique properties of materials known as phase-switching liquids, or PSLs, that hold promise as next-generation anti-icing materials. PSLs can delay ice…

Magnetic micro-boats

Researchers have created magnetic microparticles, with a newly developed method, that could pave the way for building micro-motors or guiding drugs in the human body to a target, like a tumor. The…

Engineers demonstrate metamaterials that can solve equations

This ‘photonic calculus’ would work by encoding parameters into the properties of an incoming electromagnetic wave and sending it through a metamaterial device; once inside, the device’s unique…

In a new quantum simulator, light behaves like a magnet

Physicists propose a new ‘quantum simulator’: a laser-based device that can be used to study a wide range of quantum systems. Studying it, the researchers have found that photons can behave like…

Researchers boost intensity of nanowire LEDs

Nanowire specialists have made ultraviolet light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that, thanks to a special type of shell, produce five times higher light intensity than do comparable LEDs based on a simpler…

True-meaning wearable displays: Self-powered, washable and wearable

Researchers have developed a textile-based wearable display module technology that is washable and does not require an external power source.

Visualizing better cancer treatment with nanoscale protein micelles

Researchers have engineered nanoscale protein micelles capable of both delivering chemotherapeutic drugs and of being tracked by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Terminator-like liquid metal moves and stretches in 3D space (w/video)

Scientists report the development of new liquid metals that can be manipulated in 3D space with magnets.

Studying the fundamentals of 3D active matter

Active matter is a relatively new field of soft matter research in physics and still in need of some basic principles.

Micro- and nanomaterials, including clothing for Olympic athletes

A research team of materials engineers and performance scientists has been awarded GBP1.8 million to develop new products - in areas from the motor industry to packaging and sport - that make use of…

Lithium ions flow through solid material

Scientists have merged materials science and condensed matter physics in a study of a promising solid material that conducts lithium ions.

Computer scientists create programmable self-assembling DNA

Computer scientists have created DNA molecules that can self-assemble into patterns essentially by running their own program.

Scientists discover chiral crystals exhibiting exotic quantum effects

Crystals possessing ‘handedness’ exhibit unusual properties. New evidence suggests that they can host electrons moving like slowed down light and their collective behavior mimics magnetic monopoles.

Fish-inspired material changes color using nanocolumns

Inspired by the flashing colors of the neon tetra fish, researchers have developed a technique for changing the color of a material by manipulating the orientation of nanostructured columns in the…

Want in on nanotechnology? Capitalize on collaborative environments

New study shows that partnerships could assist successful technology transfer and possibly, breakthroughs in innovation.

Atom-by-atom control of complex electrochemical interfaces for separations

Prceision control of metals in nanocluster-based electrodes reveals clues to improving chemical separations.

Materials design in 3D: from the molecule to the macrostructure

Researchers plan to raise three-dimensional additive manufacture to the next level. The goal is to develop new technologies for flexible, digital printing of structures from the molecular to the…

Photocatalytic water treatment: Facts vs. hype

More than three decades ago, when researchers began exploring photocatalysis as a way to purify water, efforts were buoyed by a wave of optimism within academia.

Groundbreaking method creates better and cheaper nanochips

A breakthrough in fabricating atom-thin processors may radically change the nanochip landscape. Researchers report that their new method outperforms current methods in many ways.

One transistor for all purposes

Researchers developed a nanoscopic transistor of organic semiconductor material that is working perfectly at low and high currents.

Cost-effective nanoparticle method for hydrogen fuel production process

Nanoparticles composed of nickel and iron increase the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of water electrolysis in hydrogen fuel production.

Smarter drug release thanks to control over encapsulation

Trail-and-error experimentation in drug design can be omitted by control over location in drugs in molecular delivery package.

Levitating objects with light

Nanoscale patterning could enable precise manipulation of objects on many scales.

New nanomaterial will allow abandoning bone marrow transplantation

Scientists have developed a nanomaterial, which will be able to restore the internal structure of bones damaged due to osteoporosis and osteomyelitis. A special bioactive coating of the material…

Gold nanoparticles to facilitate in-situ detection of amplified DNA at room temperature

The proposed nanobiosensor takes advantage of the high sensitivity achieved when using gold nanoparticles in the sensing surface. The sensor integrates DNA amplification and detection, which is of…

Making xylitol and cellulose nanofibers from paper paste

Researchers have demonstrated the ecological bio-production of xylitol and cellulose nanofibers using modified yeast cells, from material produced by the paper industry.

Exploring the impact of nanoparticle design on Parkinson’s disease therapies

Alpha-synuclein is a protein whose function in the healthy brain is currently unknown. It is of great interest to Parkinson’s researchers because it is a major constituent of Lewy bodies, protein…

Heading towards a tsunami of light

Scientists have proposed a way to create a completely new source of radiation. Ultra-intense light pulses consist of the motion of a single wave and can be described as a tsunami of light. The strong…

From foam to bone: Plant nanocellulose can pave the way for healthy bone implants

Researchers have developed what could be the bone implant material of the future: an airy, foamlike substance that can be injected into the body and provide scaffolding for the growth of new bone.

Long-distance quantum information exchange - success at the nanoscale

Researchers have realized the swap of electron spins between distant quantum dots. The discovery brings us a step closer to future applications of quantum information, as the tiny dots have to leave…

Researchers discover new material to help power electronics

Scientists have discovered a way to simplify how electronic devices use electrons - using a material that can serve dual roles in electronics, where historically multiple materials have been…

Supercrystal: A hidden phase of matter created by a burst of light

This is one of the first examples of a new state of matter with long-term stability transfigured by the energy from a sub-pico-second laser pulse.

Semimetals are high conductors

Researchers have measured high conductivity in very thin layers of niobium arsenide, a type of material called a Weyl semimetal. The material has about three times the conductivity of copper at room…

A ground-breaking chemical protocol: on-surface synthesis of acene polymers

A new chemical protocol introduces the on-surface design of anthracene-based polymers with a small electronic bandgap, interesting for organic optoelectronics.

On-chip, electronically tunable frequency comb

Researchers have developed an integrated, on-chip frequency comb that is efficient, stable and highly controllable with microwaves.

Molecular motors run in unison in a metal-organic framework

Organic chemists have succeeded in integrating numerous unidirectional light-driven rotary motors into a metal-organic framework.

Motion control at the nanoscale

Pysicists have designed a bipedal nanowalker that can change its walking manner and direction by adjusting the length of its stride.

Researchers create water-resistant electronic skin with self-healing abilities

The skin-like material is conductive, transparent, and can repair itself either in air or when submerged in water.

Light-induced active ion transport in graphene oxide membranes

Recent research in nanofluidics has adopted reconstructed layered two-dimensional (2D) sheets as a promising material platform for nanofluidics. These membranes contain a high volume fraction of…

Mass manufacturing of metasurfaces

Advanced display technologies based on nanostructures could be mass manufactured by introducing existing techniques from the semiconductor electronics industry.

Quantum sensing method measures minuscule magnetic fields

Researchers find a new way to make nanoscale measurements of fields in more than one dimension.

Nanocrystal ‘factory’ could revolutionize quantum dot manufacturing

Researchers have developed a microfluidic system for synthesizing perovskite quantum dots across the entire spectrum of visible light. The system drastically reduces manufacturing costs, can be tuned…

Researchers measure near-perfect performance in low-cost semiconductors

Researchers redefine what it means for low-cost semiconductors, called quantum dots, to be near-perfect and find that quantum dots meet quality standards set by more expensive alternatives.

Radiation tolerance of 2D materials for space applications tested

A study has found that a number of 2D materials can not only withstand being sent into space, but potentially thrive in the harsh conditions.

Biosensor may provide better cancer diagnosis

Researchers have developed a new biological sensor that could help clinicians better diagnose cancer and epilepsy.

Scientists track patterns of island growth in crystals

Understanding how crystals grow impacts broad areas of materials science, from developing better microelectronics to discovering new materials. At the atomic level, crystals can grow in several…

Antimonene-based all-optical modulator

In recent years, all-optical modulators (AOMs) have attracted significant interests due to their low power consumption, broad bandwidth, and potential in all-optical fields. Among these, AOMs…

Design and validation of world-class multilayered thermal emitter using machine learning

Selection of an optimum structure from approximately eight billion candidates may make society more energy efficient.

Engineering living ‘scaffolds’ for building materials

Researchers take cues from nature to form living materials with unprecedented control and versatility.

Exotic ‘second sound’ phenomenon observed in pencil lead

At relatively balmy temperatures, heat behaves like sound when moving through graphite, study reports.

New approach to fabricate nanostructures from multiple materials

New NSF grant to support efforts to create large-scale nanostructures from very small nanocrystals.

Solar-powered moisture harvester collects and cleans water from air

Engineers combine hydrogels that are both highly water absorbent and can release water upon heating to create unique material that captures moisture and returns it as clean water.

Converting biomass by applying mechanical force

Nanoscientists discover new mechanism to cleave cellulose effectively and in an environmentally friendly way.

Storing energy with eggshells

Biowaste in the form of chicken eggshells has proved to be very effective for energy storage.

Lightweight metal foams become bone hard and explosion proof after being nanocoated

Strong enough not only for use in impact protection systems in cars, but able to absorb the shock waves produced by a detonation. Those are just some of the properties shown by the metallic foams.

Research paves the way for next generation of optical tweezers

A team of researchers has created a new method of moving microscopic objects around using micro-robotics.

Touchscreens go 3D with buttons that pulsate and vibrate under your fingertips

Researchers have developed a film that gives touchscreens a third dimension. The thin and extremely lightweight silicone film can adopt a variety of positions and shapes and can be made to execute a…

Bottom-up assembled chiral meta-molecules

Inspired by chiral molecular structures, scientists are developing strategies to build artificial chiral materials by mimicking natural molecular structures using functional materials….

Researchers create new ‘miRacles’ for human health

Scientists produce a nanotechnology approach that detects disease biomarkers at lower cost.

Defects help MOF nanomaterial soak up more pollutant in less time

Researchers find new way to remove PFOS from industrial wastewater.

Looking back and forward: A decadelong quest for a transformative transistor

Negative capacitance field-effect transistors are being explored as a way to make traditional transistors more efficient – by simply adding a thin film of dielectric material.

X-ray analysis of carbon nanostructures helps material design

Nanostructures made of carbon are extremely versatile: they can absorb ions in batteries and supercapacitors, store gases, and desalinate water. How well they cope with the task at hand depends…

Physicists proposed fast method for printing nanolasers from rerovskites

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

Researchers create nano-bot to probe inside human cells

Researchers have built a set of magnetic ‘tweezers’ that can position a nanoscale bead inside a human cell with unprecedented precision. The nano-bot has already been used to study the properties of…

Tiny ‘blinkers’ enable simultaneous imaging of multiple biomolecules

Researchers have engineered tiny ‘blinkers’ that reveal single molecules of RNA or protein inside cells based on the duration and frequency of each flash.

Super sensitive, groundbreaking smart sensor ‘tastes’ and ‘sniffs’

Researchers have developed an innovative sensing system capable of identifying and distinguishing different stimuli. The system is based on origami combined with ink.

Harnessing active matter for nanoscale applications

A new NSF grant will support a five-year project to develop a unique system of microscale self-propelled particles (SPPs) that will enable them to control the movement and interaction of colloidal…

Device that ‘shakes’ light a breakthrough In photonics

Researchers have developed a device that combines mechanical vibration and optical fields to better control light particles. The device has demonstrated an efficient on-chip shaping of photons…

Movie technology inspires wearable nanogenerator unit that aims to harvest energy

Technology designed to advance self-powering devices such as consumer electronics and defense innovations.

Novel technology aims to improve lithium metal battery life, safety

Rechargeable lithium metal batteries with increased energy density, performance, and safety may be possible with a newly-developed, solid-electrolyte interphase.

Quantum physicists succeed in controlling energy losses and shifts

Achievement can be applied to speed up quantum computers and design new quantum technological devices.

Graphene and cobalt team up in new electromagnetic devices

Scientists recently discovered how, together, graphene and cobalt offer very relevant properties in the field of magnetism. They believe that this breakthrough could accelerate the development of new…

A new way to watch atoms move in a single atomic sheet

X-ray laser snapshots give scientists a new tool for probing trillionths-of-a-second atomic motions in 2-D materials.

Spontaneous spin polarization demonstrated in a two-dimensional material

Physicists have demonstrated spin alignment of free electrons within a two-dimensional material.

Driving water down nanohighways

Self-assembled channels in a polymer membrane could greatly enhance extraction of water from gases.

Cells in a tight spot

Migrating cells must overcome physical barriers such as tight pores in finely meshed tissues. A recent study by a team of biophysicists provides a new theory to describe how cells manoeuvre such…

Listening to quantum radio

Researchers have created a quantum circuit that enables them to listen to the weakest radio signal allowed by quantum mechanics. This new quantum circuit opens the door to possible future…

Scientists take a deep dive into the imperfect world of 2D materials

Team combines several nanoscale techniques to gain new insights on the effects of defects in a well-studied monolayer material.

New method opens the way for cutting tools with longer lifetime

Researchers have developed a theoretical model that enables simulations for showing what happens in hard cutting materials as they degrade. The model will enable manufacturing industry to save both…

Super superlattices: The moire patterns of three layers change the electronic properties of graphene

Combining an atomically thin graphene and a boron nitride layer at a slightly rotated angle changes their electrical properties. Physicists have now shown for the first time the combination with a…

Researchers simulate the process of adhesive wear

Using high-performance computer simulations, researchers were able to observe how surface roughness changes when two materials rub together. Their findings, which provide insight into friction and…

Graphene and silk combine to make self-healable, multifunctional electronic tattoos

Electronic tattoos (e-tattoos) are an extremely thin form of wearable electronics. They are lightweight and soft, which allows them to be intimately mounted on human skin for noninvasive, high-…

Design treatment of advanced metals producing better sculpting

New process targets improvements for defense, vehicles and health products.

When semiconductors stick together, materials go quantum

A new study reveals how aligned layers of atomically thin semiconductors can yield an exotic new quantum material.

New graphene-based device is first step toward ultrasensitive biosensors

Device could detect disease biomarkers at the molecular level and lead to new sensor technology.

New cell-sized microrobots might make incredible journeys

A million functional microscopic robots produced from a 4-inch silicon wafer in new nanofabrication process.

Breakthrough could enable cheaper infrared cameras

Quantum dots could make technology available for self-driving cars, consumer electronics.

Using laser ‘tweezers’, scientists grab and study tiny protein droplets

New research illuminates some basic properties of these eccentric marvels of biology.

Tiny DNA reader to advance development of anticancer drugs

Researchers use tiny probes and an electrical current to locate anticancer drug molecules incorporated into single strands of DNA.

Fireflies, heart beats, and the science of sync

In lessons for nanomachines, physicists have discovered surprisingly complex states emerging out of simple synchronized networks.

Smoothing out the wrinkles in graphene

Coating graphene with wax makes for a less contaminated surface during device manufacturing.

Combs of light for molecules

Developments and prospects in the field of atomic and molecular broadband spectroscopy with frequency combs.

New optical imaging system could be deployed to find tiny tumors

Near-infrared technology pinpoints fluorescent probes deep within living tissue; may be used to detect cancer earlier.

Two dimensional ‘Lego’ shows new methods for creating electronics

Physicists have discovered that when two atomically thin (two-dimensional) materials like graphene are placed on top of each other like a ‘Lego’ tower, their properties change and a material with…

New approach facilitates spectroscopy on individual molecules

While spectroscopic measurements are normally averaged over myriad molecules, a new method provides precise information about the interaction of individual molecules with their environment.

1 + 1 does not equal 2 for graphene-like 2D materials

Physicists have discovered that when two atomically thin graphene-like materials are placed on top of each other their properties change, and a material with novel hybrid properties emerges, paving…

Examining 2D materials, atom by atom

Engineers uncover strength, toughness of hexagonal boron nitride.

Squeezed quantum dots produce more stable light

Exploiting a strain-engineering approach could provide nanoscale light sources with a nonfluctuating emission wavelength for use in sensors, quantum communication, and imaging.

Healthier dairy products with bacterial films and nanofiber membranes

Growing bacterial microfilms on thin sheets of nanofibers is a great way to produce a fermented milk product that can deliver hardy probiotics to the digestive tract.

Sensing disturbances in the force

Researchers embark on project to build atom-defect hybrid quantum sensors.

Graphene quantum dots for single electron transistors

Scientists have developed a novel technology, which combines the fabrication procedures of planar and vertical heterostructures in order to assemble graphene-based single-electron transistors of…

Light from an exotic crystal semiconductor could lead to better solar cells

Scientists have found a new way to control light emitted by exotic crystal semiconductors, which could lead to more efficient solar cells and other advances in electronics.

Plasmonics in the clouds

Scientists have experimentally realized a plasmonic aerosol by efficiently transitioning liquid suspensions of gold nanorods into the gas phase and simultaneously measuring their optical spectra….

Nanoparticle performance - solving a sticky problem

Nanoparticles can be as small as ten atoms in diameter, and their small size makes them especially susceptible to coarsening with continued use, which reduces functionality and degrades performance….

One device, many frequencies: Researchers create a unique, tiny resonator

Pioneering micromechanical frequency comb responds to external signals in an entirely new way.

Nanotechnology and sunlight clear the way for better visibility

A new coating prevents fogging on transparent surfaces. Rather than using electricity, the coating relies on sunlight to heat the surface.

Scientists use machine learning to identify high-performing solar materials

Scientists have developed a novel ?’design to device’ approach to identify promising materials for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). DSSCs can be manufactured with low-cost, scalable techniques,…

Green and flexible protein-based electronics

Ionic conductors are a class of materials with key roles in energy storage, solar energy conversion, sensors, and electronic devices. In their quest towards eco-friendly alternatives for the…

Scientists develop a tunable bio-imaging device using terahertz plasmonics

Non-inasive terahertz sensing could be a game changer for future diagnostics.

New hurdle cleared in race toward quantum computing

Fractional Quantum Hall quasiparticles experimentally shown to interfere.

Researchers demonstrate nanoparticle systems crucial for new high-speed spintronics devices

Researchers created a nanoscale spintronic semiconductor device that can partially switch between specific magnetic states trillions of times a second (terahertz), far beyond frequencies of devices…

Technique streamlines fabrication of 2-D circuits

Growing material directly onto substrates and recycling chip patterns should enable faster, simpler manufacturing.

Chemists print sensors for nano-objects

The optical nanosensors’ operating principle is based on the interaction of light in thin films: a similar effect can be observed in soap bubbles. Such sensors can be quickly manufactured using an…

New shapes of laser beam ‘sneak’ through opaque media

Researchers have found a way to pre-treat a laser beam so that it enters opaque surfaces without dispersing - like a headlight that?s able to cut through heavy fog at full strength.

Right electrolyte doubles novel two-dimensional material’s ability to store energy

Scientists have discovered a way to improve the energy density of promising energy-storage materials, conductive two-dimensional ceramics called MXenes.

Assembly in the air: Using sound to defy gravity

Researchers have levitated particles using sound in an experiment which could have applications in soft robotics and help reveal how planets start to form.

Exploring charge flow through proteins

In a new study, scientists explore a surprising property of proteins – one that has only recently come to light. The group demonstrates electrical conductance through proteins poised between a pair…

Protocells use DNA logic to communicate and compute

The work provides a step towards chemical cognition in synthetic protocells and could be useful in biosensing and therapeutics.

The force is with us, always? Tuning quantum vacuum forces from attractive to repulsive

A physicist has shown for the first time that the Casimir force can be reversed and made repulsive, tunable or enhanced, based on the material inserted in between the plates.

Magnonic devices can replace electronics without much noise

Magnonic devices of the future could use low power to avoid performance losses.

How to catch a magnetic monopole in the act

A research team has created a nanoscale ‘playground’ on a chip that simulates the formation of exotic magnetic particles called ‘monopoles’. The study could unlock the secrets to ever-smaller, more…

Chirality yields colossal photocurrent

Unique Weyl semimetal delivers largest intrinsic conversion of light to electricity.

New quantum sensor could improve cancer treatment

A new quantum sensor has proven it can outperform existing technologies and promises significant advancements in long-range 3D imaging and monitoring the success of cancer treatments.

Step right up for bigger 2D sheets

Theory shows how monocrystals of hexagonal boron nitride come together.

Ultracold atoms could provide 2D window to exotic 1D physics

Physicists propose new vantage point to observe quantum fractionalization.

Quality problems in nanomaterials curb development

The problem is that it is difficult to analyse the crystal structure and there are no established standard methods for classifying the materials.

First scalable graphene yarns for wearable textiles produced

The newly developed process has the potential produce tonnes of conductive graphene-based yarn, using existing textile machineries and without adding to production costs.

Researchers look toward nature to beat cancer

Researchers are inventing new ways to fight the deadly disease.

Light pulses provide a new route to enhance superconductivity

Scientists show that pulses of light could be used to turn Mott insulators beyond simple conductors to superconductors.

Interdisciplinary collaboration yields hardest, thinnest coatings yet discovered

Researchers believe they have discovered the hardest, thinnest, most wear-resistant coatings yet - plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposited titanium and vanadium nitrides.

Plasmonic pixels become dynamic

Researchers demonstrate a display pixel that can switch on and off at least 1000 times faster than pixels that use conventional liquid crystal materials. They show that plasmonic gold nanorods -…

Mechanical Gantry System Provides High Speed, Precision

PI’s new A-351 gantry positioning stage provides the framework for controlled precise overhead motion.

Nanoparticles influence their liquid environment

Scientists have managed to precisely determine the interrelationships of magnetic nanoparticles with the liquid surrounding them, even down to the atomic level.

What causes that peak? Answering a long-standing question for covalent liquids

Researchers show that the structure of a particular class of liquids and amorphous materials, known as tetrahedral glass formers, can be understood from experimental measurements.

Scientists produce colorless reservoir of platinum metal-like single atoms in liquid

Supported single metal atoms have attracted broad interest for their demonstrated high efficiency in single metal catalysis. The preparation of such catalysts, however, remains challenging as the…

Laying the foundations for an integrated approach to environmental nano-safety

The PANDORA project aims to merge immunology, environmental sciences and nanotoxicology into a broader approach to environmental nano-safety that will provide a deeper understanding of the subject,…

Organic electronics: A high-performance unipolar n-type thin-film transistor

This achievement heralds an exciting future for organic electronics, including the development of innovative flexible displays and wearable technologies.

Nanotechnology makes it possible for mice to see in infrared

A single injection of nanoparticles in the eyes of mice bestowed infrared vision for up to 10 weeks with minimal side effects, allowing them to see infrared light even during the day and with enough…

Layering titanium oxide’s different mineral forms for better solar cells

Researchers layer two different mineral forms of titanium oxide to improve electron flow at the negative electrode for better metal halide perovskite-type solar cells.

Hybrid material may outperform graphene in several applications

A structure comprising a molybdenum disulfide monolayer on an azobenzene substrate could be used to build a highly compactable and malleable quasi-two-dimensional transistor powered by light.

New blueprint for understanding, predicting and optimizing complex nanoparticles

Guidelines have the potential to transform the fields of optoelectronics, bio-imaging and energy harvesting.

Hall effect becomes viscous in graphene

Scientists have discovered that electrons in graphene act like a very unique liquid.

An easier way to engineer plants

Researchers use nanoparticles to deliver genes into plant chloroplasts.

Vitamins are good for your multi-energy nanogenerator

Researchers report a simple, innovative and inexpensive design of a vitamin-based hybrid biocompatible nanogenerator with energy harvesting ability from various energy sources in a single device….

Zips on the nanoscale

Researchers have found a method of forming nanographenes on metal oxide surfaces.

In-depth insights into glass corrosion

Silicate glass has many applications, however, it has one disadvantage: it corrodes when it comes into contact with aqueous solutions. Scientists were able to observe in detail which processes take…

Researchers develop analog memristive synapses for neuromorphic chips

Researchers have developed a technology that makes a transition of the operation mode of flexible memristors to synaptic analog switching by reducing the size of the formed filament. Through this…

Easing bacterial traffic jams

Controlling the motion of swimming bacteria could benefit applications including microscopic transport, biomedicine and even microrobotics.

Scientists measure exact edge between superconducting and magnetic states

The knowledge of this threshold - called the lower critical field - plays a crucial role in untangling the difficulties that have prevented the broader use of superconductivity in new technologies….

Using DNA molds for templating nanoparticles into 2D patterns

DNA nanotechnology employs DNA as a programmable building material for self-assembled, nanoscale structures with precisely controlled structures, that can lead to improved surface properties relevant…

A new method for precision drug delivery: painting

Researchers are integrating ultrasound imaging with ultrasound therapy to pave the way for a new kind of drug delivery.

Fast, flexible ionic transistors for bioelectronic devices

Engineers develop novel ion driven transistor that enables real-time sensing and processing of body signals, a major building block for integrated bioelectronics with application to the brain and…

Good news for future tech: Exotic topological materials are surprisingly common

In a major step forward for an area of research that earned the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics, an international team has found that substances with exotic electronic behaviors called topological…

Engineers make clear droplets produce iridescent colors (w/video)

Optical effect could be harnessed for light displays, litmus tests, and makeup products.

Packaging insecticides in nanocapsules may make them more toxic

Encasing insecticides in microscopic plastic capsules – a common formulation for many pest sprays on the market – could lead to unintended consequences.

Now you see heat, now you don’t

Researchers have fabricated an inexpensive, easy-to-produce film that makes objects completely invisible to infrared detectors.

Directed evolution builds nanoparticles

Scientists have been able to use directed evolution to build not proteins, but synthetic nanoparticles. These nanoparticles are used as optical biosensors.

Examining silver nanoparticles in natural environments

Researchers have developed a method to investigate the behaviour of silver nanoparticles in natural waters. The particles regularly enter the sea from products such as sportswear and food packaging….

Entangling photons of different colors

Researchers develop a novel chip-based device for quantum communication.

Antibodies on nanoparticle surfaces may foster or fluster therapies

Scientists have assembled a clearer picture of the molecular activity that occurs when nanoparticles injected into the body are marked for immune system attack.

‘Immunizing’ quantum bits so that they can grow up

New material enhances supercurrent in topological-insulator nanoribbon Josephson junctions.

A new spin in nanoelectronics

Researchers succeed in controlling extremely short-wavelength spin waves.

Electrically-heated silicate glass appears to defy Joule’s first law

Experiments show electric field can modify silicate glass, causing parts to melt while remaining solid elsewhere; discovery suggests heat in glass could be produced on a very fine scale, could point…

The EU gets specific about nanomaterials

The EU’s Joint Research Centre has released a report clarifying the key concepts and terms used in the European Commission’s nanomaterial definition.

It’s all in the twist: Physicists stack 2D materials at angles to trap particles on the nanoscale

Results yield a unique platform to study quantum optical physics.

Avoiding the crack of doom

New imaging technique reveals how mechanical damage begins at the molecular scale.

New microfluidics device can detect cancer cells in blood

Researchers have developed a device that can isolate individual cancer cells from patient blood samples. The microfluidic device works by separating the various cell types found in blood by their…

With nanotubes, genetic engineering in plants is easy-peasy

Inserting or tweaking genes in plants is more art than science, but with a new technique, scientists could make genetically engineering any type of plant - in particular, gene editing with CRISPR-…

Graphite offers up new quantum surprise

Researchers have discovered unexpected phenomena in graphite thanks to their previous research on its two-dimensional (2D) relative - graphene.

Nanoparticle computing takes a giant step forward

Lipid nanotablet for modular and scalable molecular computing with nanoparticles.

Topological defects could be key to future nano-electronics

A new article outlines emerging research into different types of ‘defective’ order, i.e. topological structures in materials, and their potential highly interesting applications in nanotechnology and…

Plate-like ferroelectric crystals synthesized with the help of MXenes

Potassium niobate (KNbO3) is a a perovskite ferroelectric crystal that, due to its optical properties, has been found useful in many different areas of materials science research, including electro-…

Liquid has structure, which may be key to understanding metallic glass

Researchers have found that liquid has structure in certain circumstances, and that this structure significantly influences the mysterious and complex formation of metallic glasses.

A quantum magnet with a topological twist

Materials with a kagome lattice pattern exhibit ‘negative magnetism’ and long-sought ‘flat-band’ electrons.

Magnetization reversal achieved at room temperature using only an electric field

Scientists achieved magnetization reversal in cobalt-substituted bismuth ferrite by applying only an electric field. Such an effect had been sought after for over a decade in order to make new types…

Understanding high efficiency of deep ultraviolet LEDs

Steps that form during LED fabrication improve their efficiency by creating tiny paths of electric current.

A tip for future nanoscale sensing

The tiny diamond pyramid tips used for atomic force microscopy may also prove to be highly useful for nanoscale, quantum sensing.

Precision Linear Stage Family: Linear Motor and Screw-Drive Options

PI’s 412 Mid-size linear stage family for industrial automation complements the larger 417 high-load stages.

Design principles for disease-sensing nanomaterials

The detailed findings in a new paper could lead to more precise, effective methods of treating and diagnosing a variety of diseases, including cancers.

More flexible nanomaterials can make fuel cell cars cheaper

A new method of increasing the reactivity of ultrathin nanosheets, just a few atoms thick, can someday make fuel cells for hydrogen cars cheaper.

With nanopore sensing, physicists detect subtle changes in single particles

The researchers’ findings open the door to observe all kinds of interesting phenomenon on nanosurfaces, an area of great interest to chemists.

Gold nano-stars for intracellular delivery

Researchers have developed a new method for star-shaped nanoparticles synthesis based on laser irradiation. A wide range of customizable conditions provides an opportunity to create comfortable…

Carbon nanotubes can be produced in a new way by twisting ribbon-like graphene

Researchers utilized symmetry, a time-worn concept of theoretical physics, to develop an effective method to run computer experiments on nanostructures under complex deformations.

Innovative nanocoating technology harnesses sunlight to degrade microplastics

Low density polyethylene film (LDPE) microplastic fragments, successfully degraded in water using visible-light-excited heterogeneous ZnO photocatalysts.

Thermally-painted metasurfaces yield perfect light absorbers for high-tech applications

Researchers report their insights into how colors are generated on heated metal surfaces and apply those findings to create a nickel thin-film that perfectly absorbs red light.

GraphON: Conductive coatings and materials breakthrough

Scientists have created a breakthrough new form of graphitic material that?s conductive, easy to apply and offers greater control over performance than graphene.

Applications of carbon materials derived from metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)

Directly carbonizing from organic precursors is the most frequently used method to prepare nanoporous carbons, widely used as electrode materials, due to its flexibility and simplicity. These…

‘Butterfly-shaped’ palladium subnano cluster built in 3-D

Researchers have developed a new strategy to construct subnanosized metal aggregates, building up small metal clusters into grander 3-D architectures.

Physicists ‘flash-freeze’ crystal of 150 ions

Physicists have ‘flash-frozen’ a flat crystal of 150 beryllium ions (electrically charged atoms), opening new possibilities for simulating magnetism at the quantum scale and sensing signals from…

Powering a pacemaker with a patient’s heartbeat

Researchers have designed a pacemaker powered by the energy of heartbeats. The device was successfully tested in pigs, which have a similar physiology to humans.

The holy grail of nanowire production

Researchers have come up with a way of growing nanowire networks in a highly controlled and fully reproducible manner. The key was to understand what happens at the onset of nanowire growth, which…

Nanopores make portable mass spectrometer for peptides a reality

Scientists have developed nanopores that can be used to directly measure the mass of peptides. Although the resolution needs to be improved, this proof of principle shows that a cheap and portable…

A nanoclay platform for treating osteoarthritis

Researchers have developed a new way to deliver treatment for cartilage regeneration.

New machine learning technique rapidly analyzes nanomedicines for cancer immunotherapy

Novel approach will aid scientists in optimizing SNAs as therapeutic vaccines to treat cancer.

Semiconductors - When a defect might be beneficial

In the quest to design more efficient solar cells and light-emitting diodes (LEDs), a team of engineers has analyzed different types of defects in the semiconductor material that enables such devices…

Can a flowing liquid-like material maintain its structural order like crystals?

Scientists discovered a chiral compound, which can spontaneously form a molecular assembly with an extremely large single domain structure beyond a size regime incapable of realizing with usual…

Beyond the bulkheterojunction

Lateral alternating multilayerd junction for organic solar cells.

Scientists identify atomic structure of catalytically active copper-ceria interface

Scientists have identified the atomic structure of the catalytically active copper-ceria interface and proposed a copper bilayer model.

Porous carbon fiber research one step closer to use in automotive industry

An update on recently reported research on porous carbon fibers shows how this material can be used in an industrial setting, marking an important step from the theoretical to application.

Dose of vitamin C helps gold nanowires grow

A boost of vitamin C helped scientists turn small gold nanorods into fine gold nanowires.

Firefly-inspired surfaces improve efficiency of LED lightbulbs

A new type of light-emitting diode lightbulb could one day light homes and reduce power bills, according to researchers who suggest that LEDs made with firefly-mimicking structures could improve…

Nanodroplets are the key to controlling membrane formation

The creation of membranes is of enormous importance in biology, but also in many chemical applications developed by humans. These membranes are shaped spontaneously when soap-like molecules in water…

Graphene ‘sandwich’ key to new electronics

Researchers solved one of the challenges of making graphene nano-electronics effective: to carve out graphene to nanoscale dimensions without ruining its electrical properties. This allowed them to…

Smart droplets clean and repair surfaces

Researchers report a fluid-driven nanoparticle transportation clean-and-repair approach that reveals a novel self-healing system that conserves matter, behaves autonomously, and is implemented easily…

Everything at a glance - new 3D method visualizes nanoparticles in the lung

This new imagiung method now makes it possible, for the first time, to visualize intact mouse lungs and map the spatial distribution of nanoparticles inside them. The new technique can be used, for…

Breakthrough in the search for graphene-based electronics

A team of researchers have solved one of the biggest challenges of making effective nanoelectronics based on graphene.

New nanomedicines for a more efficient and less aggressive treatment of prostate cancer

Scientists have developed a new nanomedicine to treat non-metastatic prostate cancer.

Engineered metasurfaces reflect waves in unusual directions

New metasurfaces can reflect light or sound waves into any desired direction – or even split energy into more than one.

Large-scale window material developed as pollution filter and for light tuning

A research team developed a simple and economical process to fabricate large-scale flexible smart windows.

Hybrid vesicles of lipids and peptides release drug payload on warming

Hybrid vesicles bring together the properties of peptides and lipids to enhance their ability to release drugs in a controlled manner.

Physicists uncover the topological origin of surface electromagnetic waves

Scientists have shown that the well-known surface electromagnetic waves at interfaces between homogeneous isotropic media, obtained within classical Maxwell?s electromagnetism, also have a purely…

Nanoparticles can switch back and forth between phases

Researchers observe chemically reversible isomerization of inorganic clusters.

Shaping light lets 2D microscopes capture 4D data

Researchers have added a new dimension to their breakthrough technique that expands the capabilities of standard laboratory microscopes.

Spintronics by ‘straintronics’

Switching superferromagnetism with electric-field induced strain.

3D printed nanomaterial shows different transparencies and colors (w/video)

Researchers have 3D printed objects with embedded nanomaterials, showing dichroic effect.

Better red than dread: Barrier keeps batteries safe

Scientists use red phosphorus as spy to keep lithium dendrites in check.

Scientists develop direct-write quantum calligraphy in monolayer semiconductors

Scientists have developed a way to directly write quantum light sources, which emit a single photon of light at a time, into monolayer semiconductors such as tungsten diselenide.

Tracking pollen with quantum dots

A pollination biologist is using quantum dots to track the fate of individual pollen grains. This is breaking new ground in a field of research that has been hampered by the lack of a universal…

Platinum nanoparticles for selective treatment of liver cancer cells

Scientists demonstrated that platinum nanoparticles can be used to kill liver cancer cells with greater selectivity than existing cancer drugs.

First-of-their-kind 3D experiments shed new light on shape memory alloys

Researchers are working to better understand how shape memory alloys’ complex internal microstructures change during shape memory behaviors.

Putting photons in jail

Scientists have discovered a novel type of resonant nanocavity that serves as a ‘jail for photons’. The cavity confines light in all three dimensions (3D) simultaneously by exploiting a surrounding…

Chemical data mining boosts search for new organic semiconductors

Organic semiconductors often fail to meet expectations regarding efficiency and stability. Researchers are now deploying data mining approaches to identify promising organic compounds for the…

High-speed surveillance in solar cells catches recombination red-handed

Researchers introduce a new time-resolved microscopy method that allows them to monitor the trajectories of fast-moving charged particles at unprecedented rates.

Taking diamond qubits for a spin

Scientists use implanted silicon ions and electricity to increase the spin time of quantum bits, moving closer to the tech needed for quantum networks.

Newly discovered design rules lead to better fuel cell catalyst

Optimized oxides made from common metals use less energy and show the potential of new design approach.

Too close for comfort: Nanoparticles need some space to transfer energy

Particle crowding interferes with moving energy efficiently along promising molecular chains.

First direct view of an electron’s short, speedy trip across a border

Watching electrons sprint between atomically thin layers of material will shed light on the fundamental workings of semiconductors, solar cells and other key technologies.

Atomic snapshots of photosynthesis

Scientists catch details with atomic resolution, potentially helping design systems to use sunlight and water to produce fuels.

Physicists watch electron transfer in a single molecule

For the first time, an international team of scientists has recorded the orbitals of single molecules in different charge states in a novel type of microscopy.

Running an LED in reverse could cool future computers

In a finding that runs counter to a common assumption in physics, researchers ran a light emitting diode (LED) with electrodes reversed in order to cool another device mere nanometers away.

Engineers develop high-performance quantum dot mode-locked laser on silicon

This future technology not only can massively increase the data transmission capacity of data centers, telecommunications companies and network hardware products to come, but do so with high…

New approach improving stability and optical properties of perovskite films

Researchers have developed a new and efficient fabrication approach to produce all-inorganic perovskite films with better optical properties and stability, enabling the development of high colour-…

Sensitive biosensor detects Down syndrome DNA

Researchers have developed a sensitive new biosensor that could someday be used to detect fetal Down syndrome DNA in pregnant women’s blood.

Graphene and 2D materials on track to innovative applications

A collection of articles on EU-funded research in the field of graphene is now available in free, accessible PDF.

Customized mix of materials for three-dimensional micro- and nanostructures

New process combines 3D laser lithography with microfluidics.

What happens to magnetic nanoparticles once in cells?

Researchers have shown substantial degradation of these nanoparticles, followed in certain cases by the cells ‘re-magnetizing’. This phenomenon is the sign of biosynthesis of new magnetic…

Defect-free graphene might solve lithium-metal batteries’ dendrite problem

The formation of dendrites on the metal electrodes of lithium metal batteries causes safety and performance concerns. To avoid dendrites, researchers are experimenting with new battery electrolyte…

Researchers develop fire-retardant coating featuring renewable nanocellulose materials

Nanocellulose coating could reduce the flammability of the polyurethane foam used in a variety of household furniture.

What does it take to make a better battery?

Researchers are working to solve one of technology?s biggest puzzles: how to build next-generation batteries that could power a green revolution.

‘Magnetic graphene’ switches between insulator and conductor

Researchers have found that certain ultra-thin magnetic materials can switch from insulator to conductor under high pressure, a phenomenon that could be used in the development of next-generation…

Laser-induced graphene gets tough, with help

Researchers combine conductive foam with other materials for capable new composites.

Using artificial intelligence to engineer materials’ properties

New system of ‘strain engineering’ can change a material?s optical, electrical, and thermal properties.

Hyperbolic metamaterials enable nanoscale ‘fingerprinting’

Researchers use a narrow light beam in hyperbolic metamaterials to ‘fingerprint’ and obtain spatial and material information about nanometer-scale objects – allowing identification without complete…

Nanotechnology enables engineers to weld previously un-weldable aluminum alloy

Super-strong but lightweight, AA 7075 now could be more widely used in automobiles and other manufacturing thanks to nanotechnology research.

At the rim: Mods to nanotubes help filter salt from seawater

The ability of carbon nanotubes to filter sodium while still allowing water to pass through can depend on many factors, including their diameters and the interactions of electrically charged atoms on…

Nano drops a million times smaller than a teardrop explodes 19th century theory

New theory and understanding of how liquid nano-jets breakup into droplets.

Laser snapshots of fullerenes show how they transform in intense infrared light

Physicists have irradiated buckyballs with infrared femtosecond laser pulses. Under the influence of the intense light the form of the macromolecules was changed from round to elongated.

Finding chemicals inside a cell

Chemical and topographical single-cell imaging at nanoscale resolution by near-field desorption mass spectrometry.

Scientists develop AI to predict and engineer material properties

Scientists have developed a machine learning approach that can predict changes to the properties of materials from straining the material.

Phase transition dynamics in two-dimensional materials

Scientists have discovered the mechanism involved when transition metal dichalcogenides on metallic substrates transform from the semiconducting 1H-phase to the quasi-metallic 1T’-phase.

Engineers develop room temperature, two-dimensional platform for quantum technology

Researchers have demonstrated a new hardware platform based on isolated electron spins in a two-dimensional material. The electrons are trapped by defects in sheets of hexagonal boron nitride, a one-…

Researchers use X-rays to understand the flaws of battery fast charging

Researchers have imaged a battery as it was quickly charged and discharged, allowing for the observation of lithium plating behavior that can inhibit the battery’s long-term function.

Quantum strangeness gives rise to new electronics

Quantum interference effects can cause substantial variation in the conductance properties of molecule-scale devices. By controlling the quantum interference, researchers showed that electrical…

Next-generation optics in just two minutes of cooking time

One of the key building blocks of flexible photonic circuits and ultra-thin optics are metasurfaces. Engineers have now discovered a simple way of making these surfaces in just a few minutes –…

Scientists build the smallest optical frequency comb to-date

Researchers built an integrated soliton microcomb operating at a repetition rate of 88 GHz using a chip-scale indium phosphide laser diode and the silicon nitride microresonator. At only 1 cubic cm…

Researchers find way to stabilize color of light in halide perovskites

Physicists has found a way to stabilize the color of light being emitted from a promising class of next-generation materials that researchers believe could be the basis for efficient and more cost-…

Researchers develop flags that generate energy from wind and sun

The novel wind and solar energy-harvesting flags have been developed using flexible piezoelectric strips and flexible photovoltaic cells.

Highly complex two-dimensional tessellation in the molecular world

Scientists have developed a method to construct highly complex molecular tessellations using a single molecular building block.

Boosting solid state chemical reactions

Adding olefin enables efficient solvent-free cross-coupling reactions, leading to environmentally friendly syntheses of a wide range of organic materials.

Nanopore research hits a nerve

New research shows that synthetic solid-state nanopores can have finely tuned transport behaviors much like the biological channels that allow a neuron to fire.

Scientists marry gas-trapping framework to light-powered nanocatalysts

Researchers describe how pseudomorphic replacement, the same chemical process that turns a tree to stone, aided their synthesis of the first metal-organic framework (MOF) around light-powered…

Scientists image conducting edges in a promising 2-D material

Experimental study on monolayer tungsten ditelluride could lead to more energy-efficient electronic devices.

Researchers discover new method to quantify graphene at the cellular level

A recent study presents a new, combination-based way to quantify and analyze the effect of graphene at the single cell level.

Sound and light trapped by disorder

Scientists have proposed a new and counterintuitive approach using disordered structures to trap light (photons) and sound (phonons) at the same place.

Cryo-force spectroscopy reveals the mechanical properties of DNA components

Physicists have developed a new method to examine the elasticity and binding properties of DNA molecules on a surface at extremely low temperatures. With a combination of cryo-force spectroscopy and…

Turning a porous material’s color on and off with acid

Stable, color-changing compound shows potential for electronics, sensors and gas storage.

Gummy-like micro robots that could help prevent disease

Researchers have developed micromachines able to mechanically stimulate cells and microtissue. These tools, which are powered by cell-sized artificial muscles, can carry out complicated manipulation…

Unleashing perovskites’ potential for solar cells

New results show how varying the recipe could bring these materials closer to commercialization.

Novel nanoparticle technology to identify healthcare-associated infections receives $1.5 million

Combination of novel nanomaterials with a genomics-based approach will allow for precise identification of pathogens that cause Healthcare-Associated Infections.

Nanoclay platform for treating osteoarthritis

Researchers have developed a new way to deliver treatment for cartilage regeneration using 2D mineral nanoparticles.

Research details sticky situations at the nanoscale

Researchers have made a discovery about the way things stick together at tiny scales that could be helpful in engineering micro- and nanoscale devices.

Scientists develop first fabric to automatically cool or insulate depending on conditions

Researchers have created a fabric that can automatically regulate the amount of heat that passes through it depending on conditions.

First transport measurements reveal intriguing properties of germanene

Scientists have now managed to produce devices with stable germanene. The material is an insulator, and it becomes a semiconductor after moderate heating and a very good metallic conductor after…

Scientists develop metal-free photocatalyst to purify pathogen-rich water in minutes

Researchers have found a new way to purify pathogen-rich water with high efficiency and without using metal.

Nanomachines are taught to fight cancer

Scientists have proposed new DNA-based nanomachines that can be used for gene therapy of cancer. This new invention can greatly contribute to making the treatment of oncological diseases more…

Printing solar cells and batteries on paper

Over the past ten years, paper has emerged as a focus area for researchers developing innovative techniques for printed basic electronics components. The goal of this research is to replace plastic…

Novel electrocatalyst outperforms platinum in alkaline hydrogen production

Ruthenium catalyst has potential applications in sustainable hydrogen production for clean energy and in industrial processes.

How safe is graphene?

A comprehensive review, developed as part of the European graphene flagship project with the participation of Empa researchers, investigated this question.

Scientists discover new type of magnet

Singlet-based magnet attracts promise for enhanced data storage.

New carbon materials for high-voltage supercapacitors

The new material is a sheet made from a continuous three-dimensional framework of graphene mesosponge, a carbon-based material containing nanoscale pores.

Biochemists make ‘elbow room’ for nanostructures with new toolkit

Combining DNA and RNA, researchers cut a path to the forefront of nanotechnology.

Progress in self-assembling nanomaterials

Mimicking how the biological world arranges itself could help advance the next generation of nanomaterials.

Micromotors deliver oral vaccines

Researchers have developed oral vaccines powered by micromotors that target the mucus layer of the intestine.

Hydrogels change water and solute dynamics

Hydrogel pores can modify the molecular-level motion of water and dissolved ions.

Physicists take big step in nanolaser design

Scientists have developed a method that allows to find under what circumstances nanolasers qualify as true lasers.

Untangling a strange phenomenon that both helps and hurts lithium-ion battery performance

New research offers the first complete picture of why a promising approach of stuffing more lithium into battery cathodes leads to their failure. A better understanding of this could be the key to…

The subtle, but significant, role of surfaces in ion stickiness

Direct interactions dominate ion adsorption to aqueous graphene, a process central to vital processes in energy technology.

Controlling charge flow by managing electron holes

Researchers watch and measure in real time charge dynamics between layers of oxide materials, offering insights into solar cells.

Nano-infused ceramic could report on its own health

Simulations show unique ceramic could act as a sensor for structures.

Precious metal tracks nanoplastics

Researchers have incorporated the precious metal palladium as a tracer in artificial nanoplastics. This innovative method has great potential for keeping track of the behaviour of nanoplastics in…

Researchers use artificial neural networks to streamline testing graphene composites

Researchers have designed a machine learning system employing artificial neural networks (ANN) capable of extrapolating from data derived from just one sample, thereby quickly formulating and…

Observing hydrogen’s effects in metal

Microscopy technique could help researchers design safer reactor vessels or hydrogen storage tanks.

Experiments verify the phenomenon of a photonic hook

Scientists have experimentally proved an earlier predicted effect of ‘photonic hook’ that is a new type of curved self-accelerating light beam shaped like a hook. The ease of generation and physical…

Data-transmitting light signal gets power boost from nanosized amplifier

An international team of researchers has significantly improved the propagation of data inside a microchip.

Learning transistor mimics the brain

This new transistor has the ability to learn, and is equipped with both short-term and long-term memory. The work is a major step on the way to creating technology that mimics the human brain.

Rust never sleeps

Research using atom probe tomography reveals chinks in iron crystals that can ‘heal’.

Physicists create exotic electron liquid

The first production of an electron liquid at room temperature opens the way for new optoelectronic devices and basic physics studies.

A reconfigurable soft actuator

Researchers have developed a method to change the shape of a flat sheet of elastomer, using actuation that is fast, reversible, controllable by an applied voltage, and reconfigurable to different…

Large-scale synthesis of metal nanoclusters with thermal shocks

Researchers report significant advances in developing a high-temperature, fast nanomanufacturing technique for the large-scale production of ultra small metal nanoclusters decorated in a graphene…

Ceramic holds promise for greener optical devices

Scientists have developed an environmentally friendly nanostructured ceramic material.

Physicists uncover the topological origin of surface electromagnetic waves

Researchers showed that the well-known surface electromagnetic waves at interfaces between homogeneous isotropic media, obtained within classical Maxwell’s electromagnetism, also have a purely…

Wrinkles take the heat

Experiments on nanoribbons of black phosphorus reveal the origins of directional heat transport in this promising material.

Polymer power potential

Four organic thermoelectric polymers identified using theoretical calculations could prove valuable for harvesting energy from waste heat.

Engineers harvest heart’s energy to power life-saving devices

Using a dime-sized invention, the kinetic energy of the heart can be converted into electricity to power a wide-range of implantable devices.

Graphene biosensor could provide early lung cancer diagnosis

A team of scientists has developed a new technique that could create a highly sensitive graphene biosensor with the capability to detect molecules of the most common lung cancer biomarkers.

Magnetic teeth hold promise for materials and energy

A mollusk with teeth that can grind down rock may hold the key to making next generation abrasion-resistant materials and nanoscale materials for energy.

Researchers report advances in stretchable semiconductors, integrated electronics

Researchers outline advances in creating stretchable rubbery semiconductors, including rubbery integrated electronics, logic circuits and arrayed sensory skins fully based on rubber materials.

Invisible tags: Physicists write, read and erase using light

A team of physicists has developed a new method of storing information in fully transparent plastic foils.

Supercomputing helps study two-dimensional materials

High-performance computing helps researchers understand experiments for observing real-time motion of lithium atoms in bi-layer graphene, paving the way for designing new materials for batteries and…

Straightforward biosynthesis of functional bulk nanocomposites

A general and scalable biosynthesis strategy has been developed which involves simultaneous growth of cellulose nanofibrils through microbial fermentation and co-deposition of various kinds of…

Nanoparticles may promote cancer metastasis

Findings caution against possible side effects of cancer nanomedicines and other common nanoparticles but paves the way for safer design and better treatment strategies.

Meet the quantum fridge - at three atoms in size, it’s much smaller than a minibar

This quantum fridge won’t keep your drinks cold, but it’s cool proof of physics operating at the smallest scales.

Current generation via quantum proton transfer

Scientists have discovered that proton transfer in electrochemical reactions is governed by the quantum tunneling effect under specific conditions. In addition, they made a first ever observation of…

Novel electron microscopy offers nanoscale, damage-free tracking of isotopes in amino acids

A new electron microscopy technique that detects the subtle changes in the weight of proteins at the nanoscale - while keeping the sample intact - could open a new pathway for deeper, more…

Graphene crinkles can be used as ‘molecular zippers’

New research shows that electrically charged crinkles in layered graphene can be useful in the directed self- assembly of molecules.

Dynamic aspirin - molecular vibrations drive electrons over large distances

Aspirin is not only an important drug but also an interesting physics model system in which molecular vibrations and electrons are coupled in a particular way. For the first time, x-ray experiments…

What keeps spiders on the ceiling?

A research team deciphers the details of adhesive structures of spider legs.

Nano-encapsulation technology enhances DHA absorption for early brain development

This research aims to address the delivery and absorption issues of DHA that affect its potency and efficacy.

To observe photoswitches, stick on a platinum atom

Adding a platinum atom to a kind of photoswitch makes them easier to observe, report researchers.

1200W High Power Piezo Driver for Fast Switching Applications

Built for demanding high performance piezo applications in industrial automation and R+D.

A first: Researchers quantify photocurrent loss in nanoparticle interface

No one has been able to determine just how much power is lost as the current goes from one nanoparticle to another - until now.

A new topological approach to the next generation of electronic, photonic and phononic devices

A new European project proposes radically new technologies taking advantage of the unique properties of topological matter that can prove crucial for information processing, quantum communication and…

Material systems used in 4D printing

4D printing allows a 3D printed structure to change its configuration or function with time in response to external stimuli such as temperature, light, water, pH, etc. The basic idea is to manipulate…

Maximizing the potential of MXenes

Controlling what goes on ‘between the sheets’ of layered 2D materials is key to optimization.

Stretchable multi-functional fiber for energy harvesting and strain sensing

Researchers have developed a stretchable multi-functional fiber (SMF) that can harvest energy and detect strain, which can be applied to future wearable electronics.

Catching atoms in action: watching next-gen materials crystallize

Researchers melted, super-cooled and then reheated a model alloy of aluminum and samarium, and monitored the reheating process in real time with a combination of high-energy x-ray diffraction and…

A sustainable and recyclable carbon nanotubes thermoelectric paper

The device, produced by bacteria, takes advantage of the residual heat and transforms it into electricity for innovative sensing applications.

Structural colors, without the shimmer

Researchers have developed a new method to produce structural colors that don’t change with the angle of viewing.

Scientists use Nobel-prize winning chemistry for clean energy breakthrough

Scientists have used a Nobel-prize winning chemistry technique on a mixture of metals to potentially reduce the cost of fuel cells used in electric cars and reduce harmful emissions from conventional…

Harnessing light for a solar-powered chemical industry

Nanotechnology for solar power paves way for more sustainable chemical manufacturing industry, one of the globe’s biggest energy users.

Layered cocktails inspire new form of male birth control

Inspired by colorful layered cocktails, researchers have developed a medium-term, reversible male contraceptive.

Artificial intelligence instantly captures materials’ properties

Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) to seriously accelerate the development of new technologies from wearable electronics to flexible solar panels.

Ingestible, expanding pill monitors the stomach for up to a month

Soft, squishy device could potentially track ulcers, cancers, and other GI conditions over the long term.

Waterproof graphene electronic circuits

Water molecules distort the electrical resistance of graphene, but a team of researchers has discovered that when this two-dimensional material is integrated with the metal of a circuit, contact…

Antireflection coating makes plastic invisible

Researchers have developed an antireflection coating that improves on existing coatings to the extent that it can make transparent plastics, such as Plexiglas, virtually invisible.

Researchers decipher electrical conductivity in doped organic semiconductors

Scientists have identified the key parameters that influence electrical conductivity in doped organic conductors.

Laser-fabricated crystals in glass are ferroelectric

For the first time, a team of researchers has demonstrated that laser-generated crystals confined in glass retain controllable ferroelectric properties, key to creating faster, more efficient optical…

Synthesizing single-crystalline hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) film that uniformly self-assembles

Researchers have found a method for synthesizing hexagonal boron nitride films with a nearly perfect single-crystalline structure. This structure consistently self-assembles on top of liquid gold and…

Thin-film semiconductor fabrication process uses copper(I) iodide at room temperature

Researchers have found a way to create printed p-channel thin-film transistors by using the abundantly available and environmentally-friendly copper(I) iodide semiconductor at room temperature. Their…

Dietary nanoparticulates impact gut microbiome

Scientists gain new insights into the effects of food nanoparticles on the intestinal flora.

Graphene researchers are wild about zigzags

Breakthrough in graphene research: large, stable pieces of graphene produced with unique edge pattern.

Photovoltaics - versatile in shape and color

The goal of a new project is to develop digitally printed, highly efficient and stable perovskite solar modules that can be integrated into roofs, facades, and windows.

Fluid-inspired material self-heals before your eyes (w/video)

Coating for metals rapidly heals over scratches and scrapes to prevent corrosion.

New quantum system could help design better spintronics

Researchers have created a new testing ground for quantum systems in which they can literally turn certain particle interactions on and off, potentially paving the way for advances in spintronics….

The energy implications of organic radical polymers

New technology could change the way we charge everything from phones to electric vehicles.

Engineer’s nanostructured ‘metallic wood’ has the strength of titanium and the density of water

Researchers have built a sheet of nickel with nanoscale pores that make it as strong as titanium but four to five times lighter.

Researchers investigate coated Prussian blue nanoparticles for cancer immunotherapies

The researchers will work with Prussian blue nanoparticles (PBNPs) coated with immunological signals, used in combination with checkpoint inhibitors.

Plasmonic pioneers fire away in fight over light

Researchers make a case that photoluminescence, rather than Raman scattering, gives gold nanoparticles their remarkable light-emitting properties.

Researchers uncover quantum structure of buckyballs

Researchers have measured hundreds of individual quantum energy levels in the buckyball, a spherical cage of 60 carbon atoms.

Turning natural gas into carbon nanotubes cuts energy use, carbon dioxide emissions

Researchers have won a federal grant to develop a method to convert natural gas into carbon nanotubes for materials that can replace metals.

Converting Wi-Fi signals to electricity with new 2-D materials

Device made from flexible, inexpensive materials could power large-area electronics, wearables, medical devices, and more.

Aerosol-assisted biosynthesis strategy enables functional bulk nanocomposites

Researchers developed a general and scalable biosynthesis strategy, which involves simultaneous growth of cellulose nanofibrils through microbial fermentation and co-deposition of various kinds of…

Scientists investigate graphene’s effect on light-wave interaction

Scientists investigated the character of Stimulated Brillouin scattering of low-concentration graphene nanoparticle suspensions in N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) and water.

Insulated molecular wires: the smallest electric power cord

A new supramolecular self-encapsulation strategy provides an effective route to construct stable light-emitting polymers for optoelectronic applications.

Putting that free energy around you to good use with minuscule energy harvesters

Scientists have developed a micro-electromechanical energy harvester that allows for more flexibility in design, which is crucial for future Internet-of-Things applications.

Using an atomic force microscope as a nanoscopic shovel

More than just a surface tool, atomic force microscopes (AFM) can also map material’s depths.

Artificial skin could give superhuman perception

A new type of sensor could lead to artificial skin that someday helps burn victims ‘feel’ and safeguards the rest of us.

Materials that open in the heat of the moment

Temperature control of pore sizes in nanomaterials could lead to improved gas separation and storage applications.

‘GO dough’ makes graphene easy to shape and mold

New form of graphene oxide is fun to play with – and solves manufacturing challenges.

Platinum forms nano-bubbles

Technologically important noble metal oxidises more readily than expected.

How the use of different forms of titanium oxide influences perovskite solar cell performance

Scientists report a systematic study on the effects that using different forms of titanium oxide in planar perovskite solar cells has on the performance of the devices.

Self-assembling nanomaterial gives pathway to extra environment friendly, reasonably priced harnessing of solar energy

New nanomaterials may present a pathway to extra environment friendly and probably reasonably priced harvesting of photo voltaic vitality.

Engineers develop novel strategy for designing semiconductor nanoparticles for wide-ranging applications

MoS2 quantum dots synthesised with the new approach can potentially generate cancer-killing properties.

‘Green’ electronics made from nanocellulose

Nanocellulose offers renewable, biodegradable, strong and lightweight components for electronic products.

Unlocking graphene’s superconducting powers with a twist and a squeeze

Researchers have developed a new method to finely tune adjacent layers of graphene to induce superconductivity. Their research provides new insights into the physics underlying this two-dimensional…

Engineers eye static electricity to power our electronics

New research suggests that the cause for static electricity is tiny structural changes that occur at the surface of materials when they come into contact with each other. The finding could ultimately…

Breakthrough reported in fabricating nanochips

In the quest for smaller, faster 2D processors, researchers invent thermal lithography process for higher quality, lower cost, and mass production potential.

Innovative technique could pave way for new generation of flexible electronic components

A team of engineering experts have pioneered a new way to ease production of van der Waals heterostructures with high-K dielectrics - assemblies of atomically thin two-dimensional crystalline…

Semiconductors combine forces in photocatalysis

Active photocatalyst: 2D/2D heterojunction of black phosphorus and bismuth tungstate.

Animal, plant biology aids in improving electronic and energy conversion devices

Tech wizards to tech novices may benefit from the ability to ‘grow’ solar cells and advance electronics, computers and energy conversion devices.

Graphene can hear your brain whisper

A newly developed graphene-based implant can record electrical activity in the brain at extremely low frequencies and over large areas, unlocking the wealth of information found below 0.1 Hz.

Taking magnetism for a spin: exploring the mysteries of skyrmions

Scientists have discovered the relaxation dynamics of a zero-field state in skyrmions, a spinning magnetic phenomenon that has potential applications in data storage and spintronic devices.

New water splitting catalyst could make it easier to generate solar fuel

Water splitting, the process of harvesting solar energy to generate energy-dense fuels, could be simplified thanks to new research.

New 3-D nanoprinting strategy opens door to revolution in medicine, robotics

Engineers demonstrate their approach by printing the smallest-known 3D microfluidic circuit element.

Collision of individual atoms leads to twofold change of angular momentum

Scientists have investigated the consequences of the collision of two atoms in a weak magnetic field at low temperature. For the first time they have discovered that atoms, carrying their angular…

Current generation via quantum proton transfer

Researchers have discovered that proton transfer in electrochemical reactions is governed by the quantum tunneling effect under the specific conditions. In addition, they made a first ever…

Multitasking graphene ink printed into tiny flexible supercapacitors

Researchers have developed an easy way to make complicated arrays of microsupercapacitors that involves screen-printing them out of graphene ink. The simplicity and freedom offered by the approach…

Researchers find the trick to molding metal at the nanoscale

Researchers have developed a process that allows manufacturers to essentially shape any metal and alloy and replicate even the smallest details.

Revealing the interplay of attraction and repulsion between nanoparticles as they assemble

Researchers are working to develop a predictive understanding of how interparticle forces drive the assembly of nanosized building blocks into tailored superlattice structures.

Nanocrystal study provides insights on growth, assembly, and aggregation

Findings address challenges in developing synthesis strategies for nanostructured materials.

New method uses ultraviolet light to control fluid flow and organize particles

A new, simple and inexpensive method that uses ultraviolet light to control particle motion and assembly within liquids could improve drug delivery, chemical sensors and fluid pumps.

Precision Motion and Automation Sub-Systems to Showcase at SPIE Photonics West 2019

PI will highlight its new gantries, automation sub-systems for laser material processing, and silicon photonics (SiP) alignment engines in addition to novel piezoceramic drive solutions and motion…

Graphene and related materials safety: human health and the environment

As the drive to commercialise graphene continues, it is important that all safety aspects are thoroughly researched and understood. The Graphene Flagship project has a dedicated Work Package studying…

New applications for encapsulated nanoparticles with promising properties

Semiconductor nanocrystals have been efficiently encapsulated into polymers and offer great stability in terms of their optical properties and fluorescence control.

2D magnetism reaches a new milestone

The first experimental proof of the unusual XY-type magnetic- behavior transition when passing from 3D to 2D is finally observed, fifty years after its theoretical description.

What atoms do when liquids and gases meet

Until now, it was thought that the atoms in these regions behaved as if they were in a ‘drum skin’, based on the assumption that the surface tension between the two elements caused the water to be…

From atoms to nanoparticles to living matter

Whereas the evolutionary path of the atomic world has occurred over billions of years, the evolutionary path of the synthetic nanoparticle world has just begun. Man-made nanoparticle assemblies are…

Mechanical engineers develop process to 3D print piezoelectric materials

New printing technique and materials could be used to develop intelligent materials and self-adaptive infrastructures and transducers.

New nanoparticle targets tumor-infiltrating immune cells, flips switch

New research builds on Nobel-winning checkpoint blockade work.

Broadband achromatic metalens focuses light regardless of polarization

Researchers have developed a polarization-insensitive metalens that can achromatically focus light across the visible spectrum without aberrations. This flat lens could be used for everything from…

New material to push the boundaries of silicon-based electronics

Scientists are researching the novel semiconductor material scandium aluminum nitride that may be better suited for future power electronics than silicon.

Properties of graphene change in humid conditions

Graphene exhibits very different properties in humid conditions, according to researchers.

Quantum sensors providing magnetic resonance with unprecedented sensitivity

Scientists have produced a series of protocols for quantum sensors that could allow images to be obtained by means of the nuclear magnetic resonance of single biomolecules using a minimal amount of…

Can nanotechnology rewire an injured spinal cord?

The ByAxon project is developing a new implant that restores the transmission of electrical signals in an injured central nervous system.

New class of solar cells, using lead-free perovskite materials

A recent study has presented a new class of solar cells, using lead-free perovskite materials.

Super-stable antinomy carbon composite anodes to boost potassium storage performance

Potassium-ion batteries (PIBs) have been considered as promising alternatives to lithium-ion batteries due to the rich natural abundance of potassium and similar redox potential with Li+/Li. Recently…

Using bacteria to create a graphene oxide based water filter that kills bacteria

Engineers have created a bacteria-filtering membrane using graphene oxide and bacterial nanocellulose. It’s highly efficient, long-lasting and environmentally friendly - and could provide clean water…

Smart microrobots that can adapt to their surroundings

Scientists have developed tiny elastic robots that can change shape depending on their surroundings. Modeled after bacteria and fully biocompatible, these robots optimize their movements so as to get…

Hand-knitted molecules

A research team has succeeded in producing molecules between two microscopically small, movable gold tips - in a sense as a ‘hand-knitted’ unique specimen. The properties of the molecules can be…

Photoreactions activate magnetic nanoswitches

Light induces photoreactions that activate the switch of the magnetic orientation of 2D materials dispersed in water.

Nanowire-infused ‘fire-resistant Xuan paper’ lasts for 3000 years

Researchers have developed a new kind of ‘fire-resistant Xuan paper’ based on ultralong hydroxyapatite nanowires.

Open-source automated chemical vapor deposition system for the production of two-dimensional nanomaterials

A research group has released the open-source design of a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) system for two-dimensional (2D) materials growth, an advance which could lower the barrier of entry into 2D…

Nanowire meshes to improve electrochemical devices

By re-designing interconnected nanowire networks, researchers fabricated novel nanostructured current collectors, which are the first to combine very high surface area, high porosity, substantially…

Nanogenerators turn body motion Into weight control and wound-healing therapies

Bioengineers have developed implantable and wearable nanogenerators from special materials that create electrical pulses when compressed by body motions. The pulses controlled weight gain and…

How to rapidly image entire brains at nanoscale resolution

A powerful new technique combines expansion microscopy with lattice light-sheet microscopy for nanoscale imaging of fly and mouse neuronal circuits and their molecular constituents that?s roughly 1,…

MXene researchers find 2-D transition-metal carbides react with water, opening a door to their unknown chemistry

Researchers have discovered that 2-D titanium carbide materials, or MXenes, can react with water without the presence of other oxidizers. Their finding may lead to new insights into the unusual…

Creating a roadmap for 2D materials

A roadmap for 2D materials explores the challenges of synthesizing electronic grade materials.

Light connects two worlds on a single chip

For the first time, researchers succeeded in connecting two parts of an electronics chip using an on-chip optical link.

New nanosensor to detect disease and infection

Researchers have developed a highly innovative new enzyme biomarker test that has the potential to indicate diseases and bacterial contamination saving time, money and possibly lives.

Nanoparticle breakthrough in the fight against cancer

Scientists have introduced a novel targeted drug delivery system that can improve the pharmacological and therapeutic properties of conventional cancer treatments.

New light shed on organic polymer PEDOT

The organic polymer PEDOT is probably one of the world’s most intensely studied materials. Despite this, researchers have now demonstrated that the material functions in a completely different manner…

Graphene researchers are inspired by spider webs

Motivated by the high level of flexibility exhibited by spider webs, scientists have developed a novel design for highly flexible and sensitive piezoresistive sensors based on an elastomer-filled…

Peering into the mist: How water vapor changes metal at the atomic level

New insights into molecular-level processes could help prevent corrosion and improve catalytic conversion.

Just like flipping a switch - in only half a picosecond

Researchers discover molecules ‘spin flip’ from magnetic to non-magnetic forms dynamically.

Understanding insulators with conducting edges

Theoreticians investigate puzzling phenomenon in a quantum gas.

Graphene’s versatility extends to space applications

In an ingenious set of experiments, scientists have tested graphene under microgravity conditions for the first time. The exciting results provide a valuable foundation for developing graphene…

Novel viral identification method developed

Researchers create a new nanodevice for influenza virus typing at the single-virion level by combining a nanopore sensor with peptide engineering.

Researchers develop novel photonic crystal actuator materials

Combining the droplet-template with interface assembly, researchers developed a series of anisotropic photonic crystals with flower-shape and bread-shape.

Silicon nanoparticles could power lithium-ion batteries with 10 times more capacity

Chemists confirm importance of nano-sizing silicon to improve lithium ion batteries.

Nanofabricated ultra ultrasound to revolutionize technology

Researchers have combined modern nanofabrication and nanophotonics techniques to build the ultraprecise ultrasound sensors on a silicon chip.

A solid-state nanopore platform for digital data storage

Using DNA to directly store data is an attractive possibility because it is extremely dense and long-lasting. Currently, though, synthesizing and sequencing DNA molecules for storing large amounts of…

Researchers pioneer microfluidics-enabled manufacturing of macroscopic graphene fibers

Graphene fiber, a recently discovered member of the carbon fiber family, has potential applications in diverse technological areas, from energy storage, electronics and optics, electro-magnetics,…

3D-printing ears with nanocellulose

Researchers are now equipping cellulose with additional functionalities to produce implants for cartilage diseases using 3D printing.

Performing computational logic with light

For the first time, researchers performed logic operations - the basis of computation - with a chemical device using electric fields and ultraviolet light.

Brilliant glow of paint-on semiconductors comes from ornate quantum physics

Next-generation semiconducting materials are on the horizon, and in a new study, researchers have uncovered eccentric physics behind their potential to transform lighting technology and photovoltaics…

Pore size influences nature of complex nanostructures

In new research that could help inform development of new materials, chemists have found that the empty space (‘pores’) present in two-dimensional molecular building blocks fundamentally changes the…

New Brochure explains Nanopositioning Mechanisms for High Resolution Microscopy Applications

Most types of super resolution microscopes, atomic force microscopes or electron beam microscopes rely on nanopositioning mechanisms to improve resolution, focusing speed, and stability.

Bioinspired nanoscale drug delivery method

Researchers have developed a novel way to deliver drugs and therapies into cells at the nanoscale without causing toxic effects that have stymied other such efforts.

Next generation photonic memory devices are light-written, ultrafast and energy efficient

Scientists have developed a hybrid technology, which shows the advantages of both light and magnetic hard drives.

Scientists develop promising new type of polymers

S-PPV polymers are suitable for use in a wide range of applications, from solar cells through to medicine but, until recently, they were almost impossible to produce.

New immune system understanding may lead to safer nanomedicines

A new study describes an important step in the activation of the immune system against nanoparticles. The finding may allow researchers and eventually doctors to cloak nanoparticles against the…

Scientists coax proteins to form synthetic structures with method that mimics nature

Biologists have invented a way to build synthetic structures from proteins, and just as in nature, the method is simple and could be used for a variety of purposes.

DNA origami: A precise measuring tool for optimal antibody effectiveness

Using DNA origami - DNA-based design of precise nanostructures - scientists have been able to demonstrate the most accurate distance between densely packed antigens in order to get the strongest bond…

Researchers catalog defects that give 2-D materials amazing properties

Theoretical analysis distinguishes observed ‘holes’ from the huge list of hypothetically possible ones.

Discovery of single atom structure leads to more efficient catalyst

Scientists have identified the structure of iridium single-atom catalysts for carbon monoxide oxidation. The identification of the structure and reaction mechanism will help in the design of better…

5000 times faster than a computer - interatomic light rectifier generates directed electric currents

Researchers have now generated directed currents at terahertz (THz) frequencies, much higher than the clock rates of current electronics. They show that electronic charge transfer between neighboring…

Scientists discover new ways to twist and shift light

Researchers have revealed unusual qualities in light that could lead the way to entirely new electronic devices and applications.

Scientists develop a new method to revolutionize graphene printed electronics

Researchers have found a brand new low-cost method for producing graphene printed electronics which significantly speeds up and reduces the cost of conductive graphene inks.

Powerful microscope captures first image of nanoscaffold that promotes cell movement

Discovery could yield insights into cancer metastasis, wound healing, organ development and more cell-motility-related conditions.

Elucidating the atomic mechanism of superlubricity

The phenomenon of so-called superlubricity is known, but so far the explanation at the atomic level has been missing: for example, how does extremely low friction occur in bearings?

High magnetic field induces liquid-to-solid phase change in two-dimensional electron system

Electrons in a zinc oxide system go from a liquid to a solid on increasing the magnetic field.

Oxygen migration at the heterostructure interface

Physicists have developed a methodology to control the electromigration of oxygen atoms in the buried interfaces of complex oxide materials for constructing high mobility oxide heterostructures….

Atomic-scale capillaries block smallest ions, thanks to graphene

Researchers have succeeded in making artificial channels just one atom in size for the first time. The new capillaries, which are very much like natural protein channels such as aquaporins, are small…

Chemical synthesis of benzene nanotubes

For the first time, researchers used benzene - a common hydrocarbon - to create a novel kind of molecular nanotube, which could lead to new nanocarbon-based semiconductor applications.

Cartilage could be key to safe ‘structural batteries’

Your knees and your smartphone battery have some surprisingly similar needs and that new insight has led to a ‘structural battery’ prototype that incorporates a cartilage-like material to make the…

More stable light comes from intentionally ‘squashed’ quantum dots

Exploiting new ?strain engineering? approach produces highly stable, narrow linewidth light from individual quantum dots.

2D materials may enable electric vehicles to get 500 miles on a single charge

A number of their 2D materials, when incorporated into experimental lithium-air batteries as the catalyst, enabled the battery to hold up to 10 times more energy than lithium-air batteries containing…

Researchers demonstrate perovskite’s potential in spintronic systems

Researchers present two devices built using perovskite to demonstrate the material?s potential in spintronic systems. Its properties bring the dream of a spintronic transistor one step closer to…

Chirality in ‘real-time’

Scientists have for the first time developed a method that uses ultrashort deep-ultraviolet pulses to accurately probe such changes in real-time in (bio)molecular systems.

Researchers develop bioinspired, nontoxic nanoscale drug delivery method

Researchers have developed a novel way to deliver drugs and therapies into cells at the nanoscale without causing toxic effects that have stymied other such efforts.

Saving energy by taking a close look inside transistors

New method finds defects in power transistors more accurately, quickly and simply.

Nanomaterials are changing the world - but we still don’t have adequate safety tests for them

Although standard hazard assessments are available for a wide range of things - such as chemical compounds - nanomaterials have unique properties so cannot be evaluated in exactly the same way.

The stressful life of high-capacity electrodes

One of the persistent challenges associated with electrode degradation and battery failure is the stress induced by ion intercalation, companied by large volume fluctuation of electrode materials….

Self-sorting through molecular geometries

New findings show that self-sorting behavior can arise from the principle of geometrical complementarity by shape: in a mixture of specific pentagonal and hexagonal molecular building blocks,…

Scientists design new responsive porous material inspired by proteins

Scientists have, for the first time, synthesized a new material that exhibits structural change and triggered chemical activity like a protein.

Ultra-sensitive sensor with gold nanoparticle array

Physicists have developed a new type of sensor platform using a gold nanoparticle array, that’s 100 times more sensitive than current similar sensors.

Nanocrystals get better when they double up with MOFs

Researchers develop design rules for self-assembling 2D nanocrystal/metal-organic framework-based materials for energy storage and catalysis applications.

Artificial bug eyes

Researchers describe the preparation of bioinspired artificial compound eyes using a simple low-cost approach.

Scientists use 2D h-BN nanosheets as the planar-alignment agent in a liquid crystal device to improve its optical transmission

Researchers report an interesting phenomenon of two-dimensional (2D) hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN)-induced planar-alignment of a nematic liquid crystal and the subsequent optical and electro-optical…

Programming light on a chip

Research opens doors in photonic quantum information processing, optical signal processing and microwave photonics.

Engineers identify improved MOF membranes to capture CO2 at coal-fired power plants

A computational modeling method may help to fast-track the identification and design of new carbon capture and storage materials for use by the nation’s coal-fired power plants. The hypothetical…

Researchers offer new physics rule to find mechanical strain

Researchers weave two fundamental ideas of geometry and mechanics in a new theory of how thin sheets can be forced to conform to ‘geometrically incompatible’ shapes.

Nanophysicists develop a high-performance organic phototransistor

Researchers developed a new molecular device enabling to detect light and translate it with high efficiency to detectable electronical current.

Engineers create a wireless charger you can easily cut to shape

Researchers developed a new system to charge electronic devices such as smartphones and smartwatches wirelessly. The method involves a cuttable, flexible power transfer sheet which charges devices…

Oil droplet hovering above an ice cold surface

Scientists report about the ‘cold version’of the Leidenfrost effect.

Research highlights sustained electron transport kinetics of graphites for at least 9 weeks

Sluggish electron transport kinetics - also known as aging - has hindered the application of graphene, for example, as transparent photodiode sensors in optoelectronics, graphites for effective use…

Study shows single atoms can make more efficient catalysts

Detailed observations of iridium atoms at work could help make catalysts that drive chemical reactions smaller, cheaper and more efficient.

Researchers make important discovery for smart films and encapsulation

A study has found that the properties of a material commonly used to create conductive or protective films and encapsulate drug compounds - and the conditions in which this material will disassemble…

Researchers discover multilayer band gap in atomic rhenium disulfide layers

Researchers have proved the existence of the second band gap in a 2D structure. The result is expected to be used in various fields such as the development of emerging materials, solar cells, and…

Quantum scientists demonstrate world-first 3D atomic-scale quantum chip architecture

Scientists have shown for the first time that they can build atomic precision qubits in a 3D device - another major step towards a universal quantum computer.

Machine learning and quantum mechanics team up to understand water at the atomic level

A collaborative study provides physical insights into these questions by marrying data-driven machine learning techniques and quantum mechanics.

‘Flipped’ metal oxide cage can sort CO2 from CO

Researchers create spherical vanadium oxide clusters that can trap and hold carbon dioxide, potentially allowing its enrichment from CO2/CO mixtures.

Graphene and other 2D materials for advanced solar cells

Due to their excellent electron-transport properties and extremely high carrier mobility, graphene and other other direct bandgap monolayer materials such as transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs)…

Powerful X-ray beams unlock secrets of nanoscale crystal formation

High-energy X-ray beams and a clever experimental setup allowed researchers to watch a high-pressure, high-temperature chemical reaction to determine for the first time what controls formation of two…

Lotus leaf inspires scientists to create world’s first self-cleaning metals

Using inspiration from nature, a team of researchers have harnessed new photonics technology to develop the first fluid-repellent, antibacterial, metal surface taking us a step closer to self-…

Cold atoms offer a glimpse of flat physics

Scientists propose new ways of studying flat physics, suggesting that small numbers of constrained atoms could act as stand-ins for the finicky electrons first predicted to exhibit low-dimensional…

Excitons pave the way to more efficient electronics

After developing a method to control exciton flows at room temperature, scientists have discovered new properties of these quasiparticles that can lead to more energy-efficient electronic devices….

Engineers create a nanoformulated inhalable form of messenger RNA

Patients with lung disease could find relief by breathing in messenger RNA molecules.

New technology to control near-field thermal radiation using multilayered nanostructure

A research team succeeded in measuring and controlling the near-field thermal radiation between metallo-dielectric multilayer structures.

Electrostatic levitation could lead to a more durable MEMS switch

Researchers created a new type of microelectromechanical system - more commonly known as a MEMS switch - that uses electrostatic levitation to provide a more robust system.

Programmable self-assembled nanostructures

Scientists demonstrate a strategy for tailoring dendritic polymers.

Deep learning for electron microscopy

Finding defects in electron microscopy images takes months. now there is a faster way with artificial neural networks that tease defects out of dynamic data.

Novel fiber-optic device lays foundation for quantum-enhanced measurements

Nonlinear interferometer demonstrates the potential for eventual quantum-enhanced sensitivity improvements in later iterations of the instrument, which could advance fundamental science, as well as…

DNA design that anyone can do

Computer program can translate a free-form 2-D drawing into a DNA nanoscale structure.

Microneedle glucose monitor for diabetics proves virtually painless and even more accurate

A more comfortable and reliable blood-sugar monitoring system is being designed by researchers for people with diabetes.

Carrying and releasing nanoscale cargo with nanowrappers

Nanocubes with hollow interiors and surface openings whose shape, size, and location are precisely controlled could be used to load and unload materials for biomedical, catalysis, and optical sensing…

Microneedles technique may mean quicker diagnoses of major illnesses

Exposure to chemical and biological attacks more rapidly determined.

Scientists move quantum optic networks a step closer to reality

A crucial step has been achieved in understanding quantum optical behavior of semiconductor nanomaterials.

New discovery is big on nanoscale

Scientists discover that it is possible to predict what type of material an unidentified element will be in bulk quantities solely based on the properties it exhibits over a limited range of the…

A catalytic flying carpet

Chemical engineering researchers develop self-powered microfluidic sheet that wraps, flaps and creeps.

Tiny, implantable device uses light to treat bladder problems

Device that works in rats has potential to replace electronic stimulators, drugs for pain, incontinence.

Controlling neurons with light - but without wires or batteries

New research reveals a more sophisticated method for delivering light to control neurons in the brain – which could ultimately mean turning off pain receptors or reducing the effects of severe…

Rippling under pressure - when layered materials are pushed to the brink

By studying the behavior of a deck of cards, and stacks of other materials, like steel and aluminum, scientists are proving the existence of a buckling phenomenon that happens inside layered…

Quantum chemistry on quantum computers

A quantum algorithm for tracking complex chemical reactions with neither performing demanding post-Hartree-Fock calculations nor exponential time explosion.

Graphene-based implant overcomes technical limitation to record brain activity at extremely low frequencies

Researchers have developed a graphene-based implant able to record electrical activity in the brain at extremely low frequencies and over large areas, unlocking the wealth of information found below…

Physicists record ‘lifetime’ of graphene qubits

First measurement of its kind could provide stepping stone to practical quantum computing.

Researchers discover a metamaterial with inherently robust sound transport

The novel property may enable acoustic and ultrasound devices that are more resilient to noise, disorder and fabrication imperfections.

Ultrathin digital camera inspired by Xenos peckii eyes

The visual system of Xenos peckii, an endoparasite of paper wasps, demonstrates distinct benefits for high sensitivity and high resolution, differing from the compound eyes of most insects. Taking…

New version of memory could power AI phones, smart devices

For the first time, researchers have successfully developed a new version of phase-change memory that reduces the switching time and allows memory cells to produce excellent stability. The new type…

Give it the plasma treatment: Strong adhesion without adhesives

Researchers bond polymers to glass and metal by using surface chemistry rather than adhesives, opening doors to potential use in food production and medicine.

Researchers explore the prospects for creating photonic integrated circuits

New research refutes claims of plasmon amplification on the non-stationary graphene surface, thus providing the groundwork for the theoretical description of electromagnetic phenomena in non-…

Metamaterials lead the way to treatments by travelling through ‘innerspace’

The films Innerspace (1987) and Fantastic Voyage (1966) saw microscopic motors whirling through the human body to check and improve its health. Minus the human pilots, similar mini molecular machines…

Silver nanowires promise more comfortable smart textiles

Scientists have developed a simple, scalable and low-cost capillary-driven self-assembly method to prepare flexible and stretchable conductive fibers that have applications in wearable electronics…

Electronics of the future: A new energy-efficient mechanism using the Rashba effect

Scientists proposed new quasi-1D materials for potential spintronic applications, an upcoming technology that exploits the spin of electrons. They performed simulations to demonstrate the spin…

Broadband nonlinear photoresponse of 2D titanium disulfide for ultrashort pulse generation and all-optical thresholding devices

Motivated by the outstanding performance of graphene, graphene-like 2D materials have been intensively investigated, such as topological insulators, transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) and black…

Illuminating nanoparticle growth with X-rays

Ultrabright x-rays reveal key details of catalyst growth for more efficient hydrogen fuel cells.

Nano-magnets reduce energy consumption of MRAM and AI hardware

Researchers efficiently control magnetic pole direction in nano-magnets using heat, amplifying microwave signals.

Quantum tricks to unveil the secrets of topological materials

Topological materials produce electron states that can be very interesting for technical applications, but it is extremely difficult to identify these materials and their associated electronic states…

Researchers monitor electron behavior during chemical reactions for the first time

Using laser pulses and supercomputing simulations, researchers observe electrons’ motions in real time.

Scalable engineering of 2D porous carbons from solid-state mechanical grinding/ball milling

Due to the unique physical and chemical characteristics, such as good electrical conductivity, low weight, large surface areas, high electrochemical activity, and facile doping of heteroatoms or…

Strong interactions produce a dance between light and sound

Light and high-frequency acoustic sound waves in a tiny glass structure can strongly couple to one another and perform a dance in step.

New T-wave detector uses waves of the electronic sea in graphene

Researchers have created a graphene-based terahertz detector. Their device doubles as a sensitive detector and a spectrometer operating in the terahertz range, and it?s also a tool for studying…

Researchers make world’s smallest tic-tac-toe game board with DNA

The technology could be used to develop more sophisticated nanomachines with reconfigurable parts.

Discovery could lead to munitions that go further, much faster

Researchers discovered a new way to get more energy out of energetic materials containing aluminum, common in battlefield systems, by igniting aluminum micron powders coated with graphene oxide….

Bacteria-based drug delivery system that outperforms conventional methods

Researchers have created a drug delivery system that could radically expand cancer treatment options.

Creating nanoscale patterns at record resolution: An instructional video

This video shows how an electron microscope-based lithography technique can be used to define single-digit nanometer patterns in conventional electron-beam resists.

One of the world’s fastest cameras films motion of electrons

Research team examines ultrafast conversion of light energy in a solid.

Scientists use magnetic defects to achieve electromagnetic wave breakthrough

Scientists have created small regions of magnetic defects made from nanoscale magnetic islands assembled into a grid. The plane waves interact with these defects, thereby generating helical waves….

Mighty morphing materials take complex shapes

Researchers have created a rubbery, shape-shifting material that morphs from one sophisticated form to another on demand.

Scientists find nanoparticles with peculiar chemical composition

Scientists have discovered a host of new and unexpected nanoparticles and found a way to control their composition and properties.

Using 3D printing to fabricate shape-conformable batteries

Researchers have successfully manufactured various kinds of battery shapes, such as ring-type, H, and U shape, using 3D printing technology.

Microtube with built-In pump

Rapid controlled transport of water droplets by sunlight-powered pump.

Researchers develop a new type of hyperbolic metamaterial

A new type of hyperbolic metamaterial allowes researchers to have greater flexibility of manipulating light-matter interactions at the nanoscale.

DARPA seeks new materials architectures to cool hypersonic vehicles

DARPA seeks designs for cooling super-hot leading edges that rip through the air at more than five times the speed of sound.

Development of MEMS sensor chip equipped with ultra-high quality diamond cantilevers

Progress in the development of highly reliable and sensitive diamond MEMS sensors.

Study on low noise, high-performance transistors may bring innovations in electronics

The study has demonstrated micro/nano-scale transistors made of two-dimensional atomic thin materials that show high performance and low noise.

Once unstuck, boron nitride nanotubes show promise

New research could lead to better protective shields for electronics, biomedical advances.

DFT study on the electronic and magnetic properties of triangular graphene antidot lattices

Novel spintronics applications could stem from introducing holes into graphene to form triangular antidot lattices, granting the material new magnetic properties.

E-bandage generates electricity, speeds wound healing in rats

Researchers have developed a self-powered bandage that generates an electric field over an injury, dramatically reducing the healing time for skin wounds in rats.

Plastic waste disintegrates into nanoparticles, study finds

There is a considerable risk that plastic waste in the environment releases nano-sized particles known as nanoplastics, according to a new study.

Assessing the promise of gallium oxide as an ultrawide bandgap semiconductor

In a new report, scientists provide a detailed perspective on the properties, capabilities, current limitations and future developments for one of the most promising ultrawide bandgaps compounds,…

Carbon nanopowder could help cut CO2 emissions

The powder can filter and remove CO2 at facilities powered by fossil fuels before it is released into the atmosphere and is twice as efficient as conventional methods.

Magnetoresistance ratio enhancement in Heusler-based alloy opens the door to highly sensitive magnetic field sensors

By creating a new multilayer structure with an enhanced magnetoresisitance ratio, researchers show that it?s possible to increase the sensitivity of magnetic field sensors.

Highly scalable process to obtain stable 2D nanosheet dispersion

Researchers have developed technology that allows the mass production of two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterial dispersion by utilizing the characteristic shearing force of hydraulic power.

Disordered crystals are promising for future battery technology

Disordered nanoparticles of magnesium chromium oxide may hold the key to new magnesium battery energy storage technology, which could possess increased capacity compared to conventional lithium-ion…

Graphene’s magic is in the defects

Researchers have solved a longstanding puzzle of how to build ultra-sensitive, ultra-small electrochemical sensors with homogenous and predictable properties by discovering how to engineer graphene…

Technique allows integration of single-crystal hybrid perovskites into electronics

Because these perovskites can be synthesized at low temperatures, the advance opens the door to new research into flexible electronics and potentially reduced manufacturing costs for electronic…

Scientists develop a new method to revolutionise graphene printed electronics

Scientists have found a low cost method for producing graphene printed electronics, which significantly speeds up and reduces the cost of conductive graphene inks.

Machine-learning research unlocking molecular cages’ energy-saving potential

Nanosized cages may play a big role in reducing energy consumption in science and industry, and machine-learning research aims to accelerate the deployment of these remarkable molecules.

New megalibrary approach proves useful for the rapid discovery of new nanomaterials

A new study supports the efficacy of a potentially revolutionary new discovery tool to rapidly test millions (even billions) of nanoparticles to determine the best for a specific use. The tool is…

Carbon nanotubes mime biology

Scientists have created polymer-based membranes with 1.5-nanometer carbon nanotube pores that mimic the architecture of cellular membranes.

Natural nanofibres made of cellulose

Researchers discover strongly-adhesive nanofibres in the mucous sheath of plant seeds.

Imperfections make photons perfect for quantum computing

Scientists show how atom-flat materials could produce polarized photons on demand.

Researchers observe charge-stripe crystal phase in an insulating cuprate

Heating the surface of cuprate high-temperature superconductor yields insulating state.

Pressure tuned magnetism paves the way for novel electronic devices

Using ultrasensitive magnetic probes, researchers unveil a surprising link between emergent magnetism and mechanical pressure in artificially engineered non-magnetic oxide heterostructures.

Two dimensions are better than three

Developing next-generation electronics based on all two-dimensional materials.

New property revealed in graphene could lead to better performing solar panels

International research team shows how pure graphene efficiently converts light into electricity.

New type of low-energy nanolaser that shines in all directions

Researchers have developed a new type of low-energy, nanoscale laser that shines in all directions. The key to its omnidirectional light emission is the introduction of something that is usually…

Data storage using individual molecules

Scientists have reported a new method that allows the physical state of just a few atoms or molecules within a network to be controlled. It is based on the spontaneous self-organization of molecules…

Switch-in-a-cell electrifies life

Scientists have developed synthetic protein switches to control the flow of electrons.

Toward brain-like computing: New memristor better mimics synapses

A new electronic device can directly model the behaviors of a synapse, which is a connection between two neurons.

Scientists design new metamaterial to harness power of light

Researchers have created a new class of metamaterial that can be ‘tuned’ to change the color of light. This technology could someday enable on-chip optical communication in computer processors,…

Researchers use jiggly Jell-O to make powerful new hydrogen fuel catalyst

The inexpensive new material can split water just as efficiently as costly platinum.

A summary of electrospun nanofibers as drug delivery system

Researchers demonstrate the use of electrospun polymeric nanofibers as an interesting method for drug delivery systems applications.

The feature size and functional range of molecular electronic devices

Monitoring the transition from tunneling leakage current to molecular tunneling.

A painless adhesive

Pulling off a Band-Aid may soon get a lot less painful.

Graphene catalyzes the reversible formation of a C-C bond between two molecules

Researchers have demonstrated that graphene deposited on a metal surface promotes an unusual chemical reaction that would hardly take place under noncatalyzed conditions.

Scientists design custom nanoparticles with new ‘stencil’ method

A new technique allows scientists to build custom coats for nanoparticles in all kinds of specific shapes.

Fast storage material in neutron light

Novel phase change memory materials can work a thousand times faster than current flash memory chips, while being significantly more durable.

Modification of nitrile latex with magnetite nanoparticles to prevent glove contamination

A novel method to produce black iron oxide nanoparticle slurry having a magnetite structure and homogenously disperse. It can be used as formed or mix with another medium.

‘Implosion fabrication’ allows to shrink 3D objects to the nanoscale

It’s not quite the Ant-Man suit, but the system produces 3-D structures one thousandth the size of the originals.

Scientists maximize the effectiveness of platinum in fuel cells

Chemists have identified a new catalyst that maximizes the effectiveness of platinum.

Microscopic devices that control vibrations could allow smaller mobile devices

Researchers take step forward with phononics, for ultrasound-based information processing.

New discovery improves use of optical tweezers

Researchers have developed a method that greatly simplifies and improves the use of optical tweezers.

When heat ceases to be a mystery, spintronics becomes more real

Physicists have for the first time described in detail the dynamic phenomena occurring at the interface between a ferromagnetic metal and a semiconductor.

High-efficiency discovery drives low-power computing

Discovery of atomic-scale binary logic powers faster, more energy-efficient electronics.

An energy-efficient way to stay warm: Sew nanowire heating patches to your clothes

Scientists have found a cost-effective way to make thin, durable heating patches by using intense pulses of light to fuse tiny silver wires with polyester.

Data use draining your battery? Tiny device to speed up memory while also saving power

Researchers have discovered a new functionality in a two-dimensional material that allows data to be stored and retrieved much faster on a computer chip, saving battery life.

Magic number colloidal clusters

Scientists have decoded the structure and the process behind the formation of one class of such highly ordered clusters. Their findings have increased understanding of how structures are formed in…

Light-guiding nanodevice could help answer fundamental questions about quantum physics

Researchers use light-guiding nanoscale device to measure and control position of optically trapped nanoparticle with record sensitivity.

Studying how unconventional metals behave, with an eye on high-temperature superconductors

Using laser light to trap atoms in a checkerboard-like pattern, scientists studied how resistance – the loss of electrical current as heat – can develop in unconventional metals.

Pushing lithium ion batteries to the next performance level

Chemists have developed a new nanostructured anode material for lithium ion batteries, which extends the capacity and cycle life of the batteries.

Motorized Miniature Translation Stage is Affordable and Precise, Newly Released by PI

A new family of compact motorized translation stages is available from PI.

New transport mechanism of nanomaterial through a cell membrane: membrane stretching

Research shows that it is possible to control the transport of nanomaterial across a cell membrane by tuning the membrane tension.

Scientists create way to power pacemaker with light

Innovative technique uses tiny solar cell to stimulate heart muscle.

Helping the anti-parasitic medicine go down with nanocapsules

Scientists have developed a new way to deliver anti-parasitic medicines more efficiently.

The stiffest porous lightweight materials ever

Researchers have developed and fabricated material architectures that are equally strong in all three dimensions, and that are simultaneously extremely stiff.

Barely scratching the surface: A new way to make robust membranes

Researchers have demonstrated a new technique’s viability for membranes.

Scientists developed unique method to calculate transparent materials’ porosity

As a result, it becomes possible to retrieve characteristics of high-density objects at a new level, thereby enhancing the precision of the technologies of their creation.

Chemical engineers develop new theory to build improved nanomaterials

Scientists have developed a new theory to better predict how nanoclusters will behave when a given metal is introduced to their structure.

Better biomedical devices, wearable displays may result from tiny light-guiding structures

Microfabrication method yields flexible light guides for an array of light-based devices.

Boron nitride and silver nanoparticles help get rid of carbon monoxide emissions

Chemists have developed a new hybrid catalyst for carbon monoxide oxidation consisting of hexagonal boron nitride and silver nanoparticles. This material makes it possible to get a full conversion of…

Insights into magnetic bacteria may guide research into medical nanorobots

Understanding the behaviour of the magnetic chain in magnetotactic bacteria may lay foundations for bacterial applications such as motors in biological nanorobots, which could perform minor surgical…

Carbon nanotube based electrochemical sensor for fast detection of phenol in wastewater

Researchers have discovered a low cost and non-enzymatic phenol sensor that exhibits high sensitivity, good selectivity, reproducibility, and stability which has potential application in phenol…

Custom-made artificial mother-of-pearl

Researchers developed an imitation comparable to mother-of-pearl, the physical properties of which can be specifically adjusted.

Copper compound as promising quantum computing unit

Chemists synthesise molecule as possible component for quantum computers .

Cutting and pasting with graphene

Scientists have developed a method of cutting graphene into smaller fragments using a diamond knife. They can then construct nanostructures from the fragments.

Sprayable gel could help the body fight off cancer after surgery

Scientists have tested the biodegradable spray gel in mice that had advanced melanoma tumors surgically removed. They found that the gel reduced the growth of the tumor cells that remained after…

Topological matters: Toward a new kind of transistor

X-ray experiments provide first demonstration of room temperature switching in ultrathin material that could serve as a ‘topological transistor’.

Physicist applies nanotechnology to detect cancer protein-protein interactions

A physicist hopes to improve cancer detection with a new and novel class of nanomaterials.

Novel laser technology for microchip-size chemical sensors

Frequency combs are optimally suited for chemical sensors; a revolutionary technology now produces these laser frequencies in a much easier and more robust way.

A microfluidic platform capable of sorting individual carbon nanotubes

A successful development of a microfluidic platform capable of sorting individual carbon nanotubes could possible lead to a revolution in the technology of electronic devices.

Nanoglue can make composites several times tougher during dynamic loading

In a discovery that could pave the way for new materials and applications, materials scientists have found that oscillating loads at certain frequencies can lead to several-fold increases in the…

Proteins imaged in graphene liquid cell have higher radiation tolerance

By preparing a microtubule sample in a graphene liquid cell, researchers demonstrate that the radiation tolerance of proteins proteins in liquid-phase electron microscopy is increased by an order of…

Nanowire Memristor: a nanometric device to reproduce the synapses of the brain

New research shows how it is possible to artificially emulate the activity of synapses, i.e. the connections between neurons that regulate the learning processes in our brain, in a single nanowire….

Sensitive e-skin embedded with nanowires

Flexible skin for soft robots, embedded with electrical nanowires, combines conductivity with sensitivity within the same material.

Engineers produce smallest 3-D transistor yet

Process that modifies semiconductor material atom by atom could enable higher-performance electronics.

A new ‘spin’ on kagome lattices

Team’s findings shed new light on the presence of spin-orbit coupling and topological spin textures in kagome lattices.

Seeing and avoiding the ‘blind spot’ in atomic force measurements

Researchers have discovered a ‘blind spot’ in atomic force microscopy - a powerful tool capable of measuring the force between two atoms, imaging the structure of individual cells and the motion of…

Supercomputers without waste heat

Physicists explore superconductivity for information processing.

Fast storage material in neutron light

Novel phase change memory materials can work a thousand times faster than current flash memory chips, while being significantly more durable.

Iron-rich lamellae in the semiconductor

Researchers produce unusual 2D crystal structures.

Neural networks let microscopists see more

Researchers develop a method to overcome the limitations of microscopes.

Molecular insights into spider silk

Scientists have discovered new molecular details of self-assembly of a spider silk fibre protein.

An embellished coat for bone implants

A clean and precise technology based on ultra-short pulse laser aims to treat the surfaces of titanium or stainless steel implants to ensure a better anchorage into the human body.

Molecularly thin hybrid perovskite for advanced optoelectronic applications

Scientists have discovered that the light emission properties of molecularly thin two-dimensional (2-D) hybrid perovskite can be tuned in a highly reversible way for ultrathin optoelectronic…

Cryo-electron microscopy shows how stabilizing proteins bind to microtubules

Flash freezing a shape-shifting protein reveals details about its role in intracellular transportation and the maintenance of cell shape.

Two-dimensional materials skip the energy barrier by growing one row at a time

Confirming a century-old prediction could help scientists construct new classes of materials.

New traffic rules in ‘Graphene City’

Topological control of electrons means future electronic roadways are now possible.

New model for assessing the effect of ionizing radiation on micro- and nanoelectronic devices

The proposed model serves to improve the quality and efficiency of sophisticated microelectronic equipment operation in extreme conditions of outer space and to reduce its cost.

Switching peroxidase activity of gold nanoparticles to detect proteolytic biomarker

Nanoparticles that mimic the complexity and function of natural enzymes can act as effective peroxidase to catalyse for the oxidization of 3,3,5,5-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB), generating an oxidised…

Tiny bubbles in microfluidic devices break each other up

Engineers demonstrate mechanics of making foam with bubbles in distinct sizes.

Form-fitting, nanoscale sensors now make sense

Researchers develop method to transfer entire 2D circuits to any smooth surface.

Interactive size control of catalyst nanoparticles

Scientists have developed a qualitatively new technique to improve the process of catalyst optimization in microfluidic systems. The size of the catalyst nanoparticles can now be changed…

A 3D imaging technique unlocks properties of perovskite crystals

Scientists have, for the first time, visualized the 3D atomic and electron density structure of the most complex perovskite crystal structure system decoded to date.

Engineers invent groundbreaking spin-based memory device

Researchers have discovered that using ferrimagnets can result in dramatically more stable and efficient spin-based memories.

Artificial synapses made from nanowires

Scientists have produced a memristive element made from nanowires that functions in much the same way as a biological nerve cell. The component is able to both save and process information, as well…

Using graphene to detect ALS, other neurodegenerative diseases

Graphene can determine whether cerebrospinal fluid comes from a person with ALS, MS or from someone without a neurodegenerative disease.

Molecular adlayer produced by dissolving water-insoluble graphene in water

Using ‘molecular containers’ that encapsulate water-insoluble molecules, researchers developed a formation procedure for a nanographene adlayer, a layer that chemically interacts with the underlying…

Multifunctional dream ceramic matrix composites are born

Scientists produce tough ceramic matrix composites that exhibit electrical conductivity and photocatalytic activity.

Reflecting antiferromagnetic arrangements

An newly developed x-ray imaging technique could help scientists understand–and ultimately control–the magnetic structure of promising materials for the development of electronic devices that…

MOFs pave the way for more efficient hydrogen cars

Researchers used metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) to set a new record for hydrogen storage capacity under normal operating conditions.

Controlling immune response expands the possibilities of therapeutic nucleic acid technologies

The idea has been around for a while that selected segments of RNA or DNA could be used therapeutically to affect gene or cell function. The attraction for researchers is the flexibility that these…

Brief reflections from a plasma mirror

When a dense sheet of electrons is accelerated to almost the speed of light, it acts as a reflective surface. Such a ‘plasma mirror’ can be used to manipulate light.

Graphene and cobalt for creating new electromagnetic devices

Scientists have discovered that the combination of graphene with cobalt offers very relevant properties in the field of magnetism. This breakthrough sets the stage for the development of new logic…

‘Chameleon’ tattoos change color, may help diagnose illness

Are you running a fever? Need to reapply your sunscreen? Your tattoo may have the answer.

New graphene-based sensor design could improve food safety

Approach offers high sensitivity for detecting gases, chemicals and pathogens.

Realistic exposure study supports the use of zinc oxide nanoparticle sunscreens

New risk assessment may help allay safety concerns.

Microscopic ‘sunflowers’ for better solar panels

Novel liquid crystal material can be programmed to move in three dimensions, opening up new possibilities for microfabrication.

Building better aerogels by crushing them

Researchers are investigating the mechanical properties or aerogels at the nanoparticle level - combining experiments and computer modeling to look at how polymeric aerogels can fail and become…

Structure of electrolyte controls battery performance

Researchers report that adding water into electrolyte improves the function of vanadium oxide, which is one of positive electrode material in calcium-ion batteries.

New nanoparticle discovery paves the way for innovative magnetic devices

Researchers have characterised the structural, electronic and magnetic behaviour of nanoparticles of iron oxide in the epsilon phase under extreme pressure conditions. This process has led to the…

A graphene NEMS switch to protect against electrostatic discharging

One of the most pervasive reliability problems facing the computer chip industry is ESD (electrostatic discharging) failure caused by the rapid, spontaneous transfer of electrostatic charge induced…

Visualizing a battery’s lithium ‘whiskers’ and their degrading effects

Scientists study impact of lithium dendrites on cathode materials.

Capturing the surprising flexibility of crystal surfaces

Real-time imaging has shown the surprising flexibility of a crystal surface upon guest molecule introduction, with implications for storage and sensing devices.

Colloidal quantum dots make LEDs shine bright in the infrared

Researchers have developed CQD infrared emitting LEDs, which have achieved unprecedented values in the infrared range, with an external quantum efficiency of 7.9% and a power conversion efficiency of…

New quantum materials could take computing devices beyond the semiconductor era

Mutliferroics are promising candidates for new type of memory and logic circuits.

Targeting sepsis, the leading cause of ICU deaths, with a nanocarrier-delivered microRNA

Researchers report that miR-126, a microRNA that helps protect against sepsis, can be delivered successfully via a nanocarrier to improve survival in a preclinical model.

Borophene advances as 2-D materials platform

Atom-thin sheets of boron containing large single crystals could provide foundation for fabricating next-generation electronics.

Turning stem cells into bone with nanoclay-reinforced hydrogel

Scientists have developed a hydrogel that combines synthetic materials with living cells, and can turn stem cells into bone without adding external growth or differentiation factors.

Nanoscale tweezers can perform single-molecule ‘biopsies’ on individual cells

Using electrical impulses, the tweezers can extract single DNA, proteins and organelles from living cells without destroying them.

Graphene unlocks new potential for ‘smart textiles’

Researchers have pioneered a new technique to create fully electronic fibres that can be incorporated into the production of everyday clothing.

Inexpensive new nanomaterial has applications ranging from biomolecule detectors to solar energy conversion

The key to the material’s remarkable performance is its nanostructure, which strongly interacts with visible and infrared light. This nanomaterial is easily coated onto other materials, including…

The force of the vacuum

Scientists have shown through theoretical calculations and computer simulations that the force between electrons and lattice distortions in an atomically thin two-dimensional superconductor can be…

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4D-printed materials can be stiff as wood or soft as sponge 22.03.2019 Nanowerk
How nanotechnology enables wearable electronics 22.03.2019 Nanowerk
Nanomembrane could help regrow tissue lost to periodontal disease 21.03.2019 Nanowerk
Making solar cells is like buttering bread 21.03.2019 Nanowerk
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Magnetic micro-boats 21.03.2019 Nanowerk
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Golden ball in a golden cage 21.03.2019 Nanowerk
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True-meaning wearable displays: Self-powered, washable and wearable 21.03.2019 Nanowerk
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