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Chemical & Engineering News: Nano SCENE

Welcome to Chemical & Engineering News's Nano SCENE, an up-to-the-minute collection of news about nanoscience and nanotechnology, including coverage of nanofabrication and assembly, characterization of nanostructures, bionanotechnology, organic and inorga

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Self-propelling motors could target cargo to the gut

18 Oct 2016 20:03:17 +0000

Tiny tubes travel a preset distance in the intestine and then embed themselves in the intestinal wall(image)

Methanol synthesis hinges on catalyst structure

17 Oct 2016 05:00:32 +0000

Study should settle decades-old structure-sensitivity debate regarding copper nanocrystal catalysts(image)

The art of the chemical bond

17 Oct 2016 05:00:10 +0000

A look at the scientists who spend most of their time thinking about chemistry’s most central concept(image)

Cobalt carbide nanoprisms focus on light olefins

10 Oct 2016 05:00:27 +0000

Prismatic nanoparticles catalyze syngas-to-olefin reactions selectively at mild temperature(image)

Nanotube array snags viruses

10 Oct 2016 05:00:25 +0000

Device enriches and concentrates viruses from field samples, helping with surveillance for emerging infectious disease outbreaks(image)

Fuel composition influences engine emissions of carbon nanotubes

10 Oct 2016 05:00:25 +0000

Carbon nanotubes form when a diesel engine burns fuel containing traces of sulfur and ferrocene(image)

C&EN profiles ICCAS, one of China’s leading chemistry institutes

10 Oct 2016 05:00:00 +0000

By all measures, the Institute of Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences is a rising star(image)

Lignin waste could sustainably safeguard titanium-based sunscreen

07 Oct 2016 20:10:24 +0000

Coating titanium dioxide nanoparticles with lignin traps free radicals formed by UV light(image)

Periodic graphics: The chemistry of nanotechnology

07 Oct 2016 11:28:00 +0000

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning explains the chemistry behind the nanotechnology in products around your house.(image)

Silkworms that eat carbon nanotubes and graphene spin tougher silk

05 Oct 2016 19:39:00 +0000

Strong, conductive carbon-reinforced silk could be suitable for wearable electronics, biodegradable sensors, and medical implants(image)

Perspectives: Nonprofit groups come in many colors

03 Oct 2016 05:00:04 +0000

A veteran chemist lays out the challenges and benefits of working for one of today’s nonprofit environmental organizations(image)

Engineers work to improve that electric feel

03 Oct 2016 05:00:00 +0000

Advances in electronic skin could lead to better prosthetics and more independent robots(image)

Sandwichlike sensors sniff out organic water contaminants

29 Sep 2016 23:48:00 +0000

Design of the fluorescent nanosheets was inspired by dog noses(image)

Taking catalysis to the atomic limit

29 Sep 2016 21:33:00 +0000

Chemists advance single-atom supported catalysts from farfetched idea to reality(image)

Breakthrough performance for 2-D material

28 Sep 2016 05:00:00 +0000

Working transistor shows MoS2 can live up to its theoretical promise(image)

Fuel composition influences engine emissions of carbon nanotubes

27 Sep 2016 13:13:00 +0000

Carbon nanotubes formed when a diesel engine burned fuel with sulfur and ferrocene, a common fuel additive(image)

Molybdenum disulfide transistors break through a performance limit

26 Sep 2016 20:32:00 +0000

Devices made out of the two-dimensional semiconducting material show that it can live up to its theoretical promise(image)

Going to new lengths with better fibers

23 Sep 2016 17:17:00 +0000

Microfluidics produces thinner, stronger, longer collagen fibers(image)

2016 MacArthur ‘genius grants’ given to three scientists doing pioneering chemistry-related research

22 Sep 2016 13:56:00 +0000

Synthetic chemist Jin-Quan Yu, microbiologist Dianne K. Newman, and geobiologist Victoria J. Orphan are among the new class of 23 fellows(image)

Air-pollution-derived magnetic nanoparticles found in human brains

12 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000

Magnetite particles, which can be inhaled, may play a role in Alzheimer’s(image)

MXenes guard against electromagnetic interference

12 Sep 2016 05:00:25 +0000

Family of metal carbides and nitrides offer weight, thickness, and cost advantages over traditional electromagnetic shielding materials(image)

Mining waste displays catalytic prowess

05 Sep 2016 05:00:50 +0000

Simple process turns toxic red mud from aluminum processing into an active catalyst for generating hydrogen from ammonia(image)

Graphene helps flatten gallium nitride

05 Sep 2016 05:00:48 +0000

Penn State researchers make two-dimensional gallium nitride for the first time(image)

Keeping cool with nanoporous fabric

01 Sep 2016 23:07:10 +0000

Opaque material could help our bodies stay cool by allowing heat to radiate out(image)

Enlisting fungi to recycle lithium-ion batteries

29 Aug 2016 05:01:08 +0000

Fungi-produced acids could leach lithium and other metals from batteries in a ‘greener’ recycling method(image)

A new concern for drinking water

26 Aug 2016 16:25:00 +0000

ACS Meeting News: Nanoparticulate iron minerals may help release neurotoxic lead from pipelines(image)

Stretchy graphene sensor feels the strain

24 Aug 2016 13:12:10 +0000

Fish scales of graphene oxide on stretchable tape could make for a highly sensitive, wearable sensor(image)

Deciphering the color code of bioluminescence

23 Aug 2016 14:56:00 +0000

Two amino acid residues help tune the wavelength of light produced by luciferase(image)

Molybdenum disulfide functions as fast-acting water disinfection catalyst

21 Aug 2016 22:32:32 +0000

Nanostructured form of material harvests visible light, generates bacteria-killing reactive oxygen species(image)

Metal-free metamaterials switch between blocking and transmitting light

21 Aug 2016 12:10:25 +0000

Removing metals opens up possibilities for the engineered structures(image)

Organic crystals designed for flexibility

16 Aug 2016 18:13:00 +0000

Harnessing weak interactions between molecular building blocks could be a design strategy for organic electronic materials or pharmaceutical additives(image)

Terahertz radiation probes polymers

16 Aug 2016 16:07:00 +0000

Two recent studies shed light on polymer elasticity and crystallization(image)

Synthetic melanin makes color-changing skin

12 Aug 2016 16:31:05 +0000

Humidity-driven hue shifting is fast and reversible(image)

Diatoms become silica scaffolds for growing molybdenum disulfide

12 Aug 2016 11:04:19 +0000

Hybrid silica-MoS2 material could be used in optoelectronics, catalysis, and sensing(image)

AFM tips on demand

09 Aug 2016 18:37:00 +0000

The resolution of 3-D printing is getting so good, scientists can directly “write” custom AFM tips(image)

Concrete creep mechanism explained

08 Aug 2016 05:00:35 +0000

Discovery could assist development of deformation-resistant structures(image)

How carbon nanotubes could help make tiny space telescopes

08 Aug 2016 05:00:29 +0000

NASA is designing telescope optics with nanotubes to fit inside centimeter-scale CubeSats(image)

Revealing materials’ secrets with synchrotron light

08 Aug 2016 05:00:00 +0000

With the ability to probe a wide range of materials, researchers, from paleontologists to catalyst chemists, flock to these powerful light sources(image)

New liquid-liquid approach allows catalytic reactions to go with the flow

05 Aug 2016 18:57:00 +0000

Emulsions immobilized within columns turn biphasic catalysis into a continuous process(image)

New battery packs more storage capacity than standard Li-ion devices

05 Aug 2016 14:09:00 +0000

Advance lies in electrode material made of lithium oxides in a cobalt oxide matrix(image)

Hydrogel patch attacks tumors in multiple ways

01 Aug 2016 05:00:53 +0000

Combination therapy uses an antibody, an oncogene inhibitor, and heat to kill colorectal cancer(image)

Gallium declines to pick a phase

01 Aug 2016 05:00:51 +0000

Researchers create gallium nanoparticles with solid cores and liquid shells(image)

New materials take a bite out of tooth decay

01 Aug 2016 05:00:00 +0000

Mercury and gold give way to polymer composites, alternative cavity treatments, and new tooth replacement materials(image)