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Surface roughness accelerates liquid-liquid transition

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:16:15 -0400

Opening a new route for controlling transformation between two liquid states.


Nanomagnets for future data storage

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:06:01 -0400

An international team of researchers has developed a method for depositing single magnetisable atoms onto a surface. This is especially interesting for the development of new miniature data storage devices.


Watching atoms race

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:42:26 -0400

Scientists have been able to observe the movement of a one-dimensional material in real-time. Their research confirms that the acceleration of the atoms could leave even a Porsche standing.


Team highlights work on tuning block polymers for nanostructured systems

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:47:39 -0400

Block polymers, which are two or more polymer chains with different properties linked together, show great promise for many of these applications, and a research group has made significant strides in their development over the past several years.


Atomic 're-packing' behind metallic glass mystery

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:55:27 -0400

A new method uncovers a four-decade mystery about metallic glass that could allow researchers to fine-tune its properties to develop new materials.


Plasmonic Goldfinger - integrating nanoparticles into transparent nailpolish

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:49:14 -0400

Researchers have developed a new way to add silver and gold to nail polish with minimal additives, resulting in durable, tinted - and potentially antibacterial - nail coloring.


Stretchy silver for flexible phones

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:42:03 -0400

Working with silver nanowires just a few hundred atoms thick, researchers discovered that they could make wires that were both super-strong and stretchy like gum.


Legos and origami inspire next-generation materials

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:24:47 -0400

Inspired by the fun of playing with Legos, an international team of researchers have used the idea of assembling building-blocks to make the promise of next-generation materials a practical reality.


Reusable carbon nanotubes could be the water filter of the future

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:19:30 -0400

A new class of carbon nanotubes could be the next-generation clean-up crew for toxic sludge and contaminated water, according to a new study.


Remote destruction capability of high performance silicon electronics

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:36:42 -0400

You surely remember one of the hallmarks of the Mission: Impossible series that shows a secret agent receiving his instructions on a tape or other device that then self-destructs and goes up in a cloud of smoke. Getting pretty close to this Hollywood scenario, minus the smoke, scientists now have demonstrated remote destruction capability of high performance silicon electronics. They also show that in case of tempering, dislocation, or light exposure, electronics on for instance stolen or lost hard drives can self-destruct.

Programmable RNA nanoparticles could protect against Zika virus

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:04:32 -0400

Using a new strategy that can rapidly generate customized RNA vaccines, researchers have devised a new vaccine candidate for the Zika virus.


Organic-inorganic heterostructures with programmable electronic properties

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:59:52 -0400

A novel supramolecular strategy introduces tunable 1D periodic potentials upon self-assembly of ad hoc organic building blocks on graphene, opening the way to the realization of hybrid organic?inorganic multilayer materials with unique electronic and optical properties.


Decorating single layer and bilayer graphene with useful chemical groups

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 03:04:32 -0400

Researchers have disclosed a new method to add chemical groups on single layer and bilayer graphene lying on silica/silicon. This study also suggests how decorated graphene serves as a platform to produce 2D materials with new characteristics.


Nanomaterial makes laser light more applicable

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:34:07 -0400

International research team creates hybrid material with a fascinating structure.


Ink-jet printable and biocompatible layered electronics

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:26:27 -0400

Researchers have developed biocompatible, water-based inks containing graphene and related layered materials as building blocks for ink-jet printable electronic devices.


Reliable molecular toggle switch developed

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:18:16 -0400

Researchers have succeeded in developing a molecular toggle switch that does not only remain in the position selected, but can also be flipped as often as desired.


Information storage with a nanoscale twist

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:13:32 -0400

Discovery of a novel rotational force inside magnetic vortices makes it easier to design ultrahigh capacity disk drives.


Clarifying how lithium ions ferry around in rechargeable batteries

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:04:38 -0400

Scientists observe the real-time ultrafast bonding of lithium ions with the solvents, in the same process that happens during charging and discharging of lithium batteries, and conclude that a new theory is needed.


It is easier for a DNA knot...

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:57:56 -0400

Scientists have studied the passage of knotted DNA through nanopores, shedding light on an intriguing and underexplored phenomenon.


Gold standards for nanoparticles

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:51:33 -0400

Understanding how small organic ions stabilize gold nanoparticles may allow for better control.


Researchers uncover secret of nanomaterial that makes harvesting sunlight easier

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:45:45 -0400

Using sunlight to drive chemical reactions, such as artificial photosynthesis, could soon become much more efficient thanks to nanomaterials.


Improving Li-ion batteries with nanostructured conductive polymer gels

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:36:01 -0400

The electrode in lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries is an integrated system in which both active materials and binder systems play critical roles in determining its final properties. In order to improve battery performance, a lot of research is focussing on the development of high-capacity active materials. However, without an efficient binder system, these novel materials can't fulfill their potentials. Researchers have now developed a new binder system with a nano-architecture promotes both electron and ion transport, which enhances the energy per unit mass and volume of the electrode.

A new test to rapidly identify worldwide TB infections

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:04:29 -0400

A group of scientists from several universities has teamed up to develop the first rapid blood test to diagnose and quantitate the severity of active TB cases.


A big leap toward tinier lines

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:58:47 -0400

Self-assembly technique could lead to long-awaited, simple method for making smaller microchip patterns.


Graphene-based neural probes probe brain activity in high resolution

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:53:57 -0400

Researchers have developed a new device for recording brain activity in high resolution while maintaining excellent signal to noise ratio. Based on graphene field-effect transistors, the flexible devices open up new possibilities for the development of functional implants and interfaces.


Researchers create artificial materials atom-by-atom

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:47:31 -0400

Possibility to arrange the atoms precisely bring designer quantum materials closer to reality.


How graphene could cool smartphone, computer and other electronics chips

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:23:57 -0400

With graphene, researchers have discovered a powerful way to cool tiny chips - key components of electronic devices with billions of transistors apiece.


New study explores nanocoatings to reduce dental implant failure

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:06:55 -0400

Scientists have developed and evaluated the effectiveness of a new nanocoating for dental implants to reduce the risk of peri-implantitis.


Surprising twist in confined liquid crystals: A simple route to developing new sensors

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:01:57 -0400

Researchers have found a material used for decades to color food items ranging from corn chips to ice creams could potentially have uses far beyond food dyes.


New Piezoelectric Solutions Catalog: 1000's of Standard Piezo Transducers, Components, Assemblies

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:57:04 -0400

Industry, OEMs, and research benefit from PI's many years of design and manufacturing experience of piezoelectric components.


Multi-parameter microscopy aids design of improved optoelectronic devices

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:17:41 -0400

Researchers have developed a novel measurement method, providing simultaneous topographical, electrical, chemical and optical microscopy (STEOM) at the nanoscale for the first time.


Plugging leaks in printable logic

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:58:35 -0400

Self-assembling thin films make it possible to produce flexible electronic devices using a single plastic transistor.


Refining filters for greener natural gas

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:50:24 -0400

New study defines best materials for carbon capture, methane selectivity.


Researchers make flexible glass for tiny medical devices

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:57:26 -0400

Glass can bend over and over again on a nanoscale.


Artificial photosynthesis steps into the light

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:49:33 -0400

Scientists turn transition metals into practical catalyst for solar, other applications.


Researchers discover new type of memory effect in Transition Metal Oxides

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:28:23 -0400

Researchers have uncovered a new kind of memory effect, unrelated to memory effects previously reported.


Laser activated gold pyramids could deliver drugs, DNA into cells without harm

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:20:04 -0400

Scientists have developed a new method using gold microstructures to deliver a variety of molecules into cells with high efficiency and no lasting damage.


Research reveals inner workings of liquid crystals

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:41:00 -0400

New research uncovers previously unknown features that develop from the interface between air and certain widely studied liquid crystals.


Controlling microparticles from afar

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:24:25 -0400

Researchers have developed a new method that allows them to remotely control and move a micron-sized particle to a desired position.


Solar-powered graphene skin opens new possibilities for prosthetics

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:13:00 -0400

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