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‘Hot spots’ increase efficiency of solar desalination

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Rice University’s solar-powered approach for purifying salt water with sunlight and nanoparticles is even more efficient than its…
Researchers to Take Advantage of DOE’s Advanced Supercomputers

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The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that it will invest $32 million over the next four years…
For hydrogen fuel cells, mundane materials might be almost as good as pricey platinum

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As anyone who has purchased jewelry can attest, platinum is expensive. That’s tough for consumers but also a…
Neutrons—Mastering magnetism

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Researchers have pioneered a new technique using pressure to manipulate magnetism in thin film materials used to enhance…
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Fiber-optic probe can see molecular bonds

2 days ago

In “Avengers: Endgame,” Tony Stark warned Scott Lang that sending him into the quantum realm and bringing him…
Phase-change materials from smartphones may lead to higher data storage, energy efficiency

3 days ago

Phase-change materials that are used in the latest generation of smartphones could lead to higher storage capability and…
Revealing ‘hidden’ phases of matter through the power of light

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Most people think of water as existing in only one of three phases: solid ice, liquid water, or…
Physics at the Edge of Topological Insulators

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In 2005, condensed matter physicists Charles Kane and Eugene Mele considered the fate of graphene at low temperatures.…
MagLab scientists discover thermoelectric properties in promising class of materials

6 days ago

Exploring an area overlooked by other scientists, physicists at the Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory…
Artist’s rendering of a 2D material undergoing phase change using a transistor-scale platform developed in the lab of Stephen Wu, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of physics. (University of Rochester illustration / Michael Osadciw)
Researchers ‘stretch’ the ability of 2D materials to change technology

6 days ago

Two-dimensional (2D) materials—as thin as a single layer of atoms—have intrigued scientists with their flexibility, elasticity, and unique…
These nano-bugs eat CO2 and make eco-friendly fuel

June 12, 2019

By using light-activated quantum dots to fire particular enzymes within microbial cells, the researchers were able to create…
Getting the oil out of water

June 11, 2019

Oil and water are famously reluctant to mix fully together. But separating them completely — for example, when…
Engineers Use Graph Networks to Accurately Predict Properties of Molecules and Crystals

June 11, 2019

Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed new deep learning models that can accurately predict…
Thwarting oil-pipeline corrosion by identifying a nanoscale villain

June 7, 2019

Steel pipes rust and eventually fail. To preempt disasters, oil companies and others have created computer models to…
Dynamic compression provides new insight into understanding and predicting crystal growth

June 5, 2019

Crystal growth is a crucial issue for fundamental science and wide applications. The growth morphology and speed are…
A Faster Technique to Purify Elements – Separation Anxiety No More

June 4, 2019

A more efficient chemical separation method pioneered by Berkeley Lab scientists could accelerate access to promising cancer treatment.…
Nanomaterial safety on a nano budget

June 4, 2019

With a little practice, it doesn’t take much more than 10 minutes, a couple of bags and a…
Microscopic ‘donuts’ a treat for quantum tech

June 4, 2019

Dedicating dollars to “donuts,” scientists at Rice University are helping a national laboratory bring about a revolution in…
Making metal with the lightness of air

June 4, 2019

Gold, silver and copper are heavy metals, but LLNL scientists can now make them nearly as light as…
Finding a needle in a haystack: Discovery of titanium-indium-boron compound for synthesizing layered TiB

May 31, 2019

Scientists at Tokyo Tech managed to use boron as the X element in a family of materials called…
DNA origami to scale-up molecular motors

May 31, 2019

Researchers have successfully used DNA origami to make smooth-muscle-like contractions in large networks of molecular motor systems, a…
Pantry ingredients can help grow carbon nanotubes

May 30, 2019

Baking soda, table salt, and detergent are surprisingly effective ingredients for cooking up carbon nanotubes, researchers at MIT…
Russian scientists investigate new materials for Li-ion batteries of miniature sensors

May 30, 2019

Researchers of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) are developing new materials for solid-state thin-film Li-ion…
Energy researchers break the catalytic speed limit

May 30, 2019

A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and University of Massachusetts Amherst has discovered new technology…
Experts develop nanolasers on silicon

May 30, 2019

Researchers at Cardiff University have shown tiny light-emitting nanolasers less than a tenth of the size of the…
Self-healing DNA nanostructures

May 30, 2019

DNA assembled into nanostructures such as tubes and origami-inspired shapes could someday find applications ranging from DNA computers…
Polymers jump through hoops on pathway to sustainable materials

May 29, 2019

Recyclable plastics that contain ring-shaped polymers may be a key to developing sustainable synthetic materials. Despite some promising…
Taking the guesswork out of electrospinning

May 29, 2019

Capturing real-time data as nanofibers form makes the technique more affordable and effective. Electrospinning, a nanofiber fabrication method,…
Coming soon: A home blood test to better monitor chronic illnesses

May 28, 2019

In his lab, UdeM professor Alexis Vallée-Bélisle is busy perfecting a biosensor that patients with kidney disease, heart…
How small can they get? Polymers may be the key to single-molecule electronic devices

May 28, 2019

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology and University of Tsukuba demonstrate that polymers could play a key role…
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