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Borophene on silver grows freely into an atomic ‘skin’

October 1, 2019

Borophene has a nearly perfect partner in a form of silver that could help the trendy two-dimensional material grow to unheard-of…
Rice scientists have made it much simpler to add carbon chains to hexagonal-boron nitride, a 2D material much stiffer than steel and an excellent conductor of heat. Click on the image for a larger version. Illustration by Angel Martí Group
You’re not so tough, h-BN

August 13, 2019

Hexagonal-boron nitride is tough, but Rice University scientists are making it easier to get along with. Two-dimensional h-BN, an…
New way to beat the heat in electronics

May 17, 2019

A nanocomposite invented at Rice University’s Brown School of Engineering promises to be a superior high-temperature dielectric material for flexible electronics,…
New technique produces longer-lasting lithium batteries

April 29, 2019

Columbia engineers develop a nano-coating of boron nitride to stabilize solid electrolytes in lithium metal batteries, increasing battery…
Odd reaction creates a stir in the lab

April 3, 2019

The stirrers that mix cream into your coffee probably don’t make much difference to the drink. But in…
Step right up for bigger 2D sheets

March 6, 2019

Very small steps make a big difference to researchers who want to create large wafers of two-dimensional material.…
Nano-infused ceramic could report on its own health

February 11, 2019

A ceramic that becomes more electrically conductive under elastic strain and less conductive under plastic strain could lead to a new generation…
Rice University graduate student Ashleigh Smith McWilliams holds a vial of boron nitride nanotubes in solution. McWilliams led a Rice effort to find the best way to separate the naturally clumping nanotubes to make them more useful for manufacturing. The nanotubes turn the clear liquid surfactant white when they are dispersed. (Credit: Rice University)
Once unstuck, boron nitride nanotubes show promise

December 20, 2018

Boron nitride nanotubes sure do like to stick together. If they weren’t so useful, they could stay stuck…
Boron Nitride Separation Process Could Facilitate Higher Efficiency Solar Cells

September 5, 2018

A team of semiconductor researchers based in France has used a boron nitride separation layer to grow indium…
New nano building block takes a bow

May 28, 2018

Boron nitride nanotubes are primed to become effective building blocks for next-generation composite and polymer materials based on…
‘Sweet spot’ in sweet material for hydrogen storage

March 16, 2018

Rice University engineers have zeroed in on the optimal architecture for storing hydrogen in “white graphene” nanomaterials —…
Hyperlens crystal capable of viewing living cells in unprecedented detail

December 13, 2017

Just imagine: An optical lens so powerful that it lets you view features the size of a small…
The Iron Stepping Stones To Better Wearable Tech Without Semiconductors

February 12, 2016

The road to more versatile wearable technology is dotted with iron. Specifically, quantum dots of iron arranged on…
Quantum communications go thin and light

October 27, 2015

A team of UTS researchers has made a major breakthrough that could pave the way for the next…
Defects Through the Looking Glass

September 3, 2015

Nanoscale defects are enormously important in shaping the electrical, optical, and mechanical properties of a material. For example,…
‘White graphene’ structures can take the heat

July 16, 2015

Three-dimensional structures of boron nitride might be the right stuff to keep small electronics cool, according to scientists…
Protons fuel graphene prospects

November 27, 2014

Graphene, impermeable to all gases and liquids, can easily allow protons to pass through it, University of Manchester…
Scientists discover novel metamaterial properties within hexagonal boron nitride

November 21, 2014

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) scientists, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Manchester, U.K.; Imperial College,…
Berkeley Lab Licenses Boron Nitride Nanotube Technology

September 5, 2014

Nearly 20 years ago researcher Alex Zettl of the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)…
Supercomputers reveal strange, stress-induced transformations in world’s thinnest materials

July 17, 2014

Columbia researchers used Brookhaven Lab supercomputer simulations to map and compare the transformations and breaking points of graphene…
3-D nanostructure could benefit nanoelectronics, gas storage

July 16, 2014

A three-dimensional porous nanostructure would have a balance of strength, toughness and ability to transfer heat that could…
2D transistors promise a faster electronics future

June 4, 2014

Berkeley Lab researchers fabricated the first fully 2D field-effect transistor from layers of molybdenum disulfide, hexagonal boron nitride…
Lighting the Way to Graphene-based Devices: Light to Dope Graphene Boron Nitride Heterostructures

May 19, 2014

Graphene continues to reign as the next potential superstar material for the electronics industry, a slimmer, stronger and …
Researchers invent ‘sideways’ approach to 2-D hybrid

January 10, 2014

ORNL and UT researchers have invented a method to merge different 2-dimensional materials into a seamless layer. This…
‘White graphene’ halts rust in high temps

October 7, 2013

Atomically thin sheets of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) have the handy benefit of protecting what’s underneath from oxidizing…
International Research Team Discovers New Mineral

August 7, 2013

Geologists at the University of California, Riverside have discovered a new mineral, cubic boron nitride, which they have…
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