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Every age in the history of human civilisation has a signature material, from the Stone Age, to the…
Physicists Make Graphene Discovery that Could Help Develop Superconductors

August 2, 2019

When two mesh screens are overlaid, beautiful patterns appear when one screen is offset. These “moiré patterns” have…
Unlocking graphene’s superconducting powers with a twist and a squeeze

February 4, 2019

Graphene has been heralded as a wonder material. Not only is it the strongest, thinnest material ever discovered,…
Synergy in two-dimensional materials, membranes research clear in professor’s new work

October 18, 2018

Where researchers who worked with two-dimensional materials and those who worked with membranes were once separate, synergistic opportunities…
New Laser Method Turns any Carbon-Containing Surface into Graphene

March 12, 2018

A new paper recently published in the journal ACS Nano introduces the wonder-material graphene to… potatoes and coconuts.…
Carbon atoms assemble themselves on command

July 10, 2017

Using a new method that gets carbon atoms to assemble themselves, researchers open up for opportunities to create…
New form of carbon that’s hard as a rock, yet elastic, like rubber

June 12, 2017

A team including several Carnegie scientists has developed a form of ultrastrong, lightweight carbon that is also elastic…
NIST Simulates Fast, Accurate DNA Sequencing Through Graphene Nanopore

January 18, 2016

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have simulated a new concept for rapid, accurate…
Chemist aims to put nanohoops into future devices

October 13, 2015

When Ramesh Jasti set out to make tiny organic circular structures using carbon atoms, the idea was to…
Disappearing Carbon Circuits on Graphene Could Have Security, Biomedical Uses

September 30, 2015

In the television drama “Mission Impossible,” instructions for the mission were delivered on an audio tape that destroyed…
Hooked on Phonons: NIST-led Research Group Measures Graphene Vibrations

June 17, 2015

An international research group led by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Center for…
A Hot Start to the Origin of Life?

May 6, 2015

DNA is synonymous with life, but where did it originate? One way to answer this question is to…
Graphene’s potential for energy conversion and storage

February 19, 2015

Scientists working with Europe’s Graphene Flagship and the Cambridge Graphene Centre have provided a detailed and wide-ranging review…
Researchers take first pictures of baby nanotubes

December 3, 2014

Single-walled carbon nanotubes are loaded with desirable properties. In particular, the ability to conduct electricity at high rates…
Engineers advance understanding of graphene’s friction properties

September 9, 2014

An interdisciplinary team of engineers from the University of Pennsylvania has made a discovery regarding the surface properties…
Researchers develop method for growing single species of single-walled carbon nanotubes

August 8, 2014

Dedicated molecular precursors enable carbon nanotube growth with unprecedented structural purity. On a Platinum surface, the planar hydrocarbon…
Carbyne morphs when stretched

July 22, 2014

Applying just the right amount of tension to a chain of carbon atoms can turn it from a…
X-ray laser gives buckyballs a big kick

July 1, 2014

Scientists at SLAC have been blowing up “buckyballs” – soccer-ball-shaped carbon molecules – with an X-ray laser to…
Thinnest feasible nano-membrane produced

April 18, 2014

A new nano-membrane made out of the “super material” graphene is extremely light and breathable. Not only can…
Building new drugs just got easier

March 14, 2014

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have developed a method for modifying organic molecules that significantly expands…
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