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Picoscience and a plethora of new materials

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The revolutionary tech discoveries of the next few decades, the ones that will change daily life, may come…
Use of nanopores could lead to cleaner water

September 27, 2019

Not all nanopores are created equal. For starters, their diameters vary between 1 and 10 nanometers (nm). The…
Scientists illuminate secrets of a nanomaterial that is both twisted and untwisted at the same time

September 16, 2019

A new nanomaterial developed by scientists at the University of Bath could solve a conundrum faced by scientists…
Researchers think small to make progress towards better fuel cells

September 16, 2019

As renewable sources such as wind and solar are quickly changing the energy landscape, scientists are looking for…
Defects in the material are strategically placed to cause it to take on a specific shape when the material deforms. Image credit: Caltech
New Metamaterial Morphs Into New Shapes, Taking on New Properties

September 12, 2019

While most reconfigurable materials can toggle between two distinct states, the way a switch toggles on or off,…
A novel cellular process to engulf nano-sized materials

August 19, 2019

Nanometers are one billionth of a meter, a metric typically used to measure molecules and scientific building blocks…
Clean water—Sunny desalination

August 2, 2019

A new method developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory improves the energy efficiency of a desalination process known…
New Laws of Attraction: Scientists Print Magnetic Liquid Droplets

July 19, 2019

Revolutionary material could lead to 3D-printable magnetic liquid devices for the fabrication of flexible electronics, or artificial cells…
Anne Meyer, professor of biology, and her colleagues have developed a novel approach to producing graphene in the lab. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)
Will your future computer be made using bacteria?

July 11, 2019

In order to create new and more efficient computers, medical devices, and other advanced technologies, researchers are turning…
Carbon nanotube tape stays sticky in extreme temperatures

July 11, 2019

In very hot or cold environments, conventional tape can lose its stickiness and leave behind an annoying residue.…
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…
Machine learning predicts mechanical properties of porous materials

May 15, 2019

Machine learning can be used to predict the properties of a group of materials which, according to some,…
Long-Range Analysis using Superior Spectral Optics (LASSO)

May 15, 2019

This Challenge is seeking next-generation optical materials for use in long range spectral analysis. That is, new materials that…
Modeling Nanomaterials on Modern Earth

May 2, 2019

The cycles and impacts of tiny materials, both natural and new A recent review paper in the journal…
Building a Printing Press for New Quantum Materials

April 24, 2019

Scientists at Brookhaven Lab’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials are developing an automated system to synthesize entirely new materials…
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Nanomaterials give plants ‘super’ abilities

April 9, 2019

Science-fiction writers have long envisioned human­–machine hybrids that wield extraordinary powers. However, “super plants” with integrated nanomaterials may…
Electronics at the nanoscale: challenges and opportunities for making metal nanowires

March 26, 2019

Silver, gold and copper nanowires are leading contenders for next-generation nanoscale devices, however greater understanding of how they…
Defects help nanomaterial soak up more pollutant in less time

March 18, 2019

Cleaning pollutants from water with a defective filter sounds like a non-starter, but a recent study by chemical…
Precision Control of Complex Electrochemical Interfaces for Separations

March 16, 2019

Atom-by-atom control of metals in nanocluster-based electrodes reveals clues to improving chemical separations. Researchers working within PNNL’s Separations Science program…
Packaging insecticides in tiny capsules may make them more toxic

February 28, 2019

Encasing insecticides in microscopic plastic capsules – a common formulation for many pest sprays on the market –…
Synergetic competencies in nanomaterials – Fraunhofer ISC and TU Liberec join forces to establish a Center of Excellence

February 4, 2019

The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) and the Institute for Nanomaterials, Advanced Technologies and Innovation (Technical…
‘GO dough’ makes graphene easy to shape and mold

January 25, 2019

A Northwestern University team is reshaping the world of graphene — literally. The team has turned graphene oxide…
Industrial Affordable Fabrication of 2D Porous Carbons from Solid-State Mechanical Milling

January 23, 2019

Due to the unique physical and chemical characteristics, such as good electrical conductivity, low weight, large surface areas,…
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…
Team invents method to shrink objects to the nanoscale

December 17, 2018

MIT researchers have invented a way to fabricate nanoscale 3-D objects of nearly any shape. They can also…
Data use draining your battery? Tiny device to speed up memory while also saving power

December 14, 2018

Researchers have discovered a new functionality in a two-dimensional material that allows data to be stored and retrieved…
Borophene Advances as 2-D Materials Platform

December 10, 2018

Atom-thin sheets of boron containing large single crystals could provide foundation for fabricating next-generation electronics Borophene—two-dimensional (2-D) atom-thin-sheets…
New X-ray imaging approach could boost nanoscale resolution for Advanced Photon Source Upgrade

December 10, 2018

A long-standing problem in optics holds that an improved resolution in imaging is offset by a loss in…
Glass coated with alginate-GO was shown to resist fouling by oil.
Researchers create new ‘smart’ material with potential biomedical, environmental uses

November 29, 2018

Brown University researchers have shown a way to use graphene oxide (GO) to add some backbone to hydrogel…
Self-sensing materials are here

November 17, 2018

Next-generation composites may monitor their own structural health Carbon fiber composites—lightweight and strong—are great structural materials for automobiles,…
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