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Linan Zhou, a postdoctoral researcher at Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics, designed a copper-ruthenium photocatalyst for making syngas via a low-energy, low-temperature, dry-reforming process. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)
Gasification goes green

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Rice University engineers have created a light-powered nanoparticle that could shrink the carbon footprint of a major segment…
Study finds salt nanoparticles are toxic to cancer cells

January 8, 2020

A new study at the University of Georgia has found a way to attack cancer cells that is potentially…
Creating switchable plasmons in plastics

December 26, 2019

Researchers at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics have developed optical nanoantennas made from a conducting polymer. The antennas…
Nano-sized Slice of Pie

December 16, 2019

Scientists explain why some molecules spontaneously arrange themselves into five slices of nanoscale pie. Materials formed on vanishingly…
Cutting nanoparticles down to size

December 2, 2019

A new technique could pave the way for producing uniform nanoparticles for use in drug delivery systems. Scientists…
Tiny transporters could deliver treatment to stroke patients

November 11, 2019

Swarms of nanoparticles which are 15,000 times smaller than a pinhead may be able to deliver vital drugs…
Nanoparticle orientation offers a way to enhance drug delivery

November 5, 2019

MIT engineers have shown that they can enhance the performance of drug-delivery nanoparticles by controlling a trait of…
Overlap allows nanoparticles to enhance light-based detection

October 16, 2019

Rice University scientists have found revealing information where light from a molecule meets light from a nanoparticle. The…
“Electroadhesive” stamp picks up and puts down microscopic structures

October 14, 2019

If you were to pry open your smartphone, you would see an array of electronic chips and components…
Shaping nanoparticles for improved quantum information technology

October 13, 2019

Breaking of rotational symmetry in ring-shaped nanoparticle leads to surprising quantum property when illuminated with laser. Particles that…
Nanoparticles may have bigger impact on the environment than previously thought

October 10, 2019

Over the last two decades, nanotechnology has improved many of the products we use every day from microelectronics…
Chemists clarify a chiral conundrum

September 27, 2019

It’s always good when your intuition turns out to be right, but scientists at Rice University studying proteins…
Colloidal nanotweezers are new tool for advanced particle manipulation

September 13, 2019

Tools for manipulating small suspended particles such as cells, micro-particles and nanoparticles play an essential role in the…
Killing cancer cells with nanoparticles

September 5, 2019

Another collaborative project from a nanoparticles expert at The University of Texas at Arlington has yielded promising results…
Nanoparticles could someday give humans built-in night vision

August 29, 2019

Movies featuring heroes with superpowers, such as flight, X-ray vision or extraordinary strength, are all the rage. But…
Nanoparticle therapy targets lymph node metastases

August 20, 2019

Metastasis, in which cancer cells break free from the primary tumor and form tumors at other sites, worsens…
Nanoscale “Glass” Bottles Could Enable Targeted Drug Delivery

August 16, 2019

Tiny silica bottles filled with medicine and a special temperature-sensitive material could be used for drug delivery to…
Solving the Big Problem of Measuring Tiny Nanoparticles

August 15, 2019

Scientists have long debated the most effective way to measure nanoparticles so that results can be shared across…
One linked particle’s hot, the other keeps its cool

August 12, 2019

Here’s a challenge: Put two linked sausages in a skillet and turn on the stove, but get only…
Scientists Develop Novel Nano-Vaccine for Melanoma

August 7, 2019

Researchers at Tel Aviv University have developed a novel nano-vaccine for melanoma, the most aggressive type of skin cancer. Their…
Introduction to Nanotechnology: Basic Concepts Explained

August 3, 2019

The nanotechnology is a very important field of science. But it is not an entirely new science. Did…
A sharper focus: New computational technique resolves compressed X-ray data

July 21, 2019

Argonne develops novel method to more clearly see complex materials physics in difficult-to-access environments. With the right tools,…
Researchers reach milestone in use of nanoparticles to kill cancer with heat

June 27, 2019

Researchers at Oregon State University have developed an improved technique for using magnetic nanoclusters to kill hard-to-reach tumors.…
‘Hot spots’ increase efficiency of solar desalination

June 19, 2019

Rice University’s solar-powered approach for purifying salt water with sunlight and nanoparticles is even more efficient than its…
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Physicists found new way to optimize nanoparticles and light interaction

May 19, 2019

Scientists first described the new features of dielectric nanoparticles’ optical response using improved method for electromagnetic field analysis…
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…
‘Optical tweezer’ takes Nobel concept in a new direction

April 9, 2019

Thirty-three years ago, Arthur Ashkin showed how a very tightly focused laser beam attracts tiny particles towards it.…
Fish-inspired material changes color using nanocolumns

April 1, 2019

Inspired by the flashing colors of the neon tetra fish, researchers have developed a technique for changing the…
Chemicals induce dipoles to damp plasmons

March 26, 2019

The light scattered by plasmonic nanoparticles is useful, but some of it gets lost at the surface and…
Diamagnetic graphite nanoparticles could become new drug delivery vehicles

February 24, 2019

Nanoparticles are going to begin the next big change in medicine. It is going to take quite a…
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