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Low k-material toughens up

November 20, 2017 - 7:51am
Stiff, resilient and thermally stable nano-architectured structure might be used to make devices such as capacitors, wide-band antennas and stable wiring for high-voltage applications in aerospace and hydrogen vehicles.

Excitons seen in bilayer graphene

November 17, 2017 - 8:21am
New result bodes well for next-generation optoelectronics instruments, such as tunable infrared detectors, light-emitting diodes and lasers.

Gold nanoparticles deliver CRISPR components

November 16, 2017 - 5:49am
Non-viral technique provides a potential new platform for treating a variety of genetic diseases.

Substrate exfoliation carves an opening for kesterite photovoltaics

November 16, 2017 - 5:28am
Sulphur incorporation followed by a neat exfoliation process enhances the voltage of kesterite solar cells and gives them the potential to power the Internet of Things

Fluid-dispersed nanosheets bring new possibilities for silicon photonics – news from the Enlighten Conference 2017

November 16, 2017 - 3:06am
Microfluidic channels allow liquid crystals to be used as controllable waveguides in integrated optical circuits.

Cryo-electron microscopy reveals surface of Li metal in batteries

November 14, 2017 - 4:40pm
Freezing the Li metal anode shows nanostructure related to battery failure.

Graphene-oxide membranes filter organic solutions

November 13, 2017 - 11:00am
Carbon-based sieves might be used in purification and filtration technologies in the chemical, pharmaceutical and petrochemical industries.

Dual gold nanoparticle probe measures telomere properties

November 13, 2017 - 8:01am
New technique will be important for shedding more light on how telomeres are related to cell ageing.

Flash Nano: Single molecules clock in

November 10, 2017 - 9:37am
By designing reactions with a long series of irreversible steps, researchers design chemical clocks based on single molecules free from stochastic ensemble dynamics.

Anionic nanoceria boosts plant photosynthesis

November 10, 2017 - 8:00am
Cerium oxide particles could be used to increase crop yields in the future by helping plants become more tolerant to abiotic stress.

Chameleons inspire mechanochromic photonic films

November 9, 2017 - 9:07am
Elastic composites that change colour when stretched might be used in a variety of “reflecting-mode” display applications.

Lasers go to the dark side

November 9, 2017 - 6:51am
Dark-mode resonators provide low-profile, high Q-factor, tunable lasers.

High-quality nanosheets can be deposited from liquid media – news from the Enlighten Conference 2017

November 9, 2017 - 5:25am
New method allows complete dissolution of 2D materials, but water-based dispersions still offer some advantages.

'Seeing' redox orbitals in batteries by Compton scattering

November 7, 2017 - 9:51am
A new high-resolution x-ray Compton scattering method helps to visualize the perturbation of redox orbitals in energy-storage materials.

New infrared camera goes multi-spectral

November 6, 2017 - 8:38am
InAsSb-based device can also be directly integrated on a silicon substrate and could find applications in astronomy, automotive safety, surveillance, search and rescue, and defence.

Unexplained huge protein conductances hint at evolution

November 6, 2017 - 5:41am
Fluctuating high-conductance states in a human integrin protein may be useful for single molecule detection, as well as having evolutionary implications.

2D metal oxides synthesized from liquid metal

November 3, 2017 - 9:33am
Researchers develop a low-cost room-temperature liquid metal synthesis procedure that also provides access to new 2D oxides that could not be produced before.

Why are parrotfish teeth tough enough to bite stony corals?

November 3, 2017 - 9:32am
The secret lies in the way that nanocrystals in tooth apatite are oriented.

Boron nitride nanosheets for clothing that cools

November 2, 2017 - 9:48am
Thermally conductive fibre efficiently carries away excess body heat.

Metal-oxide coating makes graphene more versatile – news from the Enlighten Conference 2017

November 2, 2017 - 6:19am
New techniques overcome the difficulty of depositing nanolayers on graphene, promising applications in barrier layers and electronics.