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'LoTIS' configuration produces better focused ion beams

May 22, 2017 - 5:27am
FIBs produced from cooled caesium atoms could be used in applications that include next-generation circuit-editing and nanoscale secondary ion mass spectrometry.

Predicting phase transitions in nanocube catalysts

May 22, 2017 - 4:19am
Two size effects are at play say Texas researchers.

Explosive crystallization produces logarithmic spirals

May 19, 2017 - 8:17am
New work could help us better understand what happens during flashlamp annealing of highly-doped semiconductors or alloys.

Two-resonance tapping cavity optimally traps light

May 18, 2017 - 6:10am
“Inharmonic” structure might be used to improve thin-film solar cells.

Paper generator harvests electricity from motion

May 18, 2017 - 4:37am
The Chinese and Japanese art of paper cutting has inspired the development of a paper-based self-charging device which can harvest and store energy from body movement.

BALM images nanometre-thick layers

May 15, 2017 - 5:48am
New, fast and simple “backside absorbing layer microscopy” technique makes use of antireflection materials to observe 2D nanomaterials in real time.

Bubble printing patterns quantum dots on plasmonic substrates

May 15, 2017 - 4:41am
Technique can produce full-colour images with high throughput and sub-micron resolution.

Holey graphene improves battery electrodes

May 12, 2017 - 7:39am
Porous architecture optimizes charge transport and helps increase the amount of active material in a device.

Spider silk and cellulose make bioactive composite

May 11, 2017 - 7:51am
Nanostructured material has exceptional mechanical properties.

Designer graphene composite marries strength and toughness

May 11, 2017 - 6:40am
A "bottom-up design" inspired by mussel threads and nacre helps to synthesize and optimize a graphene oxide composite with superior mechanical properties.

Flash Nano: UV laser illuminates DNA–nanopore dynamics

May 10, 2017 - 6:01pm
Fluorescence microscopy has revealed the behaviour of DNA at multiporous membranes with unprecedented detail

Nanoparticles resurrect antibacterial drugs

May 9, 2017 - 8:32am
Studies of nanoparticles combined with antibacterial drugs reveal a synergy in their activity that can overcome bacterial defence mechanisms to resist drugs, and improve drug efficacy by a factor of sixteen.

Soft lithography yields big results for plasmonic filters

May 9, 2017 - 4:27am
Optimizing a soft fabrication approach yields nanoarrays up to 23 times larger than those previously reported.

Exchange-coupled quantum dot reads out a single electron spin

May 8, 2017 - 5:38am
New, non-destructive technique could be used to study single-spin dynamics in the quantum limit and help in the development of molecular magnet-based quantum information processing technologies.

Germanium-based dielectric metasurfaces produce structural colours

May 8, 2017 - 4:24am
Structures could replace any ink-based colour printing products and might be promising for outdoor posters and wallpapers or even car coatings.

Optical chip gives microscopes nanoscale resolution

May 5, 2017 - 6:19am
Low-cost device could boost the use of super-resolution microscopy

3D zinc sponge makes good battery anode

May 3, 2017 - 6:58am
(with video) Porous structure does not form dendrites.

Imperfect neuromorphic devices benefit from 'fuzzy' learning

May 2, 2017 - 6:07am
Modifying learning algorithms to work with distributions instead of fixed values can overcome the limitations of device variability.

DNA helps harness enzymes

May 1, 2017 - 10:28am
By tethering quantum dots to enzymes with a strand of DNA, synthetic biologists show how to stabilise enzymes while enhancing their catalytic activity.

Diamond-like crystal reflects many-coloured light in all directions

April 28, 2017 - 2:13pm
“Inverse woodpile” nanostructures could make ideal back reflectors for solar cells as well as tiny on-chip light sources and lasers, and non-linear devices for ultrafast all-optical switching.