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Researchers see inside integrated circuits at high resolution

April 6, 2017 - 6:27am
Manufacturing highly complex, nanoscale electronics is one thing, but how can we then image them to check what we’ve made?

Electronic nanosynapses could make artificial brains

April 6, 2017 - 3:50am
The devices, also known as memristors, might be used to make intelligent artificial neural networks capable of autonomous learning.

Donut-shaped nanomagnets induce new magnetization states

April 4, 2017 - 11:34am
By introducing a constantly varying curvature in a nanomagnet, researchers find stable vortex–antivortex pairs, and take a step towards magnetization-based logic devices.

Conductive gel framework helps make better batteries

April 3, 2017 - 7:28am
New polymer-based binder material enhances rate performance and cycle life of lithium-ion battery electrodes.

Stretchy nanowire-fibre hybrids make good neural probes

April 3, 2017 - 1:46am
Devices might be used to study the neural pathways involved with spinal function in patients suffering from traumatic spinal cord injury.

Flash nano: Long nanotubes are excellent heat conductors

March 31, 2017 - 12:31pm
The thermal conductivity of singled-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) increases with their length on scales of several millimetres.

Watching ionic liquids freeze

March 30, 2017 - 8:12am
New measurements could help develop these dense electrolytes for applications in energy storage and lubrication.

Artificial quantum lattice hosts new topological phases

March 30, 2017 - 7:06am
Novel structure could be used to study other unusual topological phases of matter and to develop new devices or electrical components.

Flash Nano: No compromise – hexagonal boron nitride production scales up

March 29, 2017 - 9:14am
Large quantities of high-quality 2D hexagonal boron nitride can be produced by diffusion and segregation of chemical vapour deposits.

Fast live nanoscopy reveals protein confinement in neurons

March 27, 2017 - 5:18am
A technique that can image particle movement on microsecond timescales and nanometre length scales provides evidence that supports the “picket fence” model of membrane protein confinement.

Switching domain-wall output in semiconducting ferroelectrics

March 27, 2017 - 2:22am
Structures could serve as circuit paths for charge carriers.

Flash Nano: Electrical "nerve cuff" could help treat chronic disease

March 24, 2017 - 1:22pm
3D printed nerve cuff "nanoclips" tethered with carbon nanofibres may help towards bioelectronic medicine for modulating nerve signalling to treat disease.

MoS2 transistors display nervous behaviour

March 24, 2017 - 11:03am
Fundamental characteristics of neurotransmission and memory formation are replicated in MoS2 field-effect transistors.

Stable grain boundaries toughen up metallic nanograins

March 23, 2017 - 1:00pm
A new way to produce novel nanograined metals with extraordinary properties.

Light-controlled nanomachine can move forwards or in reverse

March 22, 2017 - 9:10am
(with video Device has a "molecular gearbox" and could work as a new type of actuator on both the nano- and macro-scales.

Flash Nano: Plasmonic subfemtosecond dynamics whirl into view

March 20, 2017 - 10:45am
Time-resolved photoemission electron microscopy sheds light on the generation and evolution of plasmonic vortices.

Shedding more light on strain in nanowires

March 20, 2017 - 7:25am
Results from ptychography experiments on InGaN/GaN structures could help in the development of cheaper, more efficient LEDs in the future.

Superparamagnetic nanocomposites go homogenous

March 17, 2017 - 8:00am
Encapsulation technique uniformly disperses magnetite particles in a poly(ethylene) matrix, allowing for better control of material properties.

Block copolymer dot arrays form moiré superstructures

March 16, 2017 - 7:45am
Technique might help make photonic metasurfaces with tuneable optical properties.

Perovskite edge states help dissociate excitons

March 15, 2017 - 8:42am
(with video) The result is an increase in the power conversion efficiency to 12% in “Ruddlesden–Popper” perovskites greater than two units thick and a five-fold enhancement in the efficiency of a photovoltaic cell made from these materials.