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Nacre-like graphene composite is stronger and tougher

October 9, 2017 - 3:14am
Brick-and-mortar architecture leads to much improved mechanical properties.

Thermoresponsive polymer helps graphene fold into 3D shapes

October 9, 2017 - 3:08am
Origami-inspired technique could be used to make new types of devices from carbon sheet.

Light polarization modulated rapidly by gold nanorods

October 9, 2017 - 2:51am
Effect could be used to make better pharmaceuticals.

Scanning tunnelling microscope creates all-graphene p–n junctions

October 9, 2017 - 1:44am
Varying the tip voltage produces either electron traps or waveguides, integrating electronics and photonics on the same device.

Quantum Čerenkov effect makes graphene glow

October 6, 2017 - 5:37am
Characterizing the location and spectra of light emitted from graphene field-effect transistors rules out other mechanisms.

Light-activated quantum dots boost antibiotic activity

October 5, 2017 - 7:14am
New combination therapy could help destroy “superbugs”

Noisy catalysts reveal atomic-level reactivity

October 5, 2017 - 2:30am
Catalytic activity can be observed in tunnelling-current noise during scanning tunnelling microscopy.

Laser beam hammers graphene into 3D shapes

October 2, 2017 - 6:00am
“Optical forging” technique might be used to make new types of devices based on the carbon material.

Pulsed laser beam produces a liquid stream

October 2, 2017 - 5:55am
Newly discovered optofluidics principle combines photoacoustics and acoustic streaming to trigger high-speed flows inside any liquid, even water.

Phase-change material makes first on-chip photonic synapse

September 29, 2017 - 5:43am
New device represents a crucial step forward for optical brain-inspired computing.

Quantum-dot superlattices allow for precise band-gap engineering

September 28, 2017 - 8:50am
Focused electron beam produces artificial 2D crystals.

Nanogels help repair the heart

September 25, 2017 - 6:13am
New technique stimulates cell regeneration in cardiac tissue without triggering an inflammatory response.

Cobalt nanoparticles for making amines cheaply and simply

September 25, 2017 - 6:08am
New catalyst could compete with those based on precious metals for the industrially important reductive amination reaction.

Graphene variants promise new possibilities

September 22, 2017 - 6:21am
Modified forms of few-layer graphene allow novel applications in flexible optoelectronics.

Playdough-inspired technique makes patchy particles

September 22, 2017 - 5:05am
“Colloidal fusion” can be used to construct nanocrystals that spontaneously self-assemble into more complex architectures.

Silica-coated synthetic melanin makes brightly coloured supraballs

September 20, 2017 - 1:22am
Structural colours inspired by duck feathers could be directly added to paints, plastics and coatings, and even be used as UV-resistant inks and cosmetics.

Avalanche effect allows fast-acting phase-change memory

September 19, 2017 - 1:59am
Speed of phase transitions is affected by mechanical strain, meaning that voltage response can be tuned.

DNA sequences shape-shift hydrogels

September 18, 2017 - 4:20am
Potential applications include soft robotics and precision medicine.

Aluminium oxide film staves off battery ageing

September 18, 2017 - 2:52am
Epitaxial coating prevents performance fade by preserving electrode structure.

Interlayer-expanded nanosheets could make good battery electrode materials

September 15, 2017 - 5:18am
2D vanadyl phosphate intercalated with organic molecules improves sodium-ion devices.