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For rechargeable batteries that crush the competition, crush this material

April 5, 2016 - 7:45am
By chemically modifying and pulverizing a promising group of compounds, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have potentially brought safer, solid-state rechargeable...

Light helps develop programmable materials

April 5, 2016 - 7:45am
Light of a certain wavelength can be used to put so-called active materials into motion and control their movement. In the future, this discovery can become significant in widely different areas such...

Ruthenium nanoframes open the doors to better catalysts

April 5, 2016 - 7:45am
The world is run by catalysts. They clean up after cars, help make fertilizers, and could be the key to better hydrogen fuel. Now, a team of chemists, led by Xiaohu Xia from Michigan Technological Uni...

New use for X-rays: A radar gun for unruly atoms

April 3, 2016 - 7:45am
X-rays have long been used to make pictures of tiny objects, even single atoms. Now a team of scientists has discovered a new use for X-rays at the atomic scale: using them like a radar gun to measure...

Heat and light get larger at the nanoscale: Columbia-led research team first to demonstrate a strong, non-contact heat transfer channel using light with performances that could lead to high efficiency electricity generation

April 3, 2016 - 7:45am
In a new study recently published in Nature Nanotechnology, researchers from Columbia Engineering, Cornell, and Stanford have demonstrated heat transfer can be made 100 times stronger than has been pr...

Flat boron is a superconductor Rice University scientists predict 2-D material -- no longer theoretical -- has unique properties

April 3, 2016 - 7:45am
Rice University scientists have determined that two-dimensional boron is a natural low-temperature superconductor. In fact, it may be the only 2-D material with such potential.

Superconductivity seen in a new light

April 3, 2016 - 7:45am
Superconducting materials have the characteristic of letting an electric current flow without resistance. The study of superconductors with a high critical temperature discovered in the 1980s remains...

Penn researchers move one step closer to sustainable hydrogen production

April 3, 2016 - 7:45am
Splitting water into its hydrogen and oxygen parts may sound like science fiction, but it's the end goal of chemists and chemical engineers like Christopher Murray of the University of Pennsylvania an...

Second quantum revolution a reality with chip-based atomic physics

April 3, 2016 - 7:45am
A University of Oklahoma-led team of physicists believes chip-based atomic physics holds promise to make the second quantum revolution--the engineering of quantum matter with arbitrary precision--a re...

Molecular-scale ALD discovery could have industrial-sized impact: New atomic layer deposition technique reduces waste

April 3, 2016 - 7:45am
In the world of nano-scale technology, where work is conducted at the atomic level, even the smallest changes can have an enormous impact. And a new discovery by a University of Alberta materials engi...

The impact of anti-odor clothing on the environment

April 3, 2016 - 7:45am
Anti-odor athletic clothes containing silver nanoparticles have gained a foothold among exercise buffs, but questions have arisen over how safe and effective they are. Now scientists report in ACS' jo...

Transparent wood could one day help brighten homes and buildings

April 3, 2016 - 7:45am
When it comes to indoor lighting, nothing beats the sun's rays streaming in through windows. Soon, that natural light could be shining through walls, too. Scientists have developed transparent wood th...

Nanoscale solutions to a very large problem: NSF-funded Nanosystems Engineering Research Center to enable deployment of mobile, efficient water treatment and desalination systems

April 3, 2016 - 7:45am
Water, water is everywhere, but we need more drops to drink. The primary mission of the recently founded Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) Center, a consortium based at Rice University...

Nanotechnology is changing everything from medicine to self-healing buildings: Nanotechnology is so small it's measured in billionths of metres, and it is revolutionising every aspect of our lives

April 2, 2016 - 11:41pm
The past 70 years have seen the way we live and work transformed by two tiny inventions. The electronic transistor and the microchip are what make all modern electronics possible, and since their deve...

Nanomechanics Introduces Remote Video Option for iNano: The iNano nanoindenter now offers a Remote Video Option upgrade, giving labs a new window on materials testing

April 1, 2016 - 7:45am
Nanomechanics Inc., a leading provider of tools used to test mechanical properties at the micro- and nano-levels, has introduced a new function for the iNano nanoindenter, the Remote Video Option. Fro...

For the first time scientists can observe the nano structure of food in 3-D

April 1, 2016 - 7:45am
Scientists have, for the first time, created a 3-D image of food on the nanometer scale. It has promising prospects as a more detailed knowledge of the structure of complex food systems could potentia...

Hybrid pixel array detectors enter the low-noise regime

April 1, 2016 - 7:45am
The detector group at the Swiss Light Source at PSI has been one of the pioneers in the development of custom-made hybrid pixel array detectors (HPADs) for synchrotron applications. In a paper publish...

Revealing the fluctuations of flexible DNA in 3-D: First-of-their-kind images by Berkeley Lab-led research team could aid in use of DNA to build nanoscale devices

April 1, 2016 - 7:45am
An international team working at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has captured the first high-resolution 3-D images from individual double-helix DNA segm...

Computer simulation discloses new effect of cavitation: Steam bubbles in fast flowing fluids obviously also result from chemical surface properties; use for reducing wear in pumps and plain bearings

March 30, 2016 - 7:45am
Researchers have discovered a so far unknown formation mechanism of cavitation bubbles by means of a model calculation. In the Science Advances journal, they describe how oil-repellent and oil-attract...

Nature-inspired nanotubes that assemble themselves, with precision: Berkeley Lab scientists discover another design principle for building nanostructures

March 30, 2016 - 7:45am
When it comes to the various nanowidgets scientists are developing, nanotubes are especially intriguing. That's because hollow tubes that have diameters of only a few billionths of a meter have the po...