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Hybrid nanostructures hold hydrogen well: Rice University scientists say boron nitride-graphene hybrid may be right for next-gen green cars

October 28, 2016 - 7:45am
Layers of graphene separated by nanotube pillars of boron nitride may be a suitable material to store hydrogen fuel in cars, according to Rice University scientists.

When quantum scale affects the way atoms emit and absorb particles of light: Exact simulation lifts the 80-year-old mystery of the degree to which atoms can be dressed with photons

October 28, 2016 - 7:45am
In 1937, US physicist Isidor Rabi introduced a simple model to describe how atoms emit and absorb particles of light. Until now, this model had still not been completely explained. In a recent paper,...

Nanoantenna lighting-rod effect produces fast optical switches

October 28, 2016 - 7:45am
A team of scientists, led by the University of Southampton, have produced a fast nanoscale optical transistor using gold nanoantenna assisted phase transition.

New nanomedicine approach aims to improve HIV drug therapies

October 26, 2016 - 7:45am
New research led by the University of Liverpool aims to improve the administration and availability of drug therapies to HIV patients through the use of nanotechnology.

New method increases energy density in lithium batteries: Novel technique may lead to longer battery life in portable electronics and electrical vehicles

October 26, 2016 - 7:45am
Yuan Yang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Columbia Engineering, has developed a new method to increase the energy density of lithium (Li-ion) batteries. He has built a tri...

KaSAM-2016: International Conference on Material Sciences has successfully concluded in Pokhara of Western Nepal

October 26, 2016 - 7:45am
The ‘Kathmandu Symposia on Advanced Materials- 2016 (KaSAM-2016)’, organized by Nepal Polymer Institute (NPI) in association with the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), the Pokhara Univer...

Unusual quantum liquid on crystal surface could inspire future electronics

October 26, 2016 - 7:45am
For the first time, an experiment has directly imaged electron orbits in a high-magnetic field, illuminating an unusual collective behavior in electrons and suggesting new ways of manipulating the cha...

Nanosciences: Genes on the rack

October 26, 2016 - 7:45am
Physicists at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have developed a novel nanotool that provides a facile means of characterizing the mechanical properties of biomolecules.

Physicists use lasers to capture first snapshots of rapid chemical bonds breaking

October 26, 2016 - 7:45am
Lasers have successfully recorded a chemical reaction that happens as fast as a quadrillionth of a second, which could help scientists understand and control chemical reactions.

Nanoparticle vaccinates mice against dengue fever

October 24, 2016 - 7:45am
Every year, more than 350 million people in over 120 countries contact dengue fever, which can cause symptoms ranging from achy muscles and a skin rash to life-threatening hemorrhagic fever. Researche...

New perovskite solar cell design could outperform existing commercial technologies: Stanford, Oxford team creates high-efficiency tandem cells

October 24, 2016 - 7:45am
A new design for solar cells that uses inexpensive, commonly available materials could rival and even outperform conventional cells made of silicon.

Exploding smartphones: What's the silent danger lurking in our rechargeable devices? New research identifies toxic emissions released by lithium-ion batteries

October 24, 2016 - 7:45am
Dozens of dangerous gases are produced by the batteries found in billions of consumer devices, like smartphones and tablets, according to a new study. The research, published in Nano Energy, identifie...

Move over, solar: The next big renewable energy source could be at our feet

October 24, 2016 - 7:45am
Flooring can be made from any number of sustainable materials, making it, generally, an eco-friendly feature in homes and businesses alike.

Smashing metallic cubes toughens them up: Rice University scientists fire micro-cubes at target to change their nanoscale structures

October 24, 2016 - 7:45am
Scientists at Rice University are smashing metallic micro-cubes to make them ultrastrong and tough by rearranging their nanostructures upon impact.

Self-healable battery Lithium ion battery for electronic textiles grows back together after breaking

October 24, 2016 - 7:45am
Electronics that can be embedded in clothing are a growing trend. However, power sources remain a problem. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, scientists have now introduced thin, flexible, lithium ion...

Scientists find technique to improve carbon superlattices for quantum electronic devices: In a paradigm shift from conventional electronic devices, exploiting the quantum properties of superlattices holds the promise of developing new technologies

October 24, 2016 - 7:45am
Researchers at the Nanoscale Transport Physics Laboratory from the School of Physics at the University of the Witwatersrand have found a technique to improve carbon superlattices for quantum electroni...

Study explains strength gap between graphene, carbon fiber: Rice University researchers simulate defects in popular fiber, suggest ways to improve it

October 22, 2016 - 7:45am
Carbon fiber, a pillar of strength in materials manufacturing for decades, isn't as good as it could be, but there are ways to improve it, according to Rice University scientists.

Tiny gold particles could be the key to developing a treatment for pancreatic cancer

October 20, 2016 - 7:45am
A diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is often a death sentence because chemotherapy and radiation have little impact on the disease. In the U.S. this year, some 53,000 new cases will be diagnosed, and 42,...

Exploring defects in nanoscale devices for possible quantum computing applications

October 20, 2016 - 7:45am
Due to the nature of this work, it is hoped that such results will contribute to the field of correlated electronic glassy dynamics in condensed matter physics; give a better understanding of charge n...

Working under pressure: Diamond micro-anvils with huge pressures will create new materials

October 20, 2016 - 7:45am
University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers will use pressures greater than those found at the center of the Earth to potentially create as yet unknown new materials. In the natural world, such im...