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Researchers surprised at the unexpected hardness of gallium nitride: A Lehigh University team discovers that the widely used semiconducting material is almost as wear-resistant as diamonds

Nanotech-Now - November 1, 2016 - 7:45am
Gallium nitride (GaN) has emerged as one of the most important and widely used semiconducting materials. Its optoelectronic and mechanical properties make it ideal for a variety of applications, inclu...

Novel light sources made of 2-D materials

Nanotech-Now - November 1, 2016 - 7:45am
So-called monolayers are at the heart of the research activities. These "super materials" (as the prestigious science magazine "Nature" puts it) have been surrounded by a virtual hype in the past ten...

When it comes to atomic-scale manufacturing, less really is more: Electrical currents can be now be switched on and off at the smallest conceivable scale enabling a new generation of 'green electronics' with the potential for great impact on the digital e

Nanotech-Now - November 1, 2016 - 7:45am
Robert Wolkow is no stranger to mastering the ultra-small and the ultra-fast. A pioneer in atomic-scale science with a Guinness World Record to boot (for a needle with a single atom at the point), Wol...

Metamaterial device allows chameleon-like behavior in the infrared

Nanotech-Now - November 1, 2016 - 7:45am
An electric current will not only heat a hybrid metamaterial, but will also trigger it to change state and fade into the background like a chameleon in what may be the proof-of-concept of the first co...

A Tiny Machine: UCSB electrical and computer engineers design an infinitesimal computing device

Nanotech-Now - November 1, 2016 - 7:45am
In 1959 renowned physicist Richard Feynman, in his talk “Plenty of Room at the Bottom,” spoke of a future in which tiny machines could perform huge feats. Like many forward-looking concepts, his molec...

Mechanism for sodium storage in 2-D material: Tin selenide is an effective host for storing sodium ions, making it a promising material for sodium ion batteries

Nanotech-Now - November 1, 2016 - 7:45am
The mechanism of sodium ion storage in an important two-dimensional material could be a simpler and less toxic route to cheaper batteries, a team of KAUST researchers discovered.

The molecular mechanism that blocks membrane receptors has been identified: The work in which the Ikerbasque researcher of the Biofisika Institute Xabier Contreras has participated has been published in the journal Cell

Nanotech-Now - November 1, 2016 - 7:45am
The study began by taking the medical history of 11 children, all of whom had a disorder due to mycobacteria infections, as the basis. All were discovered to have the same phenotype with the same muta...

SQUID thermometer measures temperature at the nanoscale

Nanotechweb - October 31, 2016 - 6:56am
New device could directly image energy dissipation mechanisms in quantum matter.

How nanoscience will improve our health and lives in the coming years: Targeted medicine deliveries and increased energy efficiency are just two of many ways

Nanotech-Now - October 30, 2016 - 7:45am
Nanoscience research involves molecules that are only 1/100th the size of cancer cells and that have the potential to profoundly improve the quality of our health and our lives. Now nine prominent nan...

Chad Mirkin receives nanotechnology prize in Russia

Nanotech-Now - October 30, 2016 - 7:45am
Northwestern University nanoscientist Chad A. Mirkin has been awarded the 2016 RUSNANOPRIZE for his invention of spherical nucleic acids (SNAs), tiny structures used around the globe for medical diagn...

Imaging where cancer drugs go in the body could improve treatment

Nanotech-Now - October 30, 2016 - 7:45am
Nanomedicine has the potential to help personalize cancer treatments and reduce side effects of therapeutic drugs. While some progress has been made toward the latter goal, customized treatments are s...

Precise quantum cloning: possible pathway to secure communication: Physicists create best ever quantum clones

Nanotech-Now - October 30, 2016 - 7:45am
Physicists at The Australian National University (ANU) and University of Queensland (UQ) have produced near-perfect clones of quantum information using a new method to surpass previous cloning limits...

The quantum sniffer dog: A laser and detector in 1: A microscopic sensor has been developed at TU Wien, which can be used to identify different gases simultaneously

Nanotech-Now - October 30, 2016 - 7:45am
As humans, we sniff out different scents and aromas using chemical receptors in our noses. In technological gas detection, however, there are a whole host of other methods available. One such method i...

Using MOFs for Solid Capture of Carbon Dioxide

National Nanomanufacturing Network - October 28, 2016 - 12:32pm
Carbon dioxide capture is a high-profile area of chemical research offering a direct approach to tackling the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide. KAUST Discovery

Quantum-Dot Solar Windows Evolve with ‘Doctor-Blade’ Spreading

National Nanomanufacturing Network - October 28, 2016 - 12:06pm
In a paper this week for the journal Nature Energy, a Los Alamos National Laboratory research team demonstrates an important step in taking Nancy Ambrosiano, Los Alamos National Laboratory - Communications Office

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

Nanotech-Now - 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

Nanotech-Now - 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

Nanotech-Now - 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.

Self-powered textile could be woven into smart clothes

Nanotechweb - October 28, 2016 - 5:01am
Innovative system is made from fibre-shaped nanogenerators, solar cells and supercapacitors.