Wrapping carbon nanotubes in polymers enhances their performance
Scientists at Japan's Kyushu University say polymer-wrapped carbon nanotubes hold much promise in biotechnology and energy applications. The paper was recently published in Science and Technology of Advanced Ma ...
Optimising soft-optoelectronics materials through molecular engineering
The molecules used to make optoelectronic devices can be engineered to balance the chemical interactions within them and optimise their properties for specific applications, according to a review paper published ...
Protein mimic shows promise as tissue engineering glue
Researchers have demonstrated the potential of a "synthetic protein mimic" to promote the adhesion of brain cells in a laboratory setting. This feat could help overcome a major challenge in nerve tissue engineering.
Perovskites can improve fabrication of ceramic electronics
Scientists in Japan are finding that perovskites have the potential to improve the fabrication of electrodes and wiring in ceramic-based electronics such as spark plugs.
Understanding the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes
A paper in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials explores what is preventing the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes from being used in a ceramic matrix.
Improvements in transistors will make flexible plastic computers a reality
Researchers at Japan's National Institute for Materials Science revealed that improvements should soon be expected in the manufacture of transistors that can be used, for example, to make flexible, paper-thin ...
3-D printing incorporates quasicrystals for stronger manufacturing products
Researchers at the University of Lorraine in France say that quasicrystals, a type of complex metal alloy with crystal-like properties, can be useful in the design of new composite materials.
Carbon nanotubes and near-infrared lasers promise a cost effective solution for cell membrane manipulation
Japanese researchers have developed a new, targeted method for perforating cell membranes in order to deliver drugs to, or manipulate the genes of, individual cells. The paper is published in the journal ...
Nano-sized silicon oxide electrode for the next generation lithium ion batteries
The lithium ion battery market has been growing steadily and has been seeking an approach to increase battery capacity while retaining its capacity for long recharging process.
Advances in the controlled synthesis and applications of luminescent metal nanoclusters
Luminescent metal nanoclusters are a new class of materials consisting of several, to tens of, metal atoms. These materials not only provide the missing link between atomic and nanoparticle behaviors in metals, ...
Magneto-optical nonreciprocal devices in silicon photonics
In a paper published in Science and Technology of Advanced Materials today, researchers demonstrated the first optical isolator on silicon waveguide platforms.
Worlds first commercial nanostructured bulk metal
When we think of structural materials, we usually imagine something big, strong and bulky, like steel beams in bridges and buildings, and while we are becoming familiar with composites reinforced with carbon ...
How nanotechnology can advance regenerative medicine
Nanotechnology may provide new strategies for regenerative medicine, including better tools to improve or restore damaged tissues, according to a review paper by Taiwanese researchers.
Improving the performance of titanium implants by bioactive composite coatings
Researchers in Japan and China tested a novel urease fabrication process for coating titanium implants with bioactive CaP/gelatin composites. Published in Science and Technology of Advanced Materials, the re ...
A rapid, paper-based diagnostic test for tuberculosis
In a study published in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials (STAM), researchers in Taiwan describe a simple, color-based diagnostic approach with the potential to detect target DNA se ...