Engineered proteins stick like glue—even in water
Shellfish such as mussels and barnacles secrete very sticky proteins that help them cling to rocks or ship hulls, even underwater. Inspired by these natural adhesives, a team of MIT engineers has designed ...
Smallest possible diamonds form ultra-thin nanothreads
For the first time, scientists have discovered how to produce ultra-thin "diamond nanothreads" that promise extraordinary properties, including strength and stiffness greater than that of today's strongest ...
Scientists refine formula for nanotube types
(Phys.org) —Many a great idea springs from talks over a cup of coffee. But it's rare and wonderful when a revelation comes from the cup itself.
Researchers use liquid inks to create better solar cells
(Phys.org) —The basic function of solar cells is to harvest sunlight and turn it into electricity. Thus, it is critically important that the film that collects the light on the surface of the cell is designed ...
Nanoribbon film keeps glass ice-free: Team refines deicing film that allows radio frequencies to pass
Rice University scientists who created a deicing film for radar domes have now refined the technology to work as a transparent coating for glass.
Researchers' acid-free approach leads to strong conductive carbon threads
(Phys.org) —The very idea of fibers made of carbon nanotubes is neat, but Rice University scientists are making them neat—literally.
Ceramics don't have to be brittle: Materials scientists are creating materials by design
Imagine a balloon that could float without using any lighter-than-air gas. Instead, it could simply have all of its air sucked out while maintaining its filled shape. Such a vacuum balloon, which could help ...
New species of electrons can lead to better computing
Electrons that break the rules and move perpendicular to the applied electric field could be the key to delivering next generation, low-energy computers, a collaboration of scientists from the University ...
Graphene gets a 'cousin' in the shape of germanene
A team of European researchers has become one of the first groups to successfully synthesize the 2D material germanene.
Layered graphene sandwich for next generation electronics
Sandwiching layers of graphene with white graphene could produce designer materials capable of creating high-frequency electronic devices, University of Manchester scientists have found.
Engineers advance understanding of graphene's friction properties
(Phys.org) —An interdisciplinary team of engineers from the University of Pennsylvania has made a discovery regarding the surface properties of graphene, the Nobel-prize winning material that consists of ...
Rethinking basic science of graphene synthesis shows route to industrial-scale production
A new route to making graphene has been discovered that could make the 21st century's wonder material easier to ramp up to industrial scale. Graphene—a tightly bound single layer of carbon atoms with super ...
Competition for graphene: Researchers demonstrate ultrafast charge transfer in new family of 2-D semiconductors
(Phys.org) —A new argument has just been added to the growing case for graphene being bumped off its pedestal as the next big thing in the high-tech world by the two-dimensional semiconductors known as ...
Graphene sensor tracks down cancer biomarkers
An ultrasensitive biosensor made from the wonder material graphene has been used to detect molecules that indicate an increased risk of developing cancer.