Boron gets a nano refresh: Scientists find stable 2D structures with unique properties
(Phys.org) —The National Nanotechnology Initiative defines nanotechnology as the understanding and control of matter at the nanoscale, at dimensions of approximately 1 and 100 nanometers, where unique phenomena ...
0-D: Zero-dimensional quantum dots identified by researchers
(Phys.org) —In physics, there's small, and then there's nullity – as in zero-dimensional.
Argonne scientists are first to grow graphene on silver
(Phys.org) —Silver, meet graphene. Super strong, super light, near totally transparent and one of the best conductors of electricity ever discovered, graphene is a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon atoms that ...
Nanoparticles target anti-inflammatory drugs where needed
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have developed a system for precisely delivering anti-inflammatory drugs to immune cells gone out of control, while sparing their well-behaved counterparts. ...
Self-cleaning, antireflective coating mimicks the structure of moth eyes
(Phys.org) —Porous films, which use similar properties to those seen in moth eyes in combination with nanoparticles, are being developed into robust, self-cleaning antireflective coatings for use on both ...
Nanoscale pillars could radically improve conversion of heat to electricity
University of Colorado Boulder scientists have found a creative way to radically improve thermoelectric materials, a finding that could one day lead to the development of improved solar panels, more energy-efficient ...
Caps not the culprit in nanotube chirality
(Phys.org) —A single-walled carbon nanotube grows from the round cap down, so it's logical to think the cap's formation determines what follows. But according to researchers at Rice University, that's not ...
Oxford Nanopore unveils portable genome sequencer – MinION
New 'pomegranate-inspired' design solves problems for lithium-ion batteries
with silicon nanoparticles clustered like seeds in a tough carbon rind – overcomes several remaining obstacles to using silicon for a new generation of lithium-ion batteries, say its inventors at Stanford ...
Researchers hijack cancer migration mechanism to 'move' brain tumors
One factor that makes glioblastoma cancers so difficult to treat is that malignant cells from the tumors spread throughout the brain by following nerve fibers and blood vessels to invade new locations. Now, ...
Carbon nanotube fibers outperform copper
(Phys.org) —On a pound-per-pound basis, carbon nanotube-based fibers invented at Rice University have greater capacity to carry electrical current than copper cables of the same mass, according to new research.
Nanodiamond-embedded contact lenses may improve glaucoma treatment
(Phys.org) —By 2020, nearly 80 million people are expected to have glaucoma, a disorder of the eye that, if left untreated, can damage the optic nerve and eventually lead to blindness.
Graphene's love affair with water
Graphene has proven itself as a wonder material with a vast range of unique properties. Among the least-known marvels of graphene is its strange love affair with water.
Brain process takes paper shape
A paper-based device that mimics the electrochemical signalling in the human brain has been created by a group of researchers from China.