Carbon nanotube fibers make superior links to brain
Carbon nanotube fibers invented at Rice University may provide the best way to communicate directly with the brain.
New technique could bring quality-control tool for nanocomposites
Layered nanocomposites containing tiny structures mixed into a polymer matrix are gaining commercial use, but their complex nature can hide defects that affect performance.
Novel plastic could spur new green energy applications, 'artificial muscles'
A plastic used in filters and tubing has an unusual trait: It can produce electricity when pulled or pressed. This ability has been used in small ways, but now researchers are coaxing fibers of the material ...
Group creates light-emitting electrochemical cell for use in textiles
Can engineered carbon nanotubes help to avert our water crisis?
Carbon nanotube (CNT) membranes have a bright future in addressing the world's growing need to purify water from the sea, researchers say in a study published in the journal Desalination.
Buckyballs become bucky-bombs
In 1996, a trio of scientists won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for their discovery of Buckminsterfullerene - soccer-ball-shaped spheres of 60 joined carbon atoms that exhibit special physical properties.
How we can substitute critical raw materials in catalysis, electronics and photonics
'Critical raw materials' are crucial to many European industries but they are vulnerable to scarcity and supply disruption. As such, it is vital that Europe develops strategies for meeting the demand for ...
First proof of isolated attosecond pulse generation at the carbon K-edge
Nature Communications has published a study in which ICFO researchers have been able to demonstrate, for the first time, the generation of isolated attosecond pulses at the water window. This achievement permits tracking and vi ...
Oxide/carbon composites could power green metal-air batteries
Electrochemical devices are crucial to a green energy revolution in which clean alternatives replace carbon-based fuels. This revolution requires conversion systems that produce hydrogen from water or rechargeable ...
Towards "printed" organic solar cells and LEDs
Flexible optoelectronic devices that can be produced roll-to-roll – much like newspapers are printed – are a highly promising path to cheaper devices such as solar cells and LED lighting panels. Scientists ...
Hydrocarbon photocatalysts get in shape and go for gold
A combination of semiconductor catalysts, optimum catalyst shape, gold-copper co-catalyst alloy nanoparticles and hydrous hydrazine reducing agent enables an increase of hydrocarbon generation from CO2 by a facto ...
New nanomaterials will boost renewable energy
Global energy consumption is accelerating at an alarming rate. There are three main causes: rapid economic expansion, population growth, and increased reliance on energy-based appliances across the world.
Using E-petals for making stretchable metal conductors
Explainer: What is a superconductor?
Materials can be divided into two categories based on their ability to conduct electricity. Metals, such as copper and silver, allow electrons to move freely and carry with them electrical charge. Insulators, ...