Wonders of nature inspire exotic man-made materials
In this month's edition of Physics World, a group of physicists describe how unique structures in the natural world are inspiring scientists to develop new types of materials with unprecedented properties.
Argonne-pioneered X-ray lens to aid nanomaterials research
More affordable and efficient solar cells, batteries and lighting systems could result from a new X-ray lens that will let scientists study the nanoscale in greater detail than ever before.
Scientists use nano-rods to investigate how matter assembles
(Phys.org) —In the microscopic world, everything is in motion: atoms and molecules vibrate, proteins fold, even glass is a slow flowing liquid. And during each movement there are interactions between the ...
Argonne scientists to control attractive force for nanoelectromechanical systems
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory are developing a way to control the Casimir force, a quantum mechanical force, which attracts objects when they are only hundred nanometers apart.
Nanotechnologists must take lessons from nature
It's common knowledge that the perfect is the enemy of the good, but in the nanoscale world, perfection can act as the enemy of the best.
Cold electrons to aid better design of drugs and materials
A new source of very cold electrons will improve the quality and speed of nanoimaging for drug and materials development to a trillionth of a second.