Ultra-Long Carbon Nanotubes Could Serve as Future Transmission Lines
Carbon nanotube transistors could lead to inexpensive, flexible electronics
Graphene-based transistor seen as candidate for post-CMOS technology
A 50-year quest to isolate the thermoelectric effect is now over: Magnon drag unveiled
In a paper published in Nature Materials, a group of researchers at the Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology (ICN, Spain) led by Prof. Sergio O. Valenzuela reports the observation of the magnon drag. This w ...
A Tiny Defect That May Create Smaller, Faster Electronics
(PhysOrg.com) -- When most of us hear the word 'defect', we think of a problem that has to be solved. But a team of researchers at the University of South Florida (USF) created a new defect that just might ...
Breakthrough in industrial-scale nanotube processing
(PhysOrg.com) -- Rice University scientists today unveiled a method for the industrial-scale processing of pure carbon-nanotube fibers that could lead to revolutionary advances in materials science, power ...
Physicists create first-ever mechanical device that measures the mass of a single molecule
A team led by scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have made the first-ever mechanical device that can measure the mass of individual molecules one at a time.
A system that's worth its salt: New approach to water desalination could lead to small, portable units
(PhysOrg.com) -- Potable water is often in high demand and short supply following a natural disaster like the Haiti earthquake or Hurricane Katrina. In both of those instances, the disaster zones were near ...
A new read on DNA sequencing
A new technique for reading the DNA code relies on a fundamental property of matter known as quantum tunneling, which operates at the subatomic scale. The current paper shows that single bases inside a DNA ...
Solar power goes viral: Modified virus improves solar-cell efficiency by one-third
(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers at MIT have found a way to make significant improvements to the power-conversion efficiency of solar cells by enlisting the services of tiny viruses to perform detailed assembly ...
Entropy alone creates complex crystals from simple shapes, study shows
(PhysOrg.com) -- In a study that elevates the role of entropy in creating order, research led by the University of Michigan shows that certain pyramid shapes can spontaneously organize into complex quasicrystals.
Life of plastic solar cell jumps from hours to 8 months
A team of researchers from the University of Alberta and the National Institute for Nanotechnology has extended the operating life of an unsealed plastic solar cell, from mere hours to eight months.
'Impossible' conductivity explained
(PhysOrg.com) -- Bring two materials that are not themselves conductive into contact and, exactly at their interface, something remarkable happens: at that precise point, conduction is possible.
Nanoscientists build antenna for light
University of Toronto researchers have derived inspiration from the photosynthetic apparatus in plants to engineer a new generation of nanomaterials that control and direct the energy absorbed from light.