Water glides freely across 'nanodrapes' made from the world's thinnest material
(Phys.org) —Engineering researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a new drape made from graphene—the thinnest material known to science—which can enhance the water-resistant properties ...
Researchers publish theory, formula to improve 'plastic' semiconductors
Anyone who's stuffed a smart phone in their back pocket would appreciate the convenience of electronic devices that could bend. Flexible electronics could spawn new products: clothing wired to cool or heat, ...
Toward a truly white organic LED: Physicists develop polymer with tunable colors
By inserting platinum atoms into an organic semiconductor, University of Utah physicists were able to "tune" the plastic-like polymer to emit light of different colors – a step toward more efficient, less ...
Disorder can improve the performance of plastic solar cells
Scientists have spent decades trying to build flexible plastic solar cells efficient enough to compete with conventional cells made of silicon. To boost performance, research groups have tried creating new ...
Tetrapod nanocrystals light the way to stronger polymers
Fluorescent tetrapod nanocrystals could light the way to the future design of stronger polymer nanocomposites. A team of researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ...
Not-weak knots bolster carbon fiber: New material created with graphene oxide flakes
Large flakes of graphene oxide are the essential ingredient in a new recipe for robust carbon fiber created at Rice University.
Polymer structures serve as 'nanoreactors' for nanocrystals with uniform sizes, shapes
Using star-shaped block co-polymer structures as tiny reaction vessels, researchers have developed an improved technique for producing nanocrystals with consistent sizes, compositions and architectures – ...
Polymers could help enzymes treat diseases
Fracking risks to ground water assessed
Do-it-yourself invisibility with 3-D printing
Seven years ago, Duke University engineers demonstrated the first working invisibility cloak in complex laboratory experiments. Now it appears creating a simple cloak has become a lot simpler.
Portable nanodevice provides rapid, accurate diagnosis of tuberculosis, other bacterial infections
A handheld diagnostic device that Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators first developed to diagnose cancer has been adapted to rapidly diagnose tuberculosis (TB) and other important infectious ...
Morphees: Shape-shifting mobile devices (w/ Video)
Prototype mobile devices that can change shape on-demand will be unveiled today and could lay down the foundation for creating high shape resolution devices of the future.
Scientists uncover the nuclear life of actin
A key building block of life, actin is one of the most abundant and highly conserved proteins in eukaryotic cells.
Paint-on plastic electronics: Aligning polymers for high performance
Semiconducting polymers are an unruly bunch, but University of Michigan engineers have developed a new method for getting them in line that could pave the way for cheaper, greener, "paint-on" plastic electronics.