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November 23, 2014
UO-industry collaboration points to improved nanomaterials
Eugene OR (SPX) Nov 21, 2014
A potential path to identify imperfections and improve the quality of nanomaterials for use in next-generation solar cells has emerged from a collaboration of University of Oregon and industry researchers. To increase light-harvesting efficiency of solar cells beyond silicon's limit of about 29 percent, manufacturers have used layers of chemically synthesized semiconductor nanocrystals. Properties of quantum dots that are produced are manipulated by controlling the synthetic process and surface ch ... read more
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Thin film produces new chemistry in 'nanoreactor'
Physicists at the University of Groningen led by Professor of Functional Nanomaterials Beatriz Noheda have discovered a new manganese compound that is produced by tension in the crystal structure of ... more

Penn engineers efficiently 'mix' light at the nanoscale
The race to make computer components smaller and faster and use less power is pushing the limits of the properties of electrons in a material. Photonic systems could eventually replace electronic on ... more

Graphene/nanotube hybrid benefits flexible solar cells
Rice University scientists have invented a novel cathode that may make cheap, flexible dye-sensitized solar cells practical. The Rice lab of materials scientist Jun Lou created the new cathode, one ... more
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On-demand conductivity for graphene nanoribbons
Physicists have, for the first time, explored in detail the time evolution of the conductivity, as well as other quantum-level electron transport characteristics, of a graphene device subjected to p ... more


Microbot muscles: Chains of particles assemble and flex
In a step toward robots smaller than a grain of sand, University of Michigan researchers have shown how chains of self-assembling particles could serve as electrically activated muscles in the tiny ... more
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QUT leading the charge for panel-powered car
A car powered by its own body panels could soon be driving on our roads after a breakthrough in nanotechnology research by a QUT team. Researchers have developed lightweight "supercapacitors" that c ... more

Measuring nano-vibrations
In a recent paper published in Nature Nanotechnology, Joel Moser and ICFO colleagues of the NanoOptoMechanics research group led by Prof. Adrian Bachtold, together with Marc Dykman (Michigan Univers ... more
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Live Images from the Nano-cosmos
Many pollutants with the potential to meddle with hormones - with bisphenol A (BPA) as a prime example - are already common in the environment. In an effort to clean up these pollutants found in the ... more

Outsmarting Thermodynamics in Self-assembly of Nanostructures
If you can uniformly break the symmetry of nanorod pairs in a colloidal solution, you're a step ahead of the game toward achieving new and exciting metamaterial properties. But traditional thermodyn ... more

Plasma: Casimir and Yukawa mesons
A new theoretical work establishes a long-sought-after connection between nuclear particles and electromagnetic theories. Its findings suggest that there is an equivalence between generalised Casimi ... more
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'Nanomotor lithography' answers call for affordable, simpler device manufacturing
What does it take to fabricate electronic and medical devices tinier than a fraction of a human hair? Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego recently invented a new method of litho ... more

Electronics industry gets 2 ways to snoop on self-organizing molecules
A few short years ago, the idea of a practical manufacturing process based on getting molecules to organize themselves in useful nanoscale shapes seemed ... well, cool, sure, but also a little fanta ... more
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Nanosafety research - there's room for improvement
Empa toxicologist Harald Krug has lambasted his colleagues in the journal Angewandte Chemie. He evaluated several thousand studies on the risks associated with nanoparticles and discovered no end of ... more

RF heating of magnetic nanoparticles improves thawing of cryopreserved biomaterials
Successful techniques for cryopreserving bulk biomaterials and organ systems would transform current approaches to transplantation and regenerative medicine. However, while vitrified cryopreservatio ... more

Tiny carbon nanotube pores make big impact
A team led by the Lawrence Livermore scientists has created a new kind of ion channel based on short carbon nanotubes, which can be inserted into synthetic bilayers and live cell membranes to form t ... more

NASA uses ultra-black nano-coating for solar coronagraph
An emerging super-black nanotechnology that is to be tested for the first time this fall on the International Space Station will be applied to a complex, 3-D component critical for suppressing stray ... more

Special UO microscope captures defects in nanotubes
University of Oregon chemists have devised a way to see the internal structures of electronic waves trapped in carbon nanotubes by external electrostatic charges. Carbon nanotubes have been to ... more

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Electric charge along microbial nanowires imaged
The claim by microbiologist Derek Lovley and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that the microbe Geobacter produces tiny electrical wires, called microbial nanowires, has been mir ... more

Crystallizing the DNA nanotechnology dream
DNA has garnered attention for its potential as a programmable material platform that could spawn entire new and revolutionary nanodevices in computer science, microscopy, biology, and more. Researc ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
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China's Xi wraps up Pacific talks with Fiji aid boost

Sudan rebels claim raids on Blue Nile army bases

China defence minister brushes off fears over military growth

World powers discuss extending Iran deal deadline

Albania opens Hoxha's top secret Cold War nuclear bunker to public

Lockheed advancing technologies for U.S. Navy


Solid nanoparticles can deform like a liquid


Nanoparticles get a magnetic handle


Nanoparticles Break the Symmetry of Light


DNA nano-foundries cast custom-shaped metal nanoparticles


Smallest world record has 'endless possibilities' for bio-nanotechnology


Fast, cheap nanomanufacturing


Researchers develop transparent nanoscintillators for radiation detection


A new dimension for integrated circuits: 3-D nanomagnetic logic


All directions are not created equal for nanoscale heat sources


Penn Team Studies Nanocrystals by Passing Them Through Tiny Pores

Nanoparticles give up forensic secrets

A Heartbeat Away? Hybrid "Patch" Could Replace Transplants

World's smallest reference material is big plus for nanotechnology

Engineers show light can play seesaw at the nanoscale

Smallest possible diamonds form ultra-thin nanothreads

Oxides Discovered by CCNY Team Could Advance Memory Devices

Nanotubes help healing hearts keep the beat

New 'star' shaped molecule breakthrough

Nanoribbon film keeps glass ice-free

Rice rolls 'neat' nanotube fibers

Magnetic nanocubes self-assemble into helical superstructures

Decoding the role of water in gold nanocatalysis

Nano-pea pod model widens electronics applications

Nanotechnology aids in cooling electrons without external sources

Peptoid Nanosheets at the Oil/Water Interface

New synthesis method may shape future of nanostructures, clean energy

Nanoscale assembly line

UO-Berkeley Lab unveil new nano-sized synthetic scaffolding technique

Engineers develop new sensor to detect tiny individual nanoparticles

New analytical technology reveals 'nanomechanical' surface traits

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