Researchers have developed a new sensor that can detect and count nanoparticles, at sizes as small as 10 nanometers, one at a time. The researchers say the sensor could potentially detect much smaller particles, viruses and small molecules.
Scientists have been studying the effects of embedding magnetic spins onto the surface of a superconductor. They report that the spins can interact differently than previously thought. This hybrid platform could be useful for quantum simulations of complex spin systems, having the special feature that the interactions may be controllable, something quite unusual for most condensed matter systems.
A new report reviews the potential implications of nanotechnology on the safety and performance of engineering assets and the infrastructure on which modern society relies on, finds that nanotechnology will have a far reaching impact on almost every industry including energy, transportation, manufacturing, medical, computing and telecommunications.
Touchscreens and solar cells rely on special oxide layers. However, errors in the layers' atomic structure impair not only their transparency, but also their conductivity. Using atomic models, researchers have found ways of identifying and removing these errors.
A promising capture method for concentrated solar power plants, called volumetric absorption, uses the material both to capture and transport concentrated solar energy. Nanofluids - suspensions of nanoparticles in fluids - have great potential as volumetric solar absorbers.
A team of UCLA researchers has received a $2-million, four-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Frontiers in Research and Innovation to explore new approaches to assembling nanoscale materials for use in a variety of manufacturing and research applications.
A new $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program will enable a professor of physics to study how DNA travels through carbon nanotubes.
Researchers used X-ray scattering during a process called molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) to observe the behavior of atoms as a type of material known as layered oxides were being formed. These observations were then used as data for computational predictions of new materials, leading to insights on how to best combine atoms to form new, stable structures.