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Hybrid approach predicts and confirms structure of complex metal nanoparticles

A combined theoretical and experimental approach has allowed researchers to predict and verify the full structure of a monolayer-coated molecular metal nanoparticle. The methodology was tested on silver-thiolate nanoparticles, expanding on earlier knowledge about gold nanoparticles, and is expected to be applicable to a broad range of sizes of nanoparticles made of different elements.

Posted: Nov 29th, 2016

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Making flawless graphene coatings

Graphene holds the promise of such impressive applications as wear-resistant, friction-free coatings. But first manufacturers have to be able to produce large sheets of graphene under precisely controlled conditions.

Posted: Nov 29th, 2016

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Diamonds - the ultimate semiconductors

Diamonds' simple yet unique characteristics create significant potential for use in a wide range of purposes, including generation of environmental energy and biological applications.

Posted: Nov 29th, 2016

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The future of electronics is light

Scientists have demonstrated progress toward photonic chips in recent years. A key challenge is making sure the new light-based chips can work with all the existing electronic chips.

Posted: Nov 29th, 2016

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Nano factories to prevent bacterial colonization

In a new research project, scientists plan to place miniature factories on surfaces that will create a cocktail of chemical compounds. Without endangering humans, the released substances will then specifically target bacteria that attempt to replicate on these surfaces.

Posted: Nov 28th, 2016

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Model could shatter a mystery of glass (w/video)

Researchers have developed a computational model for creating a 'perfect glass' that never crystallizes - even at absolute zero. The model is a new way of thinking about glass and details the extremely unusual properties of a perfect glass.

Posted: Nov 28th, 2016

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