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Giving citizens a voice in the era of nanotechnology

From user communities to school competitions, an EU project has given civil society a stronger voice in the ongoing debate over nanotechnology. The goal is to help ensure societal concerns are incorporated at all levels of decision-making, and that research with the potential to directly benefit citizens is prioritised.

Posted: Jan 13th, 2017

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Crystallography: Electron diffraction locates hydrogen atoms

Diffraction-based analytical methods are widely used in laboratories, but they struggle to study samples that are smaller than a micrometer in size. Researchers have nevertheless been successful in using electron diffraction to reveal the structure of nanocrystals.

Posted: Jan 13th, 2017

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Fast track control accelerates switching of quantum bits

An international collaboration among physicists recently demonstrated a new framework for faster control of a quantum bit. Their experiments on a single electron in a diamond chip could create quantum devices less prone to errors when operated at high speeds.

Posted: Jan 12th, 2017

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Ultra-fast, ultra-sensitive platinum selenide gas sensors

Researchers have demonstrated ultrafast and highly sensitive gas sensors using platinum selenide. This material - a transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) - has promising potential in different areas of nanoelectronics, including optoelectonics as well as sensing.

Posted: Jan 12th, 2017

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Scientists sort through bilayer graphene

A team of scientists spent two years studying and organizing all of the most significant experimental and theoretical findings in the field of bilayer graphene. As a result, they published a review citing roughly 450 scientific papers on bilayer graphene and related subjects.

Posted: Jan 12th, 2017

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