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Pinholes be gone

Researchers have eliminated problematic pinholes in the top layer of next-generation solar cells in development. At the same time, they have significantly improved the lifetime of the solar cell and made it thinner.

Posted: Jun 2nd, 2015

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Robotic synthesizing machines create custom nanoscale structures

There is an urgent demand for new antimicrobial compounds that are effective against constantly emerging drug-resistant bacteria. Two robotic chemical-synthesizing machines, named Symphony X and Overture, have joined the search. Their specialty is creating custom nanoscale structures that mimic nature's proven designs.

Posted: Jun 1st, 2015

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Graphene oxide biodegrades with help of human enzymes

Researchers show how graphene oxide suspended in water biodegrades in a reaction catalysed by a human enzyme, with the effectiveness of the breakdown dependent on the colloidal stability of the suspension. The study should guide the development of graphene-based biomedical applications.

Posted: Jun 1st, 2015

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One nanocrystal, many faces

Imaging of cerium oxide nanocrystals provides new insights into the different behaviors of catalyst for emission control, other uses.

Posted: Jun 1st, 2015

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All-star nanocrystals

Tiny semiconducting crystals show promise for solar cell architectures and light-emitting devices.

Posted: Jun 1st, 2015

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Entangled photons unlock new super-sensitive characterisation of quantum technology

A new protocol for estimating unknown optical processes, called unitary operations, with precision enhanced by the unique properties of quantum mechanics has been demonstrated by scientists and engineers. The work could lead to both dramatically better sensors for medical research and new approaches to benchmark the performance of ultra-powerful quantum computers.

Posted: Jun 1st, 2015

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DNA scaffolds and glue: New tools for nanotechnology engineering

You're probably familiar with the role of DNA as the blueprint for making every protein on the planet and passing genetic information from one generation to the next. But researchers have shown that the twisted ladder molecule made of complementary matching strands can also perform a number of decidedly non-biological construction jobs: serving as a scaffold and programmable 'glue' for linking up nanoparticles.

Posted: Jun 1st, 2015

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