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A nanoengineered surface unsticks sticky water droplets

Researchers have developed the first nano/micro-textured highly slippery surfaces able to outperform lotus leaf-inspired liquid repellent coatings, particularly in situations where the water is in the form of vapor or tiny droplets.

Posted: Aug 31st, 2015

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Seeing quantum motion

For the first time, researchers have found a way to observe - and control - the quantum motion of an object that is large enough to see.

Posted: Aug 31st, 2015

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Designing bespoke nanomaterials for energy applications

A new paper demonstrates the rapid and scalable production of Zinc Oxide nanomaterials using a technique called electrochemical anodization. The technique can be controlled to give rise to a wide range of interesting structures, with different sizes and shapes, which can be tailored towards specific applications.

Posted: Aug 28th, 2015

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Draw out of the predicted interatomic force

Liquid Bi shows a peculiar dispersion of the acoustic mode, which is related to the Peierls distortion in the crystalline state. These results will provide valuable inspiration to researchers developing new materials in the nanotechnology field.

Posted: Aug 28th, 2015

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Electrons take a phonon bath

A theoretical model enables the first exact and universal description of electrons moving in a 'bath' of atomic vibrations.

Posted: Aug 28th, 2015

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A new nanoparticle technique to make drugs more soluble

Researchers have developed a new system that can produce stable, amorphous nanoparticles in large quantities that dissolve quickly. But that's not all. The system is so effective that it can produce amorphous nanoparticles from a wide range of materials, including for the first time, inorganic materials with a high propensity towards crystallization, such as table salt.

Posted: Aug 27th, 2015

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Chemistry professor discovers colour sensor compound for anions

Discovery of a compound that undergoes a colorimetric response to a whole host of different ions. However, the most remarkable facet of the chemistry is that the detecting species is not made directly by the scientist, but because the response spontaneously self-assembles to give a sensor for each specific anion.

Posted: Aug 27th, 2015

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Successful boron-doping of graphene nanoribbon

Physicists succeeded in synthesizing boron-doped graphene nanoribbons and characterizing their structural, electronic and chemical properties. The modified material could potentially be used as a sensor for the ecologically damaging nitrogen oxides.

Posted: Aug 27th, 2015

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Nanofiber 3D tissue scaffold for plants

Miniscule artificial scaffolding units made from nano-fibre polymers and built to house plant cells have enabled scientists to see for the first time how individual plant cells behave and interact with each other in a three-dimensional environment.

Posted: Aug 26th, 2015

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