Researchers have discovered a new phase of the material boron nitride, which has potential applications for both manufacturing tools and electronic displays. The researchers have also developed a new technique for creating cubic boron nitride at ambient temperatures and air pressure.
A materials scientist has discovered a way to grow a crystal ball in a lab. Not the kind that soothsayers use to predict the future, but a microscopic version that could be used to encapsulate medication in a way that would allow it to deliver its curative payload more effectively inside the body.
This novel material is ideal for applications such as oil spill cleaning, heat insulation as well as packaging, and it can potentially be used as coating materials for drug delivery and as smart materials for various biomedical applications.
The next generation of electronics, as well as ultra-sensitive medical diagnostics, could depend on near atomic scale cracks - or nanogaps - in electrodes. Now, researchers have developed a method that could pave the way for mass production of nanogap electrodes.