Imagine a family of butterflies fluttering around in a controlled lab space. Except, the butterflies aren't really butterflies. They are molecules designed and produced as new functional materials that have a wide range of applications from molecular sensors to light-controlling devices.
Different length and time scale domains provide different levels of information, but little is currently known about how these levels of information are connected. A long-term programme aims to connect the scales, relating the behaviour of atoms and molecules to tangible properties at the macroscale.
For the first time, researchers have combined a novel synthesis process with commercial electron-beam lithography techniques to produce arrays of semiconductor junctions in arbitrary patterns within a single, nanometer-thick semiconductor crystal.
Scientists used Mira to identify and improve a new mechanism for eliminating friction, which fed into the development of a hybrid material that exhibited superlubricity at the macroscale for the first time.
The Office of Naval Research has awarded engineers an $800,000 grant to develop narrow strips of graphene called nanoribbons that may someday revolutionize how power is controlled in ships, smartphones and other electronic devices.
Researchers have developed an easy and microelectronics-compatible method to grow graphene and have successfully synthesized wafer-scale (four inches in diameter), high-quality, multi-layer graphene on silicon substrates. The method is based on an ion implantation technique, a process in which ions are accelerated under an electrical field and smashed into a semiconductor.
Organic molecules allow producing printable electronics and solar cells with extraordinary properties. In spintronics, too, molecules open up the unexpected possibility of controlling the magnetism of materials and, thus, the spin of the flowing electrons. According to a new report, a thin layer of organic molecules can stabilize the magnetic orientation of a cobalt surface.
Fibre from a semiconducting polymer, developed for solar cells, is an excellent support material for the growth of new human tissue. Researchers have shown that the fibre glows, which makes it possible to follow the growth of the cells inside living tissue.
RNA misregulation plays a critical role in the development of many disorders, such as mental disability, autism and cancer. A new technology - called 'Sticky-flares' - developed by nanomedicine experts, offers the first real-time method to track and observe the dynamics of RNA distribution as it is transported inside living cells.