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Camera for the nano-cosmos

Scientists have succeeded in combining two established measurement techniques for the first time: near-field optical microscopy and ultra-fast spectroscopy. Computer-assisted technology developed especially for this purpose combines the advantages of both methods and suppresses unwanted noise. This makes highly precise filming of dynamic processes at the nanometer scale possible.

Posted: Aug 10th, 2015

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A new strategy towards ultra-soft yet dry rubber

A team of polymer physicists and chemists has developed a way to create an ultra-soft dry silicone rubber. This new rubber features tunable softness to match a variety of biological tissues, opening new opportunities in biomedical research and engineering.

Posted: Aug 10th, 2015

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Narrowing the gap between synthetic and natural graphene

Researchers have developed a novel variant on the chemical vapour deposition process which yields high quality material in a scalable manner. This advance should significantly narrow the performance gap between synthetic and natural graphene.

Posted: Aug 8th, 2015

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Copper clusters capture and convert carbon dioxide to make fuel

The chemical reactions that make methanol from carbon dioxide rely on a catalyst to speed up the conversion, and scientists identified a new material that could fill this role. With its unique structure, this catalyst can capture and convert carbon dioxide in a way that ultimately saves energy.

Posted: Aug 7th, 2015

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NSF funds center to study and develop atomically thin coatings

The center will design and develop advanced two-dimensional coatings engineered to solve fundamental scientific and technological challenges that include: corrosion, oxidation and abrasion, friction and wear, energy storage and harvesting, and the large-scale synthesis and deposition of novel multifunctional coatings.

Posted: Aug 7th, 2015

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First accelerator of nanobiomedicine projects launches

The EU-funded consortium ENATRANS (Enabling Nanomedicine TRANSlation) launches the first Translation Advisory Board, a new instrument to provide free of charge advice and support to ambitious international nanobiomedicine projects.

Posted: Aug 7th, 2015

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Using lasers to tailor the properties of graphene

Researchers explore the use of ultrafast lasers as tool for graphene processing. The laser beam can be focused precisely, used to tailor the properties of graphene films in finely defined areas, to produce distinct behaviors useful for producing devices.

Posted: Aug 7th, 2015

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New 2D transistor material made using precision lasers

Molybdenum ditelluride is a crystalline compound that if pure enough can be used as a transistor. It was first made in the 1960's via several different fabrication methods, but until last year it had never been made in a pure enough form to be suitable for electronics.

Posted: Aug 7th, 2015

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