Researchers at Japan's National Institute for Materials Science revealed that improvements should soon be expected in the manufacture of transistors that can be used, for example, to make flexible, paper-thin computer screens.
The SUN project has successfully hosted the first Sustainable Nanotechnology School, with over 70 participants coming from all over Europe, United States and Brazil and 21 speakers chosen among the most prominent experts on environmental, health and safety (EHS) implications and sustainable applications of nanomaterials.
The researchers have used the technique to determine that materials with a highly organized structure at the nanoscale are not more efficient at creating free electrons than poorly organized structures - a finding which will help guide future research and development efforts.
Strong materials, such as concrete, are usually heavy, and lightweight materials, such as rubber (for latex gloves) and paper, are usually weak and susceptible to tearing and damage. Julia R. Greer, professor of materials science and mechanics at Caltech is helping to break that linkage.
The aim of new research on the development of 'liquid marbles', also known as dry water, is to better understand the behaviour of this compound, in order to make advances in the use of cheaper materials, such as polystyrene.
A new study exploits near-field microscopy to image propagating plasmons in high-quality graphene encapsulated between two films of hexagonal boron nitride. It finds unprecedentedly low plasmon damping combined with strong field confinement and confirms the high uniformity of this plasmonic medium.