Platinum has traditionally been used as the electrocatalyst in electrolysers that store electric energy as chemical compounds. However, platinum is a rare and expensive metal. Now, researchers have succeeded in developing a substitute to it that is cheap and effective.
Researchers have exploited gold nanotubes with controlled length and tunable absorption in the near-infrared (NIR) region for applications as photothermal conversion agents and in vivo photoacoustic imaging contrast agents. They developed a length-controlled synthesis to fabricate gold nanotubes with well-defined shape, high crystallinity, and tunable NIR surface plasmon resonance.
Researchers found that silver nanowires can be made almost indestructible and highly bendable by covering the minuscule wire with silicon dioxide. The new material can be used for making next generation optical cables, which until now have been easily fractured if bent. The new material 'memorizes' its original position and regenerates when needed.
Researchers have discovered through the in situ observation of the behavior of photoexcited carriers on the surface of a titanium dioxide crystal used as a photocatalyst that the carrier (electron and positive hole) lifetime on the crystal surface is an important factor to determine the catalytic activity.
For the first time, scientists have succeeded in recording the current in membrane channels of contracting cardiac cells. To do this, the scientists combined an atomic force microscope with a widely used method for measuring electrical signals in cells.
Researchers have developed a unique single-step process to achieve three-dimensional (3D) texturing of graphene and graphite. Using a commercially available thermally activated shape-memory polymer substrate, this 3D texturing, or 'crumpling', allows for increased surface area and opens the doors to expanded capabilities for electronics and biomaterials.