Researchers have discovered that by replacing the central part of a fuel cell catalyst with gold and copper alloy and leaving just the outer layer in platinum, the new hybrid material can provide 5 times higher activity and much greater stability than a commercial platinum catalyst.
A multi-university research team led by North Carolina State University will be developing methods to create two-dimensional (2-D) materials capable of folding themselves into three-dimensional (3-D) objects when exposed to light. The effort, which is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), is inspired by origami and has a broad range of potential applications.
Materials that harvest solar radiation for energy often overheat or degrade over time; this reduces their viability to compete with other renewable energy sources like wind or hydroelectric generators. A new video protocol addresses these issues by presenting a synthesis of two inorganic nanocrystals, each of which is more durable than their organic counterparts.
The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University has published a special nanotechnology conference issue of Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science and Technology that focuses on innovate new oversight models for rapidly emerging nanotechnologies.
Light-sheet based microscopy (LSM), also known as single plane illumination microscopy (SPIM), is a state-of-the-art microscope imaging method in which a biological sample is illuminated with a thin sheet of light - provided by a laser beam narrowed to just a few microns across - coming from the side rather than from above or below as with traditional light sources.
To encourage industry engagement and promote nano and E&P cross sector opportunities, the pioneering EPNanoNet network, through a joint collaboration with The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, will host a Summit in Houston on September 12th delving deeper into significant nanotechnology developments.
Recently, the NanoHeal project has been granted funding by the Norwegian Research Council of Norway, through the Nano2021 program. In the NanoHeal project cryogelation will be one of the methods for engineering porous composite materials based on nanocellulose from wood.
Atomic orbital electrons react to change of nucleus electric charge following each beta decay and to flying nearby particles emitted from the nucleus. NCBJ physicists have simulated such processes for the 6He nuclei.
This interactive exhibit has been designed to engage family audiences in nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Hands-on exhibits present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce some real world applications, and explore the societal and ethical implications of this new technology.
Knowing the position of missing oxygen atoms could be the key to cheaper solid oxide fuel cells with longer lifetimes. New microscopy research from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is enabling scientists to map these vacancies at an atomic scale.
A joint study by the University of Missouri and United States Geological Survey found that they can be toxic to aquatic animals. The researchers urge that care be taken to prevent the release of CNTs into the environment as the materials enter mass production.