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A cheaper way to produce nickel ferrite ceramic thin films

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology have demonstrated a less-expensive way to create textured nickel ferrite (NFO) ceramic thin films, which can easily be scaled up to address manufacturing needs.

Posted: Sep 24th, 2012

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The inner world of complex catalysts

Using state-of-the-art visualization techniques, chemical engineers at ETH Zurich explore the complex inner life of porous catalysts. Their work will aid in the development of rational catalyst design, allowing promising laboratory leads to find their way into large-scale industrial production.

Posted: Sep 24th, 2012

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Researchers demonstrate 'giant' forces in super-strong nanomaterials

In a study that could lead to advances in the emerging fields of optical computing and nanomaterials, researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology report that a new class of nanoscale slot waveguides pack 100 to 1,000 times more transverse optical force than conventional silicon slot waveguides.

Posted: Sep 24th, 2012

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New research uncovers path to defect-free thin films

A team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Ho Nyung Lee has discovered a strain relaxation phenomenon in cobaltites that has eluded researchers for decades and may lead to advances in fuel cells, magnetic sensors and a host of energy-related materials.

Posted: Sep 20th, 2012

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A fast and sensitive nanophotonic motion sensor for silicon microdevices

Using a microscopic optical sensor that can be batch-fabricated on a silicon chip at low cost, Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology have measured the mechanical motion between two nanofabricated structures with a precision close to the fundamental limit imposed by quantum mechanics.

Posted: Sep 20th, 2012

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