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Polarons in 2D

In a collaborative work between the LCN, University of York and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, scientists have discovered that the binary metal-oxide materials m-HfO2 and m-ZrO2 exhibit unexpected two-dimensional (2D) polaron behaviour. This discovery broadens the field of quasi-2D systems which often exhibit novel electronic properties.

Posted: Apr 20th, 2012

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Swiss Nano-Cube project wins "Best of 2012" award

The initiative of mid-sized enterprises "Initiative Mittelstand" recently has granted the Innovation Prize IT 2012 at the CeBIT exposition. The platform "Swiss Nano-Cube" was awarded a "Best of 2012" certificate in the category "e-learning".

Posted: Apr 20th, 2012

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Shedding light on nature's nanoscale control of solar energy

Across billions of years of evolution, Nature has retained a common light-absorbing hexameric cofactor core for carrying out the very first chemical reaction of photosynthesis, the light-induced electron transfer across approximately 3 nm. This process has direct analogies to light-driven charge separation in photovoltaic devices.

Posted: Apr 19th, 2012

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Imaging complex domain wall structures in magnetic nanostripes

Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have used the scanning electron microscopy with polarization analysis (SEMPA) technique to provide the first direct images of the magnetic structure of highly twisted domain walls in patterned thin film magnetic nanowires.

Posted: Apr 19th, 2012

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