Advances in flexible and stretchable electronics have prompted nanotechnology researchers to explore ways to create stretchable supercapacitors - robust energy storage devices - to power these and other devices.
From supersensitive detections of magnetic fields to quantum information processing, the key to a number of highly promising advanced technologies may lie in one of the most common defects in diamonds. Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley have taken an important step towards unlocking this key with the first ever detailed look at critical ultrafast processes in these diamond defects.
A new way to build membrane-crossing pores, using Lego-like DNA building blocks, has been developed by scientists at UCL, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Cambridge and the University of Southampton.
A new international research collaboration announced today will deliver highly accurate measurements of strain in materials at the nano-scale to drive innovation in next generation electronic devices. The European Metrology Research Programme's Nanostrain project brings together public institutions from across Europe supported by global industry leaders including IBM.
Physicists at the University of Basel have been successful in generating photons with only one color. This is useful for quantum information. The scientists have actively stabilized the wavelength of the photons emitted by a semiconductor thereby neutralizing the charge noise in the semiconductor.
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) today launched its Regulatory Monitoring Database. This Database is a comprehensive tool that allows its users to monitor nano-specific regulations and standards around the world.
Zellen von Pflanzen und Tieren sind ein prominentes Beispiel dafür, wie die Natur - ausgehend von molekularen Strukturen des Erbguts - in einer zielgerichteten, vorprogrammierten Weise immer größere Einheiten aufbaut. Die Nanotechnologie versucht dieses Bottom-up-Prinzip zu kopieren, indem sie die Fähigkeit von Nanopartikeln zur selbständigen Strukturbildung nutzt.
Nanoparticle additives can make plastics scratch and flame proof, or give them antibacterial properties. For this to work, the particle distribution within the plastic compound must be absolutely correct. A new device is now able to test the distribution in real time.
Flickering façades, curved monitors, flashing clothing, fluorescent wallpaper, flexible solar cells - and all printable. This is no make-believe vision of the future; it will soon be possible using a new printing process for organic light-emitting diodes.
The European FP7 Project NanoDiode has officially unveiled its website. Visitors will be able to find the latest information on what activities will be being done by the project around the EU, what publications are considered vital to an understanding, and betterment, of nanotechnology dissemination activities, and see how NanoDiode aims to inspire, educate, co-create and engage with society on nanotechnologies.
An international team of researchers has used pioneering electron microscopy techniques to discover an important mechanism behind the reaction of metallic nanoparticles with the environment. Crucially, the research shows that oxidation of metals - the process that describes, for example, how iron reacts with oxygen, in the presence of water, to form rust - proceeds much more rapidly in nanoparticles than at the macroscopic scale.