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Scientists watch quantum dots 'breathe' in response to stress

Researchers watched nanoscale semiconductor crystals expand and shrink in response to powerful pulses of laser light. This ultrafast 'breathing' provides new insight about how such tiny structures change shape as they start to melt - information that can help guide researchers in tailoring their use for a range of applications.

Posted: Mar 19th, 2015

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Researchers use shearing method to create nanofiber 'gusher'

Creating large amounts of polymer nanofibers dispersed in liquid is a challenge that has vexed researchers for years. But engineers have now reported a method that can produce unprecedented amounts of polymer nanofibers, which have potential applications in filtration, batteries and cell scaffolding.

Posted: Mar 19th, 2015

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Novel nanoscale optical metamaterials break digital connectivity barriers

A new study finds that new optical materials could serve as the nuts and bolts of future ultra-high-speed optical computing components. These 'nonlinear metamaterials', which possess physical capabilities not found in nature, may be the building blocks that allow major companies like IBM and Intel to move from electronic to optical computing.

Posted: Mar 18th, 2015

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Third NANoREG newsletter now available as free download

Time wise, the NANoREG project is now halfway. After setting the basic conditions for its R+D work, the project now focuses on the generation of reliable and comparable experimental data on the EHS aspects of the selected NANoREG nanomaterials.

Posted: Mar 18th, 2015

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An improved method for coating gold nanorods

Researchers have fine-tuned a technique for coating gold nanorods with silica shells, allowing engineers to create large quantities of the nanorods and giving them more control over the thickness of the shell.

Posted: Mar 18th, 2015

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