Industrial palladium-copper catalysts change their structures before they get to work, already during the activation process. As a result, the reaction is catalysed by a catalyst that is different from the one originally prepared for it.
The smaller components become, the more difficult it is to create patterns in an economical and reproducible way, according to an interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers who, using sound waves, can place nanowires in repeatable patterns for potential use in a variety of sensors, optoelectronics and nanoscale circuits.
Scientists using inelastic neutron scattering at the ILL have for the very first time given a complete description of a one-dimensional spin-1/2 Heisenberg antiferromagnet as realized in nature in copper sulphate.
Researchers at the University of New South Wales have proposed a new way to distinguish between quantum bits that are placed only a few nanometres apart in a silicon chip, taking them a step closer to the construction of a large-scale quantum computer.
A million electric cars could be on roads across North America before the end of the decade with the help of research by the United States Department of Energy, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of Waterloo.
The EuroNanoForum 2013 starts today at the Convention Centre in Dublin, Ireland. The 6th biannual conference is the place for the global nanotechnology community to hear about the latest research findings, to convey visions for the market impact of nanotechnology, and to demonstrate commercial products at the Nanotech Europe exhibition.