Biophysics researchers have used short pulses of light to peer into the mechanics of photosynthesis and illuminate the role that molecule vibrations play in the energy conversion process that powers life on our planet.
Researchers have shown that a cluster of 40 boron atoms forms a hollow molecular cage similar to a carbon buckyball. It's the first experimental evidence that a boron cage structure - previously only a matter of speculation - does indeed exist.
Beginning in winter 2015, Wayne State University's College of Engineering will offer a nanoengineering undergraduate certificate program that will provide students with in-depth training in the emerging area of nanotechnology. The program will offer new lecture, laboratory and seminar courses that cross traditional departmental and disciplinary boundaries.
Scientists have found a way to estimate uncertainties in computer calculations that are widely used to speed the search for new materials for industry, electronics, energy, drug design and a host of other applications.
Researchers have have found a way to change the magnetoresistance of a thin (100 nm) organic semiconducting material by pairing it with an even thinner layer - a self-assembled monolayer - to alter its characteristics. By demonstrating that this kind of fine tuning is both straightforward and repeatable, the researchers have opened up an unprecedented level of control over materials that hold huge promise for next-generation technologies.