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Self-assembling highly conductive plastic nanofibers

Researchers from CNRS and the Universite de Strasbourg have succeeded in making highly conductive plastic fibers that are only several nanometers thick. These nanowires, for which CNRS has filed a patent, self-assemble when triggered by a flash of light.

Posted: Apr 23rd, 2012

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Controlling heat flow with atomic-level precision

Through a combination of atomic-scale materials design and ultrafast measurements, researchers at the University of Illinois have revealed new insights about how heat flows across an interface between two materials.

Posted: Apr 22nd, 2012

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IBM demonstrates graphene devices for terahertz waves

Graphene has been courted as the miracle material of the future, since different formulations have been fabricated into conductors, semiconductors and insulators. Now IBM has added photonic to the list by demonstrating a graphene/insulator superlattice that achieves a terahertz frequency notch filter and a linear polarizer, devices which could be useful in future mid- and far-infrared photonic devices, including detectors, modulators and three-dimensional metamaterials.

Posted: Apr 22nd, 2012

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Cees Dekker receives the 2012 ISNCE Nanoscience Prize

The yearly price is awarded by the International Society of Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Computation. Dekker receives the award 'in recognition of outstanding discoveries and contributions to the field of (biomolecular) nanoscale science and nanotechnology'.

Posted: Apr 21st, 2012

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Nanotechnology-based drug treatment to prevent cerebral palsy

Researchers at the Perinatology Research Branch of the National Institutes of Health, housed at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Detroit Medical Center, have demonstrated that a nanotechnology-based drug treatment in newborn rabbits with cerebral palsy enabled dramatic improvement of movement disorders and the inflammatory process of the brain that causes many cases of CP.

Posted: Apr 21st, 2012

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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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