Carmen Lilley, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is working on new procedures for making nanowires more electrically stable - and hence more reliable. She was recently awarded a $505,532 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Award to help advance her project.
In finally answering an elusive scientific question, researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have shown that the selective placement of strain can alter the electronic phase and its spatial arrangement in correlated electron materials.
An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Delaware has received a two-year $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering Program.
Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have received about $2.5 million to identify new materials that will efficiently absorb sunlight and split water (H2O) into clean hydrogen fuel, which could power cars and be used to generate electricity.
Scientists from North Carolina State University have learned how to consistently create hollow, solid and amorphous nanoparticles of nickel phosphide, which has potential uses in the development of solar cells and as catalysts for removing sulfur from fuel.
Researchers at North Carolina State University have received a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Center for Chemical Innovation (NSF-CCI) to pursue research in the emerging field of molecular spintronics.
Rochester Institute of Technology scientist Tom Smith is experimenting with synthesizing liquid salts into a gel. He recently received an EAGER (EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research) grant from the National Science Foundation to create an entirely new material - a polymer, or a plastic, from ionic liquid monomers - that will confine charge-carrying ions in a gelled, pseudo-liquid state.
There's a new way to explore biology's secrets. With a flash of light, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley zeroed in on the type of neural cell that controls swimming in larval zebrafish.
Functionalized nano- and microscale particle systems have become a key component in biomedical applications, from drug delivery to prosthetics. Their small size and potential for modification and functionalization make them ideal for performing specific tasks within the human body. But can these materials be controlled at the structural level, to create particles capable of complex interactions with biological systems?
Chemical engineers at Oregon State University have invented a new technology to deposit nanostructure films on various surfaces, which may first find use as coatings for eyeglasses that cost less and work better.
In an interdisciplinary study, scientists have developed a method that allows them to monitor the distribution of compounds in whole animals by taking snapshots at different times after injection. The technique relies on the attachment of fluorescent nanocrystals to fragments of DNA.