Pre-treating the fabric surface of the bandages used to treat burns with enzymes and polyethylene glycol or cellulase may promote the adhesion of antibacterial nanoparticles and improve their bacteria-repelling ability.
By forcefully embedding two silicon atoms in a diamond matrix, researchers have demonstrated for the first time on a single chip all the components needed to create a quantum bridge to link quantum computers together.
Several peptides have an antibacterial effect - but they are broken down in the human body too quickly to exert this effect. Empa researchers have now succeeded in encasing peptides in a protective coat, which could prolong their life in the human body.
Researchers describe a novel light-activated phenomenon that could become the basis for applications as diverse as microscopic robotic grippers, more efficient solar cells, and optical telecommunications systems.
Very tiny plastic particles of micro and nano size are difficult to measure in the environment to assess exposure risks. Researchers now provide the first mechanistic modelling study on the behaviour and fate of nano- and microplastic in surface waters.
Researchers have determined that the surface texture of gallium nitride (GaN) materials can influence the health of nearby cells. The work is significant because GaN is a material of interest for developing new devices that can control cellular behavior.