Researchers studied the details of this 'liquid wire' technique in spiders' webs and used it to create composite fibres in the laboratory which, just like the spider's capture silk, extend like a solid and compress like a liquid.
This method that enables fine tuning of the electronic properties of certain phosphorous heterocycles compounds for applications including fabrication of organic electronics and hydrogen fluoride sensors.
Researchers have successfully explained how iron-based dyes work on a molecular level in solar cells. The new findings will accelerate the development of inexpensive and environmentally friendly solar cells.
A growing field called nanotechnology is allowing researchers to manipulate molecules and structures much smaller than a single cell to enhance our ability to see, monitor and destroy cancer cells in the body.
Researchers have discovered that the chemical structure of melanin on a macromolecular scale exhibits, amongst other shapes, a four-membered ring - in other words, a chemical structure that may be conducive to creating certain kinds of batteries based on natural melanin pigments.
Granular materials are one of the least understood forms of matter due to the incredibly complex ways that those particles interact. But those complicated physics also offer tantalizing potential to create materials with unique properties - like the ability to absorb impact energy in customized ways.