After six years of painstaking effort, a group of materials scientists believe their breakthrough in growing tiny sheets of zinc oxide could have huge implications for the future of nanomaterial manufacturing - and in turn, on a host of electronic and biomedical devices.
A new thin-film electrolyte material helps solid oxide fuel cells operate more efficiently and cheaply than those composed of conventional materials, has potential applications for portable power sources.
Scientists describe their design and synthesis of a special amorphous state of nanoparticulate iron, which can locally release reactive iron species in the acidic and hydrogen peroxide rich environment of cancer cells, providing new possibilities for theranostics and chemodynamic therapies.
Researchers used numerical simulations to demonstrate that energy dissipation and decoherence, which were thought to reduce solar cell efficiency, are counterintuitively helpful for the development of more efficient photovoltaics, offering a new guide to finding efficient photovoltaic materials.
Scientists have developed a sheet of graphene material with minuscule holes in it that they could then place on a gold substrate. The holes allow molecules to attach to the gold exactly where the scientists want them, creating patterns that control the physical shape and electronic properties of nanoscale devices.