Researchers recently discovered a unique copper-silver nanoparticle structure that has a core of one element surrounded by a 'cage' of the other element. However, the cage does not cover certain areas of the core, which very much resembles the Japanese glass fishing floats traditionally covered with rope called ukidama.
Scientists are exploring a strategy to remedy soils contaminated by organic compounds containing chlorine (organochlorine compounds). The innovative process consists of combining the application of zero-iron nanoparticles with bioremediation techniques.
The newly started European Commission LIFE project NanoMONITOR addresses the challenges of supporting the risk assessment of nanomaterials under REACH by development of a real-time information and monitoring system.
Theoreticians report on the existence of Majorana-type particles based on analysis of independent scanning tunneling spectroscopy measurements on thin film of topological insulator bismuth telluride on substrate of superconducting niobium selenide. The findings are important for robust topological quantum computing.
The Materials Project, a Google-like database of material properties aimed at accelerating innovation, has released an enormous trove of data to the public, giving scientists working on fuel cells, photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, and a host of other advanced materials a powerful tool to explore new research avenues.