Graphene Week 2015 in Manchester last month saw the launch of Women in Graphene, a support network for women in graphene and related 2D materials research. As in other areas of science and engineering, women make up significant proportion of the 2D materials workforce, but they face a number of gender-specific barriers to career progression.
Scientists report a 250% increase of the thermoelectric conversion efficiency of a CrN thin film compared with the bulk material. This work paves the way for a new generation of thermoelectric materials based on oxides and nitrides.
Researchers from IBM Research, SUNY Polytechnic Institute's Colleges of Nanotech Science and Engineering and partners including GlobalFoundries and Samsung have produced advances that will enable the semiconductor industry to pack about twice as many transistors on the chips that power everything from data-crunching servers to mobile devices.
Silver is often used as a coating on medical equipment used for chemotherapy. The problem is that this silver coating can break down drugs. Now, researchers have found a graphene coating that will help boost chemotherapy's effects.
Scientists have found a way to package antimicrobial compounds from peppermint and cinnamon in tiny capsules that can both kill biofilms and actively promote healing. The researchers say the new material could be used as a topical antibacterial treatment and disinfectant.
The development of metal oxide-based molecular wires is important for fundamental research and potential practical applications. However, examples of these materials are rare. Researchers now successfully created ultrathin all-inorganic molecular nanowires, composed of a repeating hexagonal molecular unit made of Mo and Te; the diameters of these wires were only 1.2 nm.