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Researchers synthesize material for efficient plasmonic devices in mid-infrared range

A research team has identified and synthesized a material that can be used to create efficient plasmonic devices that respond to light in the mid-infrared range. This is the first time anyone has demonstrated a material that performs efficiently in response to this light range, and it has applications in fields ranging from high-speed computers, to solar energy to biomedical devices.

Posted: Feb 16th, 2015

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Autonomous atom assembly of nanostructures using a scanning tunneling microscope

Researchers have demonstrated the autonomous computer-controlled assembly of atoms into perfect nanostructures using a low temperature scanning tunneling microscope. The results show the construction without human intervention of quantum confined two-dimensional nanostructures using single atoms or single molecules on a copper surface.

Posted: Feb 16th, 2015

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Discovery of new ferroelectric silicate materials

Scientists have succeeded in the synthesis of new ferroelectric silicates with a tetrahedral coordination. The mechanism for the evolution of ferroelectricity was studied by both experiments and theoretical calculations.

Posted: Feb 16th, 2015

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Buckybowls for molecular circuits

Corannulene is a carbon molecule with a unique shape (similar to the better known fullerene) and promising properties. Scientists carried out computer simulations of the molecule's properties and discovered that it might help overcome the difficulties building molecular circuits.

Posted: Feb 16th, 2015

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Researchers glimpse distortions in atomic structure of materials

Researchers are using a technique they developed to observe minute distortions in the atomic structure of complex materials, shedding light on what causes these distortions and opening the door to studies on how such atomic-scale variations can influence a material's properties.

Posted: Feb 13th, 2015

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Toxicity mitigation of nanomaterials used in inks and pigments using novel surface modification strategies (webinar)

Since 2012, the NanoMICEX project has been investigating ways to mitigate the risk and control workers' exposure to nanomaterials used in the inks and pigments industry. The project is nearing completion, and it is keen to share its knowledge with industrial stakeholders, scientists and policy-makers on how it has mitigated risks commonly faced in the sector.

Posted: Feb 13th, 2015

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