Scientists have developed a cost-effective and compact technology using combined gel-polymer hybrid materials. Possessing both hydrophilic qualities and semiconducting properties, these hydrogels enable the production of clean, safe drinking water from any source, whether it's from the oceans or contaminated supplies.
Some materials are like people. Let them relax in the sun for a little while and they perform a lot better. Researchers have found that to be the case with a perovskite compound touted as an efficient material to collect sunlight and convert it into energy.
A team of researchers has discovered a new mechanism to explain stochastic resonance, in which sensitivity to weak signals is enhanced by noise. The finding is expected to help electronic devices become smaller and more energy-efficient.
Scientists have described the mechanism of appearance of an inertial lift force acting on finite-sized particles in microchannels. Such calculations were previously possible only for some specific cases. A more accurate description allows one to use this inertial lift for particle sorting.
Some of the potential applications of nanotechnology, for example in catalysis and aerospace, may subject particles of only nanometre dimensions to very high temperatures. How well will they survive the experience?
Scientists have managed to control atomically thin magnets with an electric field, a breakthrough that provides a blueprint for producing exceptionally powerful and efficient data storage in computer chips, among other applications.