Researchers demonstrate that a composite paper - made of interleaved molybdenum disulfide and graphene nanosheets - can be both an active material to efficiently store sodium atoms and a flexible current collector. The newly developed composite paper can be used as a negative electrode in sodium-ion batteries.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is developing a low-cost, transparent, anti-soiling (or self-cleaning) coating for solar reflectors to optimize energy efficiency while lowering operating and maintenance costs and avoiding negative environmental impacts.
Researchers have used a NIST-developed laboratory model of a simplified cell membrane to accurately detect and measure a protein associated with a serious gynecological disease, bacterial vaginosis, at extraordinarily low concentrations. The work illustrates how the artificial membrane could be used to improve disease diagnosis.
Though piezoelectrics are a widely used technology, there are major gaps in our understanding of how they work. Now researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Canada's Simon Fraser University believe they've learned why one of the main classes of these materials, known as relaxors, behaves in distinctly different ways from the rest and exhibit the largest piezoelectric effect.
Researchers at New York University have developed a method for creating and directing fast moving waves in magnetic fields that have the potential to enhance communication and information processing in computer chips and other consumer products.
This issue brings you news of the NanoTox 2014 Congress in Antalya in April, which inevitably has implications for current NSC activities, and so the Newsletter begins with the draft agenda for the NSC meeting to be held there.
By letting DNA strands grow together with gold, scientists at Uppsala Berzelii Centre for Neurodiagnostics and Science for Life Laboratory have developed a brand new concept for super sensitive diagnostics of different diseases.
A new theoretical model may hold the key to methods for developing better materials for solar cells. The scientists say the model could lead to new solar cell materials made from improved blends of semiconducting polymers and fullerenes.
Researchers have shown that free-base and nickel porphyrin-diaminopurine conjugates are formed by hydrogen-bond-directed assembly on single-stranded oligothymidine templates of different lengths into helical multiporphyrin nanoassemblies. The nanoassemblies have highly modular structural and chiroptical properties.