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Viewing plant cells in 3-D (no glasses required)

Focused ion beam-scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM) has been used in both materials science and in the study of animal tissue, but has not previously been used in plant imaging. Researchers have modified existing FIB-SEM protocols and optimized these for plant tissue and cellular studies, shedding new light on plant cell architecture.

Posted: Jun 9th, 2014

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DOE funding to explore nanoparticles with plasma

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory has received some $4.3 million of DOE Office of Science funding, over three years, to develop an increased understanding of the role of plasma in the synthesis of nanoparticles.

Posted: Jun 9th, 2014

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Designing ion 'highway systems' for batteries

Researchers have married two traditional theories in materials science that can explain how the charge dictates the structure of the material. This opens the door for many applications, including a new class of batteries.

Posted: Jun 9th, 2014

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Nanoparticle thin-films that self-assemble in one minute

The days of self-assembling nanoparticles taking hours to form a film over a microscopic-sized wafer are over. Researchers have devised a technique whereby self-assembling nanoparticle arrays can form a highly ordered thin film over macroscopic distances in one minute.

Posted: Jun 9th, 2014

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Evolution of a bimetallic nanocatalyst

Atomic-scale snapshots of a bimetallic nanoparticle catalyst in action have provided insights that could help improve the industrial process by which fuels and chemicals are synthesized from natural gas, coal or plant biomass. A multi-national lab collaboration has taken the most detailed look ever at the evolution of platinum/cobalt bimetallic nanoparticles during reactions in oxygen and hydrogen gases.

Posted: Jun 6th, 2014

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Researchers use living systems as a guide to develop advanced technologies

How should we respond to technologies around us that are inefficient, wasteful, pollute our environment, and overburden our health care system? In their latest three three volume 'Handbook of Biomimetics and Bioinspiration', renowned researcher Dr Jabbari and his co-editors provide answers to this question.

Posted: Jun 6th, 2014

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Opening a wide window on the nano-world of surface catalysis

A surface catalyst with a built-in sensor: that's what researchers built by bridging a size gap on the nanoscale. Their silver nanoparticles combine plasmon resonance with catalytic activity, making SERS and other analytical data available in real time on a surface catalyst.

Posted: Jun 6th, 2014

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Nanomaterials up close: Salt baskets (w/video)

'Nanomaterials Up Close' is a special series linked to our 'Under the Microscope' collection of videos produced by Cambridge University that show glimpses of the natural and man-made world in stunning close-up.

Posted: Jun 6th, 2014

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