Scientists have discovered that imperfect nanostructures can offer entirely new functionalities. They have shown that imperfect optical chips can be used to produce 'nanolasers', which is an ultimately compact and energy-efficient light source.
Imagine a computer so efficient that it can recycle its own waste heat to produce electricity. Researchers at the Nanostructured Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Utah have fabricated spintronics-based thin film devices which do just that, i.e. convert even minute waste heat into useful electricity.
Unique patterns made from tiny, randomly scattered silver nanowires have been created by a group of researchers from South Korea in an attempt to authenticate goods and tackle the growing problem of counterfeiting.
Rhenium disulfide, unlike molybdenum disulfide and other dichalcogenides, behaves electronically as if it were a 2D monolayer even as a 3D bulk material. This not only opens the door to 2D electronic applications with a 3D material, it also makes it possible to study 2D physics with easy-to-make 3D crystals.
A special track added this year to NanoIsrael 2014, the 4th international conference and exhibition, in collaboration with Israel's Ministry of Defence research arm (MAFAT), will focus on defense-related applications of nanotechnology.
An international team of scientists investigating the electronic properties of ultra-thin films of new materials - topological insulators - has demonstrated a new method to tune their unique properties using strain.